Highly regarded as one of the greatest Filipino actors of all time.
Nicknamed "The Drama King" in honor of his versatility as a drama actor.
Became a U.S. citizen in 1999 by virtue of his maternal grandfather, who immigrated from Germany to the U.S. and became a naturalized U.S. citizen himself.
Studied fine arts at the University of the East in Manila
Son, actor Ian De Leon, with former spouse Nora Aunor. The adopted children of the two are Lotlot De Leon, Matet De Leon, Kiko and Kenneth.
Brother of Melissa De Leon and Pinky de Leon.
Second and only son of couple Gil de Leon and Lilia Dizon. Elder sister is Pinky de Leon. Younger sister is Melissa De Leon.
At the Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2009, he received the Cinema One Legend Award.
Daughter (with Sandy Andolong: Maria Angelica (Mariel) de Leon, a print ad model who joined in the 2013 Bb. Pilipinas.
Currently hosting the Philippine version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." [November 2000]