Christopher de Leon

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Strauss and the second or paternal family name is de Leon.
Christopher de Leon
Born Christopher Strauss de Leon
(1956-10-31) October 31, 1956
Manila, Philippines
Other names Boyet
Occupation Actor, endorser, politician, producer
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Nora Aunor
(m. 1975–1980; separated)
Sandy Andolong
(m. 1981–present)
Children Ian de Leon
Lotlot de Leon
Matet de Leon
Christopher "Kiko" de Leon, Jr.
Kenneth "Ken" de Leon
Gabriel "Gab" de Leon
Ma. Angelica "Mariel" de Leon
Miguel de Leon
Parent(s) Gil de Leon
Carolina Dizon Strauss

Christopher Strauss de Leon (born October 31, 1956) is a Filipino film actor and politician. De Leon appeared on the gag show Going Bananas and has appeared in over 120 films since the early 1970s.

On July 1, 2010, he was sworn into office as the board member of the 2nd district of Batangas.


He studied Fine Arts at the University of the East in Manila.

he also studied at The National Teachers College as a highschool student

Acting career

In the 1980s to 1990s, he was part of the all male show Goin' Bananas with veteran actors The late Jay Ilagan and Johnny Delgado and ABS-CBN producer, Edgar Mortiz.

In 2000, he hosted the first Philippine version of the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? until 2002.

In 2003–2004, he became part of GMA-7 primetime soap/television series ensemble Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw which became successful and continued with Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin. with fellow actors Alice Dixson and Lani Mercado who he both starred in a 1992 film entitled My Other Woman and with Richard Gomez.

In 2005, he became part of the very successful television franchise of Mars Ravelo's Darna as Dr. Zombie.

In 2006, he became part of the very successful primetime soap opera Maging Sino Ka Man with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo with Sam Milby and Anne Curtis the series also continued after 6 months later with Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik the series ended successfully in March 28, 2008 after airing for 3 years.

In 2007, he appeared in the pilot episode of the primetime series, Pangarap na Bituin.

In 2008, he was part of the ABS-CBN and double vision primetime series Kahit Isang Saglit with Jericho Rosales, Carmen Soo, Cristine Reyes, Isabel Rivas and Albert Martinez.

In 2009, he returned to GMA Network for 2 shows Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition and its Christmas special Sana Ngayong Pasko. He was also part of Lovers in Paris.

In 2010, he was part of primetime fantasy television series Panday Kids and Ilumina.

In 2011, he was cast on afternoon shows such as Bantatay and Captain Barbell on its comeback. He was also a guest on the long-running primetime television series of the year 100 Days to Heaven.

In the 4th quarter of 2011, he was part of the TV5 mini-TV series and political primetime drama Sa Ngalan ng Ina with estranged wife and protagonist in the series Award Winning Actress Nora Aunor.

In 2012, he was part of ABS-CBN's initial drama offering and Primetime TV Series Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig, with Jericho Rosales and Piolo Pascual.

In 2013, he had a special participation in Muling Buksan Ang Puso as Anton "El Patron" Silvestre, he played the father of Leonel Beltran played by young actor Enchong Dee.

In 2014, de Leon was starred in The Legal Wife with Angel Locsin and Jericho Rosales, and later played as the older version of Jake Cuenca's character in the second season of Ikaw Lamang starring Kim Chiu and Coco Martin.

Personal life

He is the son of Gil de León and Lilia Dizon.

He is of German Jewish descent from his maternal grandfather.[1] On May 11, 1999, he was given a US Certificate of Citizenship. The U.S. Certificate of Citizenship says that the holder was a U.S. Citizen at birth. His citizenship was passed through his maternal grandfather and his mother.[2]

He is also the husband of actress Sandy Andolong.

Acting and influences

He has won the FAMAS Best Actor award five times.[3] He appeared in as lead actor in Lino Brocka's Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang and Eddie Romero's Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? (he won the FAMAS Best Actor awards for both films). He is also one of the only leading man to work with rich successful Award Winning Actress' Mega Star Sharon Cuneta from 1985-2009 For three different studio outfits Viva Films Star Cinema and Regal Entertainment and Ex Wife Nora Aunor in 1977-1988 who even guest starred on his sitcom Goin Bananas and the longest loveteam with Star for All Seasons Actress turned Mayor Vilma Santos who has starrd in more than 24 Films since in the 70s all Box-Office they even took the big screen with their captivating performances in 1992' The Dolzura Cortez Story an OctoArts Film Produced and Directed by Laurice Guillen in 1997 they played Ex Lovers in Ike Jarlego Jrs "Hanggang Ngayon Ika'y Minamahal" as their comeback to the bigscreen and 2004' Mano Po 4.

De Leon' has also influenced today's biggest actors such as co workers such as Top Leading Man John Lloyd Cruz, Coco Martin, Dingdong Dantes, Aga Muhlach, and Richard Gomez.


Christopher S. de Leon
Member of the Batangas Provincial Board from the 2nd District
In office
June 30, 2010  June 30, 2013
Personal details
Born (1956-10-31) October 31, 1956
Manila, Philippines
Political party Liberal Party (2010–present)
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (2007)
Spouse(s) Nora Aunor
Sandy Andolong
(married 1981–present)
Residence Lobo, Batangas and Manila, Metro Manila
Profession Actor
Religion Roman Catholic

2007 elections

In 2007, he decided to run as Vice Governor of Batangas. This claims that if his former on screen partner, Vilma Santos won the governorship, then he might win as Vice Governor. He became the running mate of former police officer Nestor Sanares. However, he lost to Mark Leviste.

2010 elections

He once again run, but this time for board member of the Second District of Batangas, which he won. Garnering the highest number of votes among those elected, he became Senior Board Member of Batangas.

2013 elections

De Leon was a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District of the Province of Batangas but lost the race to Rep. Mandanas' Chief of Staff, Rannie Abu.



Year Title Role Network
2016 Alyas Robin Hood Jose GMA Network
Once Again Ricardo Soriano
Pepito Manaloto Himself
Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday Lizardo TV5
Ang Probinsyano Michael "Mike" Alonzo ABS-CBN
2015/2016 Little Nanay August Castañeda GMA Network
2015 Beautiful Strangers Ronaldo Castillo
Sunday PinaSaya Himself
2014 Ikaw Lamang Franco Hidalgo ABS-CBN
The Legal Wife Javier Santiago
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso Anton Silvestre
Misibis Bay Anthony Cadiz TV5
Kidlat Vincent Megaton Sr.
2012 Pahiram Ng Sandali Phillip Reyes GMA Network
Luna Blanca Luis Buenaluz
Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo Manny Raymundo ABS-CBN
Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig Leo Valderama
Maalaala Mo Kaya: School Uniform Toto
2011 Sa Ngalan ng Ina Pepe Ilustre TV5
100 Days to Heaven Ronaldo Quinio ABS-CBN
Captain Barbell: Ang Pagbabalik Nero GMA Network
Bantatay Pres. Bartolome Sison
2010 Jillian: Namamasko Po Dante Molina
Ilumina Frederico Salcedo
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gitara Buloy ABS-CBN
Carlo J. Caparas' Panday Kids Guro GMA Network
Sine Novela: Gumagapang Ka Sa Lusak[4] Rafael Montez
SRO Cinemaserye: Meet The Fathers Father Alejandro
2009/2010 Sana Ngayong Pasko Gordon Dionisio[4]
2009 Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition Himself
Lovers in Paris Chairman George Aranaz ABS-CBN
May Bukas Pa Marcelito "Lito" Azarcon
2008 Kahit Isang Saglit Anthony Mondragon
2007 Pangarap na Bituin Carlo Gomez
Magpakailanman Himself GMA Network
2007/2008 Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik Don Fidel Madrigal ABS-CBN
2006/2007 Maging Sino Ka Man Don Fidel Madrigal
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Dr. Ted/Dr. Zombie GMA Network
Now And Forever: Agos Armando
2004 Hanggang Kailan Dado
All Together Now -
2003 Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin Lemuel Verder
2002/2003 Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Lemuel Verder
2003 StarStruck Himself/Council Member
2000/2002 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Philippine Edition Himself/Host IBC 13
1998/1999 Hiwalay Kung Hiwalay Daw? Bo Paraiso GMA Network
1997 5 is 5: The ABC-5 5th Anniversary Special Himself ABC
1986/1988 Goin' Banana Himself IBC 13
1993-2001 Star Drama Presents ABS-CBN


Year Title Role
2016 Dukot Johnny
2014 Sa Ngalan Ng Ama, Ina At Mga Anak Ka Romeo
2012 El Presidente Gen. Antonio Luna
The Reunion Chino
2011 Catch Me, I'm In Love President Enrique Rodriguez
2010 Sa 'yo Lamang Franco Alvero
2009 Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love Alfonso Uy
2008 Magkaibigan Atoy
When Love Begins Paco Valmonte
Banal Major Sagala
2007 Faces of Love Don Arcadio
2006 Blue Moon Rod Pineda
Nasaan si Francis? Gwapo
2004 Mano Po 3: My Love Michael Lim
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Antonio "Tony" Chan
Pangarap ko ang Ibigin ka Raffy
Sana ay Ikaw na nga
2002 Dekada '70 Julian Bartolome
Magkapatid Bobby Reyes
2001 Sugatang Puso Noel
Alas-dose Remo Doce
American Adobo Mike
2000 Yakapin mo ang Umaga
Ika-13 kapitulo David
Tunay na Mahal Tom
1999 Bulaklak ng Maynila Timo
Higit pa sa Buhay ko Alex Acosta
Wansapanataym: The Movie Gary
1998 Sambahin ang Ngalan mo Daniel
Pahiram Kahit Sandali Andy Castro
Ama Namin
Halik Simon
Tumutol man ang Tadhana
1997 Nasaan ang Puso Dave
Hanggang Ngayong Ika'y Minamahal Leo
Kristo Dismas
Madrasta Edward
1996 Wanted: Perfect Mother Dante Zulueta
Sa Aking Mga Kamay Joven dela Rosa
1995 Eskapo: The Serge Osmena-Geny Lopez Story Geny Lopez
Sa Ngalan ng Pag-ibig Spanky
1994 Nag-iisang Bituin Phillip Caballero
Paano Na? Sa Mundo ni Janet Gaston
Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang
1993 Divine Mercy:Sa Buhay ni Sister Faustina Carl
Gaano Kita Kamahal Rolly Suclad
Kung Mawawala Ka Pa Tony
Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story
1992 Hiram na Mukha Dr. Hugo
Mahal Kita Walang Iba Alex
1991 Makiusap Ka Sa Diyos Vince
Kislap sa Dilim Nitoy
Huwag mong Salingin ang Sugat ko
Dinampot ka lang sa Putik Edmond
Ang Leon at ang Kuting
Ipagpatawad Mo
1990 Gumapang ka sa Lusak Levi
Higit na Matimbang ang Dugo
My Other Woman
Biktima Jing Aureus
1989 Imortal
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Alfred
Bakit Iisa Lamang ang Puso Joel
Magkano ang iyong Dangal Paolo
1988 Tatlong Mukha ng Pag-ibig
Kapag Napagod ang Puso
1987 Maging Akin Ka Lamang Andy Abrigo
Walang Karugtong ang Nakaraan
Ayokong Tumungtong sa Lupa Dodong
1986 I Love You Mama, I Love You Papa Rommel Villena
Huwag Mo Kaming Isumpa Francis
Magdusa Ka Rod
1985 God Save Me
Hindi Nahahati ang Langit Noel
Bituing Walang Ningning Nico Escobar
Kay Dali ng Kahapon, ang Bagal ng Bukas
Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita
1984 Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap Rustan
Minsan pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan Rod
1983 Bad Bananas sa Putting Tabing
Broken Marriage Rene
Sugat sa Ugat Ramon
Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Eric
1982 Sinasamba Kita Jerry
Kain at Abel Ellis
Relasyon Emil
Anak Alfred
No Other Love
Tinimbang ang Langit
1981 Pakawalan Mo Ako Freddie
1980 Aguila Mari
Taga sa Panahon
Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo
Kakabakaba Ka Ba?
Pinay, American Style Chris
1979 Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan
Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan
Isang Milyon at Isang Kasalanan
Bakit May Pag-ibig Pa?
Darna, kuno
1978 Garrote: Jai Alai King
Ikaw ay Akin Rex
Disco Fever
Lagi na Lamang Ba Akong Babae? Desto
Sapagkat Kami'y Tao Lamang 2
Kung Kaya Mo, Kaya Ko Rin
Mahal Mo, Mahal Ko Chris
Nakawain Natin ang Bawat Sandali
1977 Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising Joey
John and Marsha '77 Chauffeur (Uncredited)
Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig
Masikip, Maluwang Paraisong Parisukat Al
Tisoy Tisoy
My Brother, My Wife
1976 Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos Masugi
Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon? Nicolas "Kulas" Ocampo
Hide and Seek sa Quiapo, Cubao at Makati
Relaks Lang Mama, Sagot Kita
Mrs Teresa Abad, Ako po si Bing
Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw Rod
1975 Batu-bato sa Langit
Banaue Sadek
Kahit Ang Mundo'y Magunaw Reden /Delio
1974 Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang Junior


Christopher de Leon has recently started producing theater plays through Green Wings Entertainment. Green Wings' first project is LORENZO, a musical on the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, with music by Ryan Cayabyab, book and lyric by Juan Ekis and Paul Dumol with the collaboration of Joem Antonio, and direction by Nonon Padilla. Lorenz Martinez plays Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint. LORENZO's maiden run was held in September 2013 at DLS-CSB's SDA Theater.[5]


Awards and nominations

Year Movie/TV Show Category Result Organization
2014 Ikaw Lamang Best Drama Supporting Actor Nominated 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV
2009 Kahit Isang Saglit Best Drama Actor Nominated 23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV
2009 Magkaibigan Film Actor of the Year Won GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[6]
2008 Magkaibigan Best Actor Won Metro Manila Film Festival
2008 ---- Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award Won Golden Screen Awards
2006 Now and Forever: Agos Best Drama Actor Nominated 20th PMPC Star Awards for TV
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Palamig Best Single Performance by an Actor Nominated
2005 Hanggang Kailan Best Drama Actor Nominated 19th PMPC Star Awards for TV
Magpakailanman: Sa Muling Pagsilip ng Liwanag Best Single Performance by an Actor Nominated
2004 Mano Po III: My Love Best Actor Won Metro Manila Film Festival[7]
2000 Bulaklak ng Maynila Best Actor Won Star Awards
1999Bulaklak ng MaynilaBest ActorWon Metro Manila Film Festival[8]
1997Nasaan ang Puso?Best ActorWon Metro Manila Film Festival[9]
1996 Madrasta Best Actor Won Star Awards
1991 Ipagpatawad Mo Best Actor Won FAMAS Awards
1990 My Other Woman Best Actor Won FAMAS Awards
1989 Imortal Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1989 Imortal Best Actor Won Metro Manila Film Festival[10]
1988 Kapag Napagod Ang Puso Best Actor Won FAMAS Awards
1987 Maging Akin Ka Lamang Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1985 God...Save Me! Best Actor Won Metro Manila Film Festival[11]
God Save Me Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1983 Broken Marriage Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1982 Haplos Best Actor Won Metro Manila Film Festival[12]
Relasyon Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1981 Pakawalan Mo Ako Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1980 Aguila Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
Taga sa Panahon Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1979 Alamat ni Julian Makabayan Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1978 Lagi na Lamang Ba Akong Babae? Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1977 Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1976 Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Best Actor Won FAMAS Awards
Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Best Actor Won Metro Manila Film Festival[13]
1975 Banaue Best Actor Nominated FAMAS Awards
1974 Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang Best Actor Won FAMAS Awards


Preceded by
Tantowi Yahya (Indonesian version. August 5, 2000 - July 30, 2006)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? hosts (Asian version) Succeeded by
Moin Akhtar (Pakistani version. 2002-2004)
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