Laz Alonso

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Laz Alonso
CCHPounderLazAlonsoDec09.jpg
Alonso with Avatar co-star C. C. H. Pounder in December 2009
BornLazaro Alonso
(1974-03-25) March 25, 1974 (age 39)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materHoward University
Occupationactor
Years active2000–present
 
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Laz Alonso
CCHPounderLazAlonsoDec09.jpg
Alonso with Avatar co-star C. C. H. Pounder in December 2009
BornLazaro Alonso
(1974-03-25) March 25, 1974 (age 39)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materHoward University
Occupationactor
Years active2000–present

Lazaro "Laz" Alonso (born March 25, 1974) is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Tsu'tey in James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar and Fenix "Rise" Calderon in the film Fast & Furious. Alonso has had roles in other films such as Jarhead, This Christmas, and Miracle at St. Anna.

Career[edit]

Alonso began his career hositng shows on the BET network. Alonso appeared in music videos by Toni Braxton and Aaliyah.

Alonso has had supporting roles in films such as Stomp the Yard, Down for Life, Jarhead, G, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, This Christmas, and Miracle at St. Anna.

In 2009, he played Fenix "Rise" Calderon, one of the main antagonists in the film Fast & Furious, the fourth installment in The Fast and the Furious film series. Alonso had a major role as the Na'vi warrior, Tsu'tey, in James Cameron's science fiction adventure film Avatar.

Alonso also played one of the lead characters on the 2011 TV series Breakout Kings during its first season and the first episode of season two.

He has made television guest starring appearances on The Unit, Bones, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Practice and Eyes.

He was the lead in the 2012 NBC drama Deception.

Personal life[edit]

Alonso was born in Washington, D.C. He is of Afro-Cuban descent. He is an alumnus of Howard University.[1] After graduating from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing, he had a lucrative career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street before making his way into entertainment. He resides in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000A.M. @ BETHostTV series
2000Disappearing ActsMoving ManTV movie
200130 Years to LifeRichard
2001Down to EarthBET Announcer
2001NYLAHostTV series
2002Morning BreathMigeulitoShort film
2002GCraig Lewis
2002All Night BodegaAngel
2002ProvidenceEddieEpisode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
Episode: "Left-Overs"
2003Crime PartnersDavid Little
2003La cenicientaLazaroEpisode: "La Cenicienta"
2003Practice, TheThe PracticeDerek MillsEpisode: "The Heat of Passion"
Episode: "Rape Shield"
2003–2004One on OneManny3 episodes
2004Without a TraceDwayneEpisode: "The Line"
2004Soul FoodDerekEpisode: "Pagan Poetry"
2004NCISStaff Sergeant Steven WashingtonEpisode: "Split Decision"
2004CSI: MiamiDennis de Labeque / Deuce DeuceEpisode: "Pro Per"
2004Hittin' It!Chris B.
2005All Souls Day: Dia de los MuertosTyler
2005ConstantineMorgue Security Guard
2005Tenants, TheThe TenantsJacob 32
2005Flip the ScriptNelson
2005EntourageSnoop's AssistantEpisode: "The Abyss"
2005JarheadLCpl Ramon Escobar
2005BonesGeorge WarrenEpisode: "The Man in the Wall"
2005–2007EyesJames Cage4 episodes
2006One on OneTrentEpisode: "California Girl"
2006The Last StandWesley
2006Unit, TheThe UnitSgt. CarmichaelEpisode: "Natural Selection"
2007Stomp the YardZekeFilm
2007CaptivityDet. Ray Di Santos
2007Bunny WhippedKenny KentFilm
2007ManoAngelShort film
2007This ChristmasMalcolm Moore
2007Divine InterventionDeacon Wells
2008Miracle at St. AnnaCorporal Hector Negron
2009Fast & FuriousFenix "Rise" CalderonFilm
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeDocVideo short
2009U.S. AttorneyHenry WilliamsTV movie
2009Down for LifeOfficer Barber
2009Columbia Ave.Max DelGadoShort film
2009AvatarTsu'teyFilm
2010Just WrightMark MatthewsFilm
2010–2011SouthlandDet. Gil Puente4 episodes
2011Straw DogsDeputy John Burke
2011Jumping the BroomJason TaylorFilm
2011–2012Breakout KingsCharlie DuchampTV Series
2012–2013DeceptionWill MorenoTV Series
2013Fast & Furious 6Fenix 'Rise' Calderon (flashback)Film
2013Battle of the Year: The Dream TeamDanteFilm
2013Person of InterestPaul CarterEpisode: "Endgame"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laz Alonso: The "Fast & Furious" Interview at Sly Fox Film Reviews, March 23, 2009 (retrieved January 23, 2010)

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