Eddie Garcia

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Eddie García
Born
Eduardo Verchez García

(1929-05-02) May 2, 1929 (age 89)
NationalityFilipino
Other namesManoy
Occupation
Years active1948–present
Children1

Eduardo Verchez García (born May 2, 1929) is a Filipino film actor and film director. With over 300 films as of 2011,[1] he has appeared in the most number of Philippine movies.[2]

He is the only individual inducted in three categories in the FAMAS Hall of Fame: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born to Antonio García and Vicenta Verchez on May 2, 1929 in Sorsogon, Sorsogon,[4][5][3][6] he spent his early life in the municipality of Juban.[1] He served with the Philippine Scouts right after World War II and was stationed as a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan before joining show business.[5][2]

Career[edit]

García started acting in the movie Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.[5][1][2] He directed his first movie Karugtong ng Kahapon in 1961.[1]

García is best known for portraying villain roles. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines mostly in action films or comedy films.[7]

As of March 2011, he has appeared in approximately 400 movies and TV shows.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2016-2019 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Don Emilio Syquía / Gustavo Torralba ABS-CBN
2015-2016 Little Nanay Don Miguel "Migz / G Pop" Vallejo GMA Network
2015 The Half Sisters Eduardo Guevarra-McBride
Nathaniel Moises Macaraig ABS-CBN
Wansapanataym Presents: Yamashita's Treasures Haring Dimetrius
2014 Give Love On Christmas: The Gift Giver Ernest Aguinaldo (lead role)
Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon Magno Ruiz
2013 Honesto Lemuel Galang
Little Champ Champion
Juan dela Cruz Julian "Lolo Juls" Dela Cruz
2012 Aso ni San Roque Supremo / Police Director Danilo P. Aragon GMA Network
Third Eye Lolo Gimo TV5
Legacy Don Romualdo Alcantara GMA Network
2011 Iglot Celso Samar
Rod Santiago's The Sisters Mayor Enrique Zialcita TV5
Babaeng Hampaslupa Edward Wong
2010 Jillian: Namamasko Po Zaldy GMA Network
Koreana Chang Hee Jung
Pilyang Kerubin Mang Potpot (Angel of Death)
2009 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Lolo Hugo NBN
Mars Ravelo's Darna Father Mateo GMA Network
Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato Coach Fredo
2008-2009 LaLola Don Aguirre Lobregat
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sing-sing II Panyong ABS-CBN
Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado General Russo GMA Network
Obra: For Love Or Money
2007 Asian Treasures Professor Wakan U. Matadtu / Supremo / Datu Makatunaw
Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang: Ang Binibining Tumalo Sa Hari Haring Abdul
2006 Majika Markadan
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Mambabarang
2004 Marinara Haring Karfa
2003-2004 Narito Ang Puso Ko Felipe San Victores
2002-2003 Kung Mawawala Ka President Leandro Montemayor
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Movies[edit]

Title Year Role Film Production
1949 Kahit Ang Mundo'y Magunaw
1950 Huling Patak Ng Dugo Sampaguita Pictures
Siete Infantes de Lara MC Productions
Kilabot Sa Makiling
1954 Dalagang Ilocana Louie Sampaguita Pictures
1969 The Mad Doctor of Blood Island[9]
1970 Beast Of Blood Dr. Lorca Hemisphere Pictures
1971 Tubog Sa Ginto Don Benito LEA Productions
Beast Of The Yellow Night Det. Lt. Campo New World Pictures (USA)
1972 The Woman Hunt Spyros New World Pictures
The Twilight People Juan Pereira Dimension Pictures
1973 Beyond Atlantis The Mate
Black Mama White Mama Captain Cruz American International
1974 Bamboo Gods and Iron Men Ambrose American International Pictures
Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang Mr. Cesar Blanco CineManila Corporation
1976 Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon? Don Tibor Hemisphere Pictures
1977 Lalaki, Babae Kami
1979 Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan Catholic Parish Priest Ian Film Productions
White Gold Films
1980 Dang-Dong Lucio Imus Productions
1981 Dear Heart Don Manolo Sining Silangan Productions
1981 P.S. I Love You Emilio VIVA Films
1982 Get My Son Dead or Alive Maj. Ricardo Parraguas Tagalog Ilang Ilang Productions
1983 Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi Dimitri de Joya Essex Films
1984 May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo Lauro Essex Films
May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga
Kapag Baboy ang Inutang Seiko Films
Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap Pablo Acuesta Viva Films
1985 Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Don Griego Viva Films
1986 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita Julio Regal Films
1987 Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa Diony Sta. Maria-Esquivel Regal Films
Kamandag ng Kris Bathala Films
Kapag Puno Na ang Salop Judge Valderama FPJ Productions
1988 Enteng the Dragon Evil Leader RVQ Productions
Ang Supremo Commander Magbuang GP Films
One Two Bato Three Four Bapor Seiko Films
1989 Kahit Iputok Mo Walang Api Tomas Alejandro Diamond Films
Ako ang Batas Gen. Tomas Karingal Seiko Films
Tatak ng Isang Api Don Marlon Diamond Films
Ako ang Huhusga: Kapag Puno Na ang Salop (Part II) Judge Valderama FPJ Productions
Bonanza Films
1990 Hepe: Isasabay Kita sa Paglubog ng Araw Joselito "Pepe" Marasigan Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Hindi Ka Na Sisikatan Ng Araw: Kapag Puno Na ang Salop (Part III) Judge Valderama FPJ Productions
Viva Films
Hukom 45 Judge Enrico Corpuz Viva Films
Sgt. Patalinhug: CIS Special Operations Group Harvest International Films
Synergy Home Entertainment Inc. (2003) (Philippines) (video)
Bala at Rosaryo Edmundo Vision Films
Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak Mayor Edmundo Guatlo Viva Films
Boyong Manalac: Hoodlum Terminator Boyong Manalac
1991 Mayor Latigo Meliton Geronimo OctoArts Films
Magdaleno Orbos: Sa Kuko ng Mga Lawin Magdaleno Orbos Harvest International Film
Hinukay Ko Na Ang Libingan Mo La Rosa San Vicente
1992 Alyas Ninong: Huling Kilabot Ng Tondo Valentin Zapanta OctoArts Films
Gobernador Gov. Alex Francisco Stellar Film
Cordora: Lulutang Ka sa Sarili Mong Dugo Police Chief Inspector Gaudencio "Boy" M. Cordora
First Films
Viva Video
Andres Manambit: Angkan sa Matatapang Andres Manambit Viva Films
1993 Galvez: Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Mundo Hahanapin Kita! Judge Efren Galvez Regal Films
Enteng Manok: Tari ng Quiapo Enteng Manok Magdalena Films
Maestro Toribio Maestro Toribio OctoArts Films
Padre Amante Guerrero Padre Amante Guerrero FLT Films International (1993) (Philippines)
Tatak ng Kriminal Gojo FLT Films International
1994 Ultimatum Cpl. Ariston Mamaril Viva Films
Marami Ka Pang Kakaining Bigas Digoy
Mayor Cesar Climaco Mayor Cesar Climaco Seiko Films
1995 Melencio Magat: Dugo Laban sa Dugo Melencio Magat Regal Films
1995 Judge Max Asuncion: Hukom bitay Judge Maximiano Asuncion
1996 Duwelo Ramon Aguila Viva Films
Moises Arcangel: Sa Guhit Ng Bala Moises Arcangel MAQ Productions
Emong Salvacion: Oras Ka Nang Magtago Sa Pinanggalingan mo! Emong Salvacion
Wanted Dead or Alive: Arrest the King of Carnappers GP Films
1996 Bakit May Kahapon Pa? General Valderama IAM Productions
1997 Mariano Mison NBI Mariano Mison Star Cinema
Papunta Ka Pa Lang, Pabalik Na Ako Gaston Viva Films
Padre Kalibre Padre Lazaro Regal Films
Mauna Ka Susunod Ako Viva Films
1998 Sambahin Ang Ngalan Mo! Don Ramon MAQ Productions
1999 Tigasin Sgt. Gregorio Marcial Star Cinema
Asin At Paminta Roman Viva Films
2000 Deathrow Lolo Sinat GMA Films
2001 Sanggano't Sanggago Waldo Viva Films
Kapitan Ammbo: Outside de Kulambo Kapitan Ambo FLT Films International
2001; 2003 The Debut Celestial Pictures LLC (2001)
2002 D' Uragons Sherlock Viva Films
Bro, Kahit Saang Engkuwentro Sgt. Delfin Mijares, Sr. MMG Films
Mano Po Don Luis Go Regal Entertainment Inc.
2003 Masamang Ugat Apo Roman Viva Films
Asboob: Asal Bobo Sgt. Samson NU Arts Movies
Chavit Congressman Claro Crisostomo (Floro Crisologo) Golden Lions Films
Viva Films
2004 When Eagles Strike New Concorde
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Mano Po III: My Love Melencio MAQ Productions
(Regal Entertainment Inc.)
2005 Terrorist Hunter Valentin Pascual Impact Films
Lisensyadong Kamao Fernan Balani Violett Films Productions
2006 Reyna: Ang Makulay Na Pakikipagsapalaran Ng Mga Achucherva, Achuchuva, Achechenes.... Mamu Viva Films
Blue Moon Manuel Pineda Regal Films
Till I Met You Señor Manuel GMA Films
VIVA Films
2008 Ate Cleo and Helen's blind father A-Mine Entertainment
Reality Films
Urduja Lakanpati APT Entertainment
Seventoon
Imaginary Friends
2009 Fuchsia Marcelino "Mars" APT Entertainment
Nobody, Nobody But... Juan Tu / Torribio RVQ Productions
Kaizz Ventures Inc.
Joe Aldeguer Productions
2010 Buenavista: Ang Kasaysayan Ng Lucena Don Mariano Zaldeña BJB Productions
Ika-Sampu General Antonio dela Vega Opticred Motion Pictures
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Minister Marshal Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI Star Cinema
Viva Films
Tum: My Pledge Of Love Linda's father Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation Philippines
R.R. Foundation India
Star Cinema Productions
Panday: Ang Ikalawang Yugto Amang Daluyong GMA Films
2012 D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?! Police Superintendent APT Entertainment
M-Zet Productions
Bwakaw Rene Star Cinema (Philippines)
Fortissimo Films (Worldwide)
2013 Boy Golden: Shoot To Kill, The Arturo Porcuna Story Atty. Dante Sagalongos Viva Films
2013; 2014 Barber's Tales Father Arturo APT Entertainment
Octobertrain Films
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin General Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI Star Cinema
Viva Films
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Museum curator Philippians Productions
2015 Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby (short film) Roadrunner Network, Inc.
2016 Iadya Mo Kami BG Productions International
2017 Tatlong Bibe Delfin Regal Films
Ang Panday old Evil Spirit Star Cinema
2018 Rainbow's Sunset Ramon Heaven's Best Entertainment

Director[edit]

  • Crisis (2005)
  • Abakada Ina (2001)
  • Hinukay Ko na ang Libingan Mo (1991)
  • Imortal (1989)
  • Kung Kasalanan Man (1989)
  • Kung Aagawin mo ang Lahat sa Akin (1987)
  • Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig (1987)
  • Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit? (1986)
  • Magdusa Ka (1986)
  • Palimos ng Pag-ibig (1986)
  • Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita (1985)
  • Friends in Love (1982)
  • Forgive and Forget (1982)
  • Cross My Heart (1982)
  • Sinasamba Kita (1982)
  • P.S. I Love You (1981)
  • Atsay (1978)
  • Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969)
  • Blackmail (1966)
  • Deadline Agosto 13 (1966)
  • Sabotage (1966)
  • G-2: Taga-usig ng Kaaway (1965)
  • Kalaban ng Sindikato (1965)
  • Historia de Un Amor (1963)
  • Karugtong ng Kahapon (1961)[1]
Director
Year
Title(s)
Complete Cast(s)
Production Company
1961 Karugtong ng Kahapon[1] Mario Montenegro, Rita Gomez, Ric Rodrigo, Marlene Dauden, Carlos Salazar, Rosa Mia, Zeny Zabala, Totoy Torrente, Aring Bautista and Marcela Garcia Sampaguita Pictures

Personal life[edit]

García has always been private on his personal life. He considers his acting profession and private life as separate.[5][3][1] A seasoned actor, he lives a relatively simple life without any luxury cars and expensive equipment, enjoying only target shooting as a sport.[8][10] García maintains a healthy lifestyle through exercise,[5] vitamin supplements,[11] and healthy diet, stressing he prefers fish and vegetables more than meat.[3][1]

His family is among the descendants of Spanish Pinaminomons settlers.[12] He is a former member of the Philippine Scouts in Okinawa during World War II. The Philippine Military Academy Marangal (Honorable) Class of 1974 also adopted him as one of their honorary classmates, alongside First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

He has a daughter living in San Diego, California by the name of Lisa Ortega. Not much are known about his spouse or his family. Throughout his career, he has been known for his professionalism, and has evaded intrigues and controversies linking him to any of his fellow co-stars,[13] unlike his contemporaries who are known for their various relationships with other women.

He was also good friends with fellow veteran actors Dolphy and Fernando Poe Jr. He also witnessed the last moment of FPJ. Earlier that year during the 2004 presidential elections, he and Dolphy were campaigning alongside FPJ.

Awards and nominations[edit]

García has received numerous awards throughout his career. Despite this, he remains level-headed, stressing he doesn't make movies aiming for awards.[10][14]

FAMAS Awards[edit]

García is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.

He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959).[7]

García is also the first actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Hall of Fame for Best Supporting Actor in 1975.

Luna Awards[edit]

Three Luna Awards for Best Director for the movies Magdusa Ka in 1986, Saan Nagtatago and Pag-ibig in 1987, and Abakada Ina in 2001 were conferred upon him by the Film Academy of the Philippines.[15]

He was bestowed the Best Actor award for the movie Death Row in 2000.[15]

MMFF-P Awards[edit]

The Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines Award for Best Director was conferred to him for the film Imortal in 1989.[15]

He was awarded the Best Actor for the movie Mano Po in 2002.[15] He was on Saved By The Bell "No hope with Dope"

Gawad Urian Awards[edit]

He earned the Urian Award for Pangunahing Aktor (Best Actor) for the movie Death Row in 2000.[15]

The Natatanging Gawad Urian award was bestowed upon him in 2006.[15]

Lifetime achievement awards[edit]

In 1998, he earned the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Lifetime Achievement Award.[15]

He was also awarded the first Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award - Ulirang Alagad ng Sining during the Entertainment Press Society’s Golden Screen TV Awards in 2013.[16]

International film awards[edit]

García earned his first international film award at the 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival as the lead actor for the movie Bwakaw on December 15, 2012, garnering the Asian Film Award for Best Actor,[14][17] the only Filipino so far to win the award (as of 2016).

Other awards[edit]

He earned his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2002 Star Awards.[7]

Featured lists[edit]

In August 2014, García was included in two lists: Inside Showbiz magazine's list of five best of the living Filipino actors,[18] and the Philippines' Yes! Magazine's list of 2014’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Tariman, Pablo A. (30 April 2011). "The ageless Eddie Garcia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Zulueta, Lito B. "EDDIE GARCIA: Actor, director, icon, Philippine cinema's one-man totem pole". Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP). MPP. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Mendoza, Abby (29 March 2013). "The longevity of Eddie Garcia". Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP). Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ Jesús García Verchez's Birth Register: Part 1 and Part 2
  5. ^ a b c d e Agbayani, Claire (6 December 2002). "The Simple Truth About Eddie Garcia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ Mateo, Pilar (July 26, 2012). "Eddie Garcia: 'One of these days, I'll follow Dolphy, and I have everything prepared'". Interaksyon.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Buan-Deveza, Reyman (2008-07-25). "Eddie Garcia stars in indie film 'Fuchsia'". ABS-CBN News Online. Retrieved 2008-08-09.[dead link]
  8. ^ a b Sicam, Ed (23 March 2011). "Eddie Garcia, 89, works non-stop for 62 years". Yahoo! Celebrity Philippines. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  9. ^ Ray, Fred Olen (1991). "The New Poverty Row". McFarland and Co. Inc. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. Page 83
  10. ^ a b "Eddie Garcia Has Got It All Figured Out" (in English and Tagalog). Manila Bulletin. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Eddie Garcia: I'm still alive". ABS-CBN News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Asian Journal USA".
  13. ^ Belen, Walden Sadiri M. (8 November 2013). "Why Eddie Garcia Has No Intrigues Or Controversies" (in English and Tagalog). Bulletin Entertainment Online. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  14. ^ a b Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (18 December 2012). "Eddie Garcia named Best Actor; gets standing ovation at 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival". Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP). Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Awards: Winners". Film Academy of the Philippines. Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  16. ^ Calderon, Ricky (23 February 2013). "Gloria Romero, Mel Tiangco, Nova Villa, Eddie Garcia get special lifetime achievement citations in Golden Screen TV Awards". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  17. ^ Tseng, Ada (21 January 2013). "Man's Best Friend: Interview with Bwakaw director Jun Robles Lana". University of Southern California: Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  18. ^ Constantino, Ronald (25 August 2014). "Five best living actors". Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  19. ^ Constantino, Ronald (11 August 2014). "In praise of mature men". Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.

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