BiographyHe served with the Philippine Scouts during World War II and was stationed as a military policeman in Okinawa before joining showbusiness. 
CareerHe is also known to play the part of Leandro Montemayor, the fictional Philippine President on the television drama series, "Kung Mawawala Ka" (If Ever You Were Gone), and gave him his first Best Actor in a Drama Series in the 2002 Star Awards, and is also known for portraying various roles either the main villain or the lead or supporting character. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines which he says mostly in action films or comedy films.
He also played a part as Lolo Carlos (Grandfather Carlos) in the Filipino-American film, The Debut, the Lolo Sinat (Grandfather Sinat) in the film, Deathrow, and even the villainous Judge Valderama in Kapag Puno Na Ang Salop (If the Ganta is Full) and its two sequels, opposite of Fernando Poe, Jr.
He is the only person in the Philippines to be a Hall of Fame inductee of the FAMAS in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.
He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959).
He is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.
The first actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Best Supporting Actor Hall of Fame of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in 1974.
Personal lifeHis family is among the descendants of Spanish Pinaminomons settlers. He is a former member of the Philippine Scouts in Okinawa during World War II. The Philippine Military Academy Marangal (Honorable) Class of 1974 also adopted him as one of their honorary classmates, alongside First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.
He has a daughter living in San Diego, CA by the name of Lisa Ortega.
He is also good friends with fellow veteran actors Dolphy and Fernando Poe Jr. He also personally witnessed the last moment of FPJ. Earlier that year during the 2004 presidential elections, he and Dolphy were campaigning alongside FPJ
|2012||Aso ni San Roque||Supremo||GMA Network|
|2012||Third Eye||Lolo Gimo||TV5|
|2012||Legacy||Don Romualdo Alcantara||GMA Network|
|2011||Iglot||Celso Samar||GMA Network|
|2011||Rod Santiago's The Sisters||Mayor Enrique Zialcita||TV5|
|2011||Babaeng Hampaslupa||Edward Wong||TV5|
|2010||Jillian: Namamasko Po||Various||GMA Network|
|2010||Koreana||Chang Hee Jung||GMA Network|
|2010||Pilyang Kerubin||Mang Potpot (Angel of Death)||GMA Network|
|2010||Pinoy Records Presents: Pinoy Extreme Talent||Guest Judge||GMA Network|
|2009||Talentadong Pinoy||Guest Judge||TV5|
|2009||Pangarap Kong Jackpot||Lolo Hugo||NBN|
|2009||Mars Ravelo's Darna||Father Mateo||GMA Network|
|2009||Carlo J. Capara's Totoy Bato||Coach Fredo||GMA Network|
|2008–2009||LaLola||Don Aguirre Lobregat||GMA Network|
|2008||Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado||General Russo||GMA Network|
|2007||Asian Treasures||Professor Wakan U. Matadtu/Supremo/Datu Makatunaw||GMA Network|
|2007||Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang||GMA Network|
|2005||Mars Ravelo's Darna||Mambabarang||GMA Network|
|2004||Marinara||Haring Carpa||GMA Network|
|2003||Narito Ang Puso Ko||Felipe||GMA Network|
|2002||Kung Mawawala Ka||President Leandro Montemayor||GMA Network|
- Ang Panday 2 ... Amang Daluyong (GMA Films) (2011)
- Crisis (2005)
- Abakada ina (2001)
- Hinukay ko na ang libingan mo (1991)
- Imortal (1989)
- Kung kasalanan man (1989)
- Kung aagawin mo ang lahat sa akin (1987)
- Saan nagtatago ang pag-ibig (1987)
- Huwag mong itanong kung bakit? (1986)
- Magdusa ka (1986)
- Palimos ng pag-ibig (1986)
- Kailan sasabihing mahal kita (1985)
- Friends in Love (1983)
- Forgive and Forget (1982)
- Cross My Heart (1982)
- Sinasamba kita (1982)
- P.S. I Love You (1981)
- Atsay (1978)
- Pinagbuklod ng langit (1969)
- Blackmail (1966)
- Deadline Agosto 13 (1966)
- Sabotage (1966)
- G-2: Taga-usig ng kaaway (1965)
- Kalaban ng sindikato (1965)
- Historia de un amor (1963)