Jon Seda

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Jon Seda
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Seda at the HBO premier of The Pacific
BornJonathan Seda
(1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 43)
New York, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present
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Jon Seda
Jon Seda 2010 (cropped).jpg
Seda at the HBO premier of The Pacific
BornJonathan Seda
(1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 43)
New York, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present

Jonathan "Jon" Seda (born October 14, 1970) is an American actor, possibly best known for his role as Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street.

Seda was an amateur boxer who, in 1992, auditioned for and was given a role in the boxing film Gladiator. He portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena and became widely known to both the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities. He has made numerous television appearances, and appeared as legendary Marine John Basilone in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific. Seda currently stars in the NBC series, Chicago PD.[1]

Early life[edit]

Seda's parents moved from Puerto Rico to Manhattan, where he was born. Shortly after his birth, they moved to a neighborhood in Clifton, New Jersey, where he received his primary and secondary education. After graduating from high school, Seda began to work out in a gym, after two friends convinced him that he should take up boxing. He boxed in several gyms in New Jersey and soon was a runner up in the New Jersey Golden Gloves competition. As an amateur boxer, Seda had a record of 21 wins and one loss.[citation needed]


Seda's film debut was in 1992, in the boxing film Gladiator in which he played the role of "Romano", a Cuban boxer. He has since worked in various films and TV series. In 1995, Seda was nominated Best Male Lead at the Spirit Awards for his role the 1994 movie I Like It Like That opposite Rita Moreno and Lauren Vélez. In 1996, he was nominated Best Actor for his role as "Blue" in the film The Sunchaser opposite actor Woody Harrelson at the Cannes Film Festival.[citation needed]

Seda became widely known to the Hispanic film audience when he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena, a 1997 film based on the true story of the Tejano singer, Selena, who was murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda portrayed her husband. Also in 1997, Seda landed the role of Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street. The writers took advantage of his boxing background, writing a shirtless practice bout into an episode which established his character's attractiveness to fellow detective Laura Ballard. He also boxed opposite Jimmy Smits in the 2000 film Price of Glory.[2]

His first leading role on the large screen was as the protagonist in 2002's King Rikki, a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Richard III in East L.A..[2][3] Seda has appeared in more than two dozen movies, including Bad Boys II (2003) as "Roberto" as well as numerous television appearances. Aside from Homicide, he has had notable roles as Dino Ortolani in Oz, Matty Caffey in Third Watch, Paul Falsone in a Homicide crossover with Law & Order, House, The Closer, and CSI: Miami. He is featured as one of the three leads in the HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific released on March 14, 2010, playing the part of Marine John Basilone.[1] Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice.[4] In 2007, Seda also made a cameo in Ludacris' song Runaway Love, as an abusive alcoholic stepfather.

Seda appeared in the second season of Treme as Nelson Hidalgo, a politically connected land developer from Dallas who helps out with the relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. He appeared in the 2011 film Larry Crowne, which starred, and was co-written and directed by, Tom Hanks. Hanks served as an executive producer on The Pacific, in which Seda starred.[5]



2012Bullet to the HeadLouis Blanchard
2011Larry CrowneOfficer Diamond
2007One Long NightRichard
2003Bad Boys IIRoberto
2002UndisputedJesus 'Chuy' Campos
King RikkiRikki Ortega
2001Double BangSally 'Fish' Pescatore
Love the Hard WayCharlie
2000Price of GlorySonny Ortega
Little PiecesKyle
1997The Price Of KissingBilly
SelenaChris Perez
1996Dead GodHandsome
SunchaserBrandon 'Blue' Monroe
Primal FearAlex
199512 MonkeysJose
Boys on the SidePete
1994I Like It Like ThatChino Linares
1993Carlito's WayDominican
New York CopMario


2014–presentChicago P.D.Antonio DawsonMain Character
2012–presentChicago FireAntonio Dawson14 Episodes
2011-2013TremeNelson Hidalgo25 Episodes
2010Hawaii Five-0Sergeant Cage1 Episode
The CloserDetective Frank Verico1 Episode
Burn NoticeCole1 Episode
The PacificSgt. John BasiloneMiniseries
Numb3rsLonnie Moses1 Episode
Legally MadJoe Matty
2009House M.D.Donny1 Episode
One Hot SummerAriel Silva
2008CSI: MiamiHector Salazar1 Episode
2006–2007Close to HomeRay Blackwell20 Episodes
2006Ghost WhispererJohn Gregory2 Episodes
2004–2005Kevin HillDamian 'Dame' Ruiz22 Episodes
2004The JuryVictor Torres1 Episode
Las VegasJunior Gomez1 Episode
2003HackNick Duarte1 Episode
OzDino Ortolani3 Episodes
2001–2002UC: UndercoverJake Shaw11 Episodes
2000Thin AirLuis DeLeon
Homicide: The MovieDet. Paul Falsone
Good Guys/Bad GuysUnknown
1999–2000Third WatchMatty Caffey7 Episodes
1997–1999Homicide: Life on the StreetDet. Paul Falsone46 Episodes
1997Law & OrderDet. Paul Falsone1 Episode
1996MistrialEddie Rios
1995Under FireUnknown
New York UndercoverBobby Lunas1 Episode
1994NYPD BlueSal Medina1 Episode

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mustac, Frank. "Veterans Day interview: Film actor Jon Seda humbly describes portraying Detective Antonio Dawson". 
  2. ^ a b Jon Seda Biography at StarPulse.Com
  3. ^ King Rikki at IMDB.
  4. ^ "Burn Notice Enlists Jon Seda for Guest Spot". 
  5. ^ "Larry Crowne (2011)". 

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