The King of Comedy passes away

Rodolfo Vera Quizon, known far and wide as Dolphy, is gone forever.

Dolphy, whose humor entertained generations of Filipinos, breathed his last at 8:34 p.m. of Tuesday at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) in Makati City.

He was 83.

The multi-awarded actor died in the presence of family members and other relatives. The MMC issued a statement saying that Dolphy passed away due to multiple organ failure secondary to complications brought about by severe pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and acute renal failure.

In 2007 Dolphy was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Since June 9 this year, he had been confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the MMC.

Dolphy started performing in his teens in a career that will last for over 60 years. At the age of 17 he began working as chorus dancer at Avenue Theater in Manila. His first stage name was Golay. He was discovered for the movies by Sampaguita Pictures in the 1950s. Dolphy also put up his own movie company, RVQ (for Rodolfo Vera Quizon) Productions.

His first TV show was “Buhay Artista” in ABS-CBN.  He starred with the late Nida Blanca in the highly successful and long-running “John en Marsha” on Channel 9.
In the movies, Dolphy also played gay roles in such hit films as “Facifica Falayfay” and in the highly-acclaimed “Markova: Comfort Gay.” On his 80th birthday on July 25, 2008 he released the biography, “Dolphy, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa”

In 2010 Pres. Noynoy Aquino conferred on Dolphy the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart, the highest award given to a private citizen by a president in what many considered as a first step to being named National Artist. . Dolphy also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Gawad Urian, the Cinemanila International Film Festival, PMPC Star Awards for TV and the Metro Manila Film Festival. The Guillermo Mendoza Foundation Awards named him Box-Office King together with Vic Sotto in 2009.

Dolphy won Best Comedy at the PMPC Star Awards for TV for “Home Along Da Riles,” “John En Marsha” and “John En Shirley.” He won the Best Actor award for “Father Jejemon” at the Film Academy of the Philippines’ Luna Awards in 2011. He also won Best Supporting Actor at the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival for the film “Rosario”.

Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy’s companion for the last 22 years, said they had long ago wanted Dolphy to retire, but he wouldn’t hear of it. The Comedy King even recorded a CD of his favorite songs and novelty numbers as souvenir he could leave behind for friends and family.