Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., OGH (July 25, 1928 – July 10, 2012), known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay (1944), was a Filipinocomedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the country's King of Comedy for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies.

Early life

Dolphy was born at 5:00 PM on July 25, 1928 at 527 Calle Padre Herrera (now P. Herrera St.) in Tondo, Manila. His father was Melencio Espinosa Quizon, Sr. (December 5, 1900, Tondo, Manila – May 14, 1972, Quezon City), a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon, Sr. and Isidora "Adorable/Salud" Espinosa. His mother was Salud de la Rosa Vera (February 5, 1903, Binondo, Manila – September 12, 1985, Quezon City), a school teacher, and the daughter of Máximo Vera y Limtico (February 1, 1872, Tondo, Manila – February 1, 1917, Tondo, Manila) and Lucila "Ninay" de la Rosa y Ravelo (c. 1871, Binondo, Manila – October 9, 1947, Tondo, Manila). He was the second eldest of ten children. He has eight siblings. His parents were married on July 14, 1925 in Malate, Manila.

Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theatres as a boy, which enabled him to watch movies for free. He was about thirteen when World War II started. He did odd jobs including shining shoes; attaching buttons at a pants factory; sorting bottles by size; working as a stevedore at the pier; trading; and driving calesas. In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater. His favourite performers included the comedy duoPugo and Togo, and the dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro.

He started performing onstage throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Dolphy was turning 17 when Benny Mack got him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and subsequently on the Lyric Theater. He additionally appeared in shows at the Orient Theater. Golay was his first stage name. During air raids, they would interrupt the show and run for the air-raid shelter in the orchestra section together with the audience. If no bombs exploded, the show resumed.

Film and radio career

He had his first movie when he was 19 with Fernando Poe, Sr. in Dugo at Bayan (I Remember Bataan), billed as Rodolfo Quizon. It was the father of his future friend actor Fernando Poe, Jr., who first paved the way and gave him a break in films playing bit roles as a character actor. On a DZMM radio interview, he revealed his first talent fee was 5 pesos.

In the late 1940s, Dolphy additionally got into radio through Conde Ubaldo, a popular radio writer, director and producer. He joined the programme Wag Naman which starred Pancho Magalona, Tessie Quintana and Baby Jane. His comedy duo with Panchito additionally started on radio on Conde Ubaldo shows.

Pancho Magalona recommended Dolphy to Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, the owner of Sampaguita Pictures in 1952. His first movie with Sampaguita was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. It was additionally in Sampaguita were the comedy duo of Dolphy and Panchito became popular.

Dolphy became famous for playing roles after he was typecasted in Jack en Jill with Rogelio de la Rosa and Lolita Rodriguez in 1954. He wasn't the first choice for the role but Batotoy and Bayani Casimiro. Jack en Jill was a Philippine komiks serial by Mars Ravelo. This was followed with additional movies adapted from komiks by the same author like Silveria, Captain Barbell and Facifica Falayfay.

The first time Dolphy played a serious role was in a 4-in-1 drama movie, with Barbara Perez who played a blind girl in the segment inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s movie City Lights.

After his contract with Sampaguita expired, he left the company. When he joined the production studio, his talent fee was P1,000 per movie. By the time he left, he was earning P7,000 per picture.

Television career

After leaving Sampaguita, Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. got him into television on Channel 3. His first TV show was with ABS-CBN on "Buhay Artista" (Actor's Life), 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.

He left ABS-CBN due to Martial Law. Notwithstanding additionally moved to GMA Network after Buhay Artista moved to RBS-7 (former branding name of GMA) from December 1972 to early 1974.

While on television, he additionally 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 (Fantasy World) with Nova Villa, both directed by Herminio “Butch” Bautista.

RVQ Productions

Dolphy established RVQ Productions in 1965. His first venture was Buhay Artista (Actor's Life), released in 1967, with Panchito, Susan Roces and Ronaldo Valdez whom he discovered. For Pepe en Pilar (1966), his film with Roces, they wanted a new face as Roces' partner. Dolphy first met Valdez in a basketball court and brought him to the press conference so Roces could see him. Roces' initial response was "Wala bang iba?" ("Isn't there anyone else?"). Dolphy brought Ronaldo to a barber shop, bought him a pair of boots at Glenmore and lent him his suit. When Dolphy presented him to Roces again, she said, "Iyan pa." ("I prefer him more"), not realising that he was the same guy introduced earlier. Dolphy later gave him the stage name Ronaldo Valdez (from Ronald James Gibbs).

Dolphy additionally made spy film parodies when it became a fad, beginning with Dolpinger (1965) as Agent 1-2-3 (a parody of the James Bond movie Goldfinger). Chiquito, another Filipino comedian, played the recurring role of Agent 0-2-10 in these films.

In 1969, one of his biggest hits was Facifica Falayfay, where he starred as the gay lead character. It was directed by Luciano “Chaning” Carlos, with whom he worked in 23 of his movies. It was followed by Fefita Fofongay viuda de Falayfay in 1973 and Sarhento Fofongay: A... ewan! in 1974.

John en Marsha

John en Marsha started in 1971, a year before Martial Law, on RPN Channel 9. It was written, and directed by Ading Fernando. Boots Anson-Roa and Helen Gamboa were considered for the role of Marsha, his wife in the show before Nida, who was doing Wala Kang Paki with Nestor de Villa, eventually got the part. Before Dely Atay-Atayan, Chichay was additionally considered for the role of Doña Delilah, his wealthy and condescending mother-in-law. His real son Rolly Quizon and then-child actress Maricel Soriano played their kids. John en Marsha was such a hit that movie versions of the show were made eight times.

In 1978, he returned to gay roles in the movie Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (My Father the Mother), directed by respected Lino Brocka. With him in the movie was Niño Muhlach, dubbed as the "child wonder of the Philippines", as the son of his boyfriend, played by Phillip Salvador.

Home Along Da Riles

The Home Along Da Riles was one of the Philippines' longest running shows of all time.

His next successful TV venture after John en Marsha was Home Along Da Riles in 1992 with Nova Villa, as his wife and real son Vandolph, as one of his children. The show continued in 2003 as Home Along Da Airport.

Later career

In 2001, Dolphy played another gay character, this time with his sons Eric Quizon and Jeffrey Quizon playing the same character at three different stages in life. They all won the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation in Brussels, Belgium for playing Walterina Markova, a transvestite in the movie Markova: Comfort Gay.

In 2008, Dolphy made a movie with Comedy Box Office King Vic Sotto in a comedy movie, Dobol Trobol, a movie where Dolphy played a chef and Vic a hotel resident manager. This was the first time a film was produced through joint ventures of RVQ Productions (Dolphy's Film Outfit) & M-Zet Films (Vic Sotto's Film Outfit) and APT Entertainment. The film additionally featured stars Carmi Martin, Riza Santos, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Ricky Davao and more.

In 2009, Dolphy was cast as a retired senior citizen in Chicago who wanted to watch Wowowee in Manila entitled Nobody Nobody But... Juan, and co-starred with Eddie "Manoy" Garcia, Gloria Romero, Joe Aldeguer, Pokwang, Giselle "G" Toengi, Heart Evangelista, Ya Chang, real life sons Eric Quizon, Jeffrey "Epi" Quizon & Vandolph Quizon.

In 2010, Dolphy's last movie played a priest in Father Jejemon, with his co-stars Cherrie Gil, Roy Alvarez, Maja Salvador, EJ Falcon, singer Ralph Salazar & YouTube singing duo Moymoy Palaboy, .

National Artist Award

The Order of National Artists recognition is given to Filipino individuals who have "made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts. The national artists award can be given to Dolphy in 2013 according to the National Commission on the Culture and Arts (NCCA) Frances Alincastre, planning officer III of the National artist Award-NCCA, said that the commission's hands are tied with the procedure in approving and granting the prestigious award to an individual. She said Dolphy, Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. in real life, has already been in the list of the nominees after he was nominated in 2009. However,she didn't pass the second deliberation of the screening committee that time. Alincaster added that after a month of research, the NCCA will start the deliberation process. A list of seven experts for each category will be included in the initial deliberation and the list is trimmed down to three experts for each category in the second deliberation. She said the whole process might take until 2013.

President Benigno Aquino III said he believes the late Comedy King deserves to be conferred the National Artist award, but stressed he can't shortcut the process for legal reasons. Since there's a temporary restraining order on the granting of National Artist awards issued throughout the past administration, the Aquino administration gave Dolphy the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart in 2010.

Personal life

Dolphy never married and was public with his relationships and family. He has 17 children from 6 serious relationships. For more than 20 years, he was on a domestic partnership with Filipina singer, actress and model Zsa Zsa Padilla. They resided in the Marina Bay Village in the city of Parañaque. In his latest book, he mentioned that he had five serious relationships before Padilla who bore him offspring. The last was with actress Alma Moreno, who gave him a son: Vandolph. Some of his kids are in the business just like their father.

  • Engracia Dominguez — an actress he met throughout a stage show (separated in 1963); six children: Manny (Manny Boy), Salud (Sahlee), Rodolfo Jr. (Dolphy Jr.), Wilfredo (Freddie), Edgardo (Edgar), and Raul (Rolly).
  • Gloria Smith — an actress he met in 1956; four children: Mariquita (Kit), Carlos, Geraldino (Dino), and Edwin.
  • Alice Smith — an actress whose screen name was Pamela Ponti; four children: Ronaldo (Ronnie), Enrico (Eric), Madonna (Donna), and Jeffrey (Epi).
  • Evangeline Tagulao — a nurse he met in the late 60s while shooting in a hospital; one child: Rommel.
  • Alma Moreno — an actress he met in 1981; one child: Vandolph.
  • Zsa Zsa Padilla — a Filipina singer and actress; one child, Zia

He considers his kids his pride and joy, claiming that he could easily name all of his children from the oldest to the youngest.

Health

In 2009, Dolphy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As a result, his public appearances were reduced, and was frequently admitted to the intensive care unit.

Death

Dolphy's tomb held in Taguig Heritage Park.

Dolphy died on July 10, 2012, 20:34 (Philippine time, 01:34 UTC), at the age of 83, just 15 days before his 84th Birthday due to multiple organ failure, secondary to complications brought about by pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute renal failure.

President Benigno Aquino III declared July 13, 2012 as "National Day of Remembrance" in honour of Dolphy's contributions to the Philippine showbiz industry.

Book and foundation

On July 25, 2008, Quizon celebrated his eightieth birthday, with the launching of a biographical book, Dolphy, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa(Dolphy, I Didn't Get Here All By Myself). ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio stated, Nagbigay siya ng mga ngiti at halakhak sa gitna ng mga problema (He gave us joy and laughter in times of trouble). Bibeth Orteza was commissioned to complete the book, amid the creation of "Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, Inc.", a non-profit and non-stock organization.

Legacy

Dolphy on a 2013 stamp sheet of the Philippines

A monument honouring Quizon was erected in front of the Museo Pambata near the US Embassy in April 2013.

Dolphy was awarded as Outstanding Manilan in 2010 and received the Diwa ng Lahi award in 2012, given by City Hall in celebration of the city’s founding anniversary.

Araneta additionally noted that Dolphy grew up in Manila, where he began his showbiz career as a dancer at the Avenue, Lyric and Orient theaters.

ABS-CBN Studio 1, one of the oldest studio of ABS-CBN was transformed into a proscenium theatre and was named in honour of Dolphy.

On November 23, 2013, Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released a limited edition ‘Dolphy Stamp.’

A mobile app entitled Dolphy's Cleanup was released in honour of Quizon in December 2013 for the iOS platform, with a port for Android devices to be released in January 2014. The edutainment game, developed by iGen Technologies, puts players in the role of Dolphy as he helps clean up the neighborhood, with part of the revenue from the game's sales to be donated to charity.

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotes
Dance-O-RamaABC
Tang-tarantangABS-CBN
1964Buhay Artista
Lucky StarsRPN
1973John En MarshaJohn Puruntong
1989Gabi Ni DolphyHimself
Idol si PidolHimselfABC
1993PuruntongJohn PuruntongRPN
GMA Telesine SpecialsGuestGMA
1992Home Along Da RilesMang Kevin KósmeABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kayaguest
2003Home Along Da AirportMang Kevin Kósme
2005–2006Quizon AvenueHimself
2006–2007John en ShirleyJohn Puruntong
2009–2010May Bukas PaPilo
2010–2012Pidol's WonderlandMang PidolTV5Last TV appearance
Released 9 days after his death.
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Single Comedy/Telemovie Program in the 2012 Golden Screen TV Awards

Films

2010s

YearTitleRoleProducerNotes
2010Father JejemonFather JejemonRVQ Productions Inc.Last film appearance
RosarioHesus (Special Participation)CineMabuhay

2000s

YearTitleRoleProducer
2009Nobody, Nobody But... JuanJuanRVQ Productions, Kaizz Ventures Inc.
and Joe Aldeguer Productions
2008Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol!MacarioAPT Entertainment, RVQ Productions,
M-Zet Productions
2002Home Alone da RiberUpoyRVQ Productions
2000Markova: Comfort GayWalter Dempster Jr./Walterina Markova
Daddy O! Baby O!MarioStar Cinema

1990s

YearTitleRoleProducer
1998TataynicNicardo "Tatay Nic" De CarpioRVQ Productions
1997Home Along da Riles The Movie 2Kevin KósmeStar Cinema
1996AringkingkingMaroyPremiere Entertainment Productions
Da Best in da West 2: Da Western Pulis StoriSgt. John Paul QuezadaRegal Films
1995Father & SonJohnny PagudpudRVQ Productions
Home Sic HomeBertoStar Cinema
1994Wanted: Perfect FatherRoy Dalamhati
Hataw tatay hatawMarlonRegal Films
AbrakadabraAladding/DingMoviestars Productions
1993Home Along da Riles The MovieKevin KósmeStar Cinema
1992Buddy en Sol (Sine ito)
1991John en Marsha ngayon '91John H. PurúntongRVQ Productions
Onyong Majikero (Onyong the Magician)Grandfather OnyokRegal Films
1990Espadang Patpat (Stick Swords)PidolAMS Productions (I), Airoh Media Services
Og Must Be CrazyOgRVQ Productions
Dino DineroDinoSeiko Films
Atorni Agaton: Abogadong de KampanilyaAtorni Agaton

1980s

YearTitleRoleProducer
1989My Darling Domestic (The Greyt Eskeyp)RVQ Productions
May pulis... might pulis... sa ilalim ng tulay (There's a Cop Under the Bridge)Pitong DimasuhulanRegal Films
Balbakwa: The Invisible ManBalbakwaSolar Films
Ompong Galapong Me Ulo Walang Tapon!OmpongHorizon Films
1988Enteng, the DragonEntengRVQ Productions
Bakit kinagat ni Adan ang mansanas ni Eba (Why did Adam eat Eve's apple?)AmboUrban Films
Haw-Haw De KarabawSebioLea Productions
1987Action Is Not MissingDavian International Ltd.
Mga Anak ni Facifica Falayfay (Facifica Falayfay's Children)Facifica FalayfayRVQ Productions
Bata-batuta
Black MagicSeiko Films
My Bugoy Goes to CongressBugoy
Once Upon a TimePugaRegal Films
1986Home Sweet HomeBaby Pascual Films And Associates
Balimbing (Mga Taong Hunyango)RVQ Productions
John en Marsha '86 T. N. T. sa AmerikaJohn H. Purúntong
1985The Crazy ProfessorProf. Einstein
Goatbuster: Sa templo ni DuneBaldo/BogartLea Productions
John en Marsha '85 sa ProbinsyaJohn H. PurúntongRVQ Productions
Kalabog en Bosyo Strike AgainKalabogCinema 1635
1984Nang maghalo ang balat sa tinalupanRudolphRVQ Productions
Daddy's Little DarlingsRegal Films
Da Best of John & Marsha 2John H. PurúntongRVQ Productions
1983Always in My HeartAngeloRodessa Films International
Daddy Knows BestRVQ Productions
Da Best of John & MarshaJohn H. Purúntong
Teng, teng de sarapen
1982My Juan en onlyJuanJ. Zubiri Productions
Vision Exponents
Nang umibig ang mga gurang (When the Oldtimers Loved)DolpoSumma Films
Dancing Master 2: Macao ConnectionJohnnyRVQ Productions
Mga Kanyon ni Mang Simeon (Simeon's Cannons)
Good Morning, Professor
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
1981Titser's Pet
The Best in the West
1980Stariray
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Pig
Dolphy's AngelsDolphy Angeles
SuperhandJohnny
John en Marsha '80John H. Purúntong

1970s

John en Marsha Part Two sa Amerika|| John H. Purúntong

YearTitleRoleProducer
1979Buhay artista ngayon (The life of an artist today)
Max en JessMaxFour N Films
Dancing MasterJohnnyRVQ Productions
Darna KunoDarnaRegal Films
BugoyBugoyHemisphere Pictures
1978Jack n' Jill of the Third KindRVQ Productions
Lion Dragon Films
Mga Mata ni Angelita (Angelita's Eyes)Tasyo da MangtatahoLarry Santiago Productions
Ang Tatay kong nanay (My Father Who Is My Mother)Dioscoro Derecho/CoringLotus Films
Facundo AlitaftafFacundo AlitaftafRegal Films
MokongMokongRVQ Productions
1977John en Marsha '77John H. Purúntong
Kapten Batuten en his super batuta (Captain Batuten and his Super Baton)Kapten BatutenWonderland Productions
Omeng SatanasiaOmeng / Satanasia / Gregory / AngelitoRVQ Productions
War kami ng misis ko (The Missus and I are At War)
1976Taho-ichiGPS Film Production
Kisame StreetRVQ Productions
1975Kaming matatapang ang apogUrbano
Jack and Jill and JohnJack & John
John En MarshaJohn H. PurúntongRVQ Productions
1974Happy Days Are Here Again
My Funny ValentineBanjoRVQ Productions
Huli Huli YanOlympio 'Ompong' RochaLea Productions
Sarhento Fofongay: A, ewan!Kikoy Fofongay
1973Ako'y Paru-paro, Bulaklak naman AkoParolitoRoda Film Productions
Ang Hiwaga ng Ibong AdarnaPrinsipe Adolfo
Captain BarbellTingting / Captain BarbellRVQ Productions
Fefita Fofonggay viuda de FalayfayFefita Fofongay
Fung Ku
1972Itik-ItikLea Productions
Kitang-kita ang ebidensya (The evidence sticks out)Royal Productions
Love Pinoy StyleRVQ Productions
Rodzon Film Organization
1971Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdibRVQ Productions
1970Boyoyoy
El Pinoy MatadorPremiere Productions
Tayo's mag-up, up and awayRVQ Productions

1960s

YearTitleRoleProducer
1969Mekeni's GoldGregory Pek-waFGO Film Production
Adolphong HitlerAdolphong Hitler
Dolpe de GulatDeegar Cinema
Facifica FalaypayFacifica FalaypayRVQ Productions
Sampung Labuyo
KangkarotRVQ Productions
Ang Sakristan
The Graduation
1968Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa moRVQ Productions
Arista ang aking asawaLea Productions
Ang Banal, Ang Ganid, at Ang PusakalAng BanalRVQ Productions
Buhay BomberoOmpongFGO Film Productions
Buy One Take OneRVQ Productions
Dakilang Tanga
Family Planning
Good Morning TitserAM Productions
Kaming Taga-BundokRVQ Productions
Kaming Taga-Ilog
O Kaka, O Kaka!Lea Productions
Private Ompong and the Sexy DozenPvt. OmpongRVQ Productions
Tiririt ng Maya, Tiririt ng Ibon
Utos ni mayorGM Film Organization
1967Shake-a-Boom! (Naghalo ang balat sa tinalupan)Perez Bros.
Together AgainGretas Productions
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!
Sitsiritsit alibangbang: Salaginto at salagubangRVQ Productions
Ayaw ni Mayor
Buhay Marino
Like father, like son: Kung ano ang puno siya ang bungaRVQ Productions
1966Keni Brothers
Dalawang kumander sa WAC
Mga Bagong Salta sa Maynila
The 7 Faces of Dr Si Baso
Napoleon Doble and the Sexy Six
Pambihirang dalawa (Sa combat)
Mga Bagong Salta Sa Bahay Engkantada
Dressed to Kill
Dr La-Way: Pare, Kwarta, Na!
Alyas Don JuanAgent 1-2-3
Doble solo
Dolpong Istambul
Dolpong Scarface
James BatmanBatman / James Bond
Operation Butterball
Pepe en PilarPilar
Sungit Conference (Ng Pitong Dakila)
Alias Popeye
1965Keng Leon, Keng Tigre Ecu Tatakut, Keka Pa
Scarface at Al Capone: Espiya sa Ginto
Operasyon ni Adan
Dolpinger Meets PantarorongRR Productions
Dolpinger: Agent sa lagim
Dolpinger
Dressed to Kill
Dr. YesAgent 1-2-3
Genghis Bond: Agent 1-2-3
Kulog at kidlat
Utos ni Tale hinde mababale
1964–1972Buhay Artista
1964Show Business
Sa Daigdig ng Fantasia
Captain BarbellTenteng
Adre, ayos na! (ang buto-buto)
Babaeng Kidlat
1963King and Queen for a Day
Isinusumpa ko!
Ikaw na ang mag-ako
Mga Manugang ni Drakula
Tansan vs. TarsanTansan
1962The Big Broadcast
Lab na lab kita
Si Lucio at si Miguel
Susanang daldal
Tansan the MightyTansan
1961Hami-hanimun
Kandidatong pulpol
Lawiswis kawayan
Operatang sampay bakod
1960Beatnik
Dobol trobol

1950s

YearTitleRoleProducer
1959Kalabog en BosyoKalabog
Ipinagbili ko ang aking anak
Isinumpa
Pakiusap
Wedding Bells
1958Mga Kuwento ni Lola BasyangPedro
Pulot gata
Mga Reyna ng Vicks
Silveria
1957Bituing marikit
Hahabul-habol
Hong Kong Holiday
1956Boksingera daw!
Chavacano
Gigolo
Kulang sa pito
Pampanguena
Teresa
Vacacionista
1955Artista
Balisong
Despatsadora
Hindi basta basta
Hootsy kootsy
Kurdapya
Mambo dyambo
Tatay na si Bondying
1954Dalagang Ilocana
Jack en JillGloria / GorioSampaguita Pictures
Maalaala mo kaya
Menor de edad
Sabungera
Sa isang halik mo Pancho
1953Sa isang sulyap mo TitaSampaguita Pictures
Ang Mga Paslit
Villa Barundia
Walang Kaluluwa
1952Kapag langit ang humatol
1951Apoy na GinatunganGolay
1950Dolphy and Panchito

1940s

YearTitleRoleProducer
1946Dugo at Bayan (I Remember Bataan)HimselfPalaris Films

Awards

Dolphy monument, in front of Museo Pambata, Manila Elks Club building

Special Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award PASADO Awards
  • Golden Father Foundation Parangal ng Bayan Awardee
  • 1994 Bert Amorcelo Memorial Foundation, Dangal ng Lipi Awardee
  • 1995 PMPC Star Awards for TV, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1998 Gawad Urian Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2000 Cinemanila International Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2002 Lou Salvador Sr. Memorial Award, Bituin ng FAMAS Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon Award
  • 2005 FAMAS Huwarang Bituin
  • 2009 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards, Comedy Box-Office King (with Vic Sotto)
  • 2009Metro Manila Film FestivalLifetime Achievement Award
  • 2010 FAMAS Awards, Exemplary Achievement Award
  • 2010 Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart – the highest award given to a private citizen by the President of the Philippines. Dolphy was cited for his contributions to the entertainment industry and for his charitable and philanthropic works.
  • 2012 Gawad na Diwa ng Lahi – the highest honour given by the government of Manila to artists
  • 2012 People's Artist Award – the award bestowed upon Dolphy by the Dakilang Lahi Foundation, recognises the a large number of contributions of the actor to the movie industry. The award was presented by fellow actor and former Philippine President Joseph Estrada throughout his wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

Awards for acting

YearAssociationCategory
1974Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Actor
197826th FAMAS AwardsBest Actor – Omeng Satanasia
1986PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Comedy Actor – John En Marsha
1987
1988
1990Metro Manila Film FestivalBest ActorEspadang Patpat
PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Comedy Actor – John En Marsha
1992PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Comedy Actor – Home Along Da Riles
1993
1994
1995
2008PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Comedy Actor – John En Shirley
2010Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorRosario
Best ActorFather Jejemon
2011Luna Awards (Film Academy of the Phil.)Best Actor – Father Jejemon

He is additionally the only Artist in the country awarded with Best Actor and Actress for a single role in the film Markova: The Comfort Gay.

  • Not all the awards of Dolphy are included here.

  • Dolphy Theatre – A theatre named after the late Rodolfo Vera Quizon.