Google Doodle celebrates the 92nd birthday of Philippine comedian and actor Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon, named the country’s “King of Comedy,” on July 25, 2020.
Rodolfo Vera Quízon was born at Calle Padre Herrera (presently P. Herrera St.) in Tondo, Manila on July 25, 1928. He was better known by his stage names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay in 1944, was a Filipino comedian, actor, producer, and philanthropist. He is broadly viewed as the country’s King of Comedy for his comedic ability typified by his long roster of works on stage, radio, TV, and films.
Quízon started studying at 6 years old and was selected into public schools. He went to the Magat Salamat Elementary School and Isabelo de los Reyes Elementary School until the 7th grade. For his primary education, he learned at the Florentino Torres High School until his sophomore year. He was an average student, even though his grades changed from time to time.
Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theaters as a boy, which empowered him to watch films for free. He was around 13 when World War II began. He did odd jobs including shining shoes; connecting buttons at a pants factory; arranging bottles by size; functioning as a stevedore at the wharf; exchanging; and driving calesas. In his free time, he consistently watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater. His preferred entertainers incorporated the comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and the dancers’ Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro.
Dolphy began performing onstage during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. He was turning 17 when Benny Mack found him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and therefore on the Lyric Theater. He likewise showed up 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-attack cover in the orchestra segment along with the audience. If no bombs detonated, the show continued.
Dolphy had his first film when he was 19 with Fernando Poe Sr. in Dugo at Bayan (I Remember Bataan), charged as Rodolfo Quizon. It was the dad of his future companion actor Fernando Poe Jr., who initially prepared and offered him a reprieve in films playing bit roles as a character actor. On a DZMM radio interview, he uncovered his first ability fee was 5 pesos.
In the late 1940s, Dolphy likewise got into radio through Conde Ubaldo, a popular radio author, director, and producer. He joined the program Wag Naman which featured Pancho Magalona, Tessie Quintana, and Baby Jane. His comedy duo with Panchito likewise began on the radio on Conde Ubaldo shows.
Pancho Magalona prescribed Dolphy to Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, the proprietor of Sampaguita Pictures in 1952. His first film with Sampaguita was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. It was likewise in Sampaguita was the comedy duo of Dolphy and Panchito got well known.
Dolphy got renowned for playing roles after he was typecasted in Jack en Jill with Rogelio de la Rosa and Lolita Rodriguez in 1954. He was not the best option for the role but rather Batotoy and Bayani Casimiro. Jack en Jill was a Philippine komiks serial by Mars Ravelo. This was followed by different movies adapted from komiks by a similar creator like Silveria, Captain Barbell, and Facifica Falayfay.
The first time Dolphy played a serious role was in a 4-in-1 drama film, with Barbara Perez who played a blind girl in the segment inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s film City Lights.
After years of achievement in film and radio, Dolphy got his TV start with the 1960s series “Buhay Artista” (“Actor’s Life”), which he followed up with one of his most notorious roles in the family sitcom “John en Marsha” (“John and Marsha”). The series went through the ’70s and ’80s and was well known to such an extent that Quizon proceeded to create nine spin-off films through his production organization. An actor who never became unpopular, he saw enormous achievement the next decade as the single parent Kosme in the classic series “Home Along da Riles.”
The star of more than 200 movies and different long-running TV series, Dolphy warmed a great many Filipinos’ hearts for more than six decades.
Dolphy was additionally awarded the Philippines’ Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart in 2010.
Dolphy passed on July 10, 2012, at 83 years old, only 15 days before his 84th birthday celebration because of different organ failure.
On July 25, 2020, Google recommended Dolphy’s 92nd Birthday with a Google Doodle.