Adoni Maropis Poster


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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Adoni has been blessed with the opportunity to play many diverse and memorable acting roles, such as: the lead villain, Fayed, in Season 6 of the Fox critically acclaimed hit series 24 (2001) with Kiefer Sutherland, the flamboyant evil sorcerer, Quan Chi, in the TV show Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1998), the regal falcon-man, Sakr, in the feature film Hidalgo (2004) with Viggo Mortensen, and the sarcastic undercover cop in the feature film The Gristle (2001). Adoni, also, had strong supporting roles in the features: The Scorpion King (2002), Bad Company (2002), and Troy (2004)... along with many other movies as well as Guest Starring and recurring roles on TV.

Being an exceptional all-around athlete at Burgettstown High School, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it appeared Adoni would pursue a professional career in some sport. Turning down various athletic scholarships, he enrolled at Robert Morris College then transferred to West Virginia University (WVU) and graduated magna cum laude with a BSBA degree (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration).

But, from years of being entertained by Adoni's impromptu comedic performances and impersonations which began when he was a small child, his father, Petro, told him that the suit and tie of the business world would probably choke him to death and encouraged Adoni to give acting a shot. Surprised, yet intrigued at this suggestion, Adoni enrolled at a performing arts school, Point Park College (now a University), in Pittsburgh and studied acting, dialects, singing, and a bit of dance... and performed many stage productions at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Adoni then, of course, took off for Hollywood.

Throughout high school and college, Adoni won numerous athletic awards which involved everything from strength, speed, quickness, and finesse. The list includes: tennis, basketball, baseball, football, weightlifting, arm-wrestling, fitness, and his favorite pastime which is table tennis (ping pong).

Strange as it may seem, Adoni became the 2011 National Champion and 2013 US OPEN Champion in Hardbat Table Tennis... or what he prefers to call "Ping Pong" (no sponge allowed on racket-- "old school" style). He also is a U.S. Open Champion in Sandpaper Ping Pong-- both International and LIHA (Filipino style)-- and represented the United States at the World Championships of Ping Pong in England in 2013 and 2014. Adoni only started competing in tournaments in 2008 at the age of 45. He brought Ping Pong back into his life after 25 years because he felt he needed to bring some joy into his life after a few stale years in acting. He simply began hitting with a few friends for fun to relieve the stresses of life. This was, of course, two weeks before Adoni landed the incredible role of Fayed on 24.

Although, Adoni has been blessed with creative and athletic talent, what truly makes Adoni stand out is that he is a Type 1 Diabetic and has been since he was 18 months old. His parents were told he would be weak, sick, and in and out of hospitals throughout his life. Ultimately, a renowned diabetic specialist told his father that most likely Adoni would be dead by the age of 25. Of course, Adoni has long past the age of 25, and he credits 3 things for his success in life: Love, Laughter, and Fitness! Adoni has been on an incredible journey that continues on. In Adoni's own words, "Upward... Onward..."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ana B. (anab@roxalot.us)

Trivia (6)

Back in the mid-1980's Adoni over 2 years became Armwrestling Champ winning in Light Middleweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight divisions although he was actually a Lightmiddleweight at 172 lbs.
Adoni became a World Champion in Sandpaper Ping Pong in February of 2011 when he captained Team World over Team Asia at the World Championships of Ping Pong in Las Vegas.
Adoni became the 2011 U.S. National Champion in Hardbat Ping Pong. Adoni also won the 2011 Over 40 Hardbat National Championship and was a finalist in the Sandpaper event.
Became 2012 US Open Liha (Sandpaper) Ping Pong Champion.
In July 2013 Adoni became quadruple crown champion at the US Open Table Tennis (Ping Pong) Championships, winning the Hardbat Open, Over 40 Hardbat, Sandpaper Open, and Liha Open (Philippine style sandpaper). He also took 2nd in Hardbat Doubles with legend, Patty Martinez.
Was awarded Best Supporting Actor for the movie, Lazarus Rising, at the 2016 Nova Fest. Also was honored with the first Nova Fest Maverick Award in 2016.

Personal Quotes (1)

He Who Laughs.... Lasts!!!!

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