Dolphy

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Born 25 July 1928
Tondo
Died 10 July 2012
Makati
Spouse
Parents Melencio Espinosa Quizon
Salud de la Rosa Vera
Other Name/s King of Comedy
Pidol
Golay

Rodolfo Vera Quizon (25 July 1928- 10 July 2012), popularly known to his millions of fans as “Dolphy” and the "King of Comedy", is a gifted performer, comedian par excellence and dramatic actor. His career has spanned for more than 50 years making him a legend in show business and one of the most respectable actors in the industry. He passed away at age 83, after 5 years of battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


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Personal life

Dolphy was born in Pampanga to a Filipino-Chinese ship mechanic, Melencio Espinosa Quizon, and Salud de la Rosa Vera, of Spanish descent. He was later raised in Tondo, Manila.

Dolphy charmed his way to several beautiful women, now faithful to only one Zsa Zsa Padilla and a doting father of 18 children by five different women. Rolly, Sally and Dolphy Jr. are Dolphy's children from his first wife. His sons with former starlet Pamela Ponti (real name, Alice Smith) are Ronnie Quizon, Eric S. Quizon and Jeffrey Quizon. They have a daughter who is not in showbiz. Vandolph is his son from actress, Alma Moreno. The rest are their half-brothers and half-sisters. For years he has lived blissfully with singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla, his “common-law wife” with whom he has two daughters, Nicole and Zia.

At 83, Dolphy has undergone several surgeries and treatments: kidney stone removal, heart bypass and appendectomy but he still considered himself a happy man while still having the ability to entertain the nation with his physical humor and classical jokes.

Career

As an actor

The King of Comedy started out as a vaudeville dancer during the World War II years. After the war, he got a job as a dancer and an errand boy in Hong Kong. He was later discovered by the late Fernando Poe, Sr. The latter gave him his first break as a character actor. His comic talents was discovered in the films, "Jack en Jill" and "Facifica Falayfay". Soon, he made many comedy films, alongside fellow comedians, Pugo, Tugo, Babalu, Panchito, Ike Lozada and German Moreno. His big movie break came when Pancho Magalona brought him over to Sampaguita Pictures for the 1953 movie Isang Sulyap mo Tita. In this movie, his first screen name “Golay” was discarded for “Dolphy”, a household name to this day.

His role as John Puruntong in the comedy sitcom, John En Marsha with the late, Nida Blanca lasted for 17 years, and ending in 1990. In 1992, he took on the role as Kevin Kosme in another sitcom, Home Along da Riles which was reinvented into Home Along da Airport years later. In 2006, he had a show with his son Vandolph, John en Shirley, a spin-off to his longest comedy sitcom John En Marsha with Marciel Soriano and veteran actress, Susan Roces.

In 1999, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) named Dolphy as one of the "100 Influential Filipino Artists of the Century.

In 2001, Dolphy along with his sons Eric and Jeffrey Quizon gained international recognition by winning the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation (the equivalent of a Best Actor-Best Actress award) in Brussels for portraying Walter Dempster, Jr., a.k.a. Walterina Markova in the movie Markova: Comfort Gay.

As producer

Dolphy established his production company, the RVQ Productions, in 1960's. Its first offering was the film adaptation of the hit TV sitcom Buhay Artista. His last movie offering was the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Father Jejemon.

His biography Dolphy, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa was launched on his 80th birthday in 2008. Proceeds from the book were given to the Foundation that assists Overseas Filipino Workers. It was also in 2008 when he teamed up with Vic Sotto for the movie Dobol Trobol.

Filmography

  1. Home Alone da Ribber (2002) .... Rudolf
  2. Markova: Comfort Gay (2000) .... Walter Dempster Jr./Walterina Markova
  3. Daddy O! Baby O! (2000) .... Mario

90's

  1. Tataynic (1998)
  2. Aringkingking (1997)
  3. Da Best in da West 2 (1997)
  4. Home Along da Riles 2 (1997) .... Kevin Kosme
  5. Father & Son (1995)
  6. Home Sic Home (1995)
  7. Wanted: Perfect Father (1994) .... Roy
  8. Hataw tatay hataw (1994) .... Marlon
  9. Abrakadabra (1994)
  10. Home Along Da Riles (1993) .... Kevin Kosme
  11. Buddy en Sol (Sine ito) (1992)
  12. Espadang patpat (1990) .... Pidol
  13. Og Must Be Crazy (1990) .... Og
  14. John and Marsha '90 (1990) .... John

80's

  1. My Darling Domestic (The Greytest Iskeyp) (1989)
  2. May pulis... may pulis... sa ilalim ng tulay (1989)
  3. Balbakwa: The Invisible Man (1989) .... Balbakwa
  4. Enteng, the Dragon (1988) .... Enteng
  5. Bakit Kinagat ni Adan ang Mansanas ni Eba (1988) .... Ambo
  6. Action Is Not Missing (1987)
  7. Anak ni Facifica Falayfay, Mga (1987) .... Facifica Falayfay
  8. Bata Batuta (1987)
  9. Black Magic (1987)
  10. My Bugoy Goes to Congress (1987) .... Bugoy
  11. Home Sweet Home (1986)
  12. Once Upon a Time (1986) .... Puga
  13. The Crazy Professor (1985) .... Prof. Einstein
  14. Goatbuster (1985)
  15. John and Marsha sa probinsya (1985) .... John
  16. Kalabog en Bosyo Strike Again (1985) .... Kalabog
  17. Nang maghalo ang balat sa tinalupan (1984) .... Rudolph
  18. Daddy's Little Darling (1984)
  19. Da Best of John & Marsha (1984) .... John
  20. Da Best in da West (1984)
  21. Always in My Heart (1983)
  22. Daddy Knows Best (1983)
  23. My Juan en only (1982) .... Juan
  24. Nang umibig ang gurang (1982)
  25. Dancing Masters 2 (Hongkong) (1982)
  26. Good Morning, Professor (1982)
  27. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1982)
  28. The Quick Brown Fox (1980)
  29. Dolphy's Angels (1980) .... Dolphy Angeles
  30. Superhand (1980)
  31. John and Marsha 4 (1980) .... John

70's

  1. Max en Jess (1979) .... Max
  2. Dancing Master (1979) .... Johnny
  3. Darna kuno (1979) .... Darna Kuno
  4. Jack n' Jill of the Third Kind (1979)
  5. Bugoy (1979) .... Bugoy
  6. Mata ni Angelita, Mga (1978)
  7. Tatay Kong Nanay, Ang (1978) .... Dioscoro Derecho/Coring
  8. John and Marsha 3 (1977) .... John
  9. Omeng Satanasia (1977)
  10. Taho-ichi (1976)
  11. John and Marsha 2 (1976) .... John
  12. Kisame Street (1976)
  13. Happy Days Are Here Again (1975/I)
  14. Kaming matatapang ang apog (1975)
  15. My Funny Valentine (1974) .... Banjo
  16. Sarhento Fofongay, A... ewan (1974) .... Sarhento Fofongay
  17. Captain Barbell Boom! (1973) .... Tingting / Captain Barbell
  18. Fefita Fofongay (Viuda de Falayfay) (1973) .... Fefita Fofongay
  19. Fung Ku (1973)
  20. John En Marsha (1973) .... John
  21. Hiwaga ng Ibong Adarna, Ang (1972) .... Prinsipe Adolfo
  22. Kitang-kita ang ibidensya (1972)
  23. Love Pinoy Style (1972)
  24. Tulak ng Bibig, kabig ng Dibdib (1971)
  25. Up, Up and Away (1970)

60's

  1. Adolphong Hitler (1969)
  2. Atorni Agaton: Abogado de kampanilya (1969) .... Atorni Agaton
  3. Pacifica Falaypay (1969) .... Pacifica Falaypay
  4. Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa mo (1969)
  5. Arista ang Aking Asawa (1968)
  6. Banal, ang ganid, at ang pusakal, Ang (1968)
  7. Buhay Bombero (1968)
  8. Buy One Take One (1968)
  9. Dakilang tanga (1968)
  10. Family Planning (1968)
  11. Good morning titser (1968)
  12. Kaming taga bundok (1968)
  13. Kaming taga ilog (1968)
  14. O kaka, o kaka (1968)
  15. Private Ompong and the Sexy Dozen (1968) .... Pvt. Ompong
  16. Tiririt ng Maya, tiririt ng Ibon (1968)
  17. Utos ni Mayor (1968)
  18. Like father, like son: Kung ano ang puno siya ang bunga (1967)
  19. Together Again (1967)
  20. Dalawang kumander sa WAC (1966)
  21. Napoleon Doble and the Sexy Six (1966)
  22. Pambihirang Dalawa (Sa combat) (1966)
  23. Alyas Don Juan (1966) .... Agent 1-2-3
  24. Doble Solo (1966) .... Agent 1-2-3
  25. Dolpong Istambul (1966) .... Agent 1-2-3
  26. Dolpong Scarface (1966) .... Agent 1-2-3
  27. James Batman (1966) .... Batman / James
  28. Operation Butterball (1966)
  29. Pepe en Pilar (1966) .... Pilar
  30. Sungit Conference (1966)
  31. Dolpinger: Agent sa lagim (1965)
  32. Dolpinger (1965)
  33. Dressed to Kill (1965)
  34. Dr. Yes (1965) .... Agent 1-2-3
  35. Gengis Bond (1965)
  36. Kulog at kidlat (1965)
  37. Utos ni Tale hinde mababale (1965)
  38. Captain Barbell (1964) .... Tenteng
  39. Adre, ayos na! (ang buto-buto) (1964)
  40. King and Queen for a Day (1963)
  41. Isinusumpa Ko! (1963)
  42. Ikaw na ang Mag-ako (1963)
  43. Manugang ni Drakula, Mga (1963)
  44. Tansan vs. Tarsan (1963) .... Tansan
  45. The Big Broadcast (1962)
  46. Lab na lab kita (1962)
  47. Si Lucio at si Miguel (1962)
  48. Susanang daldal (1962)
  49. Tansan the Mighty (1962) .... Tansan
  50. Hami-Hanimun (1961)
  51. Kandidatong Pulpol (1961)
  52. Lawiswis Kawayan (1961)
  53. Operatang Sampay Bakod (1961)
  54. Beatnik (1960)
  55. Dobol Trobol (1960)

50's

  1. Kalabog en Bosyo (1959) .... Kalabog
  2. Ipinagbili Ko ang Aking Anak (1959)
  3. Isinumpa (1959)
  4. Pakiusap (1959)
  5. Wedding Bells (1959)
  6. Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, Mga (1958) .... Pedro
  7. Pulot Gata (1958)
  8. Reyna ng Vicks, Mga (1958)
  9. Silveria (1958)
  10. Bituing Marikit (1957)
  11. Hahabul-Habol (1957)
  12. Hongkong Holiday (1957)
  13. Boksingera Daw! (1956)
  14. Chabacano (1956)
  15. Gigolo (1956)
  16. Kulang sa Pito (1956)
  17. Pampanguena (1956)
  18. Teresa (1956)
  19. Vacacionista (1956)
  20. Artista (1955)
  21. Balisong (1955)
  22. Despatsadora (1955)
  23. Hindi Basta Basta (1955)
  24. Hootsy kootsy (1955)
  25. Kurdapya (1955)
  26. Mambo Dyambo (1955)
  27. Tatay na si Bondying (1955)
  28. Dalagang Ilocana (1954)
  29. Jack and Jill (1954) .... Gloria/Gorio
  30. Maalaala Mo Kaya (1954)
  31. Menor de edad (1954)
  32. Sabungera (1954)
  33. Sa Isang Halik mo Pancho (1954)
  34. Sa Isang Sulyap mo Tita (1953)
  35. Dalawa sa Ilalim ng Panganib (????)


Producer

  1. Home Alone da Ribber (2002)
  2. Markova: Comfort Gay (2000)
  3. Tataynic (1998)
  4. Home Along da Riles (1993)
  5. Og Must Be Crazy (1990)
  6. John and Marsha '90 (1990)
  7. My Darling Domestic (The Greytest Iskeyp) (1989)
  8. Enteng, the Dragon (1988)
  9. The Crazy Professor (1985)
  10. John and Marsha sa probinsya (1985)
  11. Nang maghalo ang balat sa tinalupan
  12. Da Best of John & Marsha (1984)
  13. Da Best in da West (1984)
  14. Always in My Heart (1983)
  15. Daddy Knows Best (1983)
  16. Dancing Masters 2 (Hongkong) (1982)
  17. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1982)
  18. The Quick Brown Fox (1980)
  19. John and Marsha 4 (1980)
  20. Dancing Master (1979)
  21. John and Marsha 3 (1977)
  22. John and Marsha 2 (1976)
  23. My Funny Valentine (1974)
  24. John and Marsha (1973)
  25. Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib (1971)
  26. Up, Up and Away (1970)
  27. Pacifica Falaypay (1969)
  28. Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa mo (1969)
  29. Banal, ang ganid, at ang pusakal, Ang (1968)
  30. Buy One Take One (1968)
  31. Dakilang tanga (1968)
  32. Family Planning (1968)
  33. Kaming taga bundok (1968)
  34. Kaming taga ilog (1968)
  35. Private Ompong and the Sexy Dozen (1968)
  36. Tiririt ng maya, tiririt ng ibon (1968)
  37. Like father, like son: Kung ano ang puno siya ang bunga (1967)


Director

  • Father & Son (1995) (as Rodolfo Vera)


Television Shows

  • Buhay Artista (ABS-CBN)
  • Tantarangtang (ABS-CBN)
  • John En Marsha (RPN 9)
  • Gabi Ni Dolphy (RPN 9)
  • Plaza 1899 (RPN 9)
  • Home Along Da Riles (ABS-CBN 2)
  • Home Along Da Airport (ABS-CBN 2)
  • Quizon Avenue (ABS-CBN 2)
  • John En Shirley (ABS-CBN 2)



Awards and Recognition

Cinemanila International Film Festival

  • 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award


FAMAS Awards

  • 2005 Huwarang Bituin
  • 1978 Best Actor for: Omeng Satanasia (1977)


Gawad Urian Awards

  • 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award


Metro Manila Film Festival

  • 1990 Festival Prize Best Actor for: Espadang Patpat (1990)


Bert Amorcelo Memorial Foundation

  • 1994 Dangal ng Lipi Awardee


Golden Father Foundation

  • Parangal ng Bayan Awardee


Festival de Berlin 2001

  • Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation


Philippine Government, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III

  • Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart, 2010


Death

The King of Comedy has passed away on the evening of 10 July 2012 due to multiple organ failure secondary to severe pnemonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and acute renal failure.

It has been five years since he was first diagnosed with COPD which hinders the flow of air to his lungs. This condition is untreatable and may be progressive over time. It was in June 2012 when his family members and friends from the showbiz industry urged Filipinos to pray for his recovery so he could celebrate his 84th birthday on the 25th of July. Dolphy was rushed on June 9 to the Makati Medical Center because of pneumonia. While in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), he has underwent several kidney dialysis treatments, blood transfusions and even tracheostomy to alleviate his breathing. His family members even considered him undergoing a lung transplant since Dolphy does not want to suffer more with the medical syringe being administered on him.

His remains were brought to the Heritage Park in Taguig City shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

Controversy over National Artist award

There was intense lobbying by Dolphy's supporters for him to be conferred the title of National Artist in the weeks before his death. Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero III, a board member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), said that he believes the comedy king is worthy to be named as a National Artist. He said that Dolphy's nomination and the subsequent approval of NCCA are needed to award him of the recognition.

There was an effort in 2009 to honor Dolphy the title. National Artist for Theater Cecile Guidote-Alvarez revealed that Nicanor Tiongson, former President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines blocked the awarding. Tiongson struck back in a letter to the editor in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and denounced Alvarez for violating the confidentiality of deliberations. Although he denied that he was the decisive factor, he acknowledged that he opposed Dolphy's recognition.

Despite Dolphy's death, the House of Representatives will still tackle a resolution seeking to declare him a National Artist. Rep. Escudero said that lawmakers will convene on the 23rd of July to discuss the issue. He said that they may also recommend a posthumous award for Dolphy.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III awarded Dolphy the “Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart”, the highest civilian award the President can give, for his contributions to the entertainment industry as well as for his humanitarian efforts.

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