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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 14, 2020


Jonjon Briones as The Engineer in MISS SAIGON


JONJON BRIONES was part of the original West End production of “Miss Saigon” in 1989 playing various roles as part of the ensemble. When the show was revived in 2014, he finally got the chance to play the lead role of The Engineer, for which he got nominated in the Laurence Olivier Awards.

He later played the same role on Broadway. Since he started his career in musical theatre, he has managed to get major roles on films like “Anyone Home?” and on TV in Hollywood.

We’ve seen him in two productions by top producer Ryan Murphy, “American Horror Story” (where he played the role of Ariel in 3 episodes) and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (as Modesto, the father of killer Andrew Cunanan in two episodes.) He really did an outstanding job in these two shows.

Aside from this, he also played the role of a Prime Minister in the hit action-drama series, “Designated Survivor”, starring Kiefer Sutherland. The other shows he also acted in are “The Mentalist”, “Bones”, “Las Vegas”, “Law & Order: LA” and “Criminal Minds”.

He’s now appearing in a new series again produced by Ryan Murphy, “Ratched”, meant for Netflix. This is based on the character of Nurse Mildred Ratched played by Louise Fletcher (for which she won an Oscar best actress award) in the award-winning 1975 film, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

Nurse Ratched, the domineering nurse in a mental asylum, will be played by Sarah Paulson, who won the Emmy and Golden Globe best actress awards for a mini-series for her role as the feisty prosecuting attorney in hit courtoom drama, “The People V. OJ Simpson”.

Jonjon is happy to be part of the show’s big cast and you can say that he’s now a regular member of Ryan Murphy’s stable of stars, which includes Darren Criss, the Fil-Am actor who played his son, Andrew Cunanan.

He will be playing the role of a doctor in the mental hospital where the story is set. We heard that Jonjon’s role here is much bigger than any other TV roles he has played before.

Jonjon is married to an Irish-Swedish actress named Megan Johnson and he now has a 21-year old daughter, Isabella or Isa, who’s also into acting like him. She was born in London in 1999 when Jonjon was still doing various roles as part of the ensemble of the original production of “Miss Saigon”.

She has done theater work in musicals like “Hamilton” and “Next to Normal”.
She’s now a mainstay in the new “Star Trek” TV series. We’re proud of this father and daughter team with Filipino roots now making a name for themselves in Hollywood. It would be nice to see them working together in one project in the future.