Kamar de los Reyes, a versatile actor recognized for his roles in television, film, and video games, passed away at the age of 56 in Los Angeles, as announced by his family. The actor, renowned for portraying a former gang member turned cop in the soap opera “One Life to Live” and a memorable villain in the video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” succumbed to cancer on Sunday following a brief battle, according to a statement by Lisa Goldberg, the publicist for de los Reyes’ wife, Sherri Saum.
In “One Life to Live,” de los Reyes captivated audiences as Antonio Vega, a character who transformed from a gang member to a lawyer and eventually a cop, shared the screen with his wife, Sherri Saum. In the widely popular video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” he portrayed the antagonist Raul Menendez. His acting prowess extended to television series such as Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” ABC’s “The Rookie,” and CW’s “All American.”
At the time of his passing, de los Reyes was actively involved in filming “All American” and had recently completed roles in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series and Hulu’s unreleased “Washington Black,” featuring Sterling K. Brown.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Las Vegas, de los Reyes discovered his passion for acting upon arriving in Los Angeles in the late ’80s. His early career included notable roles like Pedro Quinn in the 1994 off-Broadway play, “Blade to the Heat,” and Ferdinand in director George C. Wolfe’s rendition of “The Tempest” for Shakespeare in the Park.
On the silver screen, de los Reyes left his mark in films such as Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” where he portrayed Watergate burglar Eugenio Martinez, as well as playing a secret service agent in “Salt” alongside Angelina Jolie and featured in “The Cell” with Jennifer Lopez.
Despite residing in Los Angeles, the family noted that de Los Reyes always held Puerto Rico close to his heart. The actor actively participated in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Kamar de los Reyes is survived by his wife, Sherri Saum, and their three sons, Caylen (26) and twins Michael and John (9).