Monday, May 01, 2006


He was born Eduardo Verchez García on 2 May 1921 in Sorsogon, Philippines. Popularly known as Manoy he is a Filipino movie and televison actor and movie director as well. He is a former member of the Philippine Scouts in Okinawa during World War II. He made his first movie, Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.

A perennial kontrabida during the early part of his acting career before he became a leading man in both action and sex comedy films in the l990s, Eddie was already a lead star in the immortal Siete Infantes de Lara with Manuel Conde Jr., Mario Montenegro and Johnny Monteiro. During this period, he was the usual villain or kontrabida in most Sampaguita Picture films. Among these films were Sino ang Maysala? with Romeo Vasquez, Amalia Fuentes and Paraluman, Taga sa Bato with Luis Gonzales, Paraluman, Lolita Rodriguez and Van de Leon. He was still the favorite villain of the king of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. in most of the films produced by FPJ Films.

He is also known to play the part of Leandro Montemayor, the fictional Philippine President on the television drama series, "Kung Mawawala Ka" (When You're Gone), and gave him his first Best Actor in a Drama Series in the 2002 Star Awards.

He also played a part as Lolo Carlos (Grandfather Carlos) in the Filipino-American film, The Debut, and as Lolo Sinat (Grandfather Sinat) in the film, Deathrow.

He is the only person in the Philippines to be a Hall of Fame inductee of the FAMAS in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.

He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959).

He is the most awarded person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.

The first actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Best Supporting Actor Hall of Fame of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in 1974.

He's active both in the movies and television at the age of more than 80.

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