In a somber announcement, the family of Kamar de los Reyes, a versatile actor celebrated for his roles in the soap opera “One Life to Live” and the “Call of Duty” video game franchise, has confirmed his passing at the age of 56. De los Reyes succumbed to a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife, Sherri Saum, and their three sons.
De los Reyes, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Las Vegas, began his acting journey in the late ’80s in Los Angeles. His remarkable career spanned over three decades, during which he left an indelible mark on both television and video games.
In “One Life to Live,” De los Reyes portrayed Antonio Vega, a former gang member who transformed into a lawyer and later a police officer. His on-screen chemistry with Saum resonated with audiences, making him a beloved figure in the long-running daytime series.
Beyond the small screen, De los Reyes lent his talents to the “Call of Duty” video game franchise, notably playing the villain Raul Menendez in “Black Ops II,” “Black Ops 4,” and “Vanguard.” His diverse contributions to both television and gaming earned him widespread acclaim.
At the time of his passing, De los Reyes was actively involved in filming CW’s “All American” and had recently completed roles in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series and Hulu’s yet-to-be-released “Washington Black,” starring Sterling K. Brown.
Fellow actors and colleagues paid heartfelt tributes to the late actor on social media. Sean Ringgold, his co-star in “One Life to Live,” shared a touching video of De los Reyes expressing birthday wishes, emphasizing their enduring friendship beyond the studio.
“Countless barbecues in his backyard, steak dinners, and great cigars,” Ringgold reminisced, capturing the warmth and camaraderie De los Reyes brought to his relationships. Melissa Fumero, another “One Life to Live” alum and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, echoed the sentiment, expressing love for the departed actor.
De los Reyes, described as a kind and motivating presence, was deeply connected to his Puerto Rican roots despite residing in Los Angeles. His family emphasized that Puerto Rico held a special place in his heart.
In addition to his contributions to the entertainment world, De los Reyes actively participated in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Sherri Saum, and their three sons, Caylen, 26, and twins Michael and John, aged 9. As fans and the entertainment industry mourn the loss of this talented actor, Kamar de los Reyes will be remembered for his vibrant performances and the lasting impact he made on audiences worldwide.