(Eagle News) – Veteran and multi-awarded dramatic actor, Eddie Garcia, passed away on Thursday at 4:55 p.m. after suffering from a neck fracture which he had while on the set of a shooting of a teleserye. He was 90.
Garcia, a multi-awarded actor and director, had been in critical condition after he tripped and fell while on the set of an upcoming teleserye of GMA 7, “Rosang Agimat.”
The Makati Medical Center, where he was confined, issued a medical bulletin on his death.
The accident on the set of GMA 7 happened on June 8.
Garcia was recently named best actor at the 42nd Gawad Urian awards for his performance in the movie “ML.”
He has been in show business for nearly seven decades, with more than 600 films to his name, and garnering numerous awards for his performances.
Garcia was born on May 2, 1929, in Juban, Sorsogon. His parents were Antonio Garcia and Vicenta Verchez.
He is the only actor inducted in three categories in the FAMAS Hall of Fame: as Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director.
He has appeared in the most number of Philippine movies and is also regarded as the “greatest Filipino actor of all-time”.
Among his best works as an actor and director include: Beast of the Yellow Night (1971), The Woman Hunt (1972), Magdusa ka! (1986), The Debut (2000), Abakada… Ina (2001) and Bwakaw (2012).
He also starred in television programs such as Little Nanay between 2015 to 2016, and more recently, “Ang Probinsyano” from 2016 until his death in 2019.
He was the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of FAMAS Awards, garnering a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director).
He got six Best Supporting Actor wins, five Best Actor wins, five Best Director wins, three Hall of Fame Awards, one Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award.
Garcia was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS — a Hall of Fame for Best Actor — in 2003.
He had also received numerous awards from various award-giving bodies, including a Best Actor award at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on March 18, 2013.