- Worked for the Philippine Scouts during World War II and was stationed at Okinawa, Japan.
- Started his acting career with the movie Siete Infantes de Lara (1949).
- Received three consecutive FAMAS Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959); he is the only person to have achieved this feat in the Philippine movie history.
- Made his debut as a director in the movie Karugtong ng Kahapon (1961).
- Played a different-from-the-usual role of a closet queen in Tubog sa Ginto (1971).
- Got adopted as one the honorary classmates of the Philippine Military Academy Marangal (Honorable) Class of 1974.
- Won the best actor award for his role in Bwakaw (2012) at the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival, his first international award at the age of 83.
- Fancies shooting as a hobby, cultivated a taste for the sport in the 1960s.
- Fondly known as Manoy in the entertainment industry.