Junix Inocian

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Rufino Duran Inocian, Jr., popularly known as Junix Inocian (17 March 1951-13 June 2015) is a Filipino international theater, television, and movie actor who starred in various plays such as Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, and the movie version of the Swedish crime novel Tatuerad Torso. He is widely regarded as one of the country’s best thespians.


Early life and education

Junix was born in Iligan City on 17 March 1951. He graduated from Silliman University in Dumaguete City where he obtained a degree in Theater Arts. He proceeded to take further studies at the University of Michigan where he obtained a degree in Acting in 1978. He trained with Mary Hutchinson, an acting coach from Syracuse University, New York and with Paul Palmore, an acting coach from the University of Michigan.

Subsequent to his studies in the U.S., Junix joined Repertory Philippines where he starred in at least sixty productions. He played the lead roles in “Man of La Mancha,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Sweeney Todd,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”


Career

Inocian was among the original batch of Filipino actors who went to London after extensive Manila auditions to perform in Cameron Mackintosh's Miss Saigon, with Lea Salonga and Monique Wilson. He started as a member of the chorus and eventually worked his way up to the part of The Engineer. He performed the said role from 1992 to 1994.

He settled in London because offers kept coming. He appeared in a number of other notable productions like the role of Old Deuteronomy in Cats which he performed at the New London Theatre.

He also played the part of Kuya Mario in the hit children's educational TV series Batibot. He also appeared on GMA sitcom Sitak ni Jack and in A Dangerous Life where he portrayed Evelio Javier, a Filipino lawyer, civil servant, politician, and opposition leader during the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

Inocian returned to the Philippines in 2012 to join the cast of Repertory Philippines' Jekyll and Hyde as well as to reconnect with his family and grandchildren.

One of his last film appearances was in Mortdecai which was released in January 2015.


Stage appearances

His stage appearances include:

  • Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey 2
  • Mass Appeal as Father Tim Farley
  • Man of La Mancha as Sancho
  • The Government Inspector as the Mayor
  • The Pirates of Penzance as Major-General Stanley
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum as Pseudolus
  • Fiddler On The Roof as Tevye
  • Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street as Sweeney Todd
  • Children of a Lesser God as James Leeds


Filmography

  • Next Time (Short, 2015)
  • Emperor (Filming, 2015)
  • The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows (Post-production, 2015)
  • Mortdecai (2015)
  • One Child (TV Mini-series, 2014)
  • Wizards vs. Aliens (TV Series, 2014)
  • House of Anubis (TV Series, 2013)
  • Leona Calderon (Video, 2013)
  • Special Cause (Short, 2013)
  • Total War: Shogun 2-Fall of the Samurai (Video game, voice, 2012)
  • Sinbad (TV series, post-production, 2012)
  • Leona Calderon (2012)
  • Total War: Shogun 2- Fall of the Samurai (Video game, voice, 2012)
  • Total War: Shogun 2 (Video game, voice, 2011)
  • National Theatre Live (TV series, 2010)
  • The Big I am (2010)
  • Just Cause 2 (Video game, voice, 2010)
  • Spirit Warriors (TV series, 2010)
  • Cursed Mountain (Video game, voice, 2009)
  • Heartbeat (TV series, 2009)
  • Inspector Lewis (TV series, 2009)
  • Cheri (2009)
  • Detective Inspector Irenes Huss: The Torso (2007)
  • Little Britain (TV series, 2006)
  • Respectable (TV series, 2006)
  • Ella at Five (2006)
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (TV series, 2004)
  • Warp Vision: The Videos 1989-2004 (Video, 2004)
  • The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (Video, 2003)
  • The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)
  • Doctors (TV series, 2002)
  • Dinotopia (TV mini-series, 2001)
  • Casualty (TV series, 2001)
  • Formula 51 (2001)
  • The Last Minute (2001)
  • Faust (2000)
  • Arabian Nights (TV movie, 2000)
  • Maybe Baby (2000)
  • Legacy (1998)
  • My Guardian Debil (1998)
  • Silk 2 (1989)
  • A Dangerous Life (TV mini-series, 1988)
  • Silk (1986)
  • Invaders of the Lost Gold (1982)
  • Aliw (1979)


Death

Inocian passed away on 13 June 2015 in the United Kingdom, where he was based since the 1990s, at the age of 64. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. His body was found in his flat lifeless after he failed to show up for a film shoot. The suspected cause is cardiac arrest. Authorities are still investigating the cause of his death. His wife Luna Inocian confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

He is survived by his first wife Luna and their three children – June Rose, Jon Christian, and Jon Michale; his second wife Annie and their son Yñaqui; and his three grandchildren – Joaquin Matthias, Lucein Marcus, and Elianna Julienne.

His body will be cremated and interred with his wife Annie in London. A memorial service will be held in Manila.



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