November 1, 1991 (31)
Anthony Ramos Martinez is an American actor, singer and songwriter. In 2015, he originated the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton. Ramos also appeared in the 2021 film version of In the Heights as Usnavi and in the 2018 film A Star Is Born as Ramon. In 2021, he received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance in the Disney+ live stage recording of Hamilton which was released in 2020. He is scheduled to star in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in 2023.
Ramos’s role in “Hamilton” opened many doors for him, but he didn’t rest on his laurels. He played Usnavi de la Vega in the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Broadway musical “In the Heights,” a role lauded for its authentic portrayal of Washington Heights, the New York neighborhood where the story takes place. Moving beyond musicals, Ramos delved into drama with the critically acclaimed Spike Lee-directed series “She’s Gotta Have It,” and flexed his comedic muscles with Will Smith in “Honesty,” where his natural charisma shone brightly.
When it comes to collaborations, Ramos’s network reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary entertainment. Notably, he’s worked with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” and Jon M. Chu, the director of “In the Heights.” He acted alongside Jasmine Cephas Jones, his Hamilton co-star and now his fiancée, in the romantic drama film “Monsters and Men.” Other influential names in his collaborative circle include Daphne Rubin-Vega and Stephanie Beatriz, his co-stars in “In the Heights,” and filmmakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with whom he partnered on “The Good Lord Bird.” In the music arena, Ramos has engaged in creative exchanges with artists like Ben Platt, Ariana Grande, and John Legend. His collaborations extend beyond traditional entertainment, having also teamed up with figures like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on public service announcements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2016, he was part of the “Hamilton” ensemble that won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. He also received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in “In the Heights.” Other notable mentions include his participation in the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award-nominated cast of “Hamilton,” and his Audelco Award for the play “The Great Leap.”