The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of Kamar de los Reyes, a renowned actor with a diverse and impactful career.
Kamar de los Reyes, celebrated for his role in "One Life to Live," passed away at 56 after battling cancer.
Kamar de los Reyes, an actor cherished for his portrayal of Antonio Vega on the soap opera "One Life to Live," died on Sunday at the age of 56 following a brief battle with cancer. His passing was confirmed by a publicist representing his wife, actress Sherri Saum.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Las Vegas, De Los Reyes moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s to pursue his acting career. His journey in acting began with the 1988 film "Salsa," marking the start of a long and varied career in the entertainment industry.
De los Reyes' early career included roles in both film and television, notably appearing in the 1994 soap opera "Valley of the Dolls." However, his role in the off-Broadway play "Blade to the Heat" in the same year marked his breakout in acting, showcasing his range and depth as a performer.
Following this success, De los Reyes landed his best-known role as Antonio Vega on "One Life to Live" in 1995. His portrayal of Vega, a character who evolved from a gang member to a lawyer and then a police officer, was acclaimed for its complexity and realism.
Kamar de los Reyes met his wife, Sherri Saum, when she guest-starred on "One Life to Live" in 1999. Their relationship blossomed both on and off the screen, with Saum becoming a significant part of his life.
Besides his memorable roles on television and in film, De los Reyes also lent his voice to several video games, including the popular "Call of Duty" series. This aspect of his career showcased his versatility and ability to adapt to different forms of media.
"De Los Reyes lived in Los Angeles; however, his heart never left Puerto Rico," a statement from his family read. "After the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Kamar was a crusader in the recovery efforts of his beloved home."
In addition to his notable television roles, De los Reyes' career encompassed a variety of performances across different platforms. His work extended to upcoming projects for Hulu and Marvel, indicating his continued relevance and adaptability in the ever-changing landscape of entertainment.
His last appearance as Antonio Vega on "One Life to Live" was in 2009, marking the end of a significant era in his career. However, De Los Reyes continued to pursue new and challenging roles, remaining active in the industry up until his untimely death.
A representative for the actor's wife shared, "De los Reyes passed away Sunday following a brief battle with cancer, a publicist for his wife, actress Sherri Saum, told Fox News Digital on behalf of the family." This announcement brought a wave of tributes and condolences from fans and colleagues alike.
The news of De Los Reyes' death has resonated deeply within the entertainment community, with colleagues and fans expressing their grief and paying tribute to his life and work. His legacy as an actor and a humanitarian will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations.
De los Reyes' passing is a loss to the world of entertainment and those who admired him for his contributions beyond the screen. His dedication to his craft and his passion for making a difference in the world were hallmarks of his character.