Here’s a timeline of the life and career of the 90-year-old actor who was active in show business for nearly seven decades:
— May 2, 1929: Eduardo Verchez García, known professionally as Eddie Garcia or Manoy Eddie, is born to Antonio García and Vicenta Verchez in Sorsogon, Sorsogon.
— 1935 to 1945: Eddie studies at the Sorsogon Elementary School, then at San Beda College High School.
— 1946 to 1949: Right after World War II, Eddie joins the Philippine Scouts stationed in Guam, which was a contingent of United States army. He would later become a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan.
— 1949: At age 20, Eddie tries his luck in show business by auditioning for several roles in the original version of Manuel Conde’s “Siete Infantes de Lara.” Cast in one of the seven swashbuckling roles, the movie was shown in 1950.
— 1957: Eddie marries at 22. They have three children.
— 1953: Eddie completes A.B., Psychology at San Beda.
— 1957: Eddie receives his first Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards.
— 1957 to 1959: He becomes lone actor 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).”
— 1961: Eddie dips his fingers into directing via the drama film “Karugtong Ng Kahapon.” His first full directorial job is in “Sa Linggo Ang Bola,” released in the same year.
— 1973: His eldest son dies in a motorcycle accident at age 22.
— 1975: Eddie is inducted into the FAMAS Hall of Fame for Best Supporting Actor.
— 1986 to 2001: He bags three Luna Awards for Best Director for the movies “Magdusa Ka” in 1986, “Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig” in 1987, and “Abakada Ina.”
— 1991: Eddie is inducted into the FAMAS Hall of Fame for Best Director.
— 1995: His wife dies of cancer.
— 1998: He earns the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Lifetime Achievement Award.
— 1999: Eddie, who is into target shooting, attends the 1999 IPSC Handgun World Shoot XII held in Cebu.
— 2002: He wins his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the Star Awards.
— 2003: Eddie becomes the most awarded and nominated person in FAMAS. He has garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 11 for Best Actor and 10 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins, and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award.
— 2004: Eddie is the fourth actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Hall of Fame for Best Actor, followed by Joseph Estrada (1983), Fernando Poe Jr. (1988), and Christopher De Leon (1993).
— 2012: Eddie earns his first international film award at the 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival as the lead actor for the movie “Bwakaw,” garnering the Asian Film Award for Best Actor, the only Filipino so far to win the award.
— 2013: He is awarded the first Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award – Ulirang Alagad ng Sining during the Entertainment Press Society’s Golden Screen TV Awards.
— 2014: He makes it to two lists: Inside Showbiz magazine’s list of five best of the living Filipino actors and the Philippines’ Yes! Magazine’s list of 2014’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars
— 2015 to 2019: He plays a popular role on “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” as Don Emilio Syquía and Gustavo Torralba.
— 2018: Eddie is among individuals chosen as Most Outstanding Citizen of Quezon City.
— January 19, 2019: Eddie marks his 69th year in show business.
— May 22, 2019: GMA introduces Eddie as part of their upcoming series, “Rosang Agimat.”
— June 8: Eddie is rushed to Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo, Manila after an accident on the set of the TV series. An initial statement said he suffered “severe heart attack.”
— June 9: Photos and videos of the accident circulate online. The picture shows Eddie being carried by several men, while the short clip displayed the before and after Eddie “tripped” on a cable wire. The actor’s immediate family releases a statement quoting family doctor Enrique Lagman that he had a “severe cervical fracture.”
— June 10: Eddie’s good friend, director Bibeth Orteza, shares in an interview on GMA’s “Unang Balita” that the actor was “still in deep sleep.” That day, GMA Network said they’re going to investigate the “absence of medical team” when Eddie collapsed on set.
— June 11: A medical bulletin declares the actor to be in a state of “coma.”
— June 12: Eddie’s long-time partner Lilibeth Romero and Eddie’s stepson Congressman Mikee Romero of the 1-PACMAN party-list ask for prayers.
— June 13: The spokesperson for Eddie’s family, Dr. Tony Rebosa, says in a press briefing that the actor is in a “comatose state and is dependent on a ventilator and medications to support his blood pressure.”
— June 14: Director Santiago Garcia, the brother of veteran actor Eddie, invites all of their family and friends to join them for a healing mass and prayer. And in a medical bulletin released that night, Dr. Tony belies reports that the family has considered the “withdrawal of life support” for Eddie. The family denies authorizing or consenting to withdrawal of life support for Eddie. However, they agree to put him on DNR or “do-not-resuscitate” status.
— June 17: The doctors advise the family of Eddie to limit visitors in order to “prevent complications from occurring.” Garcia’s attending physician, Dr. Regina Macalintal-Canlas stated that as of 3:15 of June 17, the veteran actor continues to be in “critical condition.”
— June 18: Eddie Garcia wins as Best Actor at Gawad Urian Awards.