Veteran actor, TV host and star builder German Moreno died early Friday, January 8, 2016 due to cardiac arrest. Kuya Germs, as he was fondly called by both fans and showbiz personalities, was credited for building the careers of some of the biggest names in Philippine entertainment today.
Born on October 4, 1933 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Moreno entered the entertainment industry as a janitor and telonero (curtain raiser) of Clover Theater and was eventually given bit roles in plays. He later went on to pursue a career as a comedian of the bodabil stage and the post-war screen.
Moreno made it big on televison in the late 1970s when he became host of the Sunday noontime variety show, GMA Supershow. In the 80s, he became the star-builder that he was when he produced and hosted the youth-oriented variety show That’s Entertainment which paved the way to stardom to some of the biggest stars in Philippine business today. He also hosted Superstar, a Sunday musical-variety show of Nora Aunor, Negosiyete, Young Love, Sweet Love, and a bevy of sitcoms and other shows.
His late-night show Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, which he has been hosting since 1997, remains on air at the time of his death. He left the show in January 2015 to recuperate from a mild stroke and returned after six months.
Apart from television, Moreno is also a prolific film actor and appeared in a host of movies including the 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Payaso where he played the lead role.
Moreno was also known as the proponent of the Walk of Fame in Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City, the Philippine version of the popular Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood Boulevard, california. Moreno reportedly funded the project from his own pocket.
Moreno was rushed to the hospital on January 7, 2016 due to another stroke and died the following day from cardiac arrest. His remains is open to the public at Mount Carmel Church in Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City.