Mark Anthony Fernandez

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Mark Anthony Fernández
Born
Mark Anthony Lacsamana Fernández

(1979-01-18) January 18, 1979 (age 40)
OccupationActor, model
Years active1991–2016; 2018–present
AgentStar Magic (1991-2001; 2005; 2006; 2018–present)
GMA Artist Center (2001–2005; 2007-2016)
Viva Artist Agency (2018–present)
ChildrenGrae Fernández (son)
Parent(s)
RelativesVandolph Quizon (half-brother)
Raphael Fernández (half-brother)
Renz Fernández (half-brother) Yeoj Marquez (half-brother) Teresita Marquez (half-sister)

Mark Anthony L. Fernández (born January 18, 1979) is a Filipino actor. He is the son of Rudy Fernández and Alma Moreno.

Career[edit]

He first rose to prominence when he was once a former member of one of the famous showbiz teen group, "Gwapings" alongside Jomari Yllana, Eric Fructuoso and later with Jao Mapa.

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.[1]

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'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 & the said drama also relaunched his career making him one of the sought-after leading men in GMA-7 & 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 Sam Soon and recently in Diva, 2010).

He also hosted a kids documentary reality show Kap's Amazing Stories Kids Edition last April 2010 on GMA Network.

In January 2018, Fernandez returned to showbiz after legal issues. He signed a contract with Viva Artist Agency.[2] after 12 years, he returned to ABS-CBN via Ang Probinsyano.

Personal life[edit]

Fernandez married Melissa Garcia in 2006 but have since separated in 2014.[3] They have a son named Grae Cameron.[4] He is also the nephew of action star Robin Padilla Mark's father Daboy is Robin's cousin.

Legal issues[edit]

On 3 October 2016, Fernandez was arrested for marijuana possession after attempting to elude a police checkpoint in Angeles, Pampanga.[5] He has stated he smokes marijuana "to prevent cancer".[6] after a year, on 23 December 2017, Fernandez had been released from jail due to dismissal of drug case against him.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1991-1998 Palibhasa Lalake Mark ABS-CBN
1992 Tropang Trumpo Himself ABC
1995–2001 ASAP Himself/Performer ABS-CBN
2001 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Gabriel / Lorenzo GMA Network
2003 Magpakailanman: The Manny Pacquiao Story Manny Pacquiao
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul Various
Kakabakaba
Maynila
2006 Super Inggo Kanor ABS-CBN
Komiks: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Lito
2007 Impostora Nicolas Cayetano GMA Network
Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang Sultan Saif
2007–2008 Kamandag Lucero Serrano / Talim
2008 Ako si Kim Samsoon Cyrus Ruiz
Dear Friend Various
2008–2009 Luna Mystika Dexter Samaniego
2009 All About Eve Kenneth Villareal
Quickfire: 10 Minute Kitchen Wonders Himself Q
Mars Ravelo's Darna Eduardo Morgan / Black Rider GMA Network
2010 Kap's Amazing Stories: Kids Edition Guest Host
Diva Gary / Ate Kuh
Claudine Anton
Love Bug Presents: Say I Do Alvin
Little Star Dave De Leon
2010–2011 Jillian: Namamasko Po Alvin
2011 I Heart You, Pare! Chito Salazar
2011–2012 Munting Heredera Jacob Montereal
2012 Makapiling Kang Muli Luisito "Louie" Valencia
2013 Bukod Kang Pinagpala Leandro Alcuar
Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko Fireman Benedict Bautista
Genesis Joel
2014 Rhodora X Nico Ledesma
2015 Let the Love Begin Jose Marie "Jom" Quinto
2016 Wish I May Clark Gomez
Magpakailanman: Crime of Passion Eric
2018–2019 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Brandon Cabrera ABS-CBN
2018 Ipaglaban Mo: Dakip Eddie Angeles
2019 Ipaglaban Mo: Reputasyon Baste

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Film Producer Ref
2016 Ma' Rosa Castor final movie appearance before his arrest
2015 La Amigas ?????
2013 Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story
2010 Babang Luksa
Rosario CineMabuhay [8]
2009 Shake, Rattle & Roll XI Father Ronnie (segment "Diablo") Regal Entertainment
2006 Batas Militar ?????
2005 Shake, Rattle & Roll 2k5 Rene (segment "Lihim ng San Joaquin") Regal Entertainment
  • Sa Piling ng Mga Belyas (2003)
  • You and Me Against the World (2003)
  • Hesus Rebolusyonaryo (2002)
  • Dos Ekis (2001)
  • Biyaheng Langit (2000)
  • Walang Katumbas Ang Dugo (1998)
  • Sonny Segovia: Lumakad Ka Sa Apoy (1998)
  • Ako Ba Ang Nasa Puso Mo (1997)
  • Kulayan Natin Ang Bukas (1997)
  • Kabilin-bilinan Ng Lola (1996)
  • Istokwa (1996)
  • Mangarap Ka (1995)
  • Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi (1995)
  • Eskapo: The Serge Osmeña-Geny Lopez Story (1995)
  • Matimbang Pa Sa Dugo (1995)
  • Pare Ko (1994)
  • Sobrang Talaga... Over!! (1994)
  • Binibini ng Aking Panaginip (1994)
  • Gwapings Dos (1993)
  • Shotgun Banjo (1992)
  • Gwapings: The First Adventure (1992)
  • Onyong Majikero (1991)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Nominated work Result Source
2008 22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Impostora Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.philstar.com/ArticlePrinterFriendly.aspx?articleId=165102
  2. ^ Viva Ent (2018-01-25), JUST IN: Mark Anthony Fernandez signs contract with VIVA!, retrieved 2018-01-26
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Mark Anthony Fernandez arrested for illegal drugs". ABS-CBN Corporation. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Bartolome, Jessica (October 4, 2016). "Mark Anthony: I only smoke marijuana to prevent cancer". GMA News. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Leonen, Julius N. "PDEA chief surprised by dismissal of drug case vs actor". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  8. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/26048/Official-entries-to-the-2010-MMFF-bared

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