The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) joins our local industry in mourning the passing of famous character actor Dick Israel, who passed away in their Makati home last Tuesday evening, the 11th of October, at the age of 68.
Co-Actor Vivian Velez who had worked with Israel in previous projects and was a member of Damay Kamay Foundation, an organization that helped entertainment industry workers in need, confirmed Israel’s passing in an interview, having been informed by Israel’s son Essex that his father passed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Two weeks prior Israel’s wife Marlyn had suffered an aneurysm and was taken to the hospital, where she still lies in a coma.
The FDCP sends their condolences to Israel’s family and prayers for the recovery of his wife through these difficult times.
More about the Actor after the jump
Born Ricardo Viscara Michaca and a native of Porac, Pampanga, Israel started in the movie industry in the 1970’s and became popular playing villains and sidekicks and performing in action movies, due to his gruff and rugged looks. He later on became a mainstay of TV series and since his start in the entertainment business, he has racked more than 300 credits to his name. Though he had a lack of playing big roles, his efforts did not go unnoticed and have been nominated for several awards, winning two: a Metro Manila Film Festival Prize for Best Supporting Actor in 1988’s Patrolman, and a FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1994’s Kanto Boy 2: Anak ni Totoy Guapo.
Despite suffering a stroke in 2010 resulting in partial paralysis and slurred speech, Israel was continuously working in his old age. He had a regular part in the TV series Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo in 2012 and acted in movies such as Chito Roño’s Badil and Boy Golden in 2013, as well as Val Iglesia’s Ang Bagong Dugo in 2014. More calamity would strike when their Caloocan home was razed by a fire just this July, and the community banded together to support the actor, through the initiative of colleague Vivian Velez.