- Place of Birth: Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Dante Varona was a former Filipino actor and movie director in the Philippines. He was considered one of the famous action stars from 1970s up to 1980s together with Fernando Poe, Jr., Joseph Estrada, Jun Aristorenas, Ramon Revilla, Ramon Zamora, Rey Malonzo, Anthony Alonzo, Lito Lapid, Rudy Fernandez and Ace Vergel among others. One of his famous stunts involved jumping from the San Juanico Bridge inHari Ng Stunt (King Of Stunts).
Varona began his movie career in 1968 in Mangificent Siete Bandidas. Leading roles in his early career included Master Stuntman (1970) andLeon Dimasupil (1973). He did also a movie Gulapa (1977) with Ramon Revilla in a true-to-life-story of former Mayor Patrocinio Z. Gulapa of Maragondon, Cavite and the movie Carding Estrabel: Tirador Ng Malabon (1980), based on the life story of Ricardo Luciano. In 1981, action star Dante Varona made a daring and spectacular stunt act when he jumped at the San Juanico Bridge for a scene in “Hari ng Stunt.” It’s a make-or-break for this struggling actor whose movie career was in limbo for quite sometime and can’t seem to have a headstart. That breathtaking leap changed his fortune overnight. The movie was dubbed as “The most death defying action thriller of the year!” He became an instant sensation and propelled him to superstardom. He directed some of his films’ Raging Anger (1984), Bangkay Mo Akong Hahakbangin(1986) and Ratratan (1999). He was included in a Hollywood movie Dune Warriors, starring David Carradine, Rick Hill, Blake Boyd and Maria Isabel Lopez. He is the father of Metropop Songfest finalists and now a singer Tanya Varona.[