- Dropped out of school at the age of 15 to provide financial help his family; worked as a messenger in a film exchange office.
- Got his big break through his role in the film Lo Waist Gang (1956).
- Started his own production company called FPJ Productions.
- Ran for Filipino presidency in 2004, but lost to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
- Has been dubbed as the King of Philippine Cinema.