Acclaimed actor and director who became the first person to be inducted into the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in three categories. He also became the first person to win three consecutive FAMAS awards.
He served with the Philippine Scouts in World War II, and was a military policeman stationed in Japan.
He starred in the TV series Kung Mawawala Ka and appeared in the films The Debut and Boogie Nights.
He married Lucilla Scharnberg in 1995. He had a daughter named Lisa Ortega.
He and writer Jun Lana have both received Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards.