Fernandez has won two Famas Best Actor awards for Batuigas... Pasukuin si Waway (1984) and Victor Corpuz (1988). In 2007, FAMAS awarded him the Fernando Poe, Jr Memorial Award. He also won one FAP Best Actor award for Batuigas....
One of his notable films is Markang Bungo , a film based on a true story, where he portrayed as Police Officer Bobby Ortega. This film is famous for Fernandez's line, "Trabaho lang ito, walang personalan.", which became one of the most memorable Filipino movie line.
He has one son, Mark Anthony Fernandez (b.1979), with former partner Alma Moreno and two children with Lorna Tolentino, his current wife.
Rudy now faced with a serious health problem. He was diagnosed of ampullary cancer and underwent a series of surgery and cobalt treatment.
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