RJ Rosales

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RJ Rosales
Born Roseo José Dagdag Rosales, Jr.
(1974-03-24)24 March 1974
Manila, Philippines
Died 4 December 2011(2011-12-04) (aged 37)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Filipino-Australian
Occupation Actor, Singer, Musical Theatre
Years active 1996-2011
Agent Star Magic (2001-2004)

Roseo José Dagdag Rosales, Jr. (24 March 1974 – 4 December 2011) also known as RJ Rosales, was a Filipino Australian singer, actor, musical theatre performer and TV presenter.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Manila, his family migrated to Sydney, Australia when he was thirteen. His parents are Roseo Jose Rosales, Sr. and Erlinda Dagdag.[1] He spent his early adult years in Sydney, where his family still resides, while he constantly moved to Singapore and Manila for work. Rosales finished a BS Mathematics degree from the University of Western Sydney and worked as a banker before entering show business. His childhood idols included James Ingram, Mariah Carey, Anthony Warlow and Martin Nievera.

Career[edit]

Rosales started his professional career by joining the cast of the original Australian production of Miss Saigon in 1996 as part of the ensemble.[2] A major turning point for a banker with a BS Mathematics degree. However, the production only lasted three months, but later on in the late-1998 Rosales moved to Singapore and began a successful career both in theatre and television. His theatre credits that include leading roles in Chang & Eng, The Student Prince, Man of Letters, Cabaret, and Forbidden City. He also made numerous Singapore television appearances that included Spin and Style Doctors.

In addition, his work has extended to the Philippines where Rosales is also praised as a successful singer, actor, host and recording artist, performing with several popular artists, the most notable being the hit movie theme song Together Forever with Carol Banawa. It was his regular stint in ASAP, the number 1 musical variety show in the Philippines that made him a household name in the country.

He has held live concerts in the USA, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand.

In the movie scene he was seen in the MMFF Best Movie for 2005, Blue Moon, where he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Later work[edit]

From 2007 to 2008 Rosales was in Australia, performing in the revived production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's musical Miss Saigon, in which he portrays Thuy, alongside Laurie Cadevida.[3] For this role, he was nominated for the 2007 Helpmann Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.[4] During the latter part of the tour, Rosales also understudied and played the role of the Engineer, again earning him rave reviews. After completing the 14-month Miss Saigon tour that wowed audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, RJ went back to Singapore to stage his comeback solo concert at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay dubbed as A Musical Journey with RJ Rosales on 29 August 2008.[5]

Death[edit]

Rosales unexpectedly died in Sydney on 4 December 2011.[6][7] The funeral mass was held at the Blessed John XXIII Parish Church in Stanhope Gardens. Rosales was laid to rest at the Pine Grove Memorial Park in Kingston St., Minchinbury.

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