Thursday, January 05, 2006



Van De Leon was a serious actor who started as extra in the movie Anak ng Dagat of Sampaguita Pictures in 1949. He worked with the Bureau of Customs when he decided to join the movie industry. He was cast as an abusive father in the blockbuster-low-buget movie, Roberta starring Tessie Agana.

His first starring role was Inspirasyon with Carmen Rosales as his leading lady.
It was luck on his part because Fred Montilla and Oscar Moreno refused to pair with Carmen Rosales who won the Famas best actress in that movie.

He was the coach of the new aspiring young stars such as Romeo Vasquez, Juancho Gutierrez, Eddie Arenas, Eddie Gutierrez and Dindo Fernando.

He left Sampaguita in 1965 when there were only few acting roles available.

He transferred to Premiere Productions where he was given opportunity by Cirio Santiago. He was not a contract star so he was able to accpet movie offers from other movie companies like Tagalog-Ilang Ilang Productions of Atty. Esperidion Laxa.

He got high regards for Lolita Rodrigues, Marlene Dauden, Carmen Rosales and Rita Gonez.

His last best performances were in Aliw-iw where he appeared as a drunk caretaker
and in Sugat sa Ugat as father of Christopher de Leon.

He was the father of actress MADEL DE LEON. He died in 1980's.

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