Early Life and Career Beginnings
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1967, Kamar de los Reyes grew up in Las Vegas, where his Cuban percussionist father, Walfredo de los Reyes, played a significant role in shaping his early musical influences. Debuting as a dancer in the 1988 film “Salsa,” Kamar embarked on a journey that would lead him to diverse roles in both the cinematic and theatrical realms.
Cinematic and Theatrical Ventures
With roles spanning various genres, Kamar made an impact on the big screen, portraying Watergate burglar Eugenio Martínez in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” (1995) and starring in Lisa France’s “Love & Suicide” (2005). His early theatrical credits included a 1995 Public Theater production of “The Tempest,” where he starred alongside Patrick Stewart.
Kamar de los Reyes left an indelible mark on the television landscape. In the long-running soap opera “One Life To Live,” he portrayed Antonio, a character who evolved from a former gang member to a lawyer and cop. His performance earned him a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award in 2002 alongside his future wife, Sherri Saum.
The actor showcased his versatility in TV dramas, with recurring roles on “Sleepy Hollow” (2017) and the CW’s “All American” (2022), where he played a college football coach. His guest appearances on popular shows like “Castle,” “Blue Bloods,” and “ER” further demonstrated his range as an actor.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
During his tenure on “One Life To Live,” Kamar met actress Sherri Saum, whom he married in 2007. The couple had 9-year-old twin sons, John and Michael, and Kamar had another son, Caylen, from a previous relationship. Beyond his contributions to entertainment, Kamar played an active role in recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017.
Legacy and Posthumous Projects
Kamar de los Reyes’ impact extended beyond his time on screen. His portrayal of Menendez in the “Call of Duty” video game franchise, spanning multiple releases from 2012 to 2021, showcased his talent in the gaming world.
Although Kamar’s journey on this earth has ended, his artistic legacy lives on. He leaves behind a few posthumous projects, including a role in Hulu’s “Washington Black” and a part in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.
Kamar de los Reyes is survived by his widow, Sherri Saum, his three sons, his parents, his brothers, percussionists Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Daniel de los Reyes, and his sisters, Lily and Ilde. The entertainment community and fans alike remember him not only for his on-screen brilliance but also for his dedication to various artistic pursuits and philanthropic endeavors. In honoring his memory, we bid farewell to a multifaceted talent who made an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.
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