Starting way, way back at the very beginning, Dolphy was first noticed by moviegoers in 1953 in Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, starring the then popular love team of Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Dolphy was also featured in 1954’s “answer” to the “Tita” movie, Sa Isang Halik Mo, Pancho.
That early, Dolphy was clearly on his way, because in 1954, he acted in five other films, the most significant of which was Jack en Jill, where he played the “male” (gay) lead, opposite Lolita Rodriguez in a tomboyish role.
Dolphy’s first lead performance clicked with moviegoers, and set the pattern for quite a number of his subsequent starrers in the 60s in such movies as Susanang Daldal, Pepe en Pilar and Facifica Falayfay, where he also played flamboyant crossdressers.
Thus did Dolphy prove anew that gay can become gold at the box office. But, he didn’t rest on his sequined laurels. Quite smartly, he realized that the way to a long and stellar career was in not being typecast in gay roles—no matter how popular they were. He did spoofs on James Bond and other hit
In 1978, Dolphy, in a rare dramatic role, delivered a tour de force performance as Coring, a gay beautician, in this unforgettable Lino Brocka movie, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay. In 2000, he put his advanced age to good advantage by playing the tragi-comic title character in Markova, Comfort Gay.
Darna, Kuno? (1979)- Stars Dolphy [as the gay Darna], Lotis Key, Marissa Delgado and Celia Rodriguez/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos