Baron Geisler

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This is a German name. The middle name is Frederick which is the last given name, while the last name is von Geisler.
Baron Geisler
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Baron Geisler in 2009
Born Baron Frederick von Geisler
(1982-06-05) June 5, 1982 (age 34)
Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Philippines
Occupation Actor
Agent Star Magic (1994 - 2009)
ALV Talent Circuit[1](2010 - present)

Baron Frederick von Geisler[2] (born 5 June 1982, in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Philippines), popularly known by his on-screen name simply as Baron Geisler, is a multi-award winning Filipino actor, amateur artist and poet. Geisler is a son of a Filipina-Bicolana mother and a German American father who was stationed at the former U.S. military base in Angeles City. He is the brother of Donald Geisler, a retired Olympic taekwondo-jin.

Several of Geisler's accolades includes winning the Best Actor award in the 4th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on July 20, 2008 and the 2005 PMPC Best Single Performance of an Actor in "Maalaala Mo Kaya" (Would You Remember?).

Life and career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Baron Geisler in 1997

Geisler was born to Gracia Bayonito of Bicol, Philippines and Donald David Geisler, a former German American military. Geisler entered show business as a child actor in 1994 through the phenomenal variety kiddie/teen gag show, Ang TV. A year later, he became officially a part of ABS-CBN's roster of rising homegrown talents as a member of the elite Star Circle Batch 5. He was considered as one of the network's most promising young stars alongside John Lloyd Cruz and Marc Solis in the teen boy trio "Koolits", where he was once paired up with Kristine Hermosa. Geisler cites veteran Filipino actor Johnny Delgado as a major influence in acting. As a teen, Geisler was paired with several loveteams, most notably with ex-girlfriend Jodi Sta Maria.

Controversy[edit]

Geisler is one of the most controversial young actors in his generation. While his performance as an actor was going stellar, his career on the other hand was becoming stiff. He has confessed to being addicted to alcohol after his father's demise and break-up with actress Jodi Sta. Maria. Geisler's family house has also been razed by fire twice and he himself has been involved in numerous brawls. One of the said brawls was a bar scuffle, in fact, left him with two visible scars on his left cheek. His own mother eventually signed him up in a detox facility (for 10 days) thus helping him earn the nickname as the "Wild Child" of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 and recently tagged as the modern day "Bad Boy" in Philippine Showbiz.

Geisler faced lawsuit against fellow former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Yayo Aguila's daughter Patricia accusing him of an alleged sexual harassment in which Geisler has denied engaging. The case was on-going as Geisler still appeared in his several TV series projects such as Eva Fonda, Tayong Dalawa (The Two of Us), The Wedding and others to name a few. Geisler also faced a lawsuit filed by actress Yasmien Kurdi for another alleged sexual harassment case.

Geisler has considered changing network from ABS-CBN to GMA Network after being offered to be a part of SRO Cinemaserye of GMA.[3] Yet, he remained a free lance actor appearing to both networks. Geisler is currently a part of ALV Talent Circuit, Inc.

Geisler's also known to have had past relationships with actresses such as former Tabing Ilog co-star Jodi Sta. Maria, Kristine Hermosa, Matet de Leon, Desiree del Valle, Dionne Monsanto and Cai Cortez (daughter of veteran actor Rez Cortez).

Indefinite artist ban[edit]

In early 2011, Geisler faced a harassment complaint from actress Cherry Pie Picache who accused him for groping her breast on the set of Noah in which Geisler has denied engaging and claimed it was just an accidental touch.[4] It was reported that Geisler was under the influence of alcohol on that taping day. This was Geisler's fourth acts of lasciviousness / unjust vexation accusation, the other three are with Patricia Martinez, Yasmien Kurdi and Julia Clarete respectively.

It was later confirmed by Geisler's manager, Arnold Vegafria, that Geisler immediately made a public apology statement in the presence of Picache just right after the incident and voluntarily entered rehabilitation in a 90-day treatment session.[5] The Professional Artist Management, Inc. (PAMI) stated that Geisler will be on an indefinite artist ban which prohibits artists and talents whose managers are PAMI-members from working with Geisler unless he could complete his 90-day treatment session and be fully rehabilitated.[6] Geisler's alcohol rehabilitation started on January 30, 2011 and as per confirmation, had successfully completed.

Return to acting[edit]

After finishing rehab, Geisler and Yasmien Kurdi reconciled resulting in Kurdi withdrawing the case filed against him. Geisler played Erning Toothpick (a character originally played by actor Paquito Diaz based on its real life counterpart, Ernesto Reyes) in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival entry of Viva Films, Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story top-billed by Laguna Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito Estregan. He was also part of the fantasy series Dyesebel in 2014 with Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, and Gerald Anderson where he played one of the villains, the devious Kanor de la Paz. Geisler was also part the 2nd Batch of Lucky Stars in Kapamilya Deal or No Deal.

Legal troubles[edit]

Geisler was temporarily detained for physical assault to his neighbor named Raymundo dela Rosa on November 9, 2012. He was released less than 24 hours after a mutual settlement from both parties as the file was withdrawn by dela Rosa. Geisler claimed that the incident was just for self-defense purposes. It was also later found out that Geisler was intoxicated that time.

Geisler later stated in an interview that he is currently struggling from an extreme bipolar disorder and is recently under a strict medication for the said illness.[7]

In mid 2015, Geisler's video of alleged altercation with a bouncer at a bar in Angeles City went viral in social media. Reports say that Geisler got frustrated and challenged the bouncers to a fist fight after being denied entry at the said bar due to alcohol intoxication.[8]

On September 15, 2015 Geisler was involved in a car accident but left unhurt. Geisler's SUV crashes with a 16-wheeler truck in Pasig City before dawn. Geisler was presumably under the influence of alcohol according to early reports. Geisler’s vehicle and the truck were brought to the Pasig City traffic bureau as the investigation continued to determine who was at fault. According to a report from DZMM posted on the ABS-CBN website, the Traffic Division of Pasig City said that Geisler was driving his car after his taping when he got into an accident with the truck. No one was hurt but according to Geisler, his companion during the clash suffered minor injuries.[9]

Khalil Versoza[edit]

On May 15, 2016, a video which was originally posted through Facebook by a University of the Philippines filmmaking student Khalil Versoza showing Geisler berating and allegedly hurting a fellow student went viral. According to Verzosa, they hired Geisler for a school project. Furthermore, he stated that Geisler went berserk over the use of an idiot board — a board where dialogue is written for actors to read. In the accompanying caption, Verzosa explained that they were only able to send Geisler the script on the morning of the day of the shoot because, as students, they had to attend to other matters. While Geisler received numerous bashes from netizens, some also questioned the legitimacy of the video as "scripted" and others call it a "social experiment". Geisler issued a statement on the following day saying that the video was "taken out of context" and that whatever the intention of the uploader was, it was "meant to exploit his already damaged reputation". Geisler further said he will consult his lawyers what legal action to take on the video uploader.[10] On May 18, Verzosa said that he and Geisler have talked to each other over the matter. Verzosa revealed that the video they were shooting was focused on Republic Act No. 9262, a law to counter violence against women and children with Geisler's previous court cases involving women as its inspiration. Verzosa added that the reason behind for uploading the video was that as an anti-violence advocate himself, "he initially thought it was his form of justice and awareness raising" and that the "harsh comments and negative reactions" from the netizens towards Geisler are "different" from what he expected. Verzosa and Geisler made amends since and eventually talked over the possibility of shooting an "anti-rape advocacy video" sometime in the future which both are open with. Verzosa took down the video and urged netizens to stop sharing the video. Geisler then posted a message for critics who alleged that he is under the influence of drugs by challenging them to let him take a random drug test as he is willing to take a test any day and that if the result is negative, those critics would have to "pay" him.[11]

Kiko Matos[edit]

On May 25, another video of Geisler went viral through Facebook showing him and Kiko Matos, an independent film actor, on a bar fight in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. According to a witness' testimony about the incident via Facebook, Geisler was only protective of the bartender whom Matos was allegedly badmouthing because his company's cocktail drink order was taking time to be served. Geisler was asking the alleged impatient Matos to lower his voice down because he's not the only person at the bar. However, Matos was hardened by his comment, telling him to mind his own business and lambasting him with foul language. Geisler also responded with reproach, but he also reportedly shoved a stool and flung it on Matos. Additionally, the band performing that night had tried to settle a truce between the two. Geisler appears to have yielded by offering a handshake, but before he could even reach his hand, Matos grabbed him by the arm and punched him several times.[12] Matos later denied allegations that he disrespected the bartender as some netizens claim that he did. On a May 29 interview with news anchor Anne Cabral for News5, Matos said that it was Geisler who has started the fight by insisting on jamming with the band which turned out to be a fund-raising concert for a political detainee. Matos said that Geisler got irked and hurled insults at him and his company just for asking to step down from the stage.[13] Universal Reality Combat Championship, a Philippine-based mixed martial arts company, announced that the two actors will fight in a special exhibition match set on June 25, 2016 at the Valkyrie at The Palace, Taguig City to settle the feud between them.[14] The two-round match concluded in a unanimous draw.[15][16][17] Post-match, the two actors finally reconciled over their earlier bouts including the bar scuffle. Geisler commended Matos for their fight despite having had their scores tied admitting he deserved victory.[18] Geisler said of Matos, "I believe we respect each other as actors and as human beings."[19]

Filmography[edit]

Geisler in August 2010

Films[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Ang TV Himself
1995-2006 ASAP Co-host / Himself / Performer
1996 Gimik Choi Ledesma
1999 Tabing Ilog Alfonso "Fonzy" Ledesma
2001 Recuerdo de Amor Francis Sebastian
2003 It Might Be You Derek Castro
Ang Tanging Ina TV Remake Chaos Montecillo
2005 Vietnam Rose Billy
Hollywood Dream Himself
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Trolley Macoy
2006 Malaala Mo Kaya: Lapis Justin's brother
Calla Lily Jerry
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Ka Roy
Maging Sino Ka Man Kevin Romero
2007 Sineserye Presents: May Minamahal Bombit Fernandez
2007–08 Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 Himself
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Ian (guest cast)
Carlo J. Caparas' Pieta young Miguel
Eva Fonda Val Mendez
Sine Novela: Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan Jake
Obra: Liwanag sa Dilim
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Lito
2009 Tayong Dalawa Leo Cardenas
Kapamilya Deal or No Deal Briefcase Number 8
Banana Split Himself (celebrity guest)
Midnight DJ: Killer Kulambo Andy
Jim Fernandez's Kambal Sa Uma young Aurelio
May Bukas Pa Mr. Sanchez
SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa Danny
Komiks Presents: Mars Ravelo's Nasaan Ka Maruja? Jeff Gomez
The Wedding Monty
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Saranggola Raul
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Elias Paniki Alexander
Noah Caleb
Banana Split: Mahirap Pa Sa Dagang Mahirap Ismael
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ice Cream Janelle
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sulat Jess
Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Turko
2013 Kidlat Vincent Megaton Jr. / Diablo
2014 Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel Kanor Dela Paz
2015 Bridges of Love Young Lorenzo Antonio
Nathaniel Tagasundo / Gustavo Palomar
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Syndicate In-charge (guest role)
2016 Bubble Gang Himself / Guest

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://manila.coconuts.co/2015/07/13/baron-geislers-management-actors-recent-pampanga-meltdown-barons-feelings-were-hurt
  2. ^ "Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 :: Housemates". Bb2.pinoybigbrother.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  3. ^ "New Kapuso star Baron Geisler hoping to get positive publicity | Showbiz | GMA News Online". Gmanews.tv. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Cherry Pie Picache accuses Baron Geisler of groping her | The Feed | SPOT.ph: Your One-Stop Urban Lifestyle Guide to the Best of Manila". SPOT.ph. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110812092953/http://beta.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/02/03/11/baron-geisler-enters-rehab-facility. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Onsugar". Mindrelaxingideas.onsugar.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  7. ^ Joyce Jimenez. "Baron Geisler reveals bipolar disorder; accuses police authorities of being "one-sided" in investigating brawl with his neighbor | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  8. ^ http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2015/07/09/1475064/baron-geislers-camp-viral-bar-incident-discern-first-judging-anyone
  9. ^ "LOOK: Baron Geisler in car accident" – ABS-CBN Corporation
  10. ^ Baron Geisler: Viral video with student 'taken out of context' – Rappler.
  11. ^ Baron Geisler, student make amends over viral video – Rappler.
  12. ^ Serato, Arniel (28 May 2016). "Baron Geisler involved in altercation with indie film actor Kiko Matos | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ Sallan, Edwin P. (30 May 2016). "Kiko Matos: 'I just want to teach Baron Geisler a lesson". InterAksyon.com. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ "It's official: Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos set for MMA fight". Rappler. June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ Bandayrel, Rafael (25 June 2016). "Baron Geisler, Kiko Matos fight to two-round draw". Rappler. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Baron-Kiko battle in MMA ring ends in a draw chicocskie". GMA News. June 25, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ Terrado, Reuben (25 June 2016). "Baron Geisler, Kiko Matos settle for unanimous draw in underwhelming MMA fight". SPIN.ph. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  18. ^ Bandayrel, Rafael (26 June 2016). "Baron Geisler admits Kiko Matos deserved victory in URCC fight". Rappler. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  19. ^ Terrado, Reuben (25 June 2016). "Baron Geisler, Kiko Matos bury hatchet after fight inside cage: 'Wala ng bigwasan'". SPIN.ph. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 

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