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10 Most Popular Filipino Action Stars From the '90s

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Xhyniie is a writer who enjoys writing pieces about famous actors and actresses in various types of media.

I'm a batang 90's, so I decided to write about the ten best Filipino action stars from that decade. Thanks to a television network in the Philippines, I've been watching action movies since 1996.

I am hoping that a new generation of action stars will emerge. Bring back action movies!

Ronnie Ricketts

Ronnie Ricketts

10. Ronnie Ricketts

Born Ronald Naldo Ricketts on May 26, 1965, Ronnie Ricketts is a Filipino actor, scriptwriter, film director, producer, martial artist, and Chairman of Optical Media Board (OMB) in the Philippines. He is one of the top action star in Philippine movies. He is famous for his martial arts expertise.

Ricketts was a ramp model before he entered the movie industry in the early 80's. He was first noticed by RVQ's (Dolphy) film production as a potential handsome action star. He was introduced in the Dolphy-Nida Blanca film, My Heart Belongs To Daddy (1982), where he was paired with Maricel Soriano.

He was the other love interest of Soriano in the movie I Love You, I Hate You (1983) with William Martinez, and The Graduates (1986) starring Snooky Serna and Gabby Concepcion. He was cast in several Dolphy-Alma Moreno movies such as Good Morning, Professor (1982) and Crazy Professor (1985) with Aga Muhlach and Janice de Belen.

In 1994, Ronnie started producing movies through Rockets Productions. He was one of the youngest producers in tinsel town, who was able to produce quality films at reasonably low budgets. The company produced films which he himself wrote and directed.

Eddie Garcia

Eddie Garcia

9. Eddie Garcia

Born May 2, 1929, Eduardo Verchez García (popularly known as Manoy) was a Filipino film actor and film director.

He was known for playing the role of Leandro Montemayor, the fictional Philippine President on the television drama series, Kung Mawawala Ka (If Ever You Were Gone), and earned his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2002 Star Awards.

He was best known for portraying either the main villain, the lead, or a supporting character. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines which he says mostly in action films or comedy films.

He also played as Lolo Carlos (Grandfather Carlos) in the Filipino-American film, The Debut, the Lolo Sinat (Grandfather Sinat) in the film, Deathrow, and even the villainous Judge Valderama in Kapag Puno Na Ang Salop (If the Ganta is Full) and its two sequels, opposite of Fernando Poe, Jr.

He is the only person in the Philippines to be a Hall of Fame inductee of the FAMAS in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.

He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959).

Monsour del Rosario

Monsour del Rosario

8. Monsour del Rosario

Born on May 11, 1965, Manuel Monsour T. del Rosario III (commonly known as Monsour del Rosario) is a Filipino taekwondo champion who has also starred in several Filipino and international action films. A member of the Nacionalista Party, he currently serves as the member of the Makati City Council for the first legislative district since June 30, 2010.

He appeared in Filipino action films as early as 1986. Among his more notable starring roles was in Bangis (1995), Buhawi Jack (1998), and Pintado (2000). He appeared in several international film productions, such as Demonstone (1989), Bloodfist 2 (1990), When Eagles Strike (2003), Bloodfist 2050 (2005), and The Hunt for Eagle One (2006).

He joined Phillip Salvador, Aurora Sevilla and Willie Revillame in Joe Pring 2: Kidlat ng Maynila (1990) produced by Four n Films. He also performed with Lito Lapid, Monica Herrera, and Johnny Delgado in Medal of Valor: Habang Nasasaktan Lalong Tumatapang (1991), also produced by Four n Films.

Rosario's most recent movies are Super Noypi (2005) and Tatlong Baraha (2006).

Jeric Raval

Jeric Raval

7. Jeric Raval

Ricardo Buensuceso, better known by his screen name "Jeric Raval," is a Filipino action star who is well known for his leather jacket, leather pants and shiny hair. He starred in action movies between 1991–2002.

Raval was a star of OctoArts Films and was introduced in the movie Valentin Zapanta: Alyas Ninong, a movie by Eddie Garcia where he played the bodyguard of Ninong. His first solo action movie was Primitivo Ebok Ala: Kalaban Mortal Ni Baby Ama with John Regala and Willie Revillame.

He finished his movies with OctoArts Films like Boboy Salonga: Batang Tondo, Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story, Biboy Banal: Pagganti ko tapos kayo, Beloy Montemayor: Tirador ng Cebu, Victor Meneses: Dugong Kriminal, Barkada Walang Atrasan, Bunso: Isinilang Kang Palaban and Dalawa Laban sa Mundo Ang Siga at ang Beauty.

After leaving OctoArts, Raval made his first movie with Regal Films: Melencio Magat Dugo Laban sa Dugo with Zoren Legaspi, the late Jun Aristorenas and Eddie Garcia—for the second time since Alyas Ninong.

Raval was forced into retirement due to a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), but later did the movie Tawagin Mo Na ang Lahat ng Santo with Daniel Fernando, Mark Gil, and Joanne Pascual.

Cesar Montano

Cesar Montano

6. Cesar Montano

Born Cesar Manhilot on born August 1, 1962, Cesar Montano is a multi-awarded Filipino actor and film director. He started in show business as a commercial model, then played roles in numerous B movies. He then moved up to major roles in action movies and the lead role in the television sitcom, Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis.

His breakout role was his portrayal of Philippine national hero, José Rizal, in the film of the same name. José Rizal is unprecedented as it portrays Philippine society during Spanish colonization, and it's still relevant today.

Montano won acting awards for Panaghoy sa Suba (The Call of the River), José Rizal, Muro Ami (Reef Hunters) and Bagong Buwan (New Moon).

Aside from acting, Montano also embarked on a singing career with the release of the album Subok Lang (aka Just Try) in 2000. He has also ventured into film production as well as directing, with Panaghoy sa Suba his directorial debut.

After his first Hollywood movie, The Great Raid, with Benjamin Bratt, he was cast in another Hollywood movie (Another Deep Breath) which was never shot.

Lito Lapid

Lito Lapid

5. Lito Lapid

Born Manuel Mercado Lapid on October 25, 1995, he is popularly known as Lito Lapid and is a Filipino actor, politician and Senator of the Republic of the Philippines. He entered the film industry as a stuntman, and later became an actor.

Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla

4. Robin Padilla

Born on November 23, 1969, Robinhood Ferdinand Cariño Padilla is better known by his stage name Robin Padilla. He is a Filipino film director, screenwriter, producer, martial artist and actor.

Padilla is a matinee idol and cultural icon. He is sometimes referred to as "James Dean” and the "Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema" because of his protagonist gangster roles in the films Anak ni Baby Ama,Grease Gun Gang, Bad Boy 1 & Bad Boy 2. He was also active in television, playing important roles in Asian Treasures, Joaquin Bordado, Totoy Bato, Guns and Roses, and Toda Max.

Showbiz wasn't new to Padilla. He comes from a multi-faceted background, which includes talented performers, and a political family. His father Casimiro Padilla Sr., who was a film director, served as vice-governor of Camarines Norte in the 1970s and assemblyman in the 1980s.

His mother was an actress, and three of his siblings—Rustom, Rommel and Royette—are actors. His half-brother, Casimiro Roy Padilla Jr., succeeded his father's political endeavors, serving as a union leader, a congressman, and three-term governor of Camarines Norte.

His movies with Sharon Cuneta (Maging Sino Ka Man) and Vina Morales (Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum) were blockbuster hits. He was in an accident while filming Tulak ng Bibíg, Kabig ng Dibdíb when he was trapped inside a speeding car that flew into the air, flipped and landed on its roof.

Padilla's worst accident was when a blasting scene for Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum burned him, leaving scars around his abdomen and arms.

Bong Revilla

Bong Revilla

3. Bong Revilla

Born September 25, 1966, Ramón Bong Revilla, Jr. is a Filipino actor, television presenter, politician, and Senator of The Philippines. In 2009, he legally changed his name to Bong Revilla.

Revilla starred in numerous action movies during the 1980s and 1990s. He also starred in a few movies alongside his father, Ramón Sr., memorably in the Viva Films' blockbuster Dugong Buhay, which was remade for television in 2013.

Revilla's acting career was put on hold due to being arrested for graft and plunder in 2014. After five years of detainment, he returned to acting in a number of comedy films and television shows with GMA-7.

Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez

2. Rudy Fernandez

Born Rodolfo Valentino "Rudy" Padilla Fernandez on March 3, 1952, the award-winning actor and producer is best known as Daboy. His heyday as an action star in Philippine cinema was from the 1980s through the early '90s.

Fernandez has won two FAMAS Best Actor awards for the action films Batuigas...Pasukuin si Waway (1984) and Victor Corpuz (1988). In addition to these wins, FAMAS has also nominated him an additional 13 times between 1976 and 1998. Fernandez also won two FAP Best Actor awards for Batuigas... and Birador (1998).

The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) bestowed the 2008 Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award on Rudy Fernandez at the 24th Star Awards for Movies. He also received the Film Academy of the Philippines FPJ Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2007, FAMAS awarded him the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award.

Fernando Poe Jr.

Fernando Poe Jr.

1. Fernando Poe Jr.

Born August 20, 1939, Ronald Allan Kelley Poe is better known as Fernando Poe, Jr.—and colloquially known as FPJ. His long career as an action film star earned him the moniker "King of Philippine Movies" (often shortened to Da King).

Among Poe's famous movies include playing Flavio in the mythical Ang Panday series, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Dito sa Pitong Gatang and Aguila. His last movie was Pakners, which also stars 9-ball billiards champion, Efren "Bata" Reyes.

Da King was an award-winning actor, earning the most Best Actor awards in the history of the FAMAS. Among his movies receiving awards were Mga Alabok ng Lupa (1967), Asedillo (1971), Durugin si Totoy Bato, Umpisahan Mo, Tatapusin Ko (1983), and Muslim Magnum .357 (1987).

During the latter part of his career, he was defeated by incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the 2004 Philippine presidential elections, a result roundly believed to have been fraudulent.

He was posthumously declared a National Artist of the Philippines for Film on May 23, 2006 by then-President Arroyo. The award was confirmed by President Benigno Aquino III on July 20, 2012, and was presented to his family on August 16.

Are you a Batang 90's? An avid fan of action movies? If yes, then let's hear your opinions by answering the poll below!


Ferdinand on August 20, 2019:

FPJ: Da King, Ang Alamat, Totoy Bato, Pepeng Kaliwa, Daniel Bartolo ng Sapang Bato, Ang Panday, Ang Maestro, Agila, Kalibre 45

Bayani ng Barangay Pitong Gatang, Tondo, Manila, at Pilipinas

Ferdinand on August 20, 2019:

If I may add,

Jun Aristorenas, Vic Vargas, Eddie Garcia, Philip Salvador, Cachupoy , Tito/Vic/Joey are among my all time favorites too

Ferdinand on August 20, 2019:

Fernando Poe Jr. The King of Action

Lito Lapid The Icon of Action

Chiquito My Personal King of Comedy

May on March 23, 2018:

My idol is Lito Lapid since I was a young girl never miss his movie no matter what!!! Mabuhay..