Biography

Producer/director Cirio H. Santiago is the son of Dr. Ciriaco Santiago, who founded Premiere Productions in Manila in 1946. He has two siblings. After starting out as a producer he started directing english-language movies in the early 70s. Santiago became one of the pioneers of the "Blaxploitation" genre by being one of the first to cast black actors and especially actresses as strong action heroes. Movies like TNT Jackson (1974) became instant cult classics. In the 80s, Santiago became known for his numerous low-budget Vietnam war movies such as Firehawk (1993) which gave him a reputation as the "master of the Vietnam war genre". A long running production partnership with Roger Corman assured proper distribution of his movies in the USA. Many of today's hottest filmmakers such as Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante or Carl Franklin got their first directing jobs with Santiago. In 1995 he was named president of the Philippines Film Development Funds by President Ramos. The organization strives to uplift the quality of Filipino filmmaking to new, higher standards and to encourage production of foreign movies on location in the Philippines. Premiere Productions, headed by Cirio H. Santiago, still remains one of the biggest studios in the Philippines and went public in 1997.

Producer/director Cirio H. Santiago is the son of Dr. Ciriaco Santiago, who founded Premiere Productions in Manila in 1946. He has two siblings. After starting out as a producer he started directing english-language movies in the early 70s. Santiago became one of the pioneers of the "Blaxploitation" genre by being one of the first to cast black actors and especially actresses as strong action heroes. Movies like TNT Jackson (1974) became instant cult classics. In the 80s, Santiago became known for his numerous low-budget Vietnam war movies such as Firehawk (1993) which gave him a reputation as the "master of the Vietnam war genre". A long running production partnership with Roger Corman assured proper distribution of his movies in the USA. Many of today's hottest filmmakers such as Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante or Carl Franklin got their first directing jobs with Santiago. In 1995 he was named president of the Philippines Film Development Funds by President Ramos. The organization strives to uplift the quality of Filipino filmmaking to new, higher standards and to encourage production of foreign movies on location in the Philippines. Premiere Productions, headed by Cirio H. Santiago, still remains one of the biggest studios in the Philippines and went public in 1997.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1936-01-18

Day of Death 2008-09-26

Place of Birth Manila, Philippines

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Also Known As

  • Leonard Hermes
  • Cirio Santiago

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2014 Water Wars Director
2005 Bloodfist 2050 Director
2003 Operation Balikatan Director
2000 Aladdin and the Adventure of All Time Director
1997 Vulcan Director
1994 Ultimatum Director
1994 One Man Army Director
1994 Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom Director
1994 Stranglehold Director
1993 Angelfist Director
1993 Firehawk Director
1993 Live by the Fist Director
1993 Kill Zone Director
1992 Raiders of the Sun Director
1992 Beyond the Call of Duty Director
1991 Field of Fire Director
1991 Dune Warriors Director
1989 Nam Angels Director
1989 Silk 2 Director
1988 The Expendables Director
1988 Killer Instinct Director
1988 Fast Gun Director
1988 The Sisterhood Director
1987 Eye of the Eagle Director
1987 Equalizer 2000 Director
1987 Demon of Paradise Director
1986 Silk Director
1986 The Devastator Director
1986 Future Hunters Director
1985 Naked Vengeance Director
1985 Wheels of Fire Director
1984 Final Mission Director
1983 Caged Fury Director
1983 Stryker Director
1981 Firecracker Director
1980 Night of Terror Now Director
1978 Death Force Director
1978 Vampire Hookers Director
1978 Hell Hole Director
1976 The Muthers Director
1976 Ebony, Ivory & Jade Director
1975 Cover Girl Models Director
1974 TNT Jackson Director
1974 Fe, Esperanza, Caridad Director
1973 Savage! Director
1973 Fly Me Director
1964 Darna At Ang Babaing Tuod Director
1958 The Monster Strikes Director

Production

2006 The Hunt for Eagle One Co-Producer
2005 Bloodfist 2050 Producer
2003 Operation Balikatan Producer
1997 Wild Grass Executive Producer
1997 Vulcan Producer
1993 Firehawk Producer
1993 Kill Zone Producer
1992 Terror In Paradise Producer
1989 Blackbelt II: Fatal Force Producer
1988 The Sisterhood Producer
1987 Demon of Paradise Producer
1986 Silk Associate Producer
1986 The Devastator Producer
1985 Wheels of Fire Producer
1983 Stryker Producer
1981 Firecracker Executive Producer
1979 Up from the Depths Producer
1978 Hell Hole Executive Producer
1976 The Muthers Producer
1975 Cover Girl Models Producer
1974 South Seas Producer
1974 TNT Jackson Producer
1974 Bamboo Gods and Iron Men Producer
1972 The Big Bird Cage Producer
1964 The Blood Drinkers Producer
1958 The Day of the Trumpet Producer

Writing

2002 Home Alone da Riber Writer
1997 Vulcan Story
1987 Demon of Paradise Screenplay
1986 Silk Story
1981 Firecracker Screenplay Story
1978 Death Force Story
1978 Hell Hole Screenplay
1976 The Muthers Writer
1959 Anak Ng Bulkan Idea
1954 Ifugao Story Screenplay

Acting

2010 Machete Maidens Unleashed! as Himself

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