Fernando Poe Sr.
Allan Fernando Poe y Reyes
November 27, 1916
|Died||October 23, 1951 (aged 34)|
|Cause of death||Rabies|
|Resting place||Manila North Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Manila|
|Other names||Allan F. Poe, Fernando Reyes Poe, Fernando Poe Sr.|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Paulita Gomez (m. 1936) |
Elizabeth Gatbonton Kelley (m. 1940; until his death in 1951)
Ronald Allan (Ronnie or FPJ)
Fernando II (Andy)
Fernando Poe (born Allan Fernando Poe y Reyes on November 27, 1916 – October 23, 1951), also known as Fernando Poe Sr., was a Filipino actor during the early cinema era in the Philippines. He was of Spanish descent.
Poe was the father of Fernando Poe Jr., who later became a prominent actor and icon. Prior to his son's rise to fame, Poe had been known simply as Fernando Poe. Since then, he had been named Fernando Poe Sr. to distinguish him from his son. He directed the first Darna film in 1951 before he died in the same year. As a leading man, he was often cast opposite Mona Lisa.
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Poe was born in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, and later had six children by his second wife, Irish-American Elizabeth "Bessie" Gatbonton Kelley of Pampanga: Elizabeth, Ronald Allan, Fernando II (Andy), Genevieve (Jenny), Fredrick (Freddieboy), and Evangeline. Poe and Kelly were married in 1940 after their first two children were born. Actor Conrad Poe, meanwhile, was his illegitimate son by actress Patricia Mijares.
The original spelling of his surname was Pou (Catalan: ['pɔw]) via his father, playwright Lorenzo Pou, a Catalan immigrant from Majorca in the Balearic Islands. Pou established a mining business in the Philippines and married a Pangasinense woman named Marta Reyes.
Poe graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines in 1935 and the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Philippine Dental College in 1942.
- Darna (1951)
- Forbidden Women (1948)
- Giliw ko (1939)
- Zamboanga (1938) also known as Fury in Paradise (UK)
- Eseng ng Tondo (1937)
- ...indicated that (Ronald Allan Poe's) parents are Allan F. Poe and Bessie Kelley. Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- ...no available information could be found in the files of the National Archives regarding the birth of Allan F. Poe....records of birth in (the City Civil Registrar of San Carlos City, Pangasinan) during the period of from 1900 until May 1946 were totally destroyed during World War II... Archived June 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- The document (Affidavit for Philippine Army Personnel, Dec. 22, 1947), signed by “Fernando R. Poe” states, among others, the names of the signatory’s children, namely Elizabeth, Ronald Allan, and Fernando II[dead link]