July 19, 2024

‘One Life to Live’ actor Kamar de los Reyes dead at 56


Puerto Rican actor Kamar de los Reyes has died at age 56. 

According to a family spokesperson, he died on Christmas Eve after a battle with cancer. 

Best known for the “Call of Duty” video game franchise and the long-running soap, “One Life To Live,” de los Reyes was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1967 and grew up in Las Vegas. 

His father is Cuban percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes, 68. 

One of his earliest jobs was as a dancer in the 1988 film “Salsa,” and another early role was in a 1995 Public Theater production of “The Tempest,” where he starred as Ferdinand opposite Patrick Stewart as Prospero. He also appeared in Toni Braxton’s 2000 music video for “Spanish Guitar.” 

On the big screen, he played Watergate burglar Eugenio Martínez in Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie, “Nixon,” and he was in Lisa France’s 2005 movie “Love & Suicide.” 

Kamar de los Reyes in 1998. ©CBS/Courtesy Everett Collection
Kamar de los Reyes with his wife, Sherri Saum. Getty Images

On TV, he had recurring roles on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” in 2017, and he played a college football coach in the CW’s football drama “All American” in 2022. He also had guest star roles on shows such as “Castle,” “Blue Bloods,” and “ER.” 

In the soap “One Life to Live,” he first appeared in 1995 as Antonio, a former gang member who went on to become a lawyer and a cop. He left the show in 1998, but returned from 2000 to 2013. 

During his time on that show, he met his wife, “The Fosters” actress Sherri Saum, 49. The couple tied the knot in 2007 and had 9-year-old twin sons, John and Michael (he also had another son, Caylen, from a past relationship). 

Kamar de los Reyes and his wife, Sherri Saum. FilmMagic
Kamar de los Reyes his sons John and Michael, and his wife Sherri Saum. WireImage
Forbes March, Kamar De Los Reyes, Bree Williamson, Erika Slezak, Jerry Verdorn on “One Life To Live.” ©ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection

From “One Life To Live,” he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award, America’s Favorite Couple, in 2002 alongside Saum.

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, de los Reyes played an active role in the recovery efforts, according to Deadline.

In the hit “Call of Duty” video game franchise, he played Menendez, a Nicaraguan arms dealer, in 2012’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” 2018’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,”  2019’s “Call of Duty: Mobile” and 2021’s “Call of Duty: Vanguard.”

Kamar de los Reyes was also known for the “Call of Duty” franchise. FilmMagic
His publicist said he died after a brief battle with cancer. Getty Images
Bree Williamson, Kamar De Los Reyes, Jerry Verdorn and Erika Slezak on “One Life To Live.” ©ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection

According to Variety, he will have a few posthumous projects. At the time of his death, de los Reyes had shot a role for Hulu’s “Washington Black” starring Sterling K. Brown,  which has not yet been released, and he also has a role in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.

He’s 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. 

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