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Thursday, October 18, 2007

JESS LAPID - TOO LATE THE HERO


Jess Lapid’s climb to the top was not easy. He flirted with death in many of his pictures at the start of his career. As a stuntman, he doubled for an actor in hazardous scene. Jess was only 19 when he started in movies. He appeared as a bit player in Premiere’s “Larawan ng Buhay.” Soon, he was doubling for big stars in such feats as falling from speeding cars, jumping off horses, trees, and what-have-you that were too dangerous for lead stars to do. FPJ Productions gave him his first big acting part as a villain in “Pasong Diablo” in 1961, before being given a meaty role in "Sierra Madre" (1963) playing second lead to top action star Fernando Poe, Jr. But full stardom came a little bit later in 1964 when Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions casted him in a lead role as "Kardong Kidlat" opposite newcomer sex siren Divina Valencia. The gamble paid off as the movie broke all records in the box-office. Thus, a new action hero was born. His career was shortlived though. In 1968, he was gunned down inside a nightclub in Manila suburb.see link




A movie on his life, "The Jess Lapid Story" was made a decade later, in 1978 starring newcomer and stuntman Lito Lapid. This film became a stepping stone for the young Lapid to shine and the right vehicle for full stardom.





Sierra Madre (1963)



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Kardong Kidlat (1964)




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Guillermo Bravado (1965)


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Labanang Lalake! (1965)




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Huling Baraha (1966)




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Pistolero (1966)




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San Bernardo (1966)




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Soliman Brothers (1966)



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Kidlat Meets Gringo (1967)


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Alamat ng 7 Kilabot (1967)


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3 Hari (1968)


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Killer Patrol (1968)

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