The son of Mexican film legend Pedro Armendáriz, Pedro Armendáriz Jr. has become a film and television star in his own right in Mexico and abroad. He started acting in the '70s, mostly with bit parts in violent Westerns starring Anthony Quinn, John Wayne, or Clint Eastwood. During the '80s he made a lot of films in Mexico and eventually worked in Europe and Hollywood. While a leading man in his native country, he had mostly walk-on roles in U.S. productions. American audiences may recognize him as President Hector Lopez in Licence to Kill or Pancho Villa in The Old Gringo. Other small roles continued in Before Night Falls, The Mexican, Original Sin, and The Crime of Padre Amaro. Back in Mexico, he finally received recognition for his acting with starring roles in the award-winning films La Ley de Herodes and Su Alteza Serenisma. In 2003, he appeared in John Sayles's Casa de los Babys and Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico.