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Lito Legaspi (10 September 1941 – 8 September 2019)[1] was a Filipino actor both in movies and television in the Philippines. He was the father of actors Zoren Legaspi, Kier Legaspi, and Brando Legaspi. He won Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actor in Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping? (1977). He is probably best known for playing then-Mayor of Davao City, later President, Rodrigo Duterte in 1992 film Pugoy Hostage: Davao [2]

Lito Legaspi
Born(1941-09-10)September 10, 1941[1]
DiedSeptember 8, 2019(2019-09-08) (aged 77)[1]
Years active1959–2019
Children4 (including Zoren, Kier, Brando, Jupiter)

Early careerEdit

Legaspi appeared in 1959 comedy film Ipinagbili Kami Ng Aming Tatay, starring Dolphy. In 1963, Sampaguita Pictures introduced Legaspi together with teenage stars such as Rosemarie Sonora, Gina Pareno, Dindo Fernando, Pepito Rodriguez, Romeo Rivera and Bert Leroy, Jr., among others. He became a matinee idol like Eddie Gutierrez, Jose Mari Gonzales, Romeo Vasquez, Greg Martin and Juancho Gutierrez. He played an impotent husband in the movie Uhaw (1970) with Merle Fernandez and Tito Galla, directed by Ruben Abalos.

Later careerEdit

He played Mayor Joaquin Montejo in Esperanza shown in ABS-CBN, starring Judy Ann Santos in 1997. He also played as Governor in Makapiling Kang Muli, GMA Network's prime time television series.

As a veteran actor, he appeared in more than 120 movies and television shows since 1959.

He was inducted to the Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines in December 2014 for his contribution in movie acting and also TV acting.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Lito has 3 children, Zoren, Kier and Brando who are also perspective movie actors. His daughter-in-law (Zoren's wife), Carmina Villaroel-Legaspi is an actress and TV host. His grandchildren, fraternal twins Maverick and Cassandra (children of Zoren and Carmina) and Dani Barreto (daughter of Kier and actress Marjorie Barreto) are in show business as well.

Health and deathEdit

On September 6, 2019, Legaspi was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center after suffering from chest pains. He later succumbed to cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at around 10:00 AM on September 8, 2019, two days before his 78th birthday.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Title Role Network
2018 My Special Tatay Simon Villaroman GMA Network
2017 Haplos Eduardo "Lolo Doods" Dizon
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Jonathan Wu ABS CBN
2016 Ika-6 na Utos Allan GMA Network
Princess in the Palace Manuel Gonzaga
2015 MariMar Don Fernando Aldama
2014 Ilustrado Padre Amado
Niño Manuel Reyes
2013 Jim Fernandez's Galema, Anak Ni Zuma Agustin Carriedo ABS-CBN
Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Melchor Antonio
Genesis Manuel Macalintal GMA Network
2012 Isang Dakot Na Luha Mr. Vergara TV5
Makapiling Kang Muli Governor GMA Network
The Good Daughter Miguel Guevarra
2011 Mula Sa Puso Luis Vergara ABS-CBN
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Don Leon Fortalejo
I Love Betty La Fea Virgilio Arellano
2009 The Wedding Lawrence
2008 Eva Fonda Toshiro Fonda
Komiks Presents: Dragonna Recurring Role
2004 Hiram Don Felipe Verdadero
1999 Tabing Ilog Francisco Ledesma
1997 Esperanza Mayor Joaquin Montejo
1987 Agila Recurring Role RPN & ABS-CBN


Year Title Role Producer
2012 Every Breath U Take Leo's Dad Star Cinema
2011 Catch Me, I'm in Love Mr. Morales Star Cinema
1999 Esperanza: The Movie Mayor Joaquin Montejo Star Cinema
1998 Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita Ryan's Father Star Cinema
1997 Paano Ang Puso Ko? Cesar Star Cinema
1996 SPO4 Santiago: Sharpshooter Col. Deogracias De Bayan
1995 Markang Bungo 2: Iligpit Si Bobby Ortega Col. Ordoñez Viva Films
1995 Judge Max Asuncion: Hukom Bitay Col. Orlando Aberilla Viva Films
1994 Iukit Mo Sa Bala Congressman Valdez Star Cinema and RRJ Productions Inc.
1992 Pugoy Hostage: Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte First Films
1992 Kapatid Ko Si Hudas Don Ramon Cordova
1991 Alyas Dodong Scarface Seiko Films
1991 Kung Patatawarin Ka Ng Bala Ko Roman Mega Films
1991 Markang Bungo: The Bobby Ortega Story Col. Ordoñez Bonanza Films
1990 Alyas Baby Face Seiko Films
1990 Angel Cremenal
1990 Alyas Baby Face
1977 Banta Ng Kahapon
1977 Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping?
1976 Escolta; Mayo 13; Biyernes Ng Hapon!
1970 Marupok
1963 Ang Class Reunion Joselito Moran
1961 Joey, Eddie, Lito Lito
1959 Wedding Bells Lito



  1. ^ a b c d "Veteran actor Lito Legaspi passes away". GMA News Online. September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "There's Actually A Movie About The 1989 Davao Hostage Crisis". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Veteran actor Lito Legaspi passes away due to cardiac arrest". PEP. September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lito Legaspi Pics – Lito Legaspi Photo Gallery – 2015 – Magazine Pictorials. Movie Stills. Event Photos. Red Carpet Pictures". 1975-06-04. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  6. ^ "Lito Legaspi : Awards". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Ipinagbili kami ng aming tatay (1959) : Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Tony Marzan, rugged actor". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Video 48: SAMPAGUITA-VP ALL-STARS: THE BARKADA YOUTH OF THE 60s". 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  10. ^ [2][dead link]
  11. ^ "Lito Legaspi". Archived from the original on May 8, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  12. ^ "Lito Legaspi". IMDb. Retrieved 22 February 2015.

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