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• Carlos Sánchez, who came to renown by playing Juan Valdez, a fictional Columbian coffee grower who served as a pitchman for almost 40 years, promoting Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers, has died. He was 83.

In its obit, the New York Times writes that Sánchez “was Colombian and grew coffee as a youth before turning to painting and acting. As Valdez, an indefatigable farmer with a warm expression, a lush mustache and a mule named Conchita, he became an avatar for the farmers who harvested Colombia’s coffee beans and a positive depiction of a country that was often equated with terrorism and drug trafficking.”
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