Los Angeles, CA – December 26, 2023
Renowned TV, movie, and voice actor Kamar de los Reyes, recognized for his captivating portrayal of Raul Menendez in the Call of Duty franchise, has passed away at the age of 56 in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer, as confirmed by his family.
Lisa Goldberg, publicist for Kamar’s wife, Sherri Saum, released a statement revealing that the actor, who had an illustrious career spanning soap operas, movies alongside Hollywood A-listers, and the iconic Call of Duty series, breathed his last on Christmas Eve.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1967, Kamar de los Reyes, raised in Las Vegas, ventured into acting upon arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. Early roles included Pedro Quinn in the 1994 off-Broadway play “Blade to the Heat” and Ferdinand in George C Wolfe’s acclaimed production of “The Tempest” for Shakespeare in the Park in 1995.
His breakthrough moment arrived in 1995 when he landed the role of “Antonio Vega” in the long-running soap opera “One Life To Live.” Noteworthy for its diverse character representation and emphasis on social issues, the show marked a groundbreaking milestone in US daytime drama. De los Reyes dedicated over a decade to the series, leaving an indelible mark on the television landscape.
Aside from his soap opera success, de los Reyes made waves as “Raul Menendez” in the famous video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” captivating gamers with his portrayal of the formidable villain in various editions of the franchise starting in 2012.
In the realm of cinema, his credits included playing a Watergate burglar in Oliver Stone’s Richard Nixon biopic, “Nixon,” as well as roles in 2000s hits like “The Cell,” starring Jennifer Lopez, and “Salt,” alongside Angelina Jolie.
The actor’s versatility extended to television, with roles in series such as “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Rookie,” and “All American.” At the time of his passing, he was actively involved in filming “All American.” Additionally, de los Reyes had recently contributed to Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series and Hulu’s eagerly anticipated “Washington Black,” featuring Sterling K Brown.
Kamar de los Reyes is survived by his actress wife, Sherri Saum, whom he married in 2007, and their three sons – Caylen, 26, and nine-year-old twins Michael and John.
The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a multifaceted talent whose impact on soap operas, gaming, and cinema will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.