‘One Life to Live’ star Kamar de los Reyes dies at 56

Explore the remarkable life and career of Kamar de los Reyes, from soap opera stardom to gaming villainy. Discover his captivating journey through screens and stages, leaving an enduring legacy in entertainment.

Kamar de los Reyes
TV actor Kamar de los Reyes dies aged 56.

Kamar de los Reyes, known for his iconic portrayal as Raul Menendez in the widely acclaimed video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and his role as Antonio Vega in the soap opera “One Life to Live,” passed away in Los Angeles after bravely confronting cancer, confirmed by his wife’s publicist to Variety. At 56, his legacy remains etched in the hearts of many.

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Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in Las Vegas, de los Reyes embarked on his acting journey in Los Angeles during the late 1980s, driven by a background in singing and dancing. He debuted as Chicano boxer Pedro “Roadman” Quinn in the off-Broadway play “Blade to the Heat” in 1994, marking the genesis of his illustrious career. His talents shone brightly in a 1995 rendition of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” acting alongside Patrick Stewart.

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The pinnacle of his career surfaced through his pivotal role on ABC’s enduring soap opera “One Life to Live.” Spanning from 1995 to 1998, his portrayal of Antonio Vega, initially introduced as a convict, evolved into a layered character exonerated due to self-defense.

The intricate web of his character’s origins unfolded, revealing his true lineage as Carlotta Vega’s nephew, not son, intricately tying him to the Santi family. Returning to the show in 2000, de los Reyes continued to embody Antonio until 2009, captivating audiences with his depth and nuance.

In the gaming realm, he left an indelible mark as the nefarious Raul Menendez in the 2012 sensation “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” portraying a Nicaraguan arms dealer and terrorist whose actions trigger a futuristic Cold War in 2025. His reprisal of the character extended to subsequent titles like “Call of Duty: Black Ops IV” and “Call of Duty: Vanguard.”

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Beyond these milestones, his cinematic journey included notable contributions to films such as “Nixon,” “The Cell,” “Salt,” and television appearances in “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Rookie,” and “All American.” Anticipation surrounded his involvement in Marvel’s forthcoming series “Daredevil: Born Again” and Hulu’s “Washington Black.”

His legacy lives on through his family: his wife, actor Sherri Saum; sons Caylen, Michael, and John; brothers Daniel and Walfredo Jr.; sisters Lily and Ilde; mother Matilde; and father Walfredo. Kamar de los Reyes, an artist whose talent transcended screens and stages, leaves behind a profound impact on the worlds of gaming, television, and cinema.

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