Keempee de Leon

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Keempee de Leon
Born Joseph Joachim Tugas de Leon
(1973-01-08) January 8, 1973 (age 45)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actor, comedian, singer-songwriter, television host
Years active 1989–present
Parent(s) Joey de Leon (father)
Daria Ramirez (mother)

Joseph Joachim Tugas de Leon or known as Keempee de Leon (born January 8, 1973) is a Filipino actor,[1] comedian, singer-songwriter, TV host and Former Matinee Idol. He is the son of Joey de Leon and Daria Ramirez.


Keempee de Leon started his showbiz career in 1989 via the Viva Films movie "I Love You Three Times a Day", where he was paired with Gelli de Belen and worked with soon-to-be-co-host of Eat Bulaga!, Jimmy Santos. Soon after, he became a regular fixture in three TV shows: Eat Bulaga, That's Entertainment where he was paired with Manilyn Reynes, Carmina Villaroel and Vina Morales and Agila. In 1990, he was a subject of a tug-of-war between Regal Films and Viva Films when Regal got Keempee to appear as lead role in the romantic comedy movie "Romeo Loves Juliet" opposite Aiko Melendez. In the end, Keempee chose to remain with Viva Films and signed a contract. In 1992, he was launched as a junior action star via the movie "Jesus dela Cruz at ang mga Batang Riles" with Ana Roces as his leading lady. The action film was a mild success and it was followed up with "Blue Jeans Gang" with Dennis Padilla and Leah Orosa as co-stars. However, unlike "Batang Riles", "Blue Jeans Gang" was a flop at the box-office. Keempee was a former Crimson Shirt endorser.

Keempee openly admitted to the public in 1993 that he became a victim of drug abuse and as a result, he underwent rehabilitation at New Beginnings in Sucat, Parañaque. Despite this however, he managed to finish two big movies before he went on sabbatical. The two big movies were: Viva's "Sana'y Ikaw na Nga" with Christopher de Leon and Vina Morales, and "Alyas Batman en Robin" with dad Joey de Leon. After his rehabilitation, he became a member of Victory Christian Fellowship while resuming his stalled showbiz career in 1994.

He had his biggest break on TV by playing a leading role in GMA's Villa Quintana with Donna Cruz as his leading lady. He is a former VIVA contract star along with other members of That's Entertainment Donna Cruz, Jessa Zaragosa, Vina Morales and others. He became Best Drama Actor for Villa Quintana in Star Awards for television. He was also a co-host in GMA Supershow from 1995–1997 and a gag performer in IBC 13's Goin' Bayabas, a remake of the '80s gag show "Goin' Bananas" in 1998.

In 2002, after he graduated and finished his studies at college, he returned to the small screen via ABS-CBN's Klasmeyts and Recuerdo de Amor, but in 2004, he returned to GMA Network where he was signed up to portray the gay Harold in Bahay Mo Ba 'To?. In the sitcom he was paired with Francine Prieto. Their tandem became a hit and he continued playing gay roles in the reality sitcom Kung Ako Ikaw and in films.

In 2008, Keempee returned to primetime via LaLola which stars Rhian Ramos and JC de Vera. He also returned to comedy film for his comeback movie, "Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After", an official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, together with Tito & Vic Sotto and his father, Joey De Leon, with co-stars Jimmy Santos, Jose Manalo, Carlene Aguilar, Pauleen Luna & Ryan Agoncillo. After LaLola, Keempee plays Paul in the Philippine remake of Korean drama All About Eve. Currently, Keempee co-hosts a singing competition "Are You The Next Big Star?" where he works with famous singer, Regine Velasquez.

In 2013, he appeared in the TV series My Husband's Lover where he portrayed Zandro Soriano. Where netizens laud Keempee for Zandro role in My Husband's Lover. In the series, Zandro is the cross dresser cousin of Vincent (Tom Rodriguez), who is a closet bisexual at this point in the story. Zandro’s and Vincent’s dads are both “allergic” to having gay members in the family but Vincent’s father, Gen. Armando Soriano, a retired general, is more vocal – and violent – with regard to the issue.[2]

In March 2016, Keempee was expelled from Eat Bulaga after 12 years of hosting due to AlDub's popularity along with Michael V..

Keempee's hairstyle[edit]

Keempee de Leon sported a haircut back in the 90s that was imitated by young men at the time. Named after him, Keempee, is parted in the middle of the head and long bangs reach as far as the ears. Up until today, Keempee, the hairstyle, is considered a trademark of the era.

Personal life[edit]

He has a child named Samantha with his former girlfriend. His past relationships were Manilyn Reynes, Carmina Villarroel, Vina Morales, Ara Mina, Jessa Zaragoza, Bernadette Allyson, Angelika Dela Cruz and Pauleen Luna.


TV shows[edit]


  • Iskul Bukol: 20 years After
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll 8
  • Ispiritista
  • Lovestruck
  • Bahay Ni Lola
  • Happily Ever After
  • Babang Luksa
  • Message Sent
  • Ten Little Indians
  • Nag-iisang Ikaw
  • Love Notes
  • Okey si Maam
  • The Sarah Balabagan Story
  • Barkada Walang Atrasan
  • Cuadro de Jack
  • Pintsik
  • Gagay Ang Prinsesa ng Brownout
  • Sana'y Ikaw na Nga
  • Jesus dela Cruz at ang mga Batang Riles
  • Miss na miss kita: Utol kong Hoodlum 2
  • Alyas Batman en Robin
  • Humanap ka ng Panget
  • Love at First Sight
  • Petrang Kabayo 2
  • Tangga and Chos: Beauty Secret Agents
  • Teacher's Enemy no. 1
  • Tootsie-Wootsie: Ang Bandang Walang Atrasan
  • Estudyante Blues
  • Aso't Pusa
  • Ang lahat ng ito pati na ang Langit
  • I Love You Three Times a Day
  • Mama Said, Papa Said I Love You


  • Keempee de Leon (OctoArts Records - 1989)
  • OctoArts All Stars - Pasko Para Sa Lahat (OctoArts Records)
  • Better Believe It (OctoArts Records - 1996)

TV Specials[edit]

  • That's Entertainment Anniversary Special (GMA Network)
  • Eat Bulaga Silver Special (GMA Network)
  • Dolphy Alay Tawa: A Musical Tribute to the King of Philippine Comedy
  • Tribute to the Master Showman Kuya Germs (GMA Network)


  • (1991) 5th PMPC Star Award for Best Drama Actor - Agila / ABS-CBN
  • (1995) PMPC Star Award for Best Drama Actor - Villa Quintana
  • (1996) PMPC Star Award for Best Drama Actor - Villa Quintana
  • (2005) Best Comedy Actor for Bahay Mo Ba 'To- Star Awards
  • (2005) Best Comedy Supporting Actor for Bahay Mo Ba 'To- ENPRESS
  • (2015) Best Performance by an Actor (Single Performance) - 13th Gawad Tanglaw


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