|Born||Amir Carlos Damaso Vahidi Agassi
December 12, 1979
Makati City, Philippines
|Other names||The Amir of Rap|
|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.
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.
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. Agassi stated in an interview that his buff physique is a product of physical workout since the age of 16.
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.
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.
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.
|2014||Praybeyt Benjamin 2||Star Cinema
|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|
|1998||Mystrio (Uno...Dos...Tres Pilyos!)||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|
|2003||C.A.R.L.O.S. (Can Agassi Rap Like Old School?)|
|2000||The Amir of Rap|
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