Anthony Ramos (actor)
Ramos in 2015
Anthony Ramos Martinez
November 1, 1991
|Education||American Musical and Dramatic Academy|
|Partner(s)||Jasmine Cephas Jones (2015–present)|
Anthony Ramos Martinez (born November 1, 1991) is an American actor, singer and songwriter. 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, he is of Puerto Rican descent. He grew up in the New York City borough of Brooklyn in the Bushwick neighborhood where he lived with his mother, older brother, and younger sister.
Ramos attended Halsey Junior High School, where he sang Motown songs at school assemblies in a student group called the Halsey Trio. He is a 2009 graduate of New Utrecht High School. His ambitions at the time centered around baseball, including plans to play NCAA Division III college baseball, followed by a coaching career.
After high school, Ramos attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a conservatory for the performing arts, on a full scholarship. He graduated from its musical theatre program in 2011.
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. During rehearsals for Heart and Lights, Ramos auditioned for the off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theater.
After being cast in Hamilton, Ramos played Justin Laboy in Lin-Manuel Miranda's short musical 21 Chump Street, a 14-minute, one-time performance on June 7, 2014, that was recorded for NPR's This American Life.
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. Ramos left the production on November 20, 2016.
Ramos appeared on the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton in 2015, in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.
On November 8, 2017, Ramos released two tracks, "Freedom" and "Common Ground", from his first solo EP, titled The Freedom EP. 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. 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].
On June 13, 2019, it was announced that Ramos had signed to Republic Records. The signing was documented on his YouTube series, It Takes A Village, where he revealed that new music would be released that summer. His debut album, The Good & The Bad, was released on October 25, 2019. It debuted at number 21 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
Since 2015, Ramos has been in a relationship with actress Jasmine Cephas Jones, whom he met during rehearsals for the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. In December 2018, the couple became engaged.
|2011||Grease||Sonny LaTierri||Surflight Theatre
June 22 – July 15, 2011
|2012||Damn Yankees||Henry / Ensemble||Various||National tour|
|In the Heights||Sonny de la Vega||Pioneer Theatre Company
September 14 – 29, 2012
|2014||21 Chump Street||Justin Laboy||Brooklyn Academy of Music |
June 7, 2014
|2015–2016||Hamilton||John Laurens / Philip Hamilton||The Public Theater
January 20 – May 3, 2015
|Richard Rodgers Theater
July 13, 2015 – November 20, 2016
|2018||In the Heights||Usnavi de la Vega||John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
March 21–25, 2018
|10 Crosby||Younger Doorman||Short film|
|2017||Patti Cake$||Recording Engineer|
|2018||Monsters and Men||Manny Ortega|
|A Star Is Born||Ramon|
|2019||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Staff Sergeant Anthony Martinez|
|2020||Trolls World Tour||King Trollex (voice)|
|Hamilton||John Laurens/Philip Hamilton||Filmed recording of 2016 Broadway musical|
|Honest Thief||Ramon Hall|
|2021||In the Heights||Usnavi de la Vega||Post-production|
|2015||Younger||Julio||Season 1 Episodes 2 & 3: “Liza Sows Her Oates”, “IRL”|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Juan Flores||Season 17 Episode 14: "Forty-One Witnesses"|
|2017–2018||Will & Grace||Tony||Season 9 Episodes 1, 4, 5, & 14|
|2017–2019||She's Gotta Have It||Mars Blackmon||19 episodes|
|2019||Elena of Avalor||Tito (voice)||Season 3 Episode 15: "Team Isa"|
- The Good & the Bad (2019)
- The Freedom EP (2018)
- "Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow" (2019)
- "Dear Diary" (2019)
(The Good & The Bad)
- "The Good & the Bad" (2019)
(The Good & The Bad)
- "Mind Over Matter" (2019)
(The Good & The Bad)
- "Figure It Out" (2019)
(The Good & The Bad)
- "Relationship" (2020)
(The Good & The Bad)
- "Stop" (2020)
- "If You Want Me To Stay" (2020)
Cast album and soundtrack appearances
- 21 Chump Street: The Musical (2014)
- Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015)
- Trolls World Tour: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2020)
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2019||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||A Star Is Born||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
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