|Born||John Manuel Regala Francisco
May 28, 1965
|Occupation||Character actor, Action Star|
|Years active||1985 - present|
|Religion||Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ)|
Regala is popularly known for portraying villain and antagonist roles in Philippine action movies and television series especially in the 90s and the future. He is sometimes unofficially tagged as a "Bad Boy" of Philippine action films along with fellow action stars like Robin Padilla and the late Ace Vergel with the two being more known for the said nickname.
Regala is the son of former character actor Mel Francisco and former actress Ruby Regala.
Mainstream success and hiatus
Regala enters showbusiness and became a teen member of That's Entertainment, a hit Philippine TV show in the mid 80s. He became an action star in his first action movie Boy Kristyano (1989). Then he portrayed a villain role to Ronnie Ricketts in an action packed movie Isa-Isahin ko Kayo (1990). He has also collaborated with the upcoming action star Jeric Raval when he played the lead role as Marcial "Baby" Ama (Regala's late uncle) Rudy Fernandez portrays his former role as Baby Ama in his true to life action-drama movie of 1976, Bitayin si Baby Ama. Raval played his role as Primitivo "Ebok" Ala in the true to life action-drama movie Primitivo Ebok Ala: Kalaban Mortal ni Baby Ama (1992) and he played his role as Kris Aquino's rapist-killer in the true-to-life crime drama movie The Vizconde Massacre: God Help Us (1992).
Return to acting
Regala returns to showbusiness. He has recently worked with Mart Escudero in the horror-comedy-thriller movie Zombading: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (2011) One of his most notable and recent work is with his bestfriend Gov. ER Ejercito for the award-winning 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Filipino action movie Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (2011) while Regala himself won the best supporting actor award. He has also worked with JC de Vera and Oyo Sotto for the TV drama series Valiente of TV5 (2012). He was once again made famous on ABS-CBN when he worked with Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador in Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2013), and with Coco Martin in an action-fantasy drama TV series Juan dela Cruz (2013).
Early and Personal life
Regala was born in Manila to his retired showbiz parents Mel Francisco and Ruby Regala. His showbiz career stalled due to heavy drug abuse. Later, he went to rehab and became a Born Again Christian and is now a Christian minister. Regala is married to a non-showbiz wife (Vicky Schrierer) with three children.
|1994||Gawad Urian Award||Best Supporting Actor||Fatima Buen Story||Nominated|
|2011||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Supporting Actor||Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story||Won|
|2014||Hawak Kamay||Leonardo Salonga||ABS-CBN|
|2013||Juan dela Cruz||Agor|
|Ina, Kapatid, Anak||Emilio "Mio" Buenaventura|
|Little Champ||Black Jack (voice)|
|2008||Joaquin Bordado||Cefiro||GMA Network|
|2006||Captain Barbell||Mayor Lazaro|
|Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit||Harieto "Harry" Lopez||ABS-CBN|
|1986 to 1988||That's Entertainment||Himself|
|2014||Magnum Muslim .357||Rasheed Abdul Salaam||Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and|
|2012||El Presidente||Padre Agustin||Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and|
|2011||Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story||Carlos "Totoy Golem" Capistrano||Viva Films|
|2011||The Road||Town Police Chief||GMA Films|
|2011||Zombading: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington||Ed|
|2006||Ligalig||CM Films Productions|
|2001||Kasalanan ang Buhayin ka!||Mateo Valdez||Red Horse Production|
|2001||Parehas Ang Laban||Vergado||Emerald Films|
|2001||Dudurugin Ko Pati Buto Mo|
|2000||Col. Elmer Jamias: Barako Ng Maynila||Millennium Films Productions|
|2000||Vengador: Batas Ng Api||Lando||Millennium Films Productions|
|1999||Kahit Ako'y Tupang Itim, May Langit Din||Jun||El Niño Films|
|1999||Type Kita, Walang Kokontra||Vernon||Star Cinema Films Productions|
|1998||Don Pepe||Don Pepe||El Niño Films|
|1998||Notoryus||Star Cinema Films Productions|
|1998||Lucio San Miguel: Walang Kaluluwa||Lucio San Miguel||El Niño Films|
|1997||Askal||El Niño Films|
|1997||Batang Estero||FLT Films International|
|1997||Bobby Barbers: Parak||Jacinto||Viva Films and PS Films Productions|
|1997||Pards 2||Sunlight Films|
|1997||Batas Ko Ay Bala|
|1997||Si Mokong, si Astig, at si Gamol||Viva Films|
|1996||Moises Arcanghel: Sa Guhit ng Bala||Regal Films|
|1996||Sa Iyo Ang Langit, Akin ang Lupa||El Niño Films|
|1995||Cesar Hudas||Cesar||El Niño Films|
|1995||Bukas Bibitayin si Itay||Elmo||Star Cinema Films Productions and El Niño Films|
|1995||Pamilya Valderama||Seiko Films and PS Films Productions|
|1994||Amok Patrolman 2||Daniel Magtanggol||El Niño Films|
|1994||Lipa 'Arandia' Massacre: Lord, Deliver Us from Evil||Viva Films and Golden Lion Films|
|1994||Fatima Buen Story||Leslie Baron||Regal Films|
|1994||The Maggie dela Riva Story (God... Why Me?)||Viva Films and Golden Lion Films|
|1994||Angel Cremenal||Angel||El Niño Films|
|1994||Tony Bagyo: Daig Pa Ang Asong Ulol||Tony||Seiko Films|
|1994||Nandito Ako||Randy||Moviestars Production|
|1993||Pambato||Arnold Alcantara||EDL Production|
|1992||Tondo: Libingan ng mga Siga||Willy Cuevas||Moviestars Production|
|1992||Totoy Buwang||Totoy||OctoArts Films|
|1992||Kapatid Ko Si Hudas||Rando|
|1992||The Vizconde Massacre: God Help Us||Jake||Regal Films and Golden Lion Films|
|1992||Primitivo Ebok Ala: Kalaban Mortal Ni Baby Ama||Marcial "Baby" Ama||OctoArts Films|
|1992||Jerry Marasigan, WPD||Winston||Seiko Films|
|1992||Bukas Tatakpan Ka Ng Diyaryo||Seiko Films|
|1991||Boyong Mañalac: Hoodlum Terminator||Vargas||Viva Films|
|1991||Lintik Lang Ang Walang Ganti||Seiko Films|
|1991||Huling Lalaki Sa Bitayan||Julio||El Niño Films|
|1990||Iputok mo, Dadapa ako! (Hard to Die)||OctoArts Films and MZet Films Productions|
|1990||Alyas Baby Face||Seiko Films|
|1990||Isa-Isahin Ko Kayo|
|1990||Jabidah Massacre||Viva Films|
|1990||Kristobal: Tinik Sa Korona||Seiko Films|
|1990||Kunin Mo Ang Ulo Ni Ismael||Seiko Films|
|1989||Wanted: Pamilya Banal||Jude Banal||FPJ Productions|
|1989||Ako ang Batas: General Tomas Karingal||Young Tomas Karingal||Seiko Films|
|1989||Boy Kristyano||Boy Kristyano||El Niño Films|
|1989||Babayaran Mo Ng Dugo||Seiko Films|
|1989||Walang Panginoon||Seiko Films|
|1989||Lihim Ng Golden Buddha||Seiko Films|
|1988||Langit At Lupa||Seiko Films|
|1986||Life Story of Julie Vega||Joey|
|1986||Kamandag Ng Kris|
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