EDDIE GARCIA - The Great Contravida # 3





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Published on Jun 14, 2011

... Perhaps more than any Filipino actor, Eddie Garcia has appeared in the most number of movies, more than 300. He has acted in just about every genre in feature filmmaking, and even figured in shorts and features from the alternative cinema. The sheer variety of roles he has done runs the gamut of genres, formulas, and typecasting. He has done drama, comedy, action movies, fantasy, and musical. The list of his acting jobs reads like a history of Philippine cinema in the last 50 years

The archetypal image of Eddie Garcia is as villain, dapper in suit, dressed to kill for the kill. He is the snake-skinned lago with the silver tongue, the Shylock offering a wage for the other wager's pound of flesh, and the Tartuffe whose piety hides cruel intentions — with the only difference that Eddie Garcia is incredibly debonair. Tall, fair, with brooding Hispanic looks, and of course with a mustache, Eddie Garcia is the classic villain, the one you would love to hate and kill.

Eddie Verchez Garcia was born on May 2, 1921 in Sorsogon. A member of the Philippine Scouts posted in Okinawa after the Second World War, he came to the cinema almost by accident. Barely out of the Philippine Army after his posting in 1949, he, together with his Scout mate, Jimmy Gastelvi, answered a call to audition for several roles in the original version of Manuel Conde's "Siete Infantes de Lara." Tall, fair, with sharp Hispanic features that lent well to the Moorish characters he was auditioning for, he made it to one of the seven swashbuckling roles.

Because he wore a dashing mustache in contrast to clean-shaven actors, Eddie Garcia begun to be typecast as the contravida. the villain whose sophisticated and fair demeanor masks the darkest and most evil of motives. In fact, one of his movies was literally titled that, 1955's "Contravida."

It was as villain that Eddie Garcia first captured the imagination of moviegoers. In fact, he so stamped his identity on the traditional villain role that at one time, he won the Famas best supporting actor award for three consecutive years, from 1957-1959. In 1974, he became the first actor to be elevated to the Famas hall of fame for having won the best supporting actor award for six times.

After the classic contravida, Eddie Garcia is imprinted in the imagination of the public as a mischievous fellow named "Manuel Dakutin" or "Manoy" a character that he has played in various guises in several comedies, often sex comedies. Often caught in rambunctious dalliances and hilarious situations, Manoy would scrape through either by his trademark charm or by sheer resignation, but not without the character uttering an expletive or two in smacking Bicolano language. Drawing from his Southeastern Luzon folk roots, the actor has made Manoy a sort of Pinoy Everyman, with his own share of good qualities and guilty pleasures.
.... (source: www.manunuri.com written by Lito B. Zulueta,)

Consider this:
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 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.
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.

With all these achievements and credentials, Eddie Garcia should have been a National Artist by now.

His latest TV appearance is in the on going ABCTV5 teleserye "Babaeng Hampaslupa" with among others, the Queen herself, Ms. Susan Roces.

On screen, Eddie Garcia was a good villain to Da King. With him as the anti hero, he lends a classic stamp to the typical movie of FPJ.

Off screen, Eddie Garcia was a good friend to Da King. During the 2004 Presidential elections, he was actively campaigning for FPJ. He also personally witnessed the last moment of Da King.

It's fun to watch those classic FPJ-Eddie Garcia encounters on screen.
Presented here are a few of them ....



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