For other people with the same name, see Fernando Po (disambiguation).

Ronald Allan Poe y Kelley (August 20, 1939 – December 14, 2004), better known as Fernando Poe, Jr. and colloquially known as FPJ and Da King, was a Filipino actor. During the latter part of his career, he unsuccessfully ran for President of the Philippines in the 2004 presidential election against the incumbent president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He was dubbed the King of Philippine Movies.

He was posthumously declared a National Artist of the Philippines for Film on 23 May 2006 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The award was confirmed by President Benigno Aquino III on 20 July 2012, and given on 16 August.

Acting career

Poe dropped out of high school to work in the Filipino film industry as a messenger boy, and was given acting roles in subsequent years. Starting as a stuntman for Everlasting Pictures, he was given a break and landed his first starring role in the movie Anak ni Palaris (Son of Palaris) at the age of 14. The movie was not a big hit. In 1957, the movie Lo Waist Gang made him popular, and the film was such a big hit that low-waist pants became a fad.

Known also as FPJ from his initials, Poe acted in a number of movies which depicted him as the champion of the poor and downtrodden. He also directed nine movies, under the pseudonym Ronwaldo Reyes. Reyes originated from the surname of his paternal grandmother, Martha. The name Ronwaldo Reyes also alliterates to Ronald Reagan, who like Poe, was an actor who later ran for President.

He established FPJ productions in 1961 and later organized other film companies such as D'Lanor, JAFERE, and Rosas Productions. In 1963, he testified against criminal gangs, known as the Big Four, who extorted money from the film industry. 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.

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), Durugin si Totoy Bato, Umpisahan Mo, Tatapusin Ko (1983), and Muslim Magnum .357 (1987).

Among his famous movies include playing Flavio in the mythical Ang Panday series, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Dito sa Pitong Gatang and Aguila. His last movie was Pakners which also stars 9-ball billiards champion Efren "Bata" Reyes.

Presidential bid

Fernando Poe Jr., was the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP)'s candidate for the 2004 presidential election. A public figure in his movie career and known for his charitable but unpublicized endeavours, he targeted his candidacy at the same poor whom he championed in his movies.

Poe accepted the nomination in December 2003 and was to be the opposition standard-bearer for the Philippines' 2004 presidential election. Some accounts portray him as a reluctant candidate who was only prevailed upon to accept the nomination by his best friend, former President Joseph Estrada. But other accounts say he was convinced to cast his bid for the presidency because of the overwhelming crowd that gathered for the first rally of the FPJ for President Movement at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Personal life

Poe married actress Susan Roces (real name: Jesusa Sonora) in a civil wedding in December 1968. They later married in a religious service and among their primary sponsors were then-President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda. Poe and Roces adopted a daughter, former MTRCB Chairman and May 2013 senatorial candidate, Grace Poe. Poe was also partnered with Anna Marin and had one son as Ronian and former actress Rowena Moran has one daughter Lourdes Virginia.

Although a famous public figure, Poe had been very reclusive about his personal life. However, in February, 2004, during the presidential campaign, Poe admitted to having sired two children out of wedlock.

Death and legacy

Poe was admitted to Saint Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City on the evening of December 11, 2004 after complaining of dizziness at a gathering in his production studio during a Christmas party. He suffered from a stroke and slipped into a coma while being treated for a brain clot. Doctors described his condition as a cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure. He died at the age of 65 on December 14 at 12:01 am, without regaining consciousness. Friends and allies from the movie and political worlds were at his bedside.

The nine-day wake was attended by hundreds of thousands, with organizers claiming numbers as high as two million. The funeral procession drew tens of thousands who crowded the streets of Quezon City, an event that was reminiscent of the funeral processions of Ninoy Aquino in 1983 and matinee idol Julie Vega in 1985. He was buried in his family plot along with his father and mother in North Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

On December 14, 2012, Eight years after his death, FPJ was feted with a monument along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. The monument was unveiled Friday at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Arquiza Street, with widow Susan Roces and daughter Grace Poe attending the affair.

In popular culture

  • Fernando Poe Jr. inspired a generation of television and movie impersonators, both serious and comedic. His iconic movie role as the 'Pinoy Robin Hood' and 'People's Champion' in most of his films have repeatedly been clichéd by Filipino action films for years to come.
  • TV host-comedian Joey De Leon parodied FPJ and his iconic film persona (most notably the character of Flavio in "Ang Panday") in many cameo and starring roles. In the comedy-hit movie "She-Man, Mistress of the Universe", FPJ himself appeared in character (as Flavio) and made a memorable cameo appearance to rescue "Pandoy" (De Leon's character name) against his enemies. Ironically, De Leon in his Starzan character from the film of the same name made a cameo appearance in FPJ's film "May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi" asking the latter to take him to the forest.
  • Long sideburns in the Philippines are often referred to as "FPJ's".


Title Year Films Anak ng Palaris 1955 Fernando Poe Productions Rosita Nobles 1955 Deegar Cinema Inc. Simaron (Extra) 1956 Everlasting Pictures Babaing Mandarambong 1956 Everlasting Pictures Lo Waist Gang 1956 Premier Production / A Larry Santiago Film Kamay ni Cain 1957 People's Pictures Bakasyon Grande 1957 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Tipin 1957 People's Pictures Los Lacuacheros 1957 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. H-Line Gang 1957 Premier Productions Inc. Bicol Express 1958 Premier Productions Inc. Student Canteen 1958 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Lutong Makaw 1958 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Pepeng Kaliwete Part 1 1958 Premier Productions Inc. May Pasikat Ba sa Kano? 1958 Premier Productions Inc. Obra Maestra 1958 People's Pictures Atrebida 1958 Premier Productions Lo’ Waist Gang at Og sa Mindoro 1958 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Laban sa Lahat 1958 Premier Productions Bon Voyage 1958 Premier Productions Princesa Naranja 1959 Premier Productions Rolling Rockers 1959 People's Pictures Duke De Borgona {The Duke of Borgona} 1959 Premier Productions Eva Dragon 1959 Premier Productions Hawaiian Boy 1959 People's Picture Tough Guy 1959 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Big Time Berto (Cameo Role) 1959 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Pitong Gatang { Seven Cup} 1959 Premiere Productions Anak ng Bulkan 1959 Premier Productions Gabi Ng Lagim (Cameo Role) {Fright Night} 1960 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Markado 1960 Hollywood-Far East Productions Rancho Grande 1960 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Lo Waist Gang Joins The Armed Forces 1960 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Walang Daig-dig 1960 Larry Santiago Productions / A Poe-Zshornack Productions Materiales Fuertes (Cameo Role) 1960 People's Pictures Viuda De Ojo {Eye Widow} 1960 Premier Productions Sutlang Bakal {Steel of Silk} 1960 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. True Confessions 1960 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Sarhento Salcedo 1960 Balatbat Productions Pasong Diablo {Devil's Pass} 1961 Poe-Zshornack Productions Sandata at Pangako 1961 LVN Pictures Kilabot Sa Barilan 1961 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Walang Patawad 1961 Balatbat Productions Sakristan Mayor { Senior Acolyte} 1961 People's Pictures Ikaw O Ako 1961 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Hinahamon Kita 1961 People's Pictures Dakilang 9 {Great 9} 1961 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Matapang Sa Matapang {Courage To courage} 1961 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Baril sa Baril 1961 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Tatlong Baraha 1961 Hollywood-Far East Productions Apollo Robles 1961 Premier Productions Walang Pagkalupig {Unconquered} 1961 Larry Santiago Productions / A Jasmin Tagalog Pictures Hari Sa Barilan 1962 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Suicide Commandoes 1962 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Kapag Puno na ang Salop Part 1 1962 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Mga Tigreng Taga-bukid 1962 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Batang Maynila 1962 FPJ Productions Ako Ang Katarungan 1962 Premier Productions Albano Brothers 1962 FPJ Productions / Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions 4 Valientes 1962 People's Pictures Leon Marahas 1962 People's Pictures Pagtutuos Ng Mga Kilabot {Duel of the Dreaded} 1962 FPJ Productions Masikip ang Daigdig 1962 People's Pictures Mapusok na Paghihiganti 1962 Balatbat Productions Los Palikeros {The Playboys} 1963 FPJ Productions Limang Kidlat 1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Kung Hindi Ka Susuko 1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Ito Ang Maynila 1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions The Big Show (Cameo Role) 1963 People's Pictures Magnong Mandurukot 1963 People's Pictures 12 Kuba 1963 People's Pictures Bilis Ng Kamay {Sleight of Hand} 1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Calleyon 11 1963 FPJ Productions Fandong Asintado {Sharpshooter Fando} 1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Tahimik Ngunit Mapanganib 1963 RTG Productions Angkan ng Matatapang 1963 FPJ Productions Sierra Madre 1963 JAFERE Productions Sa Pagitan ng Dalawang Mata 1963 People Pictures Sigaw ng Digmaan 1963 FPJ Productions Anghel Sa Aking Balikat 1964 FPJ Productions Intramuros 1964 Hemisphere Pictures Mano Mano 1964 FPJ Productions Maskarados 1964 JAFERE Productions Geron Busabos (Cameo Role) 1964 EMAR Pictures Daniel Barrion 1964 JAFERE Productions Walang Hanggan 1964 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Baril Na Ginto 1964 FPJ Productions Orlando Romano 1964 JAFERE Productions Saan Man Sulok ng Daigdig {On Any Corner of the World} 1964 People's Pictures Kumander Fidela 1964 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. 9 Laban sa Lahat 1964 RTG Productions Ang Daigdig Ko'y Ikaw 1965 FPJ Productions Sa Bawa't Hakbang Panganib 1965 JAFERE Productions Tierra Verde 1965 FPJ Productions Pilipinas Kong Mahal 1965 FPJ Productions Ang Salarin 1965 RTG Productions Ang Mananandata 1965 FPJ Productions Maginoong Tulisan 1965 RTG Productions The Ravagers 1965 Hemisphere Pictures Tatak Barbaro 1965 RTG Productions Hangga't May Kalaban 1965 FPJ Productions Let's Do The Freddie (Cameo Role) 1966 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Zamboanga 1966 FPJ Productions San Bernardo 1966 FPJ Productions Diegong Akyat 1966 FPJ Productions Lupong Balisong 1966 RTG Productions Hanggang May Buhay 1966 FPJ Productions Franco Madero 1966 Virgo Film Productions Sarhentong Aguila at 9 na Magigiting 1966 FPJ Productions Dakilang Balat-kayo 1966 JAFERE Productions Baril Sa Aking Kamay 1966 FPJ Productions Ang Haragan 1966 RTG Productions Dugo Sa Buhangin 1967 RTG Productions Ex-Convict 1967 RTG Productions Alyas 1-2-3 1967 FPJ Productions Mga Alabok sa Lupa 1967 FPJ Productions Langit At Lupa 1967 FPJ Productions Baril At Rosaryo 1967 AM Productions Roman Montalan 1967 EMAR Pictures ...At Sila'y Dumating {...And They Arrived} 1967 FPJ Productions Alamat Ng 7 Kilabot 1967 FPJ Productions Tatlong Hari 1968 FPJ Productions Tanging Ikaw 1968 Rosas Productions To Susan With Love 1968 Rosas Productions Sorrento 1968 FPJ Productions Ang Pagbabalik ni Daniel Barrion 1968 FPJ Productions Magpakailanman 1968 FPJ Productions Ang Mangliligpit 1968 RTG Productions Dos Por Dos 1968 Emar Pictures Ang Dayuhan 1968 RTG Productions Barbaro Cristobal 1968 FPJ Productions Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin 1969 FPJ Productions Perlas ng Silangan 1969 FPJ Productions Nardong Kutsero 1969 FPJ Productions 14 1969 All Stars Productions Inc. Ginintuang Kamay 1969 FPJ Productions Fando 1969 FPJ Productions Matimbang ang Dugo sa Tubig {Blood is Thicker than Water} 1969 FPJ Productions Batang Matadero 1969 FPJ Productions Divina Garcia 1970 FPJ Productions Santiago! 1970 LEA Productions Mga Anghel na Walang Langit (Cameo Role) 1970 FPJ Productions Digmaan ng Mga Angkan {Clan Wars} 1971 FPJ Productions Dampo't Pukol Salo 1971 FPJ Productions Asedillo 1971 FPJ Productions Ang Kampana Sa Santa Quiteria 1971 FPJ Productions Alas, Hari at Sota 1972 FPJ Productions Ang Alamat {The Legend} 1972 FPJ Productions Sto. Domingo 1972 FN Productions Salaginto't Salagubang 1972 FPJ Productions Magiting at Pusakal 1972 JE Productions Esteban 1973 FPJ Productions Dugo ng Bayan 1973 FPJ Productions Ang Agila At Ang Araw 1973 FPJ Productions Sto. Kristo 1973 FPJ Productions Karnabal 1973 FPJ Productions Batya't Palu-Palo 1974 FPJ Productions Ang Pangalan "Mediavillo" 1974 FPJ Productions Sanctuario 1974 FPJ Productions Hotdog : Unang Kagat (First Bite) (Cameo Role) 1975 Crown Seven Film Productions Alupihang Dagat {Stomatopod} 1975 FPJ Productions Happy Days Are Here Again 1975 FPJ Productions Pagbabalik ng Lawin 1975 FPJ Productions Anak Ng Araw 1975 FPJ Productions Anino ng Araw 1975 FPJ Productions Dugo At Pag-ibig Sa Kapirasong Lupa 1975 Bravo Film Productions Tatak ng Alipin 1975 FPJ Productions Ang Leon At Ang Daga 1976 FPJ Productions Bato sa Buhangin 1976 FPJ Productions Alakdang Gubat 1976 FPJ Productions Andalucia 1976 LEA Productions Tutubing Kalabaw, Tutubing Karayom 1977 FPJ Productions Totoy Bato 1977 FPJ Productions Bontoc 1977 FPJ Productions Little Christmas Tree 1977 FPJ Productions Nagbabagang Asero {Smoldering Steel} 1977 FPJ Productions Tundo: Isla Puting Bato 1977 LEA Productions King 1978 FPJ Productions It Happened One Night 1978 FPJ Productions Ang Lalaki, Ang Alamat, at Ang Baril 1978 FPJ Productions Kumander Ulupong 1978 GPS Film Productions Patayin si Mediavillo 1978 FPJ Productions Mga Mata ni Anghelita (in a Special Role) 1978 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Tatak ng Tundo 1978 FPJ Productions Ang Panday 1978 FPJ Productions Isa Para Sa Lahat, Lahat Para Sa Isa 1979 FPJ Productions At Muling Nagbaga ang Lupa 1979 FPJ Productions Mahal...Saan Ka Nanggaling Kagabi? 1979 FPJ Productions Durugin si Totoy Bato 1979 FPJ Productions Boy Negro (Cameo Role) 1980 RDO Film Circle Mahal, Ginabi Ka Na Naman 1980 FPJ Productions Ang Agila at ang Falcon 1980 FPJ Productions Ang Lihim ng Guadalupe 1980 FPJ Productions Aguila 1980 Bancom Audiovision Corp. Angelita... Ako ang iyong ina 1980 Larry Santiago Productions Inc. Leon at ang Kuting 1980 FPJ Productions Izkorokotoy (Cameo Role) 1981 GPS Film Production Ang Maestro 1981 FPJ Productions Bandido sa Sapang Bato 1981 GPS Film Productions Sierra Madre Part 2 1981 LEA Productions Minahal Mo Ba Ako 1981 FPJ Productions Sambahin Ang Ngalan Mo 1981 LEA Productions Ang Pagbabalik ng Panday 1982 FPJ Productions Manedyer...Si Kumander (My the Manager] 1982 FPJ Productions Kalibre .45 1982 Mirick Films International Daniel Bartolo ng Sapang Bato 1982 GPS Film Productions Panday, Ang Ikatlong Yugto 1982 FPJ Productions Brando Bandido (Cameo Role) 1983 Day Films Roman Rapido 1983 BHS Film Kapag Buhay Ang Inutang 1983 Cine Suerte Inc. Umpisahan Mo, Tatapusin Ko 1983 FPJ Productions Isang Bala Ka Lang 1983 FPJ Productions Panday, Ikaapat na Aklat 1984 FPJ Productions Sigaw ng Katarungan 1984 Cine Suerte Inc. Sierra Madre Part 3 1984 LEA Productions Daáng Hari 1984 LEA Productions Ang Padrino 1984 FPJ Productions Isa-Isa Lang 1985 Cine Suerte Inc. Partida 1985 Cine Suerte Inc. / FPJ Productions Kapag Lumaban Ang Api (When the Downtrodden Fights Back) 1986 LEA Productions Batang Quiapo 1986 Regal Films Iyo ang Tondo, Kanya ang Cavite (Tondo is Yours, Cavite, is His) 1986 FPJ Productions / Imus Films (co-production) Muslim .357 1986 Tagalog IlangIlang Productions Kapag Lumaban Ang Api 1987 LEA Productions Kapag Puno na ang Salop 1987 FPJ Productions Batas sa Aking Kamay 1987 Bonanza Films Kamao (Telemovie) 1987 KAPP / TAPE, Inc. (co-production) No Retreat... No Surrender... Si Kumander 1987 FPJ Productions One Day, Isang Araw 1988 Regal Films Gawa Na Ang Bala Na Papatay Sa Yo 1988 FPJ Productions Agila Ng Maynila 1989 FPJ Productions Wanted: Pamilya Banal 1989 FPJ Productions Ako Ang Húhusga (Kapag Punô na ang Salop Part II) 1989 Bonanza Films May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi 1990 FPJ Productions Kahit Konting Pagtingin 1990 Viva Films Hindi Ka Na Sisikatan Ng Araw (Kapag Puno na ang Salop Part III) 1990 FPJ Productions Batas Ng 45 1991 Chiba Films Mabuting Kaibigan...Masamang Kaaway 1991 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Lakay: The Lagasca Story 1991 GP Films Dito sa Pitong Gatang 1992 FPJ Productions Isang Bala Ka Lang (Part 2) 1992 Vision Films Hindi Pa Tapos Ang Lában 1994 Viva Films The Epimaco Velasco Story: NBI 1994 FLT Films Walang Matigas na Tinápay sa Mainit na Kape 1994 FPJ Productions Minsan Pa (Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2) 1995 Viva Films Kahit Butas ng Karayom, Papasúkin Ko! 1995 Chiba Films / Antonio Cabangon Chua Ang Syota Kong Balikbayan 1995 FPJ Productions Hagedorn 1996 Merdeka Films Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko 1996 FPJ Productions Ang Probinsyano 1996 FPJ Productions Eseng ng Tondo 1997 Viva Films / FPJ Productions Ang Pagbabalik ng Probinsiyano 1998 FPJ Productions Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko 1999 Star Cinema Ang Dalubhasa 2000 Millennium Cinema Ayos na ang Kasunod 2000 FPJ Productions Isa-isa Lang (one by one only) 2001 FPJ Productions Batas ng Lansángan 2002 Maverick Films Ang Alamát ng Láwin 2002 FPJ Productions Pakners 2003 FPJ Productions

See also

  • Fernando Poe Jr's Presidential Candidacy
  • Fernando Poe, Jr. at the Internet Movie Database
  • Article about his presidential bid
  • Opinion Article on the man
  • Article and photos on his funeral
  • GMA NEWS.TV, Susan Roces leads rites for FPJ death anniversary 12/14/2007, 11:30 AM
Persondata Name Poe, Fernando 02 Alternative namesShort description Filipino actor Date of birth 1939-08-20 Place of birth Manila, Philippines Date of death 2004-12-14 Place of death Quezon City, Philippines
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