Charro Bartender Dead

Jon Patino of Las Vegas, NV, who acted with Elvis in the movie, 'Charro', and was a veteran of the Korean war, is dead at 78. After several months in hospital care, he died Sunday, September 13, from complications of a stroke and diabetes. Patino had a small part in the TV series "Mannix", and was a former Los Angeles nightclub owner and lounge entertainer. He also enjoyed creating art with original pen and ink drawings or colorizing black and white photos with markers. For 'Charro', Jon played the Mexican bartender in the opening scene of the movie. He liked to tell the story of trying to teach Elvis some Spanish, but Elvis could not roll his R's. Jon also was frequently in the audience for Elvis' shows in Vegas and California, and attended parties in Elvis' Hilton suite. Patino leaves behind a long-time girlfriend and many friends in Las Vegas, most of them Elvis fans that he considered as family.

Source: Viva Las Vegas Fan Club / Updated: Sep 14, 2009 
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Erika Freiburger (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2009report abuse
R.I.P.,Jon. Charro is among the better Elvis movies. I always liked it.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2009report abuse
So Elvis could not roll his "r's" well,well. Good lookin' fella Jon. R.I.P. Nice story, thankyou.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 14, 2009report abuse
Nice photo Of Elvis and Jon. Its nice to read that the guys stayed in touch, after the movie, "Charro" was completed. Rest in Peace, Jon.

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