Mark Anthony Fernandez
Mark Anthony Lacsamana Fernandez
January 18, 1979
|Children||2 (including Grae)|
His breakout roles in the movies includes Pare Ko, Mangarap Ka and Matimbang Pa sa Dugo which featured him as a lead star. In 1996, he received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for the 3 aforementioned movies he did. However, the year 1998 started a downward spiral in Fernandez's career and personal life following an assault case that was filed against him by an American socialite and the break-up with his then-girlfriend Claudine Barretto. His home studio Regal Films attempted to launch him as an action star in the movies Sonny Segovia: Lumakad Ka Sa Apoy and Walang Katumbas Ang Dugo but both movies flopped at the box-office.
After a two-year hiatus from a drug rehabilitation which follows his acquittal in the assault case, Fernandez returned in the movie scene via Biyaheng Langit and Dos Ekis opposite sexy actresses Joyce Jimenez and Rica Peralejo, respectively. He also made a TV comeback via GMA drama series Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin opposite Angelika dela Cruz.
In 2003, he had disappeared once again from the industry and underwent rehabilitation for drug dependence for the second time. In 2005, he was released from rehab and made his comeback in show business. After his release in rehab, he said in his words, "I hope the moviegoers will welcome me back. Now, I realize more than ever that I'm made for showbiz and I'll always be in showbiz."
He has been one of GMA Network's leading actors with his critically acclaimed performances on TV series such as Impostora (2007), Kamandag (2007–08), Ako si Kim Samsoon (2008), Luna Mystika (2008–09), All About Eve (2009) and Munting Heredera. He also portrayed Manny Pacquiao in Magpakailanman in 2003 before his second drug rehab.
His role as Nicolas Cayetano is the drama series Impostora, became his most notable role in TV and he said drama also relaunched his career making him one of the sought-after leading men in GMA-7 and because of the fruitful projects given to him by GMA, he decided to sign an exclusive contract with the network that rebuilt his career. He was paired off with Sunshine Dizon (Impostora), Heart Evangelista (Luna Mystika), Iza Calzado (All About Eve), Marian Rivera (Darna) and Regine Velasquez (Ako si Kim Samsoon and recently in Diva, 2010).
Fernandez married Melissa Garcia in 2006 but have since separated in 2014. They have a son named Grae Cameron. He is also the nephew of action star and senator Robin Padilla; Mark's father Daboy is Robin's cousin.
On 3 October 2016, Fernandez was arrested for marijuana possession after attempting to elude a police checkpoint in Angeles, Pampanga. He has stated he smokes marijuana "to prevent cancer". after a year, on 23 December 2017, Fernandez had been released from jail due to dismissal of drug case against him.
|1992||Gwapings: The First Adventure||Jeff||Regal Entertainment|
|1994||Binibini ng Aking Panaginip|
|Sobrang Talaga... Over!!||Regal Entertainment|
|Pare Ko||Francis||Star Cinema|
|1995||Matimbang Pa sa Dugo|
|Eskapo||Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III||Star Cinema|
|Mangarap Ka||Nonoy||Star Cinema|
|Kabilin-bilinan ng Lola ('Wag Uminom ng Serbesa)||Devin|
|1997||Kulayan Natin ang Bukas|
|Ako Ba ang Nasa Puso Mo|
|1998||Sonny Segovia: Lumakad Ka sa Apoy|
|Walang Katumbas ang Dugo|
|2000||Biyaheng Langit||Danny||Viva Films|
|2001||Dos Ekis||Benito Quebrar|
|2002||Hesus Rebolusyonaryo||Hesus Mariano|
|2003||You and Me Against the World||Arnold Torrevilla||Viva Films|
|Sa Piling ng Mga Belyas|
|2005||Shake, Rattle & Roll 2k5||Rene||"Lihim ng San Joaquin" segment||Regal Entertainment|
|2006||Batas Militar||Lt. Eric Dela Cruz||MLT Films|
|2009||Shake, Rattle & Roll XI||Father Ronnie||"Diablo" segment||Regal Entertainment|
|2013||Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill||Scenema Concept International|
|2015||The Last Pinoy Action King||Reflection Films
|Manila's Finest||Ismael Lorenzo||Prince Armor Productions
Philippine Motion Pictures Directors Association
|2019||Miracle in Cell No. 7||Pancho||Viva Films|
|House Tour||Markus Palma||Viva Films / Vivamax|
|Deception||Jericho / Ethan||Viva Films / Vivamax|
|Scorpio Nights 3||Drake||Viva Films / Vivamax|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award-Giving Body||Category||Nominated work||Result||Source|
|2008||22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Actor||Impostora||Nominated|
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- Viva Ent (January 25, 2018), JUST IN: Mark Anthony Fernandez signs contract with VIVA!, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved January 26, 2018
- Pumaloy, Rey (June 28, 2014). "PEP EXCLUSIVE. Winwyn Marquez confirms separation of Mark Anthony Fernandez and wife Melissa". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- Regondola, Glenn (August 3, 2015). "Mark Anthony Fernandez says son Grae is mature enough to understand his separation from wife Melissa". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "Mark Anthony Fernandez arrested for illegal drugs". ABS-CBN Corporation. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
- Bartolome, Jessica (October 4, 2016). "Mark Anthony: I only smoke marijuana to prevent cancer". GMA News. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- Leonen, Julius N. "PDEA chief surprised by dismissal of drug case vs actor". Retrieved December 30, 2017.
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