An established and well-respected actor, television host, commercial model, and public figure, Dingdong Dantes has carved a name for himself on the local entertainment scene. With a prolific career spanning more than 20 years, Dong has garnered various awards and recognition for his talents.
Starting out as part of an all-male dance group, the GMA Network talent gained a strong following as an actor for several TV shows and movies under the network. He later on expanded his reach, starting AgostoDos Pictures and becoming the founding chairman of YesPinoy Foundation.
Dingdong Dantes real name, family, and humble beginnings
Given the name Jose Sixto Raphael Gonzalez Dantes III, Dong was born in Quezon City, Philippines, on August 2, 1980. Dingdong Dantes father, Jose Sixto Z.Dantes Jr., while his mother is Angeline Gonzales-Dantes. He has three sisters: Aya, Victoria, and Trina, while Dingdong Dantes brother is Jose Angelo.
His career in front of the camera began when Dingdong Dantes age 2 became a child model for a television advertisement. After a few other ads, he became a part of the Abztract Dancers and performed regularly on popular TV shows under GMA, like “That’s Entertainment” and “Eat Bulaga!”.
Dingdong Dantes movies and TV shows
Dantes’ first foray in movies was in 1994’s “Shake, Rattle, and Roll V”, where he played a role in one of the segment “Anino”. He then started appearing on several other movies over the years, with 2019’s “Family History” being the latest.
His studio AgostoDos, named after Dingdong Dantes birthday, has also handled several movie projects starring the actor. Some of them are 2011’s “Segunda Mano”, 2012’s “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles” and its sequel, 2014’s “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2”.
1997 was his official television debut when he joined the cast of GMA’s youth-oriented program “T.G.I.S” as Iñaki and formed a pair with Antoinette Taus as a love team. Their love team became an audience favorite, appearing in several movies and television series like “Anna Karenina”.
Moving to primetime programming, he played with Tanya Garcia in the soap opera “Sana ay Ikaw Na Nga” in 2001. This was followed by “Twin Hearts” in 2003, again with Garcia, and the fantasy-oriented series “Encantadia”. He also appeared as a host or presenter in several beauty pageants and game shows like “Starstruck”, “Family Feud” and currently, “Amazing Eath”. With Dingdong Dantes height of 5’11”, he is given the headline role for the current Filipino adaptation of the Korean series “Descendants of the Sun”.
Dingdong Dantes politics
Dong joined his then-girlfriend Marian Rivera in PETA’s advocacy to convince the Manila Zoo to release the elephant Mali in 2013. The following year, he was appointed as the commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission, a position he held for 2 years. In 2016, he stepped out of the office to support the presidential candidate Grace Poe for the upcoming elections.
Dingdong Dantes net worth
With around 30 years in the entertainment industry and as a brand endorser, Dantes has earned an average net worth of $3 million. This includes income generated from television shows, movies, and product endorsements.
Dingdong Dantes wife and family
Dingdong Dantes is married to fellow Kapuso actress Marian Rivera since 2014. The couple met on the set of their 2007 adaptation of the highly-popular Spanish telenovela “Marimar”, where they played the lead roles. He proposed to her in August 2014 and had their wedding in December that year.
He is a proud father of two children, the first one announced in April 2015. Dingdong Dantes children are his daughter Maria Leticia, born November 23, 2015, and son Jose Sixto IV, born April 16, 2019.
Dingdong Dantes has become a big part of GMA network’s line of programming, garnering the title “Primetime King and Queen” with his wife Marian. His contribution to the network and the industry in general, has made the actor a familiar face in Philippine households.