After leaving Sampaguita, Dolphy was practically jobless. Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. got him into television on Channel 3. His first TV show was with ABS-CBN on Buhay Artista, a concept by Geny Lopez and Ading Fernando. While doing radio, his talent fee was P250-P300 per program; when he did TV, he was at P500 per show.
While on television, he also started doing movies for independent studios like LEA Productions, Balatbat Productions, Filipinas Productions, Zultana Productions and Fernando Poe, Jr.'s D’Lanor Productions. He starred on two of his movies in 1964, Captain Barbell and Daigdig ng Fantasia with Nova Villa, both directed by Herminio “Butch” Bautista. (Source: Hindi Ko Itong Narating Mag-Isa by Bibeth Orteza)