Jose Mari Gonzales, Filipino actor and politician, Died at 80

José Mari Gonzáles, or José Mari was born on June 15, 1942, and died on April 16, 2019, due to pneumonia, he was a Filipino actor, matinee idol and politician.

José was born in Tacloban City, where he studied in De La Salle College in Manila, his subject was Electronics and Communication Engineering.

He was married to Charito Malarky, a former model of Spanish and British ancestry. Their paths first crossed when she was twelve and he, seventeen.


José is the father of actresses Cristina Gonzáles (wife of Mayor Alfred Romualdez) and Ana Margarita Gonzáles.

During the term of President Cory Aquino, José was made, the Director of the Bureau of Broadcast.

In 1994, José was appointed, as RPN 9’s top honcho. As a TV executive, he reinvented the telenovela’s Marimar and La Traidora, dubbed to Tagalog.

José ran for Congressman in 1998 as an independent candidate and won in San Juan, Metro Manila.

On November 13, 2000, San Juan Rep. Jose Mari Gonzalez was involved, in a slapping incident of retired Gen.

Bayani Fabic, Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, shortly after the House impeached then President Joseph Estrada.

For the misdeed and after a lengthy court trial, the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court found Jose Mari Gonzales guilty on criminal charges of grave slander by deed.

José Mari Gonzáles passed away on April 16, 2019, due to pneumonia.