Ramos was born Anthony Ramos Martinez, and is of Puerto Rican descent. He grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he lived with his mother, older brother, and younger sister.
Ramos attended Halsey Junior High School, where he sang Motown songs at school assemblies in a student group called the Halsey Trio. He is a 2009 graduate of New Utrecht High School. His ambitions at the time centered around baseball, including plans to play NCAA Division III college baseball, followed by a coaching career.
After high school, Ramos attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a conservatory for the performing arts, on a full scholarship. He graduated from its musical theatre program in 2011.
Acting career 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. During rehearsals for Heart and Lights, Ramos auditioned for the off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theater.
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.
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. Ramos left the production on November 20, 2016.
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.
Recording career 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.
On November 8, 2017, Ramos released two tracks, "Freedom" and "Common Ground", from his first solo EP, Freedom. 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., which included the already-released singles Freedom, Common Ground and Alright, and then two new songs, When The Bell Tolls and PRayer.
Personal life 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.
Theatre credits Edit
|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
|10 Crosby||Younger Doorman||Short film|
|2017||Patti Cake$||Recording Engineer|
|2018||Monsters and Men||Manny Ortega|
|A Star Is Born||Ramon||Post-production|
|2019||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Cpl. Martinez||Post-production|
|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
|2016||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Hamilton||Won|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Favorite Male Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|