Prayers for Actor Eddie Garcia’s Recovery Asked!
MANILA, Philippines — Veteran actor/director Eddie Garcia has tripped and hit his head on the pavement on Saturday during a taping for an upcoming GMA teleserye “Rosang Agimat” in Tondo, Manila. The actor was rushed to the Mary Johnston Hospital in the same district and was reported to have been revived. He is currently being transferred to St. Luke’s hospital in Quezon City in the hopes for a full recovery.
Eduardo Verchez García (born May 2, 1929) is a celebrated and much-awarded Filipino film actor and film director. He is the only individual inducted in three categories in the FAMAS Hall of Fame: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.
García started acting in the movie “Siete Infantes de Lara” in 1949. He directed his first movie “Karugtong ng Kahapon” in 1961. García is best known for portraying villain roles. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines mostly in action films or comedy films. As of March 2011, he has appeared in approximately 400 movies and TV shows – the most in the Philippine entertainment industry.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
García has received numerous awards throughout his career. Despite this, he claims that he does not make movies aiming for awards. García 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). García is also the first actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Hall of Fame for Best Supporting Actor in 1975.
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.
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. 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.
García earned his first international film award at the 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival as the lead actor for the movie “Bwakaw” on December 15, 2012, garnering the Asian Film Award for Best Actor, the only Filipino so far to win the award (as of 2016). He earned his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2002 Star Awards.
In August 2014, García 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.
García has always been private on his personal life, viewing his acting profession and private life as separate. He lives a relatively simple life without any luxury cars and expensive equipment, enjoying only target shooting as a sport. García 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 has a daughter living in San Diego, California by the name of Lisa Ortega, but 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.
STATEMENT FROM HIS FAMILY
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