Kendrick Ong was born in Manila, Philippines, and emigrated with his family to Toronto at the age of five. As a child, he never aspired to become an actor. In fact, he wanted to become a paleontologist. His first taste of acting was at the age of seven when he played “Comet” in a school production about Santa Claus and his nine reindeer. Many years later, he would later join his high school production of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Travelling outside of his native Canada in the early part of the 21st century, Kendrick resurfaced in London (UK) after a year long stay in Beijing, China. His re-introduction to drama came as a result of training with a stage combat troupe within the English metropolis. He was fortunate enough to learn from some of the best fight directors in the world (Lloyd Caldwell and “Lord of the Rings” Fight Guru Tony Wolf), which pushed him to seek training in other areas of the dramatic arts.
Kendrick has appeared in a number of international TV commercials (Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Sharp TV) and films (“Psych: 9″, ”The Pagan Queen”). He was actively involved with the Bear Educational Theatre and the Prague Shakespeare Festival. He appeared as “Laertes” and “Rosencrantz” in the company’s performances of “Hamlet” in May and June 2009, and realized one of his lifelong dreams when he played the role of “Romeo” for the company’s 2010 production of ”Romeo and Juliet”.
A self-proclaimed “jack-of-all-trades, master of some”, Kendrick has been known to build websites, design brochures and business cards, cook fantastic meals, research both useful and useless trivia, build computer systems, and practice several different styles and systems of martial arts. If he’s not doing any of the aforementioned, then he’s learning new (and often unrelated) skills, such as guitar playing and falconry.