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Sunday, August 8, 2010


Veteran character actor Charlie Davao, father of Ricky Davao, passed away Sunday morning after a long battle with colon cancer. According to reports, Davao's cancer was detected in December 2009. He recently underwent an operation.

Born Charles Dabao in Iloilo City, he went to Manila in 1954 to pursue his college education. He was a commerce student at the University of the East while involved in commercial and print ad modeling. Although he was attentive in school, his main goal was into film acting, which he realized after a friend told him about an audition at the Sampaguita Pictures. He grabbed the opportunity and passed the audition with flying colors. He was introduced in Isinumpa in 1959. Davao’s biggest break came in 1965 when he played Agent 009, a local James Bond.

Davao appeared in more than hundred films playing mostly villain and supporting roles to lead stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Ramon Revilla Sr., Lito Lapid, Rudy Fernandez, among others.

He was last seen in a slew of teleseryes aired in recent years. These included “Totoy Bato” and “Sine Novela Presents: Ngayon at Kailanman” on GMA-7, as well as “Sa Piling Mo” and “Basta’t Kasama Kita” on ABS-CBN

"Isinumpa" (1959)- Stars Ric Rodrigo, Dolphy, Barbara Perez, Marlene Dauden/ with Etang Iischer, Panchito Alba, Priscilla Valdez, Charlie Davao/ Directed by Octavio Silos

"Double Cross" (1960)- Stars Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Carlos Salazar, Tony Marzan/ with Martin Marfil, Bella Flores, Charlie Davao, Naty Santiago / Directed by Conrado Conde

Left- "Dayukdok" (1961)- Stars Carmen Rosales, Luis Gonzales, Amalia Fuentes, Barbara Perez/ with Charlie Davao, Boy Alano, Matimtiman Cruz, Jose Villafranca/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

Right- "Kaming Mga Talyada" (1962)- Stars Juancho Gutierrez, Jose Mari, Tony Marzan, Rod Navarro, Boy Alano, Charlie Davao, Boy Garcia/ Directed by Tony cayado

"Trudis Liit" (1963)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Bella Flores/ Introducing Vilma Santos & Connie Angeles/ with Charlie Davao, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Ely Roquee, Matimtiman Cruz, Ray Marcos, Ven Medina, Venchito Galvez/ Directed by Jose de Villa

"Anak ni Kamagong" (1964)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Vic Vargas, Carmen Rosales, Josephine Estrada/ with Charlie Davao, Romeo Rivera, Renato del Prado/ Directed by Conrado Conde

"Sa Kuko ng Lawin" (1964)- Stars Lolita Rodrigues, Lyn D'Amour and Eddie Rodriguez/ with Charlie Davao, Boy Alvarez, Blackie Francisco, Eddie Torrente, Connie Angeles/ Directed by Fely Crisostomo

"Mr. Wong Vs. Mistico" (1964)- Stars Chiquito, Lyn D'Amour and Charlie Davao/ with Joseph de Cordova, Teddy Benavidez, Joe Sison, Jose Villafranca, Andres Centenera/ Directed by Fely Crisostomo

"7 Mata-Hari" (1965)- Stars Charlie Davao, Maggie dela Riva, Gloria Sevilla, Vilma Valera, Zeny Zabala, Stella Suarez, Helen Thompson & Miriam Jurado/ Directed byRomy Villaflor

"Secret Agent 009" (1965)- Stars Charlie Davao,Lyn D'Amour, Stella Suarez, Carol Varga, Martin Marfil and Miriam Jurado/ with Carmen Soriano, Joe Sison, Bruno Punzalan/ Directed by Romy Villaflor

"Assignment: Hongkong" (1965)- Stars Charlie Davao, Lyn D'Amour, Zeny Zabala, Joe Cunanan, Philip Coo, Tong Tek, David Hsu and Miriam Jurado/ Directed by Romy Villaflor

"Pintuang Bakal" (1965)- Stars Henry Duval, Ruby Regala, Tony Cruz, Jr., Nello nayo, Joe Sison, Elena Mercado and Charlie Davao/ Directed by Dan Victorino

"Palakang Dagat" (1965)- Stars Willie Sotelo, Charlie Davao, Vilma Valera and Paquito Diaz/ Directed by Felix Villar

"Mistico Meets Mamaw" (1966)- Stars Marlene Dauden, Charlie Davao and Apeng Daldal/ with Martin Marfil, Rebecca Gonzales, Liz Flores, Vince Juarez/ Directed by Totoy Rivera

"Assignment: Jolo" (1966)- Stars Charlie Davao, Maggie dela Riva, Lucita Soriano, Bessie Barredo, Ruby Regala, Mel Francisco/ with Jose Padilla, Jr., Nello Nayo/ Directed by Danny Victorino


Anonymous said...

Condolences to his family. I wonder if any of those films are available on videodisc.

Video 48 said...

Mark--- Some of the movies he made at Sampaguita Pictures are still available. "Kaming Mg Talyada" was recently shown at QTV channel.


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