Who is J. R. Ramirez?
Cuban-American actor J. R. Ramirez was born in Matanzas, Cuba, on 8 October 1990, making his zodiac sign Libra. He has 19 acting credits, and is perhaps known best for starring as Jared Vasquez in the hit mystery science fiction series “Manifest”, which has been airing since 2018, numbering 62 episodes. It also stars Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas, was created by Jeff Rake, and follows a commercial airliner which has reappeared after having been missing for five years; the series has won one of its six award nominations.
Education and early life
Ramirez was raised in Tampa, Florida USA, as he and his family moved there when he was still a baby; he hasn’t disclosed any details about his parents because he respects their privacy, but has featured them in some of his Instagram pictures. Ramirez is believed to be an only child as he hasn’t spoken about having siblings.
He studied at a local high school in Tampa and was 14 when he fell in love with acting, after his drama teacher persuaded him to appear in a school play; Ramirez was also into sports during his teenage years, excelling in soccer.
He matriculated in 1999 and then chose to focus on acting rather than enrolling at college, but like many others, struggled for some years to make an impact in the entertainment industry.
Roles in movies
Ramirez’s debut film role was playing one of the main characters Brandon Young in the 2009 comedy “Tinslestars”, which also starred Stephen Colletti and Rainie Davis, and was written and directed by Michelle Mellgren; it follows two men who are posing as Hollywood executives to pick up girls in Los Angeles, California.
The year 2010 saw Ramirez play Percy in the popular drama “I Will Follow”, which starred Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick, and follows the life of a grieving woman; the movie won one of its four award nominations. In 2012, Ramirez played Lonzo Ramirez in the romantic comedy “The Coalition”, and the year 2013 saw him star in the short comedy “Life Starts Tomorrow”.
He portrayed Cal in the 2015 comedy “Drunk Wedding”, which also starred Christian Cooke and Victoria Gold, and was written and directed by Nick Weiss; it follows Elissa and John whose perfect destination wedding’s been derailed because their friends have gotten drunk.
In 2017, Ramirez portrayed Staff Sergeant Kendrick in the comedy “Sun Dogs”, which starred Jennifer Morrison and Michael Angarano, and was directed by Jennifer Morrison. It follows a young man who wants to become a military hero, and the movie won six awards.
Ramirez’s only other film role has been portraying Coyote Carl in the 2020 comedy “Lazy Susan”, which starred Sean Hayes and Maria Shriver, and was directed by Nick Peet; it follows an unmotivated lazy woman who’s exhausted by doing nothing.
Roles in TV series
Ramirez’s debut TV series role was playing Diego Hernandez in 10 episodes (2008-2010) of the popular family comedy “House of Payne”, which stars Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis, and was created by Tyler Perry. It follows several generations of a family living under the same roof, the series has been airing since 2006, and has won 20 of its 37 award nominations.
Ramirez was then cast to appear in an episode of the crime action “24”, the drama “Hacienda Heights” and the romantic comedy “90210”, and the year 2013 saw him play Dr. AJ Aquino in three episodes of the popular romantic drama “Emily Owens M. D.”, which starred Mamie Gummer and Justin Hartley, and was created by Jennie Snyder Urman. It follows a young doctor who’s started her internship at a big hospital, and the series won one of its two award nominations.
In 2014 and 2015, Ramirez played Ted ‘Wildcat’ Grant in four episodes of the action crime adventure “Arrow”, which starred Stephen Amell and was created by Andrew Kreisberg. It follows the life of vigilante Oliver Queen aka Arrow, the series aired from 2012 through 2020, and won 22 of the 111 awards for which it was nominated.
— JR Ramirez (@JR8Ramirez) July 24, 2016
What made Ramirez popular was playing Julio in 36 episodes (2014-2017) of the crime drama “Power”, which starred Lela Loren and Omari Hardwick, and was created by Courtney A. Kemp. It follows the life of New York nightclub owner James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick, the series aired from 2014 through 2020, and won 14 of the 40 awards for which it was nominated.
Ramirez’s two most recent TV series roles have been in the 2018 episode “Empathy” of the crime action “NCIS: New Orleans”, and 11 episodes of the 2019 crime action “Jessica Jones”.
Ramirez was a presenter at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “Today”, “The Talk” and “Made in Hollywood”.
Love life and relationships
Ramirez can rarely be heard speaking about his love life in public, as he respects his and his partner’s privacy, but it’s widely known that he’s been in a relationship with American-Canadian actress Melissa Roxburgh since 2018.
The two met on the set of the series “Manifest” in the first half of 2018, and went on their first date a couple of days later; they initially kept their relationship a secret, but admitted to being romantically linked after a number of fans claimed to had seen them spending time in public together.
Back in 2012, Ramirez spent a couple of months dating Adrienne Houghton, an American actress and singer with 42 acting credits, who’s perhaps still known best for playing Dominique in the critically acclaimed 2005 biographical sports movie “Coach Carter”, which won three of its 18 award nominations.
Ramirez’s in a relationship with Melissa Roxburgh as of August 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
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Interesting facts and hobbies
Ramirez’s favorite actor is Gary Oldman, and he’s stated that he feels something different about him every time he sees him on screen, because he adjusts to the characters which he plays, and that makes him a great actor. Some of his favorite movies are “Leon: The Professional”, “The Fifth Element” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.
Ramirez doesn’t like cold weather and his favorite season is thus summer.
He’s a huge fan of “Batman”, both comics and movies, and his favorite Batman actor is Christian Bale.
Ramirez grew up listening to rapper 50 Cent, and was thrilled when he got a chance to appear alongside him in a movie.
He’s followed by more than 850,000 people on Instagram and has posted nearly 150 pictures and videos, with most of his newer content featuring him playing golf, watching basketball and spending time with his pet dog.
Appearance and net worth
Ramirez’s age is 32. He has black hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall and weighs around 185lbs (83kgs).
Ramirez’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, as of August 2023.
Who is his partner Melissa Roxburgh?
Canadian-American actress Melissa Roxburgh was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on 10 December 1992, making her zodiac sign Sagittarius. She has 22 acting credits and is perhaps known best for playing Ensign Syl in the 2016 action adventure science fiction movie “Star Trek Beyond”, which starred Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, and which Justin Lin directed. It follows the crew of the spaceship USS Enterprise as they’ve encountered a new enemy in uncharted space – the movie won three of its 32 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling.
Melissa was raised alongside her younger brother Matt and older sisters Ashly and Kristie in Vancouver, by their British mother Shelley Walpole who’s a former professional tennis player, and Canadian pastor father Cam. Melissa studied at a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2011, enrolled at Simon Fraser University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015; she also honed her acting skills at the William Esper Studio.
Melissa’s debut film role was playing Rachel in the 2011 family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”, while her debut TV series role was portraying Blake in two episodes of the 2013 action crime adventure “Arrow”. She portrayed Jeni in the 2014 fantasy horror movie “Leprechaun: Origins”, which starred Dylan Postl and Stephanie Bennett, and was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It follows two young couples as they’re backpacking through Ireland, and the film was nominated for two awards.
Melissa’s also known for starring as Thea in all 13 episodes of the 2018 drama series “Valor”, which also starred Christina Ochoa and Matt Barr, and was created by Kyle Jarrow; it follows a group of US Army soldiers as they’re training to become elite helicopter pilots.
Some of Melissa’s most recent roles have been in the 2020 biographical musical movie “I Still Believe”, the 2022 crime mystery movie “Mindcage”, and all 62 episodes of the mystery science fiction series “Manifest” since 2018.
Melissa and Ramirez split briefly in 2021, but got back together around two months later.