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Ernesto Cloma "Jon Jon" Briones, Jr. is a Filipino-American actor best known for his role as The Engineer in the dramatic musical Miss Saigon.

Biography[]

Briones was born on August 7, 1965, in Quezon City, Philippines. The names of Briones' parents are not known, as is where he went to school and why he wanted to become an actor. What is known is that Briones got his first on-screen role in 2003, when he was first cast as Cosme Caliyag, one half of a Filipino couple that went to Vegas to see Wayne Newton perform, for one of two episodes of the dramatic crime series Las Vegas. Gray got his first major recurring role in 2014, when he was first cast as Tran Van Dinh, the owner of a bar called Dreamland who goes by the moniker "The Engineer", for multiple productions of the dramatic musical Miss Saigon. Gray has also appeared in TV shows and movies such as Bones, Blood Ransom, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, Just an American, Monk, Proud American, Moonlight, Brown Soup Thing, All Rise, American Horror Story, Anyone Home?, Law & Order: LA, Miami Medical, Southland, The Mentalist, Designated Survivor, American Crime Story, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

On Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders[]

Briones portrayed Lama Vajra, a monk that worked at a monastery close to a yoga retreat, in the Season Two episode "Abominable".

Filmography[]

  • Ratched - 3 episodes (2020) - Doctor Richard Hanover
  • The Patients (2020) - Doctor Ramos
  • All Rise (2019) - Daniel Mendoza
  • Better Things (2019) - Jon Jon Briones
  • American Horror Story - 3 episodes (2018) - Ariel Augustus
  • Anyone Home? (2018) - Mr. Fan
  • Designated Survivor (2018) - Prime Minster Pulu
  • American Crime Story - 2 episodes (2018) - Modesto Cunanan
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - "Abominable" (2017) TV episode - Lama Vajra
  • Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary (2016) - The Engineer
  • Blood Ransom (2014) - Father Mena
  • Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014) - Asian Genie
  • Bones (2014) - Adrian Lingao
  • The Mentalist (2013) - Mr. Lam
  • Just an American (2012) - Mr. Trang
  • Nico's Sampaguita (2012) - Raul
  • Jolly B. Fierce (2012) - Edward Biagan
  • Southland (2011) - Rama
  • Breathe (2010) - Rhadamanths
  • Law & Order: LA (2010) - Brant Ross
  • Miami Medical (2010) - Technician
  • Monk (2009) - First Mercenary
  • Brown Soup Thing (2008) - Uncle Jon Jon
  • An Immigrant Girl's Journey (2008) - Paulo Alcedo
  • Proud American (2008) - Dawn's Father
  • Sons of Anarchy (2008) - Asian Elvis
  • Potluck (2007) - Unknown Character
  • Moonlight (2007) - Party Goer
  • Las Vegas - 2 episodes (2003-2004) - Cosme Caliyag

External Links[]

For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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