Veteran actor Dick Israel dies – Vivian Velez
MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actor Dick Israel has died, according to a post by the Damay Kamay Foundation's Facebook page.
The Damay Kamay Foundation, an organization by members of the entertainment industry that helps their colleagues in need, had been helping Israel since July. A viral photo asking for support for Israel made the rounds on social media, after his house burned down
Their post read: "Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. RIP Dick Israel."
The news was confirmed by actress Vivian Velez, who spoke to DZMM on Tuesday, October 11, telling them the actor, who captivated viewers with television and film roles in the likes of Maging Sino Ka Man, Boy Golden, and Beh! Bote Nga and Patrolman, has died.
A report from ABS-CBN said that Velez spoke to Israel's son, who said that his father vomited blood before he died in their home. ABS-CBN also said that his family asked for privacy during this time.
Velez, an active member of Damay Kamay, was among the entertainment industry members who helped Israel out in July.
Nadia Montenegro, who also helped Israel out in July, spoke on Instagram about Israel's death, saying "REST IN PEACE TATS!!! WE LOVE YOU!"
Israel, whose real name is Ricardo Michaca, suffered a stroke in 2010, after which he sought financial help from his colleagues in the industry after medical treatment drained his savings.
Israel has been known for playing villains. In a 2012 interview with ANC's Storyline, he said about being known for these kontrabida roles: "Papasok ako sa sinehan nang palihim. Naririnig ko 'yung mga nanonood, they hate me. I feel elated, kasi 'yun talaga ang trabaho ko eh, ang galitin nila. Meaning, successfultalaga akong kontrabida."
(I would secretly go to the cinemas. I would hear the audience. They hate me. I feel elated because that's my job – to make them angry. It means that I'm successful as a villain.)
His work as an actor has been acclaimed locally with Best Supporting Actor awards at the 1988 Metro Manila Film Festival for Patrolman and at the 1995 FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) Awards for Kanto Boy 2: Anak ni Totoy Guapo.
Some of Israel's most recent work include films such as Badil and Boy Golden in 2013. – Rappler.com