Filipino actor Lito Legaspi dies at 77

January 25, 1942 - September 8, 2019

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Lito Legaspi | Image from Facebook
Lito Legaspi | Image from Facebook

Veteran Filipino actor Lito Legaspi passed away Sunday September 8, 2019 at Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 77.

Lito Legaspi left behind children Zoren, Kier and Brando and his estranged wife Hershey Legaspi.

Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping?

Legaspi won Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actor in Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping?, a 1977 award winning Filipino romantic musical drama directed by Eddie Romero.

One of his best known roles was playing the role of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the 1992 film Pugoy Hostage: Davao.

In 1959, Legaspi appeared in a comedy film Ipinagbili Kami Ng Aming Tatay, starring Dolphy. In 1963, Legaspi was introduced by Sampaguita Pictures along with teenage stars like Rosemarie Sonora, Gina Pareno, Dindo Fernando, Pepito Rodriguez, Romeo Rivera and Bert Leroy, Jr.

Like Eddie Gutierrez, Jose Mari Gonzales, Romeo Vasquez, Greg Martin and Juancho Gutierrez, Legaspi also became a matinee idol.

In the movie Uhaw (1970) with Merle Fernandez and Tito Galla, Legaspi played the role of an impotent husband. This was directed by Ruben Abalos.

In 1997, he portrayed the character of Mayor Joaquin Montejo in Esperanza shown in ABS-CBN which starred Judy Ann Santos. Legaspi also played in a television series as Governor in Makapiling Kang Muli under GMA Network.

Legaspi appeared in more than 120 movies and television shows since 1959. In December 2014, he was inducted to the Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines for his contribution as an actor in movie and television.

In Alden Richards’ tweet, he said “You will Love and Hate different characters in this TV Special Series “ILUSTRADO” of @aldenrichards02 that you wish you can time travel too. Sir Lito Legaspi was credible as Padre Damaso.”

In 2017, Legaspi appeared as Mr. Jonathan Wu in ABS-CBN’s top rated action TV series, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

Legaspi’s last appearance as an actor was in the 2018 GMA TV series, My Special Tatay where he played the role of Simon Villaroman.

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