Christian Camargo

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Christian Camargo
Christian Camargo.jpg
Christian Camargo, 2008
Born Christian Minnick
(1971-07-07) July 7, 1971 (age 43)
New York City, New York
Education Hobart College (1992)
Juilliard School (1996)
Occupation Actor, producer, writer, director
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Juliet Rylance (m. 2008)

Christian Camargo (born July 7, 1971) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director, perhaps best known for his role of Brian Moser in the Showtime drama Dexter and his portrayal of Eleazar in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2. His work spans across the mediums of film, television, and theatre.

Early years[edit]

Camargo was born Christian Minnick in New York City, New York, the son of former actress Victoria Wyndham and grandson of actor Ralph Camargo. He is a 1992 graduate of Hobart College.[1] He was the program director of WEOS, the college's public radio station.

Camargo is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 25 (1992–1996).[2] He went on to perform in the 1996 Broadway production of David Hare's Skylight[3] with Michael Gambon (Theater World Award). From there, Camargo went to England to join the inaugural company of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the Southbank. He met his future wife, English actress Juliet Rylance, there.

Name change[edit]

Camargo's grandfather, Ralph Camargo, was a Mexican-American actor who talked his daughters into changing their names to something Anglicized because he felt he had lost roles due to being Latino.[4] Camargo decided to change his name back from Minnick because of pride in his Mexican-American heritage and a desire to bring back a name that he felt was connected to his profession.[3]

Career[edit]

Camargo's New York theater work includes the Public Theater's Kit Marlowe, Steve Martin's Underpants at Classic Stage Company, and the title role of Theater For A New Audience's Coriolanus. In 2008 Camargo played opposite Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Katie Holmes in Arthur Miller's All My Sons on Broadway.

In early 2009 Camargo played the title role in the Theatre for a New Audience's production of Hamlet and garnered rave reviews.[5] He won an Obie award and Drama League nomination for his performance. The show ran until April 12, 2009.

Camargo portrayed Orlando in The Bridge Project's presentation of Shakespeare's As You Like It in Brooklyn, New York. In February 2010, he played Ariel in the company's rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Both plays were directed by British director Sam Mendes. On September 30, 2010, he was cast as Eleazar of the Denali coven in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2.[6]

He wrote and directed Days and Nights, a modern retelling of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, produced by his wife, actress Juliet Rylance, together with Barbara Romer, the founder of the New Globe Theater. The film stars Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney, Cherry Jones, Russell Means, Michael Nyqvist, Jean Reno, Mark Rylance, and Ben Whishaw, and is scheduled to release in 2014.

Camargo recently portrayed Mercutio in the 2013 Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux and starring Orlando Bloom as Romeo and Condola Rashād as Juliet. He is also guest starring as Wade Crocker, the older half-brother to protagonist Duke Crocker, in the fourth season of Haven.

Other work[edit]

He has also been the face of Fast Ashley's, a custom car company that specialized in customizing vintage and muscle cars for celebrities, models and millionaires. The MTV reality show Fast Inc. follows the behind the scenes dealings of Fast Ashley's. His role in National Treasure: Book of Secrets was John Wilkes Booth.

Personal life[edit]

In November 2008, Camargo married actress Juliet Rylance.[7]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Camargo ’92 and Wife in N.Y. Times". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. January 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ a b Monell, Raymundo (January 15, 2008). "Christian Camargo comes full circle". New York Daily News. 
  4. ^ Ayala, Elaine. "Latino actor Christian Camargo playing Hamlet on Broadway"
  5. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 30, 2009). "Theater Review: 'Hamlet'". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "It's Official: The Denali Coven Has Been Cast!". Summit Entertainment. September 30, 2010.
  7. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew (January 5, 2010). "A Threesome: Husband, Wife, Shakespeare". The New York Times. 

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