Starting way, way back at the very beginning, Dolphy was first noticed by moviegoers in 1953 in Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, starring the then popular love team of Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Dolphy was also featured in 1954’s “answer” to the “Tita” movie, Sa Isang Halik Mo, Pancho.

 That early, Dolphy was clearly on his way, because in 1954, he acted in five other films, the most significant of which was Jack en Jill, where he played the “male” (gay) lead, opposite Lolita Rodriguez in a tomboyish role.
 Dolphy’s first lead performance clicked with moviegoers, and set the pattern for quite a number of his subsequent starrers in the 60s in such movies as Susanang Daldal, Pepe en Pilar and Facifica Falayfay, where he also played flamboyant crossdressers.
 Thus did Dolphy prove anew that gay can become gold at the box office. But, he didn’t rest on his sequined laurels. Quite smartly, he realized that the way to a long and stellar career was in not being typecast in gay roles—no matter how popular they were. He did spoofs on James Bond and other hit Hollywood movies. He was best known for his character John Puruntong in the comedy sitcom John En Marsha with Nida Blanca. The series lasted for 17 years and ended in 1990.

In 1978, Dolphy, in a rare dramatic role, delivered a tour de force performance as Coring, a gay beautician, in this unforgettable Lino Brocka movie, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay. In 2000, he put his advanced age to good advantage by playing the tragi-comic title character in Markova, Comfort Gay.


Jack and Jill (1954)- Stars Rogelio De La Rosa, Lolita Rodriguez angd Dolphy/ Directed by Mar S. Torres
Susanang Daldal (1962)- Stars Susan Roces, Dolphy and Panchito, Eddie Gutierrez, Jean Lopez, Lito Legaspi/ Directed by Romy Villaflor
Pepe En Pilar (1966)- Stars Susan Roces, Dolphy, Rod Navarro, Lucita Soriano, Bayani, Patsy and Panchito/ Directed by Romy Villaflor
Facifica Falayfay (1969)- Stars Dolphy, Pilar Pilapil, Panchito and Rod Navarro/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos
Kangkarot (1969)- Stars Dolphy, Panchito, Rebecca, Patsy, Teroy De Guzman/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos
Karioka Etchos de America (1971)- Stars Dolphy, Nancy Kwan, Panchito/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos
Fefita Fofonggay viuda de Falayfay (1973)- Stars Dolphy, Rosanna Ortiz, Panchito, Babalu and Rod Navarro/ Directed by Armando Garces
Sarhento Fofonggay (1974)- Stars Dolphy, Helen Gamboa, Panchito, Bentot, Babalu/ Directed by Armando Garces
Jack n’ Jill of the Third Kind (1978)- Stars Dolphy, Nora Aunor, Rolly Quizon, Panchito/ Directed by Frank Gray, Jr.
Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (1978)- Stars Dolphy, Nino Muhlach, Phillip Salvador, Marissa Delgado/ Directed by Lino Brocka
Darna, Kuno? (1979)- Stars Dolphy [as the gay Darna], Lotis Key, Marissa Delgado and Celia Rodriguez/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos
Markova Comfort Gay (2000)- Stars Dolphy, Eric Quizon, Jeffrey Quizon and Loren Legarda/ Directed by Gil Portes

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Text&Poster courtesy of SIMON SANTOS’ video48.blogspot


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