José Padilla

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José Padilla Jr. (July 16, 1911 – June 18, 1978) is a Philippine actor who has appeared in several dozen movies. He made his first movie in 1931.

Padilla also represented his country as a boxer in the lightweight division during the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States and the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. In 1932 he was eliminated in the first round, losing his bout to eventual gold medalist Laurie Stevens, and in 1936, he lost in the quarterfinals.


Padilla is the son of José Padilla, Sr., Governor of Plaridel, Bulacan and brother of actor and fellow 1932 Olympian Carlos Padilla (his nephew is boxing referee Carlos Padilla Jr.). He belongs to the big showbiz clan of the Padillas. He is also the uncle of Rudy Fernandez, Robin Padilla and Grandfather of Zsa Zsa Padilla. He married Arsenia Francisco, a famous actress at that time, and had six children together - Zenaida, Jovy, Maria Edith, Pempe Jr, Og, and Joena.

Movie Career

He made his first movie in 1931, a silent movie Horror flick Ang Multo sa Libingan aka Ghost in the Cemetery. His second movie, in 1933, was also a successful film in the Philippines, Doctor Kuba, where he played second only to the leading actor Don Dannon.

Padilla made approximately 3 dozen movies before the Japanese occupied Manila.

Padilla was paired with some of the top Philippine Screen Sirens, and he teamed up for the first time in the 1939 movie of Arimunding-Munding with Carmen Rosales, Ako'y Maghihintay (1938) with his beloved wife in real life Arsenia Francisco, Rosa del Rosario in the 1947 movie Bakya Mo Neneng, Lilia Dizon in Kaaway ng Babae and many more. He continued acting until the mid-70s.

Olympic Results

  • 1932 Lightweight representative for the Philippines at the Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Results were:

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