An unspeakably grief-stricken day befell local showbiz as Eddie Garcia, among the most prolific and awarded Filipino actors and directors, with nearly 600 film and TV roles to his credit died on Thursday, June 20.
He was 90.
He enraged us with his memorable antagonist roles and left us in awe with his impressive larger than life character portrayals.
On TV, Manoy Eddie enthralled us with his impressive performances on Primetime TV, particularly his recent stint on FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, wherein he gave a stirring personification of Senor Gustavo and Don Emilio.
His working with FPJ's Ang Probinsyano lead star Coco Martin began six years ago on Juan dela Cruz. He would then star in successive Kapamilya teleseryes Little Champ, Honesto, Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon, and Nathaniel.
But his 70-year run as among the most awarded Filipino actors and directors is indeed legendary. After acting and helming in hundreds of film.and TV projects, this grizzled and decorated showbiz veteran showed his relentless passion for.what he did best.
His last movie "Rainbow’s Sunset" has given him his triumphant last hurrah, highlighted by a co-Best Actor plum in the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival last April with co-star Tony Mabesa. And his final victory was winning the 2019 Gawad Urian Best Actor for the film "ML."
Over the years, Eddie received numerous awards from the FAMAS, including five Best Actor and five Best Director plums, with a Hall of Fame in the Acting and Acting in Supporting Role categories and the Lifetime Achievement recognition.
He also won a number of Urian, Luna and Metro Manila Film Festival trophies through the years. And of course, Eddie garnered several Lifetime Achievement distinctions, including thosr from the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Entertainment Press Society.
Eddie was the only Filipino ever to win Best Actor in the Asian Film Awards for "Bwakaw."