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Spanky Manikan

Spanky Manikan
Manuel S. Manikan

(1942-03-22)March 22, 1942
DiedJanuary 14, 2018(2018-01-14) (aged 75)
Manila, Philippines
Years active1970–2018
Spouse(s)Susan Africa

Spanky Manikan (March 22, 1942 – January 14, 2018) was a Filipino theater, film and television actor.

In 1981, Manikan won as the Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor and the Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Supporting Actor for Himala. He was also awarded the Best Supporting Actor for GMA's Bahaghari Awards for the tele-movie Parola in 1995. In 2014, Manikan was nominated by the PMPC Star Awards as Best Supporting Actor for Bamboo Flowers.[1] On December 1, 2014, he was awarded the Best Actor (Non-Musical) by the Aliw Awards for his portrayal of Zacarias Monzon in Tanghalang Pilipino's Mga Ama Mga Anak .[2]


He began his theater career with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in the production Halimaw in 1972. Since then, he has acted with Dulaang UP, Manila Metropolitan Theater, Bulwagang Gantimpala and Tanghalang Pilipino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). He also played roles in Kabesang Tales,[citation needed] Joe Hill, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Rehas Sa Tubig, Solo Entre Las Sombras, General Goyo, The Boor, Henry IV (Pirandello), Mando Plaridel, Canuplin, Marat Sade, Kang Tse, Bombita, Pilipinas Circa 1900, Bien Aligtad, Puntila and Matti, Pantaglieze, The Iceman Cometh, Maliw[3] and Mga Ama Mga Anak.[4]

Manikan's filmography consists of local and international productions, with roles in Lino Brocka's Maynila sa Kuko Ng Liwanag and Bona, and Ishmael Bernal's Broken Marriage and Himala. He went on to work with American and European directors in Behind Enemy Lines, Saigon Commandos, HBO's A Dangerous Life, Le Zhan Chang An, In Naam der Koningin, Tatort-Manila, Au Bout De Rouleau, and Amigo.[5]

Health and death

In August 2017, Manikan diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer, Veteran actor Nanding Josef made the announcement on his Facebook account last August 4, and revealed that Spanky is "in need of financial assistance." Spanky, who played Mr. Jang in the GMA Network adaptation of the hit Korean drama My Love from The Star, abruptly left the show last July due to health problems and he is replaced by Crispin Pineda.

On January 14, 2018, Manikan died due to lung cancer, at the age of 75.[6]

Theater roles


  • (2017) Ang Panday directed by Rodel Nanciaceno
  • (2014) Alienasyon[7] directed by Arnel Mardoquio
  • (2013) Bamboo Flowers[8] directed by Maryo J. De los Reyes
  • (2012) The Strangers directed by Law Fajardo
  • (2011) Forever and a Day directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • (2010) Amigo directed by John Sayles
  • (2008) Ploning directed by Dante Garcia
  • (2002) Au Bout De Rouleau[9] directed by Thierry Binisti
  • (2001) Death Row directed by Joel Lamangan
  • (2001) Mananabas directed by Cesar Montano
  • (2000) Buhay Kamao directed by Joyce Bernal
  • (1999) Bullet directed by Cesar Montano
  • (1997) Behind Enemy Lines directed by Mark Griffiths
  • (1998) Tatort-Manila[10] directed by Nikolaus Stein von Kamienski
  • (1995) In Naam der Koningin directed by Bram Van Erkel
  • (1992) Divide By Two directed by Ishmael Bernal
  • (1991) B-Team
  • (1989) An le Zhan Chang[11] directed by Eric Tsang
  • (1988) A Dangerous Life directed by Robert Markowitz
  • (1986) Saigon Commandos[12] directed by Clark Henderson
  • (1986) Behind Enemy Lines directed by Gideon Amir
  • (1983) Broken Marriage directed by Ishmael Bernal
  • (1981) Himala directed by Ishmael Bernal
  • (1979) Bona directed by Lino Brocka
  • (1978) Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag directed by Lino Brocka


Year Title Role Network
2017 My Love From The Star Juan "Jang" Avanado GMA Network
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Estong ABS-CBN
2016 Ipaglaban Mo! ABS-CBN
2015 Karelasyon ?????? GMA Network
2015 Pari 'Koy Don Manuel Evangelista GMA Network
2014 Ikaw Lamang Damian Severino ABS-CBN
2013 Honesto Felipe Lualhati ABS-CBN
2012 Kidlat Tata Domeng TV5
2012 Lorenzo's Time Luis Robles ABS-CBN
2012 Walang Hanggan Hernan Cardenas ABS-CBN
2011 Daldalita Dr. Manny Manuel GMA Network
2011 Amaya Datu Bulang GMA Network
2011 Sabel Tino ABS-CBN
2010 Noah Ernie ABS-CBN
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Midnight Phantom Don Hernando ABS-CBN
2010 May Bukas Pa Milo ABS-CBN
2009 Tayong Dalawa Stanley King ABS-CBN
2008 Lobo Crisostomo Silva / Alberto Dela Rama ABS-CBN
2007 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Doctor Eng GMA Network
2007 Ysabella Perry Mendoza ABS-CBN
2006 Majika Carab GMA Network
2004 Krystala George ABS-CBN
2003 Darating ang Umaga Ramon Reverente ABS-CBN
2002 Kung Mawawala Ka Gen. Gonzalo GMA Network
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Don Sebastian ABS-CBN


Year Group Category Work Result
1982 Metro Manila Film Festival[13] Best Supporting Actor Himala Won


  1. ^ 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Nominees [1]. Retrieved on 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ ‘Rak of Aegis,’ Spanky Manikan, Jed Madela Lead 27th Aliw Awardees [2]. Retrieved on 14 January 2015.
  3. ^ Spanky Manikan Returns to Theater
  4. ^ Mga Ama Mga Anak [3]. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ Spanky Manikan IMDB
  6. ^ Ramos, Jansen. "Veteran actor Spanky Manikan dies at 75". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  7. ^ Alienasyon [4]. Retrieved on 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ Bamboo Flowers 3180496. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  9. ^ Au bout du rouleau (2002 TV Movie)[5]. Retrieved on 17 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Tatort" Manila [6]. Retrieved on 17 March 2014.
  11. ^ An le zhan chang [7]. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  12. ^ Saigon Commandos [8]. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1982". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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