|Born||Reynaldo Alfredo R. Hipolito
September 4, 1934
Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
|Died||April 12, 2010
|Other names||Naldo, Palito|
Palito (born Reynaldo Alfredo R. Hipolito, September 4, 1934 – April 12, 2010) was a veteran Filipino slapstick comedian and actor who was at the height of his career in the 1970s and 80s. He was well-known for his unusually light build and thin anatomy, earning him the self-deprecating screen name "Palito", which is Spanish for stick and is glossed in Filipino as matchstick or toothpick.
Palito was born in Calamba, Laguna, near the house of Dr. José Rizal (known as the Rizal Shrine). As a teenager in the 1950s, he took job as a dishwasher in a restaurant called Alex Soda Fountain, located beside the Cine Odeon along Calle Azcarraga (now C.M. Recto Avenue). The restaurant was frequented by movie stars, and he was be discovered by Lauro Santiago of Santiago Productions.
He was only 21 when he first discovered the world of stage acting. A student of Arellano University, he decided to choose acting over his studies around 1959. Palito started as an "extra" in the 1960 Prinsipe Amante movie, starring the then superstar Rogelio dela Rosa. One of his early movies was Pitong Zapata in 1965. His first non-extra role was that as a sidekick of Jun Aristorenas in the late 60s film Bingbong at Dodong. At first, he was cast in straight action films. But because of his thinness, he was groomed as a comedian. With moneymaking films, he would then join the cast of films with Fernando Poe Jr., Dolphy, Chiquito, Panchito, Pugo & Togo, Pugak at Tugak, Ramon Revilla, Sr., and many other big names in Philippine cinema.
In the late 1970s, the decline of Philippine movies and emergence of "Bomba" films hurt Palito's career. The action and comedy films which Palito made were not being made as they used to. Those were the times when Palito lost many of his investments.
Palito's career had a brief resurgence then later peaked in the 1980s. He starred in several comedy movies parodying American action films, such as Rambuto,a Rambo spoof, the title being a pun of the Tagalog word buto which means "bone", again to capitalize on his being "thin-boned", and a James Bond spoof, James Bone, where he plays an emaciated version of the secret agent. Other popular movies of his were No Blood, Kumander Kalansalay, Walang Matigas na Buto sa Gutom na Aso, and Rambo Tango.
He would also been known as a star in a lot of kitsch Pinoy horror films as a zombie/corpse. His sunken hollow eyes and reed-thin body, while not aesthetically pleasing in the popular sense, fit the corpse-like demeanor that local filmmakers love to utilize.
Palito laid low from Philippine cinema in the 90's, only occasionally playing bit parts, like in the 1992 film by contemporary comedian/actor Dolphy, Home Along The River, a send-up of the popular American Home Alone franchise.
On June 17, 2004, burgeoning comedy actor Vhong Navarro portrayed the veteran comedian in a TV real-life drama series, Maalaala Mo Kaya, focusing on his life story as a survivor of the Japanese occupation during World War II and his heyday as a slapstick comedian during the 1970s and 1980s.
Palito starred in an independent film, Enterpool: Senior Citizen in Action, released 24 August 2005, in the midst of the decline of Philippine cinema. While it was received well by nostalgic movie-goers and local movie critics, it failed to take the general public's notice due to lack of promotion and marketing. His last movie was M.O.N.A.Y. in 2007.
Once voted as one of the top ten Filipino comedians of all-time, Palito engaged in small stage shows to make a living in his last years. He had a low-paying job performing a live music show Tuesday evenings in a small casino in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
He was married with Remedios Zapanta and 4 children: Cristy, Gerardo, Danilo and Reynaldo Jr. With stepson Kent with grandchildren.
Illness and death
In the first quarter of 2010, Palito, a known smoker, was being confined at a hospital for a month due to lung problems. After coming home from work on 6 April 2010, he was rushed to the Imus Family Hospital due to complaints of serious stomach pain. He was later transferred to the ward section of Philippine General Hospital on the same night.
Mark Escueta, drummer of the band Rivermaya who worked with Palito for the music video of their single “Ambotsa,” was the first to break the news of Palito's illness via Facebook. Several young celebrities called for donations through respective Twitter accounts while help was extended from showbiz colleagues. Among visitors was former Philippine president Joseph Estrada.
|M.O.N.A.Y (Misteyks obda neyson adres Yata) ni Mr. Shooli||2007|
|Home Along da River||2002||Kumander Dengue|
|Tik Tak Toys: My Kolokotoys||1999||Man in All White|
|Wow... Multo!||1997||Elevator Man|
|Hataw tatay hataw||1994||Don Ramon|
|Baby Paterno||1994||Dugong pulis|
|Walang matigas na buto sa gutom na aso||1993|
|Pempe ni Sara at Pen||1992||Pempe's Passenger|
|Isang salop na bala||1990|
|Twist: Ako si ikaw, ikaw si ako||1990||Watch Buyer|
|Wooly Booly: Ang classmate kong alien||1989|
|Bote, dyaryo, garapa||1989|
|M & M: The Incredible Twins||1989|
|Pardina at ang mga duwende||1989||Canuto|
|Magic to Love||1989||Payat|
|Yes, yes, yo kabayong kutsero||1989|
|Sheman: Mistress of the Universe||1988||Skeleton|
|Super Inday and the Golden Bibe||1988|
|Love boat: Mahal trip kita||1988||Mandurukot|
|Love Letters||1988||Hercules (segment "Episode 3: Eternally")|
|James Bone Agent 008||1986|
|Balimbing (Mga taong hunyango)||1986|
|Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig||1986||Ka Byong|
|Isang platitong mani||1986|
|No Blood, No Surrender||1986|
|Super Islaw and the Flying Kids||1986||Pepe|
|Mama Said Papa Said I Love You||1985|
|John & Marsha '85 (Sa probinsiya)||1985|
|Mga kwento ni Lola Basyang||1985||Zambo (segment "Zombies")|
|Ride on Baby||1985||Punkistina's Henchman 1|
|Barok Goes to Hong Kong||1984|
|Give Me Five!||1984|
|Mang Kepweng and Son||1983|
|Tatlo silang tatay ko||1982|
|Cross My Heart||1982|
|Manedyer... si kumander||1982|
|Mga kanyon ni Mang Simeon||1982|
|A Man Called 'Tolongges'||1981||Djangolat|
|Darna at Ding||1980|
|Juan Tamad Junior||1980|
|Isa... Dalawa... Tatlo... Ang tatay kong kalbo||1979|
|Mahal... ginagabi ka na naman||1979|
|Tatay na barok||1979|
|Sabi barok lab ko dabiana||1978|
- Home Along Da Riles (ABS-CBN)
- Home Along Da Airport (ABS-CBN,2003-2005) as Michael
- O-Ha! (ABC)
- Quizon Avenue (ABS-CBN)
- Pwedeng Pwede (ABS-CBN,1999-2001) as Tarzing
- "Palito passes away at age 76". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.