Héctor Elizondo

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Héctor Elizondo
Héctor Elizondo 2012.jpg
Elizondo on the set of Last Man Standing in 2012
Born(1936-12-22) December 22, 1936 (age 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceSherman Oaks, California
Other namesHector Elizondo
EducationHigh School of Performing Arts
Alma materCity College of New York
Years active1963–present
Home townNew York City, New York
Spouse(s)Carolee Campbell (m. 1969)
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Héctor Elizondo
Héctor Elizondo 2012.jpg
Elizondo on the set of Last Man Standing in 2012
Born(1936-12-22) December 22, 1936 (age 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceSherman Oaks, California
Other namesHector Elizondo
EducationHigh School of Performing Arts
Alma materCity College of New York
Years active1963–present
Home townNew York City, New York
Spouse(s)Carolee Campbell (m. 1969)

Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is an American actor. Elizondo's first major role was that of God in the 1970 Off-Broadway play Steambath, for which he won an Obie Award. Since then Elizondo has participated in over eighty films and has made numerous television appearances, including his Emmy Award-winning role on the series Chicago Hope and his most recent main role on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing.

Early years[edit]

Elizondo was born in New York City, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes and Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant.[1][2] His father was of Basque ancestry and his mother was Puerto Rican; his parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York City, with the hope of finding a better way of life.[3]

At a young age, Elizondo demonstrated a talent in sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was 10 years old. Upon graduating from Jr. High School in 1950, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts. He also attended another public high school where he excelled in basketball and baseball. His baseball skills were good enough for him to be scouted by both the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.[4]

In 1954, Elizondo enrolled in City College of New York, intending to become a history teacher. However, during his freshman year he became a father and dropped out of college, going to work full-time in order to support his family. Later, he divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd.[4]


From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall. In 1965 he landed a part in the Off-Broadway show Kill the One-Eyed Man;[5] in 1968, he got a part in The Great White Hope.[6] His first major success came when he played "God" in guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in the play Steambath. Elizondo won an Obie award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend or sympathizer to the lead character. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.[7] In 1974, Elizondo played against type as ex-mafioso-turned-subway hijacker "Mr. Grey" in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Elizondo starred as a Puerto Rican widower on the CBS television series, Popi, which aired during the 1975-1976 television season.[8] The short-lived series, which ran for eleven episodes, was one of the first American network television series to feature a Latino theme and cast.[8] He was a member of the cast of the 1985-1986 CBS situation comedy Foley Square.

In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall; Marshall was impressed with his talent and it was to become a lifelong friendship, which would bring benefits for both. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. In some of the movies in which Elizondo appeared, he went uncredited and he would not have minded staying that way for the movie Pretty Woman; however, it was Marshall who insisted on crediting him. His role in Pretty Woman only lasted 10 minutes, but it led to his receiving a Golden Globe nomination. In 1999, he co-starred in Runaway Bride as Fisher, the husband of the male protagonist's ex. Elizondo has participated in over 80 movies and 17 of them have been Marshall's.[7] In fact, Elizondo has appeared in every movie that Marshall has directed. Elizondo also had a brief appearance as a fisherman in the movie Overboard which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Elizondo at the premiere for Earth in 2009

In 2001, he was featured in the short-lived television drama Kate Brasher and portrayed security head Joe in the movie The Princess Diaries, a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

He is probably best known to the television audience as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope created by well known television creator David E. Kelley. He has won both an Emmy and ALMA award and was nominated for a Satellite Award and several SAG Awards for playing this role. He is one of only two people to remain on the show for its entire run, the other being Adam Arkin.

On April 30, 2008, it was announced by USA Network that Elizondo would be cast on Monk as Dr. Neven Bell,[9] Adrian Monk's new psychiatrist.[10] Elizondo was brought in to fill the void left by the sudden death of Stanley Kamel, who played Monk's previous psychiatrist Dr. Charles Kroger, on April 8, 2008 of a heart attack.

In 2011, Elizondo became a main cast member on the new ABC comedy Last Man Standing, which stars Tim Allen.

Personal life[edit]

Elizondo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage. Since 1969 he has been married to Carolee Campbell, an Emmy Award winning actress, photographer and publisher. They live in Sherman Oaks, California.[4]

In April 2013, Elizondo participated in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held at the University of Southern California, promoting children's reading.[11][12]

Elizondo is proud of his Latino heritage and refuses to accept roles that are stereotypical and/or demeaning in any way.[13]



1963Fat Black Pussycat, TheThe Fat Black Pussycat
1969Vixens, TheThe VixensInspector
1970Landlord, TheThe LandlordHector
1971Valdez Is ComingMexican Rider
1971Born to WinVivian
1972Deadhead MilesBad Character
1972Pocket MoneyJuan
1972Stand Up and Be CountedLou Kellerman
1974Taking of Pelham One Two Three, TheThe Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeMr. Grey
1975Report to the CommissionerCaptain D'Angelo
1976Diary of the DeadStan
1977ThievesMan Below
1979CubaCapt. Raphael Ramirez
1980American GigoloDet. Sunday
1981Fan, TheThe FanPolice Insp. Raphael Andrews
1982Young Doctors in LoveAngelo/Angela Bonafetti
1984Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo KidArthur Willis
1985Private ResortThe Maestro
1986Nothing in CommonCharlie Gargas
1987OverboardGarbage Scow SkipperUncredited
1988AstronomyShort film
1989LeviathanG.P. Cobb
1990Pretty WomanBarnard Thompson
1990Taking Care of BusinessWarden Toolman
1991Final ApproachDr. Dio Gottlieb
1991Necessary RoughnessCoach Ed Gennero
1991Frankie and JohnnyNick
1992There Goes the NeighborhoodNorman Rutledge
1993Being HumanDom Paulo
1994Backstreet JusticeSteve Donovan
1994Beverly Hills Cop IIIJon Flint
1994Getting Even with DadLt. Romayko
1994Exit to EdenDr. Martin Helifax
1995Perfect AlibiDet. Ryker
1996Dear GodVladek Vidov
1997TurbulenceLt. Aldo Hines
1999Other Sister, TheThe Other SisterErnie
1999EntropyThe Chairman
1999Runaway BrideFisher
2001Tortilla SoupMartin Naranjo
2001Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess DiariesJoe
2001How HighBill the Crew Coach
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBane (voice)Direct-to-video release
2004Raising HelenMickey MasseyUncredited
2004Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementJoe
2006I-See-You.ComGreg Rishwain
2006Celestine Prophecy, TheThe Celestine ProphecyCardinal Sebastian
2007Music WithinBen Padrow
2007Georgia RuleIzzy
2007Love in the Time of CholeraDon Leo
2010Valentine's DayEdgar
2010New York Street Gamesself/narratorDocumentary
2011New Year's EveKominsky
2014The Book of LifeCarlos Sanchez (voice)


1967Edge of Night, TheThe Edge of NightDimitriUnknown episodes
1968Doctors, TheThe Doctorswaiterwas in 2 episodes
1969Jackie Gleason Show, TheThe Jackie Gleason ShowEpisode: "The Honeymooners: Mexican Hat Trick"
1971Impatient Heart, TheThe Impatient HeartMr. HernandezTelevision film
1972All in the FamilyCarlos MendozaEpisode: "The Elevator Story
1973, 1976KojakDet. Nick Ferro
Carl Dettrow
Episode: "Web of Death"
Episode: "A Need to Know"
1974MaudeCopEpisode: "Speed Trap"
1975BarettaJerry DamonEpisode: "The Fire Man"
1975Columbo: A Case of ImmunityHassan SalahTelevision film
1975, 1978Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford FilesJohn Micelli
Frank Falcone
Episode: "Say Goodbye to Jennifer"
Episode: "A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights"
1976PopiAbraham Rodriguez11 episodes
1976Wanted: The Sundance WomanPancho VillaTelevision film
1978Dain Curse, TheThe Dain CurseBen FeeneyTelevision film
1978Eddie Capra Mysteries, TheThe Eddie Capra MysteriesEpisode: "Dying Declaration"
1980Freebie and the BeanDet. Sgt. Dan 'Bean' Delgado7 episodes
1982Medal of Honor RagTelevision film
1982Bret MaverickMr. GomezEpisode: "The Hidalgo Thing"
1982HoneyboyEmilio RamirezTelevision film
1983Feel the HeatMonkey MorenoUnknown episodes
1983CasablancaCapt. Louis Renault5 episodes
1983Woman of San QuentinCapt. Mike ReyesTelevision film
1984a.k.a. PabloJose Sanchez/Shapiro6 episodes
1984Hill Street BluesInsp. Joe KeenanEpisode: "Ewe and Me, Babe"
1985Murder: My Reason of InsanityBen HaggartyTelevision film
1985Out of the DarknessFather GeorgeTelevision film
1985–1986Foley SquareJesse Steinberg14 episodes
1986CourageNick MiraldoTelevision film
1986Amazing StoriesMeadowsEpisode: "Life on Death Row"
1986MatlockDet. Joe PetersEpisode: "The Cop"
1987Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica JacksonMorris KingTelevision film
1987Night HeatEpisode: "The Kid"
1987Down and Out in Beverly HillsDave Whiteman13 episodes
1988Addicted to His LoveDet. CurriganTelevision film
1989Kojak: ArianaEdson SaundersTelevision film
1989Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerRay QuinteroEpisode: "Past Imperfect"
1989Your Mother Wears Combat BootsSergeant BurkeTelevision film
1990Sparks: The Price of PassionVic RamosTelevision film
1990Dark AvengerCapt. David StraussTelevision pilot
1990Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty FilesHasan DemirTelevision film
1991Chains of GoldLt. OrtegaTelevision film
1991Finding the Way HomeRubenTelevision film
1991–93Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark WaterIozSeason 1 only
1992Burden of Proof, TheThe Burden of ProofAlejandro 'Sandy' SternMiniseries
1992Fish PoliceDon CalamariEpisode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"
1992Mrs. CageLt. AngelTelevision film
1993Jonny's Golden QuestAtacamaTelevision film
1993Tales from the CryptLeo BurnEpisode: "As Ye Sow"
1993AnimaniacsStradivarius (voice)Segment: "The Cat and the Fiddle"
1994Picket FencesDr. Phillip WattersEpisode: "Rebels with Causes"
1994–95AladdinMalcho (voice)Episodes: "Rain of Terror" & "The Return of Malcho"
1994–2000Chicago HopeDr. Phillip Watters141 episodes
1995Batman: The Animated SeriesSheldon Fallbrook (voice)Episode: "The Terrible Trio"
1995Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber InsectsAttacamaTelevision film
1996GargoylesZafiro (voice)Episode: "The Green"
1997Borrowed HeartsJavier Del CampoTelevision film
1998Mikhail Baryshnikov 's Stories from My ChildhoodVoiceEpisode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"
1998Early EditionDr. Phillip WattersEpisode: "Mum's the Word"
1998Safe HouseDr. SimonTelevision film
2001Kate BrasherJoe Almeida6 episodes
2001–04American ExperienceNarratorEpisodes: "Zoot Suit Riots" & "Remember the Alamo"
2002FidelEddie ChibasMiniseries
2002West Wing, TheThe West WingDr. Dalton MillgateEpisode: "Dead Irish Writers"
2002Street TimeFariz HammoudEpisodes: "No Excuses", "Betrayal" & "Reversal of Fortune"
2002What's New, Scooby-Doo?Dr. GuitirrezEpisode: "3-D Struction"
2003Dating Experiment, TheThe Dating ExperimentNarratorUnknown episodes
2003Without a TraceFather Henry StevensEpisode: "Revelations"
2003MiraclesFather 'Poppi' Calero4 episodes
2004Century CityMartin Constable9 episodes
2004Jack & BobbyGerald CruzEpisode: "Chess Lessons"
2004–06Justice LeagueLt. Kragger (voice)Episodes: "Starcrossed (1-3)", "Hunter's Moon" & "Ancient History"
2006Avatar: The Last AirbenderWan Shi Tong (voice)Episode: "The Library"
200610 Days That Unexpectedly Changed AmericaNarratorEpisodes: 10
2007CanePancho Duque13 episodes
2007–13Grey's AnatomyCarlos Torres5 episodes
2008–09MonkDr. Neven Bell14 episodes
2011American Dad!Himself (voice)Episode: "Fartbreak Hotel"
2011–presentLast Man StandingEd AlzateMain character
2013The Legend of KorraWan Shi Tong (voice)Episode: "A New Spiritual Age'"

Awards and nominations[edit]

OBIE Award

Hector Elizondo ALMA Awards

Emmy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Imagen Foundation Awards

NCLR Bravo Awards

Satellite Awards

SAG Awards

Temecula Valley International Film Festival

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wagner, Debbie (2008-08-07). "Mr. Elizondo and the obsessive-compulsive detective". Popentertainment.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  2. ^ Laezman, Rick (2002-04-01). "Anger ain't the way to go". Latino Leaders. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Style Live: Movies & Videos". Washington Post. July 30, 1999. 
  4. ^ a b c Elizondo at a Fortune City page
  5. ^ Kill the One-Eyed Man at the Internet off-Broadway Database
  6. ^ The Great White Hope at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ a b Hector Elizondo at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ a b "Actress Edith Diaz dies at 70; Credits include 'Sister Act' films and CBS' 'Popi' sitcom". Hollywood Reporter. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-03-18. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ Keller, Richard (2008-07-08). "Tony Shalhoub and Hector Elizondo talk about season seven of Monk – TV Squad". Tvsquad.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Monk TV Series News -Emmy Award-Winner Hector Elizondo To Appear In Monk" (Press release). USA Network. 2008-04-30. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  11. ^ Carrion, Andrea (2013-04-19). "Héctor Elizondo, un apasionado de la lectura". Hoy Los Angeles (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Authors and Performers". LA Times Festival of Books. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/movies/features/elizondo073099.htm

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