Eduardo Verchez Garcia (May 2, 1929 – June 20, 2019), known colloquially as Manoy, was a Filipino actor, television personality, film director and producer. With over 600 film and television roles and a career spanning seven decades, he is widely regarded as the "greatest Filipino actor of all time". He had the highest number of appearances in Philippine films, portraying a variety of roles which include gay, antihero, and villain roles.Garcia's best regarded works as an actor include Beast of the Yellow Night (1971), The Woman Hunt (1972), Deathrow (2000), The Debut (2001), Abakada... Ina (2001), Bwakaw (2012), and Rainbow's Sunset (2018), which marked his last film appearance. Later in his career, he starred in television programs including Little Nanay (2015–2016) and Ang Probinsyano (2016–2019).
Garcia received numerous awards throughout his career, garnering a total of 43 wins and 38 nominations from notable award-giving bodies. He is the only individual inducted in three categories in the FAMAS Hall of Fame: for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. Garcia is the only Filipino to receive the Asian Film Award for Best Actor.
On June 8, 2019, Garcia was rushed to Mary Johnson Hospital in Tondo, Manila, after tripping on a cable wire and hitting his head on the pavement during a shoot of Rosang Agimat, an upcoming television series produced by GMA Network. Unconscious, he was later transferred to the ICU at the Makati Medical Center the following day. The actual incident was captured on video. Initial reports stated that Garcia suffered a heart attack on set allegedly according to his family, but was later found to have suffered a neck and cervical fracture due to the fall, contrary to earlier reports. Garcia's family released a statement contradicting a report that they said Garcia suffered a heart attack calling the initial report "fake news" and said that the actor tripped on a cable wire instead during the shooting and was healthy and fit prior to the incident. A CT scan showed that his brain was in a normal state ruling out the possibility he suffered a stroke. The fracture left him in a coma, and on June 15, his family agreed to place him on "do-not-resuscitate" status. On June 19, he had minimal signs of brain activity while remaining dependent on a ventilator. He was pronounced dead on the afternoon (4:55 pm GMT+8) of June 20, 2019, at the age of 90, 12 days after the accident. Garcia's remains were cremated and placed inside an olive green urn immediately after his death following his last wishes. His wake was held at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig.