Ramos was born Anthony Ramos Martinez, and is of Puerto Rican descent.[3] He grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he lived with his mother, older brother, and younger sister.[4][5]

Ramos attended Halsey Junior High School, where he sang Motown songs at school assemblies in a student group called the Halsey Trio.[5] He is a 2009 graduate of New Utrecht High School.[5] His ambitions at the time centered around baseball, including plans to play NCAA Division III college baseball, followed by a coaching career.[4]

After high school, Ramos attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a conservatory for the performing arts, on a full scholarship.[5] He graduated from its musical theatre program in 2011.[2][5]

Acting career[edit] Edit

Starting in 2011, Ramos earned roles in a variety of regional and touring musical productions, including Sonny de la Vega in a 2012 production of In the Heights.

In 2014, Ramos performed in Heart and Lights at Radio City Music Hall, a dance show with the Rockettes which was canceled during previews.[4][6] During rehearsals for Heart and Lights, Ramos auditioned for the off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theater.[4]

After being cast in Hamilton, Ramos played Justin Laboy in Lin-Manuel Miranda's short musical 21 Chump Street, a one-time performance on June 7, 2014 that was recorded for NPR's This American Life.[4]

Hamilton opened off-Broadway in early 2015, with Ramos originating the dual roles of John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton's eldest son Philip Hamilton. The musical moved to Broadway on July 13, 2015 in previews, and opened on August 6, 2015.[7] Ramos left the production on November 20, 2016.[8]

In September 2016, it was announced that Ramos had been cast in director Spike Lee's Netflix comedy-drama series She's Gotta Have It, in the role of Mars Blackmon.[9]

Recording career[edit] Edit

Ramos appeared on the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton in 2015, in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.

He reunited with Lin-Manuel Miranda in October 2017 as one of the vocalists on Miranda's song "Almost Like Praying", a release to benefit Hurricane Maria victims.[10]

On November 8, 2017, Ramos released two tracks, "Freedom" and "Common Ground", from his first solo EP, Freedom.[11] The Freedom EP was produced by Will Wells, who previously worked with Logic and Pentatonix. Inspired by the 2016 election, The Freedom EP was released on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, January 20, 2018.[11], which included the already-released singles FreedomCommon Ground and Alright, and then two new songs, When The Bell Tolls and PRayer.

Personal life[edit] Edit

Ramos is in a relationship with fellow Hamilton original cast member Jasmine Cephas Jones, which began when they met during rehearsals for the Off-Broadway production at The Public Theater.[12]

Theatre credits[edit] Edit

Year Production Role Location Category
2011 Grease Sonny LaTierri Surflight Theatre

June 22 – July 15, 2011

2012 Damn Yankees Henry / Ensemble Various National tour
In the Heights Sonny de la Vega Pioneer Theatre Company

September 14 – 29, 2012

2014 21 Chump Street Justin Laboy Brooklyn Academy of Music

June 7, 2014

2015 Hamilton John Laurens / Philip Hamilton The Public Theater

January 20 – May 3, 2015

Richard Rodgers Theater

July 13, 2015 – November 20, 2016[8]


Filmography[edit] Edit

Film[edit] Edit

Year Title Role Notes 2016 White Girl Kilo
10 Crosby Younger Doorman Short film
2017 Patti Cake$ Recording Engineer
2018 Monsters and Men Manny Ortega
A Star Is Born Ramon Post-production
Summertime Frankie Post-production
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Cpl. Martinez Post-production

Television[edit] Edit

Year Title Role Notes 2015 Younger Julio 2 episodes
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Juan Flores Episode: "Forty-One Witnesses"
2017 Will & Grace Tony 3 episodes
2017 She's Gotta Have It Mars Blackmon 10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit] Edit

Year Award Category Work Result
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Hamilton Won Audience Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Male Breakthrough Performance Nominated