Charlie Davao

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Charlie Davao
Born Charles Valdez-Davao
(1934-10-07)October 7, 1934
Iloilo City, Philippines
Died August 8, 2010(2010-08-08) (aged 75)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation actor
Years active 1959–2010
Known for Charlie
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Emma Marie
Mary Grace Iñigo

Charlie Davao (October 7, 1934 – August 8, 2010) was a Filipino actor known for roles in film and television.

Early life[edit]

Born Carlos Wahib Valdez-Davao in Iloilo City of a Filipino mestizo of Spanish and Arab descent (Jordanian). He moved to Manila in 1954 to pursue a degree in commerce student at the University of the East.[1] He became involved in commercial and print ad modeling as a student.[1]

Career[edit]

Although he was attentive in school, his main goal was to engage in film acting, which he realized after a friend told him about an audition at the Sampaguita Pictures.

He did not miss the chance and passed the audition with flying colors. In 1959, he was introduced in Isinumpa, a drama film that also starred Dolphy, and topbilled by Rick Rodrigo and Barbara Perez.

Among his most memorable performances were in 1962 film Kaming Mga Talyada, where he played gay with matinee idols the late Juancho Gutierrez and Jose Mari Gonzales, and Trudis Liit with Vilma Santos. Both films were produced by Sampaguita.

But lead roles were hard to come by because he was identified with character assignments. Davao’s biggest break came when he did Pitong Matahari, a James Bond-type of a film where he played Agent 009 in 1965.

Soon after, he was given action roles until he was assigned villain roles again. His other important movies included Palengke Queen with Nora Aunor in 1982; Pedro Tunasan with Lito Lapid in 1983; Get Victor Corpus: The Rebel Soldier with Rudy Fernandez in 1987; The Rape of Virginia P. with Alma Moreno in 1989; Batas Ng. 45 with Fernando Poe, Jr. in 1991 and Volta with Ai Ai de la Alas in 2004.

In the 70s, he also starred in several Hollywood co-produced films such as A Fistful of Feathers, Blind Rage The Last Reunion and Women in Cages where he was billed as Charles Davis.

Among his films associated with Mindanao were Bad Boy from Dadiangas, starring then world champ Rolando Navarrete, and Magindanao with Muhammad Faisal, both in 1982.

He played the ultimate bad guy, Satan, in the movie The Killing of Satan, starring Ramon Revilla Sr, in 1983. He last appeared on the big screen in 2008 as father of Marian Rivera’s character in Desperadas.

He started appearing on TV in 1997 with the soap Mula sa Puso with Claudine Barretto for ABS-CBN. His last appearance on ABS-CBN was in 2009 during the Chapter 14 of ABS-CBN's primetime series, May Bukas Pa as Don Carlos, the grandfather of Abby (KC Concepcion). Davao last appeared on television in GMA shows like Darna and Rosalinda.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Davao was married to Emma Marie, a Spanish professor at the St. Theresa's College. They have four children — Bing, Ricky, Mylene and Marielle. Mylene died in an accident when she was 5 years old. Davao remarried to Mary Grace Iñigo when Emma Marie passed away. They have two children, one of them was former child star Charlon Davao.

Death[edit]

Charlie Davao died unexpectedly at Philippine General Hospital in Manila on August 8, 2010, at the age of 75. He had been suffering from colon cancer.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Title Year Role
Isinumpa 1959
Double Cross 1960
Batas ng Lipunan 1961
Dayukdok 1961
Kaming Mga Talyada 1962
Susanang Daldal 1962
Tugtuging Bukid 1962
Bulung-Bulungan 1962
Anak, Ang Iyong Ina! 1963
Sabina 1963
Prinsipeng Tulisan 1963
Sinisinta Kita 1963
Ang Manananggol ni Ruben 1963
Esperanza at Caridad 1963
Trudiis Liit 1963
Ang Bukas ay Akin! 1963
Sa Bilis, Walang Kaparis 1963
Kumander Judo 1964
Anak ni Kamagong 1964
Reyna ng Tondo 1964
Sa Kuko ng Lawin 1964
Mr. Wong vs. Mistico 1964 Mistico
7 Mata-Hari 1965
Doble Talim 1965
Ang Limbas At Ang Lawin 1967
Anong Ganda Mo! 1967
Dugo ng Vampira 1969
Women in Cages 1971 Rudy
Roulette 1972
The Panther 1973
The Dragon Force Connection 1974
Niño Valiente 1975
Supercock 1975 Spaniard
Bergado (Terror of Cavite) 1976
Asiong Aksaya 1977
Ibilanggo si Neneng Magtanggol 1977
Mokong 1978
Gorgonya 1978
Blind Rage 1978 Johnny Duran
Last Target 1978
Back to Back 1979
Tatlong Patak ng Dugo ni Adan 1980
The Last Reunion 1980 Dante Salazar
Usigin...Sino? 1981
Kapitan Kidlat 1981
Palengke Queen 1982
Bagong Boy Condenado 1982
Isaac... Dugo ni Abraham 1982 Don Salvador
Bad Boy From Dadiangas 1982
Dormitoryo! Buhay Estudyante 1982
Maguindanao 1982
Hubad ng Gubat 1983
The Killing of Satan 1983 Satan
Laruan 1983
Pedro Tunasan 1983
Milyon 1983
Lumaban Ka 1983
Over My Dead Body 1983
To Love Again 1983 Don Ramon
Nardong Putik (Kilabot ng Cavite) Version II 1984
Hanggang Sa Huling Bala 1984
Bed Sins 1985
Musmos 1985
Zuma 1985
Ben Tumbling 1985
Sa Bawat Hahakbangan, Babaha Ng Dugo 1985
Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie! March 20, 1986 Willy Ledesma
Mga Anak ni Facifica Falayfay 1987
Victor Corpuz 1987
Boy Tornado 1987 Mr. Barzuela
Ready!... Aim!... Fire!... September 3, 1987
Iyo Ang Batas Akin Ang Katarungan 1988 Carlos
Afuang: Bounty Hunter February 25, 1988
Sgt. Ernesto Boy Ibanez: Tirtir Gang 1988
Barbaro Santo 1989
Carnap King: The Randy Padilla Story 1989
Agila ng Maynila February 1, 1989
Here Comes The Bride 1989 Simon
Walang Susuko 1989
Batang Cebu .45 1989
Virgina P. 1989
Wanted: Pamilya Banal 1989 Don Roberto
Sgt. Patalinhug: CIS Special Operations Group 1990
Nazareno Apostol: Boy Ahas 1990
Sgt. Clarin: Bala Para Sa Ulo Mo 1990
Sgt. Miguel Carpio: Multiple Murder 1990
Joey Boy Munti, 15 Anyos Ka Sa Muntilupa 1991
Magdaleno Orbos: Sa Kuko ng Mga Lawin 1991 Araneta
Batas ng .45 1991
Mabuting Kaibigan Masamang Kaaway 1991 Montinola's Campaign Manager
Gobernador 1992
Lacson: Batas ng Navotas 1992
Fatal Chase 1992
Kamay ni Cain 1992
Sinungaling Mong Puso 1992
Hanggang May Buhay 1992
Lt. Madarang: Iginuhit Sa Dugo 1993 Col. Valdes
Once Upon A Time In Manila 1994
Iligpit si Victor Saraza 1994 Domingo Palacio
Alfredo Lim: Batas ng Maynila 1995
Minsan Pa: Kahit Konting Pagtingin Part 2 1995 The Big Boss
Mangarap Ka 1995 Manolo
Kung Kaya Mo, Kaya Mo Rin! 1996 Boss
Ben Balasador: Akin Ang Huling Alas 1996
Bridesmaid 1997
Bagsik ng Kamao 1997 Don Pablo
Walang Katumbas Ang Dugo August 19, 1998
Sambahin Ang Ngalan Mo December 25, 1998 Don Claro Mascardo
Kamay ni Eva May 12, 1999
Markado July 21, 1999
Dugo ng Birhen: El Kapitan October 27, 1999 Professor Alvarez
Largado, Ibabalik Kita Sa Pinanggalingan Mo! December 8, 1999
Eto Na Naman Ako June 7, 2000
Ooops, Teka Lang...Diskarte Ko 'to! March 14, 2001 Col. Delos Reyes
Paninda July 4, 2001
Pangako... Ikaw Lang July 4, 2001 Mr. Pascual
Hiyas, Sa Paraiso ng Kasalanan October 24, 2001
Batas ng Lansangan February 27, 2002 Boss Montenegro
Walang Iba Kundi Ikaw June 5, 2002
Walang Kapalit May 14, 2003 Mr. Velasco
Masikip sa Dibdib April 10, 2004 Senator
Volta June 23, 2004
Lisensyadong Kamao September 7, 2005
Desperadas January 4, 2008 Courtney's Father

TV shows[edit]

Title Year Role Network
Mula Sa Puso 1997–1999 Don Ricardo ABS-CBN
Saan Ka Man Naroroon 1999–2001 Francisco ABS-CBN
Basta't Kasama Kita 2003–2004 Federico Gonzales ABS-CBN
Sa Piling Mo 2006–2007 Mayor ABS-CBN
Margarita 2007 ABS-CBN
Totoy Bato 2009 Datu GMA Network
Ngayon at Kailanman 2009 Don Artemyo Noche GMA Network
Rosalinda 2009 Victor Dorantes GMA Network
Darna 2009 Dr. Montgomery GMA Network
May Bukas Pa 2009 Don Carlos (Guest role: Chapter 14 of May Bukas Pa) ABS-CBN

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cruz, Marinel R. (2010-08-08). "Actor Charlie Davao, 75, dies of colon cancer". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-08-22.