LEOPOLDO SALCEDO, DEAD AT 86
Pasig City, June 11, 1998 - Veteran actor Leopoldo Salcedo, known as "The Great Profile" of Philippine movies, died Thursday morning of heart failure after being bedridden for one year. Death came while he was in his residence in Pasig. He was 86.
Born in San Roque, Cavite, on March 12, 1912, he was married five times, the latest to actress Merle Tuazon. He had 14 children.
Nicknamed Pol, he waned to become a priest and entered the San Vicente de Paul seminary, but quit after a year. At 17, he joined the bodabil troupe of Borromeo Lou.
He made more than 200 movies. His big leading role debut was in Jose Nepomuceno's "Sawing Palad in 1934. During the Japanese occupation of Manila, he continued to perform at the Avenue Theatre with the Philippine Artists' League of Lamberto Avellana.
Leopoldo's most memorable role was in the title role of the "Moises Padilla Story" which won for him the Famas Best Actor Award in 1961. In 1976, at 64, he won the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his performance in the classic "Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?"
In 1989, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Film Academy of the Philippines.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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