Carlos Agassi

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Carlos Agassi
Born Amir Carlos Damaso Vahidi Agassi
(1979-12-12) December 12, 1979 (age 36)
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, Carlos Agassi moved to GMA-7 via his 1st Kapuso Teleserye, Elemento. This marked Agassi's first exclusive station transfer after an over 10-year stint in Star Magic.

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.[2]

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]

His younger brothers Aaron and Michael followed in his footsteps. Aaron, a recording artist whose debut album Right Next To Me under Universal Records was released in 2006, is recently seen in Star Magic Presents Abt Ur Luv, while Michael was last seen in the reality loveteam search Qpids. In 2007, Michael married actress Cherry Lou.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Producer
2014 Praybeyt Benjamin 2 Star Cinema
Viva Films
2012 Every Breath U Take Star Cinema
Moron 5 and the Crying Lady Viva Films
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Star Cinema & Viva Films
2010 My Amnesia Girl Star Cinema
2007 Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko: The Beginning of the Legend M-Zet Productions & OctoArts Films
2006 Oh, My Ghost! Octoarts
2003 Pinay Pie Star Cinema
2002 Dekada '70 Star Cinema
1999 Tar-San Star Cinema
1998 Mystrio (Uno...Dos...Tres Pilyos!) Star Cinema
Hiling Star Cinema
Muling Ibalik Ang Tamis Ng Pag-ibig Star Cinema
1997 Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos 2 Regal Films
1996 Ang TV: The Adarna Adventure Star Cinema

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2016 Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday Ador TV5
2015 Karelasyon Ronald GMA Network
Juan Tamad Senator
Sabado Badoo Himself Cameo Featured
Imbestigador: Robin Jacques Ong Rape-Slay Case Anacleto "Dongoy/Nono" Brezuela
Pinoy MD Himself Guest
Wish Ko Lang
Wagas Himself Guest GMA News TV
The Ryzza Mae Show Himself Guest GMA Network
2014 Elemento Presents : Pandora, Ang Diwata ng Wawa James
2013 Swak na Swak Co-Host ABS-CBN
2012 Wansapanataym: Perfect Gift Jeff
Wako Wako Tommy Nograles
2011 Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Mr. Dizon
Wansapanataym: A Boy's Bestfriend Billy's Dad
2010 Imortal Vergara
Wansapanataym: Ali Badbad en da Madyik Banig Epoy
Agua Bendita Baldo Barrameda
2009 Banana Split Romeo/Himself
2008 Dragonna Rafael
2007 Princess Sarah Philip Burrow
Rounin Sephdo
Palimos ng Pag-ibig Dick
2006 Star Magic Presents: Ang Lovey Kong All Around Max
Ang Panday Jaffir
2005 Bora: Sons of the Beach Caloy
Kaya Mo Ba 'To? Host/Himself
2003 Masayang Tanghali Bayan Host/Himself
Buttercup Pippo
Victim Host/Himself
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Benjamin "Benjie" Ilagan / Benedicto
2000 Maynila GMA Network
1999 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Richard Luciano ABS-CBN
1996 Gimik Marco Trinidad
1995 Eezy Dancing Host/Himself ABC
1995–2010 ASAP Host/Himself ABS-CBN

Discography[edit]

Year Title Producer
2005 AMIR Star Music
2003 C.A.R.L.O.S. (Can Agassi Rap Like Old School?)
2000 The Amir of Rap

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. ^ http://www.newsflash.org/2004/02/sb/sb005045.htm Archived October 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Bonifacio, Julie (18 September 2007). "Cherry Lou and Michael Agassi exchange wedding vows". PEP.ph. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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