Joseph "Erap" Estrada starred in over 100 films in a career that spanned 33 years. He made his first film in 1956, and continued working as an actor and producer throughout the 70s and 80s. His most recent appearance was in Ang Tanging Pamilya in 2009. He first got involved in politics in 1968, when he ran for Mayor of San Juan, a municipality of Manila. After protracted protests, he was eventually declared winner of the election in 1969. He held the office until 1986, when Corozon Aquino became president of the Philippines and all officials elected under the previous regime were removed from office.
Between 1987 and 2002 he served as a senator, before running for the vice presidency as the running mate of unsuccessful presidential candidate Edgardo Angara. He won the vice presidential election and served in that office for six years, before running for president himself in 1998. He was inaugurated in June 1998, but impeached in 2000 on charges of corruption. In January 2001, the country's chief of staff withdrew his support from Estrada and the Supreme Court declared the presidency vacant. Estrada's vice president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was sworn in as president, and Estrada returned to San Juan, although he maintains that he never resigned.
During the next few months, violent protests broke out and Estrada was arrested again. He was tried for perjury and plunder, and convicted of the later in 2007 and sentenced to house arrest. But in October 2007, he was pardoned by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and released. The 73-year-old has since stated that he will run for president again in 2010 with Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay as his running mate.