Fernandez had been battling the disease for more than two years. The action star passed away five days after he was brought home from the
Fernandez’s remains lie in state at the
He is survived by his wife Lorna, and their two sons, Rap and Renz, and a third son with actress-politician Alma Moreno, actor Mark Anthony Fernandez.
Fernandez’s entry in the action genre came in 1976 in the biopic of a notorious criminal, Bitayin si Baby Ama, a box-office hit that established him as a big name in Philippine movies for the next three decades. His words were etched in local cinema parlance with the line, “Trabaho lang, walang personalan (This is just a job, nothing personal),” in the 1992 movie Markang Bungo, which is another biopic, this time of a Baguio City cop, Bobby Ortega. He also played Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Gen. Victor Corpus, former actor Eddie Fernandez and politician Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo in blockbuster films. Fernandez starred in 65 films throughout his career, the last being the 2002 Hula Mo, Huli Ko!.
He is a winner of two FAMAS best actor trophies for the 1984 film Batuigas...Pasukuin si Waway and the 1988 Victor Corpus biopic and one
The Philippine Movie Press Club recently gave Fernandez the 2008 Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award.
See Rudy Fernandez Circa 1976- 1980
1. Kamay Ni Cain (1992)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Alice Dixson and Aiko Melendez/ Directed by Jose Carreon
2. Kung Kailangan Mo Ako (1993)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Sharon Cuneta/ Directed by Eddie Garcia
3. Tumbasan Mo Ng Buhay! (1993)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Nanette Medved
4. Nagkataon Nagkatagpo (1994)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Maricel Soriano/ Directed by Augusto Salvador
5. Lagalag: The Eddie Fernandez Story (1994)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Dawn Zulueta/ Directed by Romy Suzara
6. Matimbang Pa Sa Dugo (1995)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Ana Roces/ Directed by Jose Carreon
7. Iligpit Si Bobby Ortega!: Markang Bungo 2 (1995)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Anthony Alonzo, Bembol Roco, Bing Loyzaga, Charlene Gonzalez/ Directed by Eddie Rodriguez
8. Itataya Ko Buhay Ko (1996)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Dawn Zulueta, Ricky Davao, Mat Ranillo III, Mark Gil, Pia Pilapil and Charito Solis/ Directed by Jose Carreon
9. Ayos Lang Pare Ko! (1997)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Ogie Alcasid and Gellie De Belen/ Directed by Ricardo 'Bebong' Osorio
10. Ginto't Pilak (1999)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Rosanna Roces/ Directed by Romy Suzara
11. Palaban (2000)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Ara Mina/ Directed by Toto Natividad
12. Ping Lacson: Super Cop (2000)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Lorna Tolentino, Ricky Davao, Glydel Mercado, Ace Espinosa and Herbert Bautista
13. Diskarte (2002)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Ara Mina
14. Hula Mo... Huli Ko! (2002)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Rufa Mae Quinto