Carlos Agassi

Amir Carlos Damaso Vahidi Agassi (born December 12, 1975 in Makati City, Philippines) popularly known as Carlos Agassi and simply Amir, is a Filipino actor, TV host, rap artist, and model of Iranian descent. He was launched as a member of ABS-CBN's Star Circle (now Star Magic) Batch 3 in 1993. Agassi is a member of ABS CBN's circle of homegrown talents named Star Magic. He was part of a male group dubbed as The Hunks together with Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, and Bernard Palanca. During his tenure as part of The Hunks, he has been a primetime actor when he co-starred with Claudine Barretto in the hit teleserye Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan which ran from 2001-2003. Aside from acting, he had hosting stints in the variety show ASAP and also hosted a hidden camera practical joke television series entitled "Victim" which was patterned from America's Punk'd. After an almost two year hiatus from acting, Agassi returned on television via ABS-CBN's Agua Bendita in 2010 where he played as one of the primary antagonists. Agassi has been a victim of death hoax stating that he died due to alleged anabolic steroid abuse and prior to his rumored death, had undergone dialysis for a kidney failure. The rumors had been proven false by Agassi himself.Agassi stated in an interview that his buff physique is a product of physical workout since at the age of sixteen. Given the moniker as "The Prince of (Philippine) Rap", Agassi was met with criticisms in the likes of veteran rappers Loonie, D-Coy of Madd Poets and Krazykyle of Rapskallion. He even filed a case against D-Coy and Krazykyle in 2006 and demanded to pull out the copies of the album United Freestyle v.2 where the lyrics of songs "Right Now" (D-Coy) and "No Album Got Skills" (Krazykyle) contain the lines "Ang dapat sa'yo mag-disappear tulad ng showbiz na si Amir" and "I destroy emcess more than your eyes can see, don't battle me I'll make you look like Carlos Agassi" respectively.The case is however has been quietly settled. In response to criticisms, he together with award-winning rapper Gloc 9 and Mitchell Silonga released a single entitled "Alay Ko" in 2009, a song about Agassi's thoughts on destructive criticisms. His younger brothers Aaron and Michael also followed in his footsteps. Aaron, a recording artist whose debut album Right Next To Me under Universal Records released in 2006, is recently seen in Star Magic Presents Abt Ur Luv while Michael was last seen in the reality loveteam search Qpids. In 2007, Michael married actress Cherry Lou.