- Started his acting career in his early twenties.
- Won a place in the FAMAS Hall of Fame in 1981 and 1984.
- Started out as a politician in 1967.
- Was elected mayor of the Municipality of San Juan twice and retained the post till 1986.
- Was named Outstanding Mayor and Foremost Nationalist in 1971 by the Inter-Provincial Information Service.
- In 1972, was titled the Most Outstanding Metro Manila Mayor by the Philippine Princeton Poll.
- Was elected as the Vice President of the country in 1992.
- Was the Chairman of the Presidential Anti –Crime Commission (PACC), a post from which he resigned in 1997.
- Got elected as the President of the Philippines in 1998, but was overthrown in 2002 after an impeachment case being filed against him.
- In 2007, 6 years after his arrest for corruption, he was sentenced to life in prison.
- Established the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation, Inc., which aims to provide workers in the movie industry with financial and professional assistance.
- Is the founder and president of the ERAP Para sa Mahirap Foundation, an organization that offers scholarships to poor, but deserving, students.