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Tyron Perez - Biography

Tyron, who died Dec. 29, 2011, is another tragic show business figure.

Tyron Perez may have dreamed of heading the news line. Throughout his career, he never received much press coverage more than he did on his grim death December 29, 2011. Yesterday, Jan. 5, he was finally laid to rest, with the thought that the promising actor must have finally achieved eternal peace.

Early Life

Born Sept. 14, 1985 in Concepcion, Tarlac, Tyron was born Jojo Perez to a family that subsists in farming. He grew up a farmer's son and spent his childhood in the fields with his six siblings. At the start of his career, Tyron would recall that he and his father rose with the sun.

In one of the stories wrote about him, There, on top of the carabao, he dreams to be in showbiz. He imagined himself acting with Kris Aquino, his crush and idol. Until he was in high school (at the Benigno Aquino National High School), he and his dad would milk their carabaos early mornings and sell the milk. Sometimes, they would sleep in the middle of the rice fields when we had to water the seedlings (nagpapatubig ng palay)."

Showbiz Career

Tyron was initially enrolled at the Bulacan State University, where he was a freshman in his Fine Arts studies before he quit to join show business. Before joining GMA-7's reality star search, Starstruck, Perez was a mainstay in German Moreno's late-night show, Master Showman Presents Walang Tulugan, where he was a member of MSP Teenstars, a teen group with a regular weekly performance.

In 2003, he joined the pilot season of Starstruck, an all-talent competition where the winners were given showbiz breakthrough. Aside from Perez, other contenders who are now popular celebrities include Cristine Reyes, Jennelyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and Katrina Halili.

Perez was eliminated on the sixth of the competition, but under the management of Douglas Quijano, he was given several television projects by GMA-7. He was cast mostly in supporting roles on several television series, including Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang (2006) and Lupin (2007).

Meanwhile, he made three films throughout his career, although independent movies, where he was cast in bold and daring roles. They were Malikmata (2003), Twilight Dancers (2006), his most controversial, and Pipo (2009).

On the death of Quijano, Perez's already stand-still career dipped until he transferred to ABS-CBN in 2010, where he emerged as one of the promising actors of the station. With the help of director Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, Perez signed with the station's talent arm, Star Magic.

His first assignment as a Kapamilya was to portray the role of Gary, Glydel Mercado's spoiled son in Elena Patron's Momay (2010). He was later cast in Imortal (2010) and Mula sa Puso (2011), and became a regular performer in the long-running anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya.


Perez was found dead inside his car in Valenzuela City, on Dec. 29, 2011 and investigations revealed that he committed suicide. His remains were buried at Jaica Cemetery in Concepcion, Tarlac on Jan. 5, 2012. Tyron was married to Liv Espino,a flight attendant.  


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