Thursday, November 25, 2010
Dolphy Quizon [born Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. on July 25, 1928 in Pampanga though raised in Tondo, Manila], is a comedian-actor in the Philippines.
He started as a stage performer during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. He then acted in comedy films. In 1950, as part of the comedy duo Dolphy and Panchito, he opened for the Beatles at Rizal Stadium in Manila.
In 2001, Quizon and his sons Eric and Jeffrey Quizon all won the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation in Brussels, Belgium for playing Walterina Markova in the movie Markova:Comfort Gay.
On July 25, 2008, Dolphy celebrated his 80th birthday, with launching of a 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 biography, amid the creation of "Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, Inc.", a non-profit and non-stock organization.
In November 2010, there has been word that Dolphy will be inducted into the Philippines' National Artists along with such greats as Levi Celerio, Atang dela Rama and Fernando Amorsolo. A citation everyone feels is well-deserved by him changing the face of Philippine Comedy and Film.
He has been known as the King of Philippine Comedy.
In 2010, President Benigno Aquino III conferred the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart on actor-comedian Rodolfo V. Quizon, also known as Dolphy.