Back to top's Top 10 Out-of-Action Pinoy Action Stars
Where are all the leather-clad, gun-toting reel heroes now?
Published on: May 11, 2012 - 7:00am

( It came almost without warning: all of a sudden, nobody’s producing Tagalog action movies anymore. Some blame the genre’s untimely demise to the competition brought by Hollywood, some to rampant video piracy (which, incidentally, is a problem now being dealt with by a former action movie star, Ronnie Ricketts, the current Optical Media Board chairman). Perhaps it’s the combination of the two. Whatever it is, it’s unfortunate that the once-popular genre seems to have gone the way of the once popular bomba flicks, sending dozens of tough-talking, leather-clad, slick-haired macho men to Unemployment Street.

While some former action stars—heroes and villains alike—managed to make a successful jump from the big screen to the boob tube via afternoon soaps and primetime telenovelas, there are those who seemed to have fallen through the cracks in this universe, never to be seen or heard from again except in cable TV channels showing classic Pinoy films. Here are 10 of them:



10. Baldo Marro

Starred in: Boy Negro (1988), Iyo ang Batas, Akin ang Katarungan (1988), Tumakbo Ka Hanggang May Lupa (1990), and Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang Probinsiyanong Wais (1998).

Signature look: Kind of nondescript for an action star, actually. Put him in a crowd of aging policemen and you would not know that he was once an actor—and an award-winning one at that!

Where he is now: The name itself—Baldo Marro—commands respect in local showbiz. Not because it’s such a quintessentially tough-guy name, but because he was awarded best actor by the prestigious Metro Manila Film Festival in 1988 for the cop movie Patrolman. Curiously, in his last movie, the Joel Lamangan-directed Mamarazzi (2010), he played the role of a prisoner.

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  • Rob Calinga
    On the contrary, Dante Varona's jumping off the San Juanico Bridge made him an instant superstar (somewhat). However, he eventually migrated to the US. He now lives in L.A.
    Nov 10 2012 @ 11:04pm     Reply  
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    Oct 08 2012 @ 08:39pm     Reply  
  • MovieFan
    That's true! The truth is we are outclassed even by the Hongkong Action movies....
    May 12 2012 @ 05:46pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    It's not only film piracy that's responsible for the demise of the Pinoy actioner. Bad storytelling, bad acting, and bad logistics, (action films are basically more expensive to produce than dramas or romcoms). Pinoys do appreciate quality filmmaking when they see one, the Jason Bourne series and Mission Impossible franchise do sell a lot in this country, so why bother watching a badly crafted local action film? That's an insult to the moviegoer.
    May 12 2012 @ 01:53pm     Reply  
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