Anthony Ramos (actor)

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Anthony Ramos
Anthony Ramos in costume after Hamilton performance
Anthony Ramos in July 2015
Born Anthony Ramos Martinez
(1991-11-01) November 1, 1991 (age 26)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active 2011–present

Anthony Ramos Martinez[2] (born November 1, 1991) is an American actor. In 2015, he originated the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton.

Early life and education

Ramos was born Anthony Ramos Martinez, and is of Puerto Rican descent.[3] He grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he lived with his mother, older brother, and younger sister.[4][5]

Ramos attended Halsey Junior High School, where he sang Motown songs at school assemblies in a student group called the Halsey Trio.[5] He is a 2009 graduate of New Utrecht High School.[5] His ambitions at the time centered around baseball, including plans to play NCAA Division III college baseball, followed by a coaching career.[4]

After high school, Ramos attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a conservatory for the performing arts, on a full scholarship.[5] He graduated from its musical theatre program in 2011.[2][5]

Acting career

Starting in 2011, Ramos earned roles in a variety of regional and touring musical productions, including Sonny de la Vega in a 2012 production of In the Heights.

In 2014, Ramos performed in Heart and Lights at Radio City Music Hall, a dance show with the Rockettes which was canceled during previews.[4][6] During rehearsals for Heart and Lights, Ramos auditioned for the off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theater.[4]

After being cast in Hamilton, Ramos played Justin Laboy in Lin-Manuel Miranda's short musical 21 Chump Street, a one-time performance on June 7, 2014 that was recorded for NPR's This American Life.[4]

Hamilton opened off-Broadway in early 2015, with Ramos originating the dual roles of John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton's eldest son Philip Hamilton. The musical moved to Broadway on July 13, 2015 in previews, and opened on August 6, 2015.[7] Ramos left the production on November 20, 2016.[8]

In September 2016, it was announced that Ramos had been cast in director Spike Lee's Netflix comedy-drama series She's Gotta Have It, in the role of Mars Blackmon.[9]

Ramos played the role of Ramon in the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and directed by Cooper.[10]

In 2018, Variety reported that Ramos had been cast as Usnavi in the upcoming film adaptation of In the Heights.[11]

Recording career

Ramos appeared on the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton in 2015, in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.

He reunited with Lin-Manuel Miranda in October 2017 as one of the vocalists on Miranda's song "Almost Like Praying", a release to benefit Hurricane Maria victims.[12]

On November 8, 2017, Ramos released two tracks, "Freedom" and "Common Ground", from his first solo EP, titled The Freedom EP.[13] The release was produced by Will Wells, who had previously worked with Logic and Pentatonix. Inspired by the 2016 election, The Freedom EP was released on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, January 20, 2018.[13] In addition to the previously released singles "Freedom", "Common Ground", and "Alright", the EP included two new songs, "When The Bell Tolls" and "PRayer" [sic].

Personal life

Early in 2015, Ramos began a long-term relationship with fellow Hamilton original cast member Jasmine Cephas Jones, after they met during rehearsals for the Off-Broadway production at The Public Theater.[14]

Theatre credits

Year Production Role Location Category
2011 Grease Sonny LaTierri Surflight Theatre
June 22 – July 15, 2011
Regional
2012 Damn Yankees Henry / Ensemble Various National tour
In the Heights Sonny de la Vega Pioneer Theatre Company
September 14 – 29, 2012
Regional
2014 21 Chump Street Justin Laboy Brooklyn Academy of Music
June 7, 2014
Regional
2015 Hamilton John Laurens / Philip Hamilton The Public Theater
January 20 – May 3, 2015
Off-Broadway
Richard Rodgers Theater
July 13, 2015 – November 20, 2016[8]
Broadway
2018 In the Heights Usnavi John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
March 21–25, 2018[15]
Regional

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2016 White Girl Kilo
10 Crosby Younger Doorman Short film
2017 Patti Cake$ Recording Engineer
2018 Monsters and Men Manny Ortega
A Star Is Born Ramon
Summertime Frankie Post-production
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Cpl. Martinez Post-production
2020 Trolls World Tour (voice) In production
2020 In the Heights Usnavi Pre-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Younger Julio 2 episodes
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Juan Flores Episode: "Forty-One Witnesses"
2017 Will & Grace Tony 3 episodes
2017–present She's Gotta Have It Mars Blackmon 10 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Hamilton Won
Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Male Breakthrough Performance Nominated

References

  1. ^ Berg, Madeline (January 6, 2016). "From The Shower To 'Hamilton': 30 Under 30 Anthony Ramos' Path To Broadway". Forbes. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "AMDA Celebrates Broadway's Rising Stars!". Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Jennings, June (January 6, 2016). "Broadway Newbie Anthony Ramos Rips Up the Rules in Hamilton". Colorlines. Race Forward. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Stewart, Zachary (August 5, 2015). "Anthony Ramos Went From Baseball in Bushwick to Performing Hamilton for Barack Obama". TheaterMania. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e McGoldrick, Meaghan (April 7, 2016). "His shot: An exclusive interview with New Utrecht graduate, "Hamilton" star Anthony Ramos". Brooklyn Reporter. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Rohter, Larry; Healy, Patrick (March 21, 2014). "Artistic Problems Delay Rockettes' 'Heart and Lights' Until 2015". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2017-11-30.
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (August 6, 2015). "Review: 'Hamilton,' Young Rebels Changing History and Theater". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "GREASE LIVE's Jordan Fisher to Make Broadway Debut in HAMILTON; Anthony Ramos to Depart Next Month". Broadway World. October 19, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 28, 2016). "'She's Gotta Have It': 'Hamilton's Anthony Ramos Cast In Spike Lee Netflix Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Rich, Katey (September 9, 2018). "It Took a Minute for A Star Is Born's Anthony Ramos to Realize Lady Gaga Didn't Need His Help Getting Hamilton Tickets". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 2018-09-13.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (2018-10-10). "Anthony Ramos to Star in Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  12. ^ "Lin-Manuel Miranda releases "Almost Like Praying," a star-studded new single for Puerto Rico relief". Vox. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  13. ^ a b LeDonne, Rob (November 8, 2017). "Anthony Ramos on Life After Hamilton, Working with Spike Lee, and His Political New Music". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2017-12-28.
  14. ^ Thomas, Leah. "Before The 'Hamilton' Cast Performs At The Grammys, Get To Know These Revolutionary Stars". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  15. ^ Vine, Hannah (March 22, 2018). "First Look at Anthony Ramos, Vanessa Hudgens, Ana Villafañe, and More in Kennedy Center In the Heights". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2018-03-25.

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