For the American football player, see Eddie Garcia (American football).
Eduardo "Eddie" Verchez García (born Jesús García Verchez on born May 2, 1929) popularly known as Manoy is a Filipino film actor and film director.
With over 300 films as of 2011, he is the Filipino actor who has appeared in the most number of movies.
He is also the only person in the Philippines inducted into the FAMAS Hall of Fame in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.
Born to Antonio García and Vicenta Verchez on May 2, 1929 in Sorsogon, Sorsogon, he spent his early life in the municipality of Juban. He served with the Philippine Scouts during World War II and was stationed as a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan before joining show business.
Eddie started acting in the movie Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.
He directed his first movie "Karugtong ng Kahapon" in 1961.
He is known for portraying roles of either the main villain, the lead or a supporting character. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines which he says mostly in action films or comedy films.
As of March 2011, he has appeared in approximately 400 movies and TV shows.
Since 2013, Garcia is currently a part of ABS-CBN. He first appeared on Juan dela Cruz, and later on Honesto. In 2014, he is part of the cast of Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.
Kahit ang Mundo'y Magunaw
Huling Patak ng Dugo
Siete Infantes de Lara
Kilabot sa Makiling
May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo
May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga
Kahit Iputok mo Walang Api
Ako ang Batas
Gen. Tomas Karingal
HEPE Isasabay kita sa Paglubog ng Araw
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Judge Enrico Corpuz
Boyong Manalac: Hoodlum Terminator
Andres Manambit: Angkan sa Matatapang
Galvez: Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Mundo Hahanapin Kita!
Judge Efren Galvez
Cpl. Ariston Mamaril
Marami Ka Pang Kakainin ng Bigas
Melencio Magat: Dugo Laban sa Dugo
Moises Arcangel: Sa Guhit ng Bala
Emong Salvacion: Oras Ka nang Magtago sa Pinanggalingan mo!
Mariano Mison NBI
Sambahin ang Ngalan Mo!
The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin
Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI
Star Cinema, Viva Films
Ang Panday 2
Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story
Atty. Dante Sagalongos
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin
Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI
Star Cinema, Viva Films
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Abakada Ina (2001),
Hinukay Ko na ang Libingan Mo (1991),
Kung Kasalanan Man (1989),
Kung Aagawin mo ang Lahat sa Akin (1987),
Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig (1987),
Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit? (1986),
Magdusa Ka (1986),
Palimos ng Pag-ibig (1986),
Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita (1985),
Friends in Love (1983),
Forgive and Forget (1982),
Cross My Heart (1982),
Sinasamba Kita (1982),
P.S. I Love You (1981),
Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969),
Deadline Agosto 13 (1966),
G-2: Taga-usig ng Kaaway (1965),
Kalaban ng Sindikato (1965),
Historia de Un Amor (1963),
Karugtong ng Kahapon (1961),
Wansapanataym Presents: Yamashita's Treasures
Give Love on Christmas:The Gift Giver
Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon
Engineer Manny Boy
Juan dela Cruz
Julian "Lolo Juls"
Aso ni San Roque
Supremo / Police Director Danilo Aragon
Don Romualdo Alcantara
Rod Santiago's The Sisters
Mayor Enrique Zialcita
Jillian: Namamasko Po
Chang Hee Jung
Mang Potpot (Angel of Death)
Pinoy Records Presents: Pinoy Extreme Talent
Pangarap Kong Jackpot
Mars Ravelo's Darna
Carlo J. Capara's Totoy Bato
Don Aguirre Lobregat
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sing-sing II
Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado
Professor Wakan U. Matadtu / Supremo / Datu Makatunaw
Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang
Mars Ravelo's Darna
Narito Ang Puso Ko
Felipe San Victores
Kung Mawawala Ka
President Leandro Montemayor
Eddie Garcia has always been private on his personal life. He considers his acting profession and private life as separate. A seasoned actor, he lives a relatively simple life without any luxury cars and expensive equipment, enjoying only target shooting as a sport. Eddie maintains a healthy lifestyle through exercise, vitamin supplements, and healthy diet, stressing he prefers fish and vegetables more than meat.
His family is among the descendants of Spanish Pinaminomons settlers. He is a former member of the Philippine Scouts in Okinawa during World War II. The Philippine Military Academy Marangal (Honorable) Class of 1974 also adopted him as one of their honorary classmates, alongside First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.
He has a daughter living in San Diego, California by the name of Lisa Ortega. Not much are known about his spouse or his family. Throughout his career, he has been known for his professionalism, and has evaded intrigues and controversies linking him to any of his fellow co-stars, unlike his contemporaries who are known for their various relationships with other women.
He was also good friends with fellow veteran actors Dolphy and Fernando Poe Jr. He also witnessed the last moment of FPJ. Earlier that year during the 2004 presidential elections, he and Dolphy were campaigning alongside FPJ.
Awards and Nominations:
Eddie has received numerous awards throughout his career. Despite this, he remains level-headed, stressing he doesn't make movies aiming for awards.
Eddie is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.
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).
Eddie is also 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.
Three Luna Awards for Best Director for the movies Magdusa Ka in 1986, Saan Nagtatago and Pag-ibig in 1987, and Abakada Ina in 2001 were conferred upon him by the Film Academy of the Philippines.
He was bestowed the Best Actor award for the movie Death Row in 2000.
The Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines Award for Best Director was conferred to him for the film Imortal in 1989.
He was awarded the Best Actor for the movie Mano Po in 2002.
Gawad Urian Awards:
He earned the Urian Award for Pangunahing Aktor (Best Actor) for the movie Death Row in 2000.
The Natatanging Gawad Urian award was bestowed upon him in 2006.
Lifetime Achievement Awards:
In 1998, he earned the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was also awarded the first Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award - Ulirang Alagad ng Sining during the Entertainment Press Society's Golden Screen TV Awards in 2013.
International Film Awards:
Eddie earned his first international film award at the 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival as the lead actor for the movie Bwakaw in December 15, 2012, garnering the Best Actor award.
He earned his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2002 Star Awards.
In August 2014, Eddie was included in two lists: Inside Showbiz magazine's list of five best of the living Filipino actors, and the Philippines' Yes! Magazine's list of 2014's 100 Most Beautiful Stars.
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