José Sixto Gonzales Dantes III, popularly known as Dingdong Dantes, is an award-nominated director/actor, born August 2, 1980 in Quezon City, the Philippines. He is one of the most popular & highest paid actors in the Philippines, and is also the highest paid underwear model.
Dingdong first attended college at San Beda College and took up Marketing Management. He transferred to the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) as an Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Arts major. He is also a real life cousin of fellow actor and co-star in MariMar, Arthur Solinap. Dingdong's mother is the sister of Arthur's mom. They both have Gonzales as their middle name.
He first became popular as a child star appearing in several commercials. He was part of the male dance group Abztract together with his buddy and fellow actor, Dino Guevarra, and his cousin and actor, Arthur Solinap, their group became regulars in Eat Bulaga and That's Entertainment making him treat legendary starmaker, German Moreno like his own father. As an actor, he debuted on GMA Network's youth-oriented show T.G.I.S. (Thank God It's Sabado), afterwards embarking on a promising career in show business.
Dantes began as a print and commercial model and appeared in a famous dairy product commercial when he was nine years old. He was then part of an all-male dance group called Abztract Dancers. By the time he was seventeen, Dantes made his first television appearance when he was introduced as one of the lead cast in the second season of GMA Network's highly popular youth-oriented flick T.G.I.S. (Thank God It's Sabado). His role as the dashing boy-next-door Iñaki was massively well received and contributed much to his growing popularity. Almost immediately, Dantes was already a growing sensation. His pairing with Antoinette Taus, whom he was romantically involved with, spun films like Honey My Love So Sweet and I'm Sorry My Love and other television outings including Anna Karenina. It wasn’t long before Taus left to pursue a film and recording career abroad, by that time, their relationship had ended and Dantes ventured as a solo artist.
In 2007 He is filming now a new GMA Teleserye of Marimar set to end March 2008, Dingdong was also voted by Cosmopolitan readers as the no. 1 bachelor for 2007 where he defeated many of Philippine showbiz's eligible bachelors, he took part in the Cosmo bachelor show for the same year. During the show he received the highest applauds from the crowd. in 2008 he was tagged by his home studio to portray the love interest of Dyesebel, also in March of that same year he debuted as Bench's newest image model, alongside his idol, Richard Gomez, who also portrayed his father in Marimar and thus becoming the highest paid underwear model in the country & just a few weeks after being launched by Bench Dingdong was also launched by Ibuprofen Medicol as their newest endorser and many other companies also started showing interests in getting Dingdong as their endorser. Marimar has become a big success because of the two people who portrayed the role of Marimar and Sergio (Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes).
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