Isa ang yumaong Comedy King na si Dolphy sa itinuturing na malapit na kaibigan ng yumao na ring Hari ng Pelikulang Pilipino na si Fernando Poe Jr.
Ito ay ayon mismo sa anak ni FPJ na si MTRCB Chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, nang makapanayam siya ni Karen Davila sa morning news program ng ANC na Headstart kanina, Hulyo 11.
“Yes, definitely,” pagsang-ayon ni Grace sa pahayag na si Dolphy ay mabuting kaibigan ni FPJ.
“Today is a somber day for all our countrymen, especially for those who were close to Dolphy.
“Uhm, in my particular experience in showbiz, for example, there are a lot of people that you meet every day.
“But, there are not many friends that you can really count on, that you can really consider true friends—and one of them is Dolphy, he’s really a sincere friend to FPJ.”
FERNANDO POE, SR. Nagsimula raw ang koneksiyon sa pagitan nina Dolphy at FPJ dahil sa ama ng huli na si Fernando Poe, Sr.
Si Fernando Poe, Sr. ang nakadiskubre kay Dolphy nang gumawa ito ng isang theater play.
Kuwento ni Grace, “Well, he [Dolphy] started out—from the stories that I heard from my mom [Susan Roces]—during the time of war they had were stage plays and Fernando Poe, Sr. has produced one, I think in Avenue.
“One of the actors there was the young man, Dolphy.
“And then later on, the Royal Productions continued on and I remember Dolphy mentioning something like, ‘O, nakita ko papa mo no’n, kulot-kulot pa ang buhok no’n, tisoy na tisoy, maliit pa at kasama niya sa set.’
“So, there’s that long history from the very beginning, so he always looked at my dad in a very…
"I guess he always looked at him as family because he started out with Fernando Poe Sr., and although they didn’t see each other very often because of age difference also.”
DOLPHY-FPJ FRIENDSHIP. Bagamat hindi madalas na nagkakasama, dahil na rin sa agwat ng kanilang edad, hindi raw nawawala ang suporta nina Dolphy at FPJ sa isa’t isa.
Ipinanganak si Dolphy noong 1928, habang si FPJ naman ay ipinanganak noong 1939.