Saturday, December 01, 2007
Vic Vargas (March 28, 1939-July 19, 2003) was a Filipino film actor and judoka.
Vargas was the three-time Philippine judo champion at the age of 17.
He starred in well over 60 films between the late 1950s and early 1960s to 2002. Due to his swarthy looks he was often typecast in action films.
He was discovered by Sampaguita Pictures owner Doc Jose Perez while teaching karate lessons in a TV program. He was given the title role as Diegong Tabak which allowed him to show his fantastic physique.He co-starred with Liberty Ilagan. He also made El Vibora, one of the early directorial jobs of Ishmael Bernal. He won a best actor award for his role in “El Vibora.”His other films included Prinsesa Urduja with Amalia Fuentes; and Zamboanga with FPJ and Susan Roces. He also co-starred with FPJ in Mabuting Kaibigan, Masamang Kaaway. His real name was Jose Asuncion from Las Baños, Laguna.
Vargas was once a favorite leading man of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz back in years when they made the “Andres de Saya” series. His last appearance was in “Home Along da Riles.”
Vic Vargas died on Saturday, July 19, after two weeks in a coma at the San Juan de Dios Hospital. He had a stroke July 3 and lapsed into a coma. He was on a life-support system for two weeks until the family decided to take it off.
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