Fil-Am actor stars in US production ‘Hamlet’

Filipinos once again prove they are world-class performers on stage as Fil-American Hollywood actor Ramon de Ocampo lands the coveted title role of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ from the Antaeus Theater Company.

The company recently returned to live performances as it kicked off a new season in Glendale, California.

Filipino-American Hollywood actor Ramon de Ocampo lands the coveted title role in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” IMDB PHOTO

De Ocampo is the first Fil-Am actor to be offered to play Hamlet on a major international stage. Playing Hamlet launched the careers of distinguished Hollywood stars such as Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and Ian McKellan.

Regarding the challenge of playing Hamlet, the talented actor said, “I think everyone who’s played Hamlet realizes it’s the greatest role they’ll ever play.” I counted 1,500 lines. At some point, all you can do is find a way to get into it and not watch other people’s Hamlets. I thought it was such a big role. I better learn it first.

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“There has to be something that connects and resonates in a place that’s real to you. I’m moved by the endless family relationships, the idealization of a father and the struggle with a mother and what happens at home. “Inside that struggle. There’s a big sequence with Hamlet and his mother asking if mothers and sons can accept their flaws and understand each other, especially after a tragedy.”

De Ocampo is also a winner of the prestigious Obie Award for his Off-Broadway stage work; and eleven AudioFile Earphone Awards, including Best Voice for two consecutive years, for his work as a voice actor. He is also the first Fil-Am to win the Lifetime Achievement Award in the audiobook industry.

The actor also played other Shakespeare roles for the Glendale-based troupe – Angelo/Claudio in ‘Measure for Measure’, Hal in ‘Henry IV’, Banquo in ‘Macbeth’ and Edgar in ‘King Lear’.

Born in the Philippines, he is the son of former finance secretary and current president of the Veterans Bank, Robert “Bobby” de Ocampo. An accomplished television, film, theater and voice actor, Ramón earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (summa cum laude) in acting from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Pittsburgh.

Ramón is also known for his television work, having recurring roles on “12 Monkeys”, “The West Wing”, “Sons of Anarchy”, and more.

On the big screen, some of his notable roles have been in the films “30 Nights” (with Dan Fogler), “Happy Endings” (with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Don Roos), “xXx: State of the Union” (Ice Cube, Willem DaFoe, Samuel L. Jackson), “Hamlet” (Campbell Scott) and “I am I” (with Simon Helberg, Jason Ritter, Jocelyn Towne).

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