The Philippine’s King of Comedy started his career in entertainment as a chorus dancer during the Japanese occupation, but he eventually left the stage for the silverscreen to play bit roles in the films of Fernando Poe Sr. His notable performances earned him a contract under Sampaguita Pictures, where he was given the opportunity to play the lead roles in the blockbuster hits Jack en Jill, Silveria, Captain Barbell and Facifica Falayfay.
He later established his own film outfit called RVQ Productions, which produced most of his movies until his demise in 2012. Among his last few films were Nobody Nobody But… Juan and Father Jejemon. And while lauded for his brand of comedy, Dolphy has also proven to be a stellar dramatic actor. His performance as the transvestite Walterina Markova in Markova: Comfort Gay won him the Prix de la Melleure Interpretation in Brussels, Belgium.
Dolphy’s comic genius was also featured in many top-rating shows made for television. In fact, two of the most beloved characters he has played in his career were as John Puruntong in the sitcom John en Marsha and as Kevin Cosme in Home Along Da Riles and Home Along Da Airport.