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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Leopoldo Salcedo (March 13, 1912 – June 11, 1998), dubbed as “The Great Profile,” was born in San Roque, Cavite, on March 12, 1912. He was married five times, the latest to actress Merle Tuazon and had 14 children.

Nicknamed Pol, he wanted to become a priest and entered the San Vicente de Paul seminary, but quit after a year. At 17, he joined the bodabil troupe of Borromeo Lou.

He made more than 200 movies. His big leading role debut was in Jose Nepomuceno's Sawing Palad in 1934.

During the Japanese occupation of Manila, he continued to perform at the Avenue Theatre with the Philippine Artists' League of Lamberto Avellana.

Salcedo's most famous role came in 1961, when he starred as the titular character in Gerry de Leon's The Moises Padilla Story, a film biography of a Negros Occidental mayoral candidate who in 1951, was tortured and murdered by the private army of the provincial governor after he had refused to withdraw his candidacy. For this role, Salcedo won his first FAMAS Best Actor award. He would win another FAMAS, this time as Best Supporting Actor, in 1976 for his portrayal of a zarzuela actor in Eddie Romero's Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon.

In 1989, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP).

After being bedridden for one year, Salcedo died on June 11, 1998 of heart failure at his Pasig residence. He was 86.

Left- "Death March" (1946)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Norma Blancaflor, Narding Anzures/ Directed by Lamberto Avellana

Right- "Kaaway ng Bayan" (1946)- Stars Carmen Rosales and Leopoldo Salcedo/ Directed by Paquito Bolero

Left- "Ang Kamay ng Diyos" (1947)- Stars Carmen Rosales, Leopoldo Salcedo, Gerardo de Leon, Roberto Rosales/ Directed by Eddie Romero

Right- "Alias Sakim" (1947)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Anita Linda, Lilia Dizon, Quiel Segovia, Fernando Royo, Lopito/ Directed by Ramon Estella

Left- "Tayug" (1947)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Arsenia Francisca, Maria Luisa, Ricardo Brilliante/ Directed by Gerardo de Leon

Right- "El Diablo" (1949)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Rebecca Gonzales, Alfonso Carvajal/ Directed by Richard Abelardo

Left- "Kayumanggi" (1949)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Ester Magalona, Nora Madrid/ Directed by Leopoldo Salcedo

Right- "Ang Lumang Simbahan" (1949)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo and Leila Morena/ Directed by Luis Nolasco

Left- "Hantik" (1950)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Celia Flor/ Directed by Lamberto Avellana

Right- "Tatlong Limbas" (1950)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Mila del Sol, Ben Rubio, Ben Perez / Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa


edgar said...

i think his last movie was sakay. he was already frail in that scene with julio diaz. i hope you can post that scene on your blog, simon. and by the way, i still dont know why he is called-"the great profile."

Unknown said...

He is the great profile and a Cavite born Filipino actor in several films television multi-time award winning performer became popular among Filipinos .died in 1998 of a heart attack cause of death heart failure remains a famous icons of all time.Thanks! From:Wayne

Unknown said...

Story about a revolutionary during the Philippine Revolution Macario Sakay Leopoldo Salcedo's last film
released in 1997 before his death in 1998.Thanks!

Unknown said...

She is the big sister of Rudy Fernandez his live in partner of Leopoldo Salcedo's life appeared
in several films and television/media.Thanks! From:Wayne


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