Who is Conrad Ricamora?
Conrad Ricamora is an American stage, TV, and film actor, and singer, best known for essaying an HIV positive gay man, ‘Oliver Hampton,’ on the hit ‘ABC’ TV series ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’ Born in California, he spent his childhood at various air force bases, as his father worked for the ‘US Air Force.’ He earned a ‘BA in psychology’ from ‘Queen’s University,’ Charlotte, and an ‘MFA in Acting’ from ‘University of Tennessee.’ Though he started his acting career with a movie, for the major part of his career he performed on the stage and received recognition through his appearance on a TV series. Ricamora has received award and nomination for his work in the off-Broadway musical ‘Here Lies Love,’ while his other theater appearances include, ‘The King and I,’ ‘Soft Power,’ ‘Taming of the Shrew,’ among others. His performance as a gay person in the ABC’s legal series ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ brought him appreciation. In real life, too, he is openly gay and was awarded ‘The Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award.’ He wishes to record his own album someday. Ricamora presently resides in West Hollywood, and reportedly, he is dating Joshua Cockream.
Childhood & Early Life
Conrad Wayne Ricamora was born on February 17, 1979, in Santa Maria, California, to Ron Ricamora, who worked for the ‘US Air Force,’ and Debbie Bolender, who was a social worker. He has an elder brother, who is named Ron Ricamora after their father. His parents divorced when he was 7 months old. [He explains that, in Spanish ‘Ricamora’ means ‘delicious blackberry’].
During the 80s and 90s, he grew up on various Air Force bases at Florida, Iceland, California and Colorado. In those surroundings, Ricamora was an out of place, gay Asian boy and thus he turned towards sports, and played competitive tennis.
As his mother left the family when Ricamora was an infant and his brother was 2; their father brought them up till he was 7, later he remarried. His father was a Filipino immigrant, while mother was from colonial New Hampshire with an Irish – German ancestry. So Ricamora is of mixed Filipino – Irish – German ethnicity.
Though during his childhood itself his father had a suspicion that Ricamora was gay, he didn’t react and got the things his young son wanted, for example, a Barbie doll or Wonder Woman pajamas. As a child, he enjoyed singing and dancing, however he had no inclination towards acting at that stage. Only later, he enrolled for an acting class during his junior college years.
Ricamora joined ‘Queen’s University’ Charlotte, North Carolina and in 2001, got a ‘BA in psychology.’ In 2012, he completed ‘MFA in Acting’ from the ‘University of Tennessee,’ Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Ricamora started acting at the age of 22. His debut appearance was in a short role in the film ‘Nightmare at the Fear Factory’ . However, his portrayal of a ‘DMV Officer’ in the film ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’  is generally considered as his first acting assignment. Here he worked with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Later, in 2017 he appeared as ‘Jack’ in the movie ‘The Light of the Moon.’
In 2013, Ricamora appeared in the role of ‘Ninoy Aquino’ in the off-Broadway musical ‘Here Lies Love.’ His performance earned him the ‘Theater World Award’ and also, a nomination for ‘Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.’ In 2017, he once again worked in ‘Here Lies Love’ for the ‘Seattle Repertory Theater.’
In the regional theater, he performed in several plays including ‘Allegiance’ at the ‘Old Globe’; ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the ‘Utah Shakespeare Festival’; ‘FuddyMears’ at the ‘Clarence Brown Theater’; ‘Woyzek’; ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at the ‘North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’ among others.
Ricamora made his ‘Broadway’ debut in 2015 in the role of ‘Lun Tha’ in the ‘Lincoln Center Theater’s’ Tony-winning revival of ‘The King and I,’ which was directed by Bartlett Sher. The recording of this musical fetched a ‘Grammy’ nomination for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ in 2016. Ricamora was also a part of this album.
Ricamora appeared as ‘Xua Xing’ in David Henry Hwang’s play ‘Soft Power,’ a provocative political musical that opened in May 2018 at the ‘Ahmanson Theater’ in Los Angeles.
In 2014, Ricamora joined the cast of ABC’s popular legal series ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ as an HIV positive gay young man, ‘Oliver Hampton.’ For the first two seasons, his was a recurring role; however, from season three he was made a series regular. This role made him a well-recognized name. He also appeared in the series ‘Mental’ in 2017.
Ricamora has written and acted in the short film, ‘Raising Christopher.’ According to him, the story is based on his father and him; and he plans to make a full length indie film on the same subject.
Family & Personal Life
Ricamora is openly gay, and is supporter of gay rights. In 2018, he attended ‘49th Anniversary Vanguard Awards’ in the ‘Los Angeles LGBT Center.’ He encourages others to be open about their sexuality and has earned ‘The Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award.’
Ricamora prefers to remain private about his personal relationships. Reportedly, the actor is in a relationship with Joshua Cockream, a business analyst with the ‘Deloitte Consulting LLP.’ Allegedly, the two started dating in the fall of 2017.