Mark Anthony Fernandez

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Mark Anthony Fernandez
Mark Anthony Fernandez by Jopet Sy, January 2018
Mark Anthony Lacsamana Fernandez

(1979-01-18) January 18, 1979 (age 44)
Years active1991–present
Children2 (including Grae)
RelativesPadilla-Fernandez Family

Mark Anthony Lacsamana Fernandez (born January 18, 1979) is a Filipino actor. He is the son of actor Rudy Fernandez and actress-politician Alma Moreno.


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 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).

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 FPJ's 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 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.[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]



Year Title Role Notes Production company Ref.
1991 Onyong Majikero
1992 Gwapings: The First Adventure Jeff Regal Entertainment
Shotgun Banjo
1993 Gwapings Dos
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
Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi
Mangarap Ka Nonoy Star Cinema
1996 Istokwa
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
2010 Rosario CineMabuhay [8]
Babang Luksa
2013 Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill Scenema Concept International
2015 The Last Pinoy Action King Reflection Films
Quiapost Productions
Manila's Finest Ismael Lorenzo Prince Armor Productions
Viva Films
Philippine Motion Pictures Directors Association
2016 Ma' Rosa Castor
2019 Miracle in Cell No. 7 Pancho Viva Films
2021 Barumbadings Jopay Viva Films
House Tour Markus Palma Viva Films / Vivamax
Deception Jericho / Ethan Viva Films / Vivamax
2022 Doblado Mr. L
Scorpio Nights 3 Drake Viva Films / Vivamax


Year Title Role Network
1991–1998 Palibhasa Lalake Mark ABS-CBN
1994–1995 Tropang Trumpo Himself ABC
1995–2001 ASAP Himself/Performer ABS-CBN
2001–2002 Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin Gabriel / Lorenzo GMA Network
2003 Magpakailanman: The Manny Pacquiao Story Manny Pacquiao
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul Various
2006 Komiks: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Lito ABS-CBN
2006–2007 Super Inggo Kanor
2007 Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang Sultan Saif GMA Network
Impostora Nicolas Cayetano
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
2009–2010 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
2010–2011 Little Star Dave De Leon
2010 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

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


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ 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
  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 December 30, 2017.
  8. ^ " (Philippine Entertainment Portal): Showbiz and Beyond".
  9. ^ Cine Mo! (September 1, 2021). MANILA'S FINEST: Jeric Raval, Bangs Garcia & Mark Anthony Fernandez | Full Movie. YouTube. Google LLC. Event occurs at 1:32:08. Retrieved September 1, 2023.

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