Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe, Jr. and colloquially known as FPJ and Da King, was an actor and cultural icon and was made a Philippine National Artist for Film in 2006.

FERNANDO POE JR.

From the 1950s, Poe played steadfast film heroes who fight for the common man, which won him respect and admiration. He did not complete high school but went on to win numerous awards and prizes as an actor and film director.

 

In 1965, he shared the lead in The Ravagers, a film depicting the United States and the Philippines working together against Japanese war time occupation. The film is considered one of the most influential Filipino films, and it helped establish Poe's status as a movie icon.  Poe became an award-winning actor and garnered the most best actor awards at the FAMAS. Among the movies that received awards were Mga Alabok ng Lupa (1967), Asedillo (1971) and Durugin si Totoy Bato.

 

During the latter part of his career, he ran an unsuccessful bid for President of the Philippines in the 2004 presidential election against the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

20 August 1939

to 14 December 2004

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