Carlos Agassi

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Carlos Agassi
Born Amir Carlos Damaso Vahidi Agassi
(1979-12-12) December 12, 1979 (age 37)
Makati City, Philippines
Other names The Amir of Rap
Years active 1993-present
Agent Star Magic (1993–2012)
GMA Artist Center (2014-present)

Amir Carlos Damaso Vahidi Agassi (born December 12, 1979 in Makati City, Philippines), popularly known as Carlos Agassi and simply Amir, is a Filipino actor, TV host, rap artist, and model of Iranian descent. He was launched as a member of ABS-CBN's Star Circle (now Star Magic) Batch 3 in 1993.

Career[edit]

Agassi is a member of ABS CBN's circle of homegrown talents named Star Magic. He was part of a male group dubbed as "The Hunks" together with Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, and Bernard Palanca. During his tenure as part of The Hunks, he has been a primetime actor when he co-starred with Claudine Barretto in the hit teleserye Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan which ran from 2001 to 2003.

Aside from acting, he had hosting stints in the variety show ASAP and also hosted a hidden camera practical joke television series entitled Victim, patterned on America's Punk'd.

After an almost two-year hiatus from acting, Agassi returned on television via ABS-CBN's Agua Bendita in 2010 where he played as one of the primary antagonists.

In 2014, Agassi appeared in GMA's Elemento.

Controversies[edit]

Agassi has been a victim of numerous death hoax claiming that he had died due to alleged anabolic steroid abuse and that prior to his rumored death, Agassi had undergone dialysis procedure with the reason being on a kidney failure. The rumors had been proven false by Agassi himself.[1] Agassi stated in an interview that his buff physique is a product of physical workout since the age of 16.[1]

Given the moniker "The Prince of (Philippine) Rap", Agassi was met with criticism by the likes of veteran rappers Loonie, D-Coy of Madd Poets and Krazykyle of Rapskallion. He even filed a case against D-Coy and Krazykyle in 2006 and demanded the pulling of copies of the album United Freestyle v.2 where the lyrics of songs "Right Now" (D-Coy) and "No Album Got Skills" (Krazykyle) contain the lines "Ang dapat sa'yo mag-disappear tulad ng showbiz na si Amir" and "I destroy emcees more than your eyes can see, don't battle me I'll make you look like Carlos Agassi" respectively. The case, however, was quietly settled. In response to criticism, he together with award-winning rapper Gloc 9 and Mitchell Silonga released a single entitled "Alay Ko" in 2009, a song about Agassi's thoughts on destructive criticisms.

Other ventures[edit]

Agassi went a hiatus in showbiz sometime in mid 2000s to finish his degree in Psychology at De La Salle University. He also ventured into the restaurant business and opened Brasas, a Latin-American inspired restaurant in Metro Manila. Agassi also has his own recording studio called "Amir Carlos Agassi, Inc." where he releases his rap music and collaborates with other artists.

Personal life[edit]

Agassi's younger brother Michael is an actor and is married to actress Cherry Lou.[2] His other brother Aaron is both an actor and singer.

Agassi was previously engaged to model and Pinoy Big Brother housemate Margo Midwinter. The couple called off the engagement in 2013. Agassi is now in a relationship with actress Gwen Garci.[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
1995 Eezy Dancing Himself — Host
1995–2010 ASAP Himself — Host / Performer [5]
1996-99 Gimik Marco Trinidad
1996 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episdode: "Basketball" [6]
1999 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Richard Luciano
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Benjamin "Benjie" Ilagan / Benedicto [7]
2003 Masayang Tanghali Bayan Himself — Host
2003 Buttercup Pippo
2003 Victim Himself — Host
2005 Bora: Sons of the Beach Caloy
2005 Kaya Mo Ba 'To? Host / Himself
2006 Star Magic Presents: Ang Lovey Kong All Around Max
2006 Ang Panday Jaffir
2007 Princess Sarah Philip Burrow [8]
2007 Rounin Sephdo
2007 Palimos ng Pag-ibig Dick
2008 Dragonna Rafael
2009 Banana Split Romeo / Himself
2010 Agua Bendita Baldo Barrameda
2010 Wansapanataym Epoy Episode: "Ali Badbad en da Madyik Banig"
2010 Imortal Vergara
2011 Wansapanataym Billy's Dad Episode: "A Boy's Bestfriend"
2011 Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Mr. Dizon
2012 Wako Wako Tommy Nograles
2012 Wansapanataym Jeff Episode: "Perfect Gift"
2013 Swak na Swak Co-host
2015 Imbestigador Anacleto "Dongoy/Nono" Brezuela Episode: "Robin Jacques Ong Rape-Slay Case"
2015 Elemento Presents : Pandora, Ang Diwata ng Wawa James
2015 Mac & Chiz Dodong Episode: "Buwang for All"
2015 Juan Tamad Senator Iñigo Imperial
2015 Karelasyon Ronald Episode: "Unhappy Wife"
2016 Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday Ador
2016 Karelasyon Nestor Episode: "Ex"
2016 Dear Uge Ken Mariano Episode: "Faking Girls"

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
1996 Ang TV: The Adarna Adventure
1997 Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos 2
1998 Mystrio (Uno...Dos...Tres Pilyos!)
1998 Hiling
1998 Muling Ibalik Ang Tamis Ng Pag-ibig
1999 Tar-San Scottie
2002 Dekada '70 Gani [9]
2003 Pinay Pie
2006 Oh, My Ghost!
2007 Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko: The Beginning of the Legend
2010 My Amnesia Girl
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Paul Marigma [10]
2012 Every Breath U Take
2012 Moron 5 and the Crying Lady

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2000 The Amir of Rap PARI:
2003 C.A.R.L.O.S. (Can Agassi Rap Like Old School?) PARI:
2005 AMIR PARI:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Almo, Nerisa (26 August 2007). "Carlos Agassi on rumors that he's dying: "Buhay na buhay po ako."". PEP.ph. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Bonifacio, Julie (18 September 2007). "Cherry Lou and Michael Agassi exchange wedding vows". PEP.ph. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "'PBB' Housemate Calls Filipino Boyfriend 'the Worst'". ABS-CBN News. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Pumaloy, Rey (27 August 2014). "Carlos Agassi, Aminadong Mama's Boy; 'di na Matutuloy ang Pagpapakasal sa Nobya". pep.ph. Retrieved 20 November 2016 – via GMA News Online. 
  5. ^ "About". ASAP. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Basketball". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "What Happened to Carlos Agassi?". ABS-CBN News. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "'Princess Sarah' Cast Members". 30 January 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Paredes, Andrew (2 January 2003). "Easier on the Eyes". Manila Standard. Retrieved 12 October 2016 – via Google News. 
  10. ^ "Praybeyt Benjamin Available on Video". The Philippine Star. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 

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