Tirso Cruz III (born Tirso Silvano Cruz III, April 1, 1952) is a Filipino actor, comedian, and singer. He is one of the famous actors in Philippine show business.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Cruz was born at 2:46 AM on April 1, 1952 at University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Sampaloc, Manila to Tirso Bailey Cruz, Jr. and Elma Acosta Silvano. He is the grandson by paternal line of Tirso Muñoz Cruz Sr. and María Loreto Lagrosa Bailey, and by maternal line of Tomas Silvano and Petra Acosta. Loreto's father, Lewis Edwin Bailey, was an American soldier, from Stowe, Vermont, and was the son of French Canadian immigrants.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Cruz is married to Erlinda "Lynn" Erillo Ynchausti in 1981 and has two sons and one daughter. TJ (October 22, 1981–November 21, 2018) is the eldest, while Bodie is the middle and Djanin the youngest. Bodie Cruz is one of the actors from Pinoy Big Brother as housemate.

There is a street named after his father and paternal grandfather which uses their common namesake located in Tondo, Manila called Tirso Cruz St.

Tirso Cruz III was a former Roman Catholic, but in 2009, he converted to Born-Again Evangelical Christianity.

On November 21, 2018, his eldest son TJ died of cancer.

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