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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 20 August 1939Manila, Philippines
Date of Death 14 December 2004Manila, Philippines  (cerebral thrombosis)
Birth NameRonald Allan Kelley Poe
Nicknames Da King
Ronnie
FPJ
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fernando Poe Jr. was born on August 20, 1939 in Manila, Philippines as Ronald Allan Kelley Poe. He was an actor and producer, known for Ang Panday: Ikatlong yugto (1982), Ang padrino (1984) and Eseng ng Tondo (1997). He was married to Susan Roces. He died on December 14, 2004 in Manila.

Spouse (1)

Susan Roces (December 1968 - 14 December 2004) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Side-burns
Gun-shooting prowess
Rapid fast punches and jabs

Trivia (27)

Is best friends with former Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
Ran but lost in the 2004 presidential election in the Philippines. He and his running mate, former senator Loren Legarda, filed protests to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, suspecting that cheating was done. Legarda vowed to continue the protest despite Poe's death.
Died a little over after 7 months after losing the 2004 Presidential elections to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Most of his beloved fans blamed his death on the government.
Up until his death, no actor was able to dethrone him as King of Philippine Movies.
Adopted Mary Grace, Susan Roces' niece.
A son of Filipino actor Fernando Poe and American mother Elizabeth Kelley, he was the second child and eldest brother of the six siblings.
The real Fernando Poe Jr. was actually his younger brother, the late actor Andy Poe. He adopted the name when he entered acting after he was forced to quit school and work since his father died.
Of Catalonian, Filipino and Irish-American extraction.
His parents married a year after he was born.
His question of his citizenship was the most serious issue that he faced during the 2004 elections where he ran for the presidency of the Philippines. His opponents sought for his disqualification claiming he's an American citizen since he was an illegitimate son of a non-Filipino mother. His mother, an American, and his Catalonian-Filipino father married in 1940, a year he was born.
The original family surname was spelled Pou from his grandfather, playwright Lorenzo Pou, a Catalan migrant from Majorca, Spain, who ventured into mining and business in the Philippines.
Brother of Elizabeth Poe, 'Andy Poe' Genevieve "Jenny Poe, Freddie Poe, and Evangeline Poe. Half-brother of Conrad Poe.
He used the name Ronwaldo Reyes for the first time in the movie Mga anghel na walang langit (1970) as writer. Except from close associates in the production, no one knew who Ronwaldo Reyes was until the FAMAS awarding when Reyes was declared the winner for best story. Fernando appeared and revealed himself as the man behind the man. Since then, he had been using the name in his writing and directorial credit.
In 2004, during the presidential campaign, he admitted to having sired a child out of wedlock. Ronian, or Ron Allan, was Poe's son by actress Anna Marin. It was revealed that he also sired a daughter Lovi Poe through model Rowena Moran.
At the Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2009, he received the Cinema One Legend Award.
An old time standard in the Philippine movie productions, crew members have to fend for their own food. FPJ broke this tradition and implemented an equal opportunity system among the cast and crew. Caterers are now serving food to everyone in the set.
Fernando Poe, Jr. played hero not only in the films but also in real life. Together with bosom friend Joseph Estrada, they broke the stranglehold of the Big Four. The Big Four, composed of gangsters from rich families, were victimizing movie stars through extortion.
His first venture as producer with the FPJ Productions was Ang Mananandata, a cowboy film.
It was Mario Barri who gave Ronnie a break to take lead in Anak Ni Palaris, the last in the Palaris series which originally starred FPJ's father, Fernando Poe. It was not a hit compared to his father's two films.
He dropped from his high school classes at the University of the East to look for job when he father died. He appeared as extra in the movies to earn a living. In the movie 'Simaron (1955)', he played a stuntman to double for Lilia Dizon when she sprained her ankle and couldn't do a riding scene.
When his father died, he became the family breadwinner. The family moved for a mansion to a rented house.
Brother-in-law of Lou Salvador Jr., wife of his younger sister Genevieve. Lou is the second Salvador married to Poe's family; the other is Mina Aragon.
Brother-in-law of Mina Aragon, wife of Andy Poe.
Worked with his brother Andy Poe, the Fernando Poe Jr. in real life, in seven movies. Andy played support to Fernando in Dos por dos (1968), Isa para sa lahat, lahat para sa isa (1979), Matimbang ang dugo sa tubig (1969) and Alamat ng 7 kilabot (1967). FPJ directed Andy in El Niño (1968), and produced his younger brother in Dimasupil Brothers (1971). Fernando also made cameo in Andy's starring vehicle, Gising na... ang higanteng natutulog (1995).
Brother-in-law of Bob Soler, his elder sister Elizabeth's husband.
Running for the presidency of the Philippines. [January 2004]
Still contesting the presidency of the Philippines. He and her running mate Loren Legarda filed a petition before the Supreme Court to declare as null and void the proclamation of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Vice-President Noli de Castro, citing massive fraud. [August 2004]

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