Nestor Carbonell

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Nestor Carbonell
Carbonell in May 2009
BornNestor Gastón Carbonell
(1967-12-01) December 1, 1967 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
Years activeSince 1991
Spouse(s)Shannon Kenny (m. 2001)
ChildrenRafael (b. 2002)
Marco (b. 2005)
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Nestor Carbonell
Carbonell in May 2009
BornNestor Gastón Carbonell
(1967-12-01) December 1, 1967 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
Years activeSince 1991
Spouse(s)Shannon Kenny (m. 2001)
ChildrenRafael (b. 2002)
Marco (b. 2005)

Nestor Gastón Carbonell[1][2] (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnestor ɣasˈtoŋ karβoˈneʎ]; born December 1, 1967) is an American actor, known for portraying Richard Alpert in ABC's drama Lost and Mayor Anthony Garcia in the films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He is also known for his role on the sitcom Suddenly Susan and his performance as the character Batmanuel on the live-action sitcom The Tick. He played the role of Mayor Picazo in the movie For Greater Glory and currently plays Sheriff Alex Romero in Bates Motel.

Early life[edit]

Carbonell was born in New York City. His family is Cuban of Spanish descent.[3] He was raised Catholic.[4] His family moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where he attended The British School Caracas. Later on, he moved back to the United States, where he attended Deerfield Academy (with future Lost co-star Matthew Fox). He earned a B.A. in English at Harvard University in the late 1980s.

His father is a business executive[5] and is active in the Cuban community. Former professional baseball player Rafael Palmeiro is his cousin. His great-grandfather, José Manuel Cortina y Garcia, was a noted Cuban orator and diplomat.[6]

Acting career[edit]

Carbonell had recurring roles on Resurrection Blvd., The Tick, Strong Medicine, Kim Possible (as the voice of Señor Senior, Jr.), and Cold Case. He also guest-starred on Scrubs ("My Moment of Un-Truth"), House ("Cursed"), Day Break, and Monk. He also played the role of Luis Rivera on the show Suddenly Susan for four seasons. He guest starred in Friends.

Carbonell played Richard Alpert for seven episodes in the third season of Lost, and the mysteries surrounding his ageless character were heavily discussed among the fan community.[7] While producing the final episodes of the third season, Carbonell was cast in a starring role as Frank Duque on the new CBS series Cane. The writers modified their original story plan for the third season in anticipation for Carbonell's potential unavailability. Despite Carbonell's willingness to return to Lost, CBS president Nina Tassler ruled out another Lost guest appearance.[8] Cane was canceled during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, freeing Carbonell from his contract with CBS.[9] Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse said that Carbonell would reprise his role as Richard Alpert towards the end of the show's fourth season,[10] as a result of Cane's cancellation.[9] Carbonell made appearances in the episodes "Cabin Fever" and "There's No Place Like Home". Executive producer Carlton Cuse cited this as an unintended positive consequence of the strike.[10] Carbonell appeared in nine episodes of Lost's fifth season.[11] He was part of the main cast of Lost for its final season.

In 2006 he appeared alongside Lost costar Matthew Fox as assassin Pasquale Acosta in the film Smokin' Aces. In 2008 he landed the role of Mayor Anthony Garcia in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.[12] His wife, Shannon Kenny, was previously involved in a Batman project, voicing the character Inque in the Batman Beyond TV series. In 2010, Carbonell joined the series Psych for two episodes playing Declan Rand, a criminal profiler.[13]

As of 2011, Carbonell stars on the CW series Ringer as FBI agent Victor Machado. In 2012, he briefly appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, reprising his role as Mayor Anthony Garcia, in the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. In 2013, he played the sheriff in the Psycho prequel series, Bates Motel.

Personal life[edit]

Carbonell is married to actress Shannon Kenny. They originally met while both working as regulars on the 1995 television series Muscle. The couple has two children, Rafael (born 2002) and Marco (born 2005). He is a practicing Roman Catholic.[4]

Carbonell's dark eyelashes have been the topic of discussion, but interviews with both Carbonell and the producers of Lost have made it clear they are not enhanced by any form of makeup.[14] A short skit during the Lost panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 featured Carbonell allegedly applying eyeliner before throwing a Christian Bale-esque rant upon receiving the wrong color makeup from an assistant.[15] In addition, in the Psych episode "Shawn 2.0", Shawn makes a comment about Nestor's character as having "impossibly dark eyelashes." Sawyer, in Lost season 5 episode 8, refers to him as "your buddy out there with the eyeliner".

He is fluent in Spanish, a fact put to use in the sixth season episode of Lost, "Ab Aeterno", in which numerous scenes contain dialogue mostly or solely in Spanish. He also did a Spanish-language beer commercial.



1994Ray Alexander: A Taste for JusticeB.J.TV movie
1996Garage SaleMax
2000Attention ShoppersEnrique Suarez
2000Noriega: God's FavoriteMajor GiroldiTV movie
2001Agua DulceOctavio
2001Jack the DogJack the Dog
2001These Old BroadsGavinTV movie
2001New SuitsAlan
2002The Laramie ProjectMoises
2005The Lost CityLuis Fellove
2005Fertile GroundGavinTV movie
2006Smokin' AcesPasquale Acosta "S.A. Gerald Diego"
2008The Dark KnightMayor Anthony Garcia
2008Killer MovieSeaton Brookstone
2010Noah's Ark: The New BeginningLeeu
2012For Greater GloryMayor Picazo
2012The Dark Knight RisesMayor Anthony Garcia


1991Law & OrderStuart CarradineEpisode: "Out of Control"
1992Melrose PlaceAlexEpisode: "Lost & Found"
1992A Different WorldMalik Velasquez2 episodes
1994Good AdviceMarcoEpisode: "Two Times Twenty"
1995MuscleGianni13 episodes
1996The John Larroquette ShowFelicioEpisode: "Intern Writer"
1996–2000Suddenly SusanLuis Rivera93 episodes
1998Veronica's ClosetTony TonyEpisode: "Veronica's All Nighter"
1998Encore! Encore!Marly MorrowEpisode: "Mr. Joe's Wild Rose"
2000Resurrection Blvd.Peter Terrano6 episodes
2001–2003The TickBatmanuel9 episodes
2002Static ShockGarciaEpisode: "Pop'S Girlfriend"
2002Ally McBealMiles JosephsonEpisode: "What I'll Never Do for Love Again"
2002–2007Kim PossibleSeñor Senior Jr.12 episodes
2003The DivisionByron JohnsonEpisode: "Cold Comfort"
2004MonkDalton PadronEpisode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"
2004ScrubsDr. RamirezEpisode: "My Moment of un-Truth"
2004Century CityTom Montero9 episodes
2004–2006Strong MedicineJonas Ray11 episodes
2005Justice League UnlimitedEl DiabloEpisode: "The Once and Future Thing"
2005HouseJeffrey ReilichEpisode: "Cursed"
2006Brandy & Mr. WhiskersTitoEpisode: "Rain Delay"
2006Commander in ChiefDr. Kyle BrockEpisode: "The Elephant in the Room"
2006Cold CaseMike Valens3 episodes
2006Day BreakEddie ReyesEpisode: "What If He Can Change the Day?"
2007Me, EloiseUnknownEpisode: "Eloise Goes to Hollywood"
2007American Dragon: Jake LongCupidEpisode: "The Love Cruise"
2007Andy Barker, P.I.Dr. CeyEpisode: "The Big No Sleep"
2007CaneFrank Duque13 episodes
2007–2010LostRichard Alpert36 episodes
2010–2012The Penguins of MadagascarSavio the Boa4 episodes
2010PsychDeclan Rand2 episodes
2011–2012RingerVictor Machado22 episodes
2011–2014WilfredArturo Ramos3 episodes
2013–presentBates MotelSheriff Alex Romero17 episodes
2014Person of InterestMatthew ReedEpisode: "Most Likely to..."
2014The Good WifeDaniel IrwinEpisode: "The Deep Web"
2014State of AffairsRay Navarro3 episodes


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  2. ^ Néstor Carbonell y Ramírez de Arellano
  3. ^ No puedo esperar a poner las manos en el guión del último episodio de Perdidos}
  4. ^ a b Doyle, Paula (2005-08-19). "Catholic television actor credits faith in helping navigate career/life.". The Tidings. Retrieved 2010-10-07. "It was bizarre to film in a church where I worship every Sunday, Catholicism was what I was raised in," said Carbonell. 
  5. ^ "Nestor Carbonell Biography (1967-)". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  6. ^ Sterling, Carlos Márquez and Sterling, Manuel Márquez. Historia de La Isla De Cuba, Regents Publishing Company, Inc. New York, NY, 1975. ISBN 0-88345-251-0
  7. ^ Lachonis, Jon (2007-07-18). "Cane Star Nestor Carbonell Leaves Lost Future in Doubt". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  8. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2007-07-18). "Lost at CBS". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  9. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (2008-03-12). "Ausiello on Grey's, Lost, Smallville, Tree Hill and More!". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  10. ^ a b Jensen, Jeff (2008-02-22). "7 Writers' Strike Postscripts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  11. ^ Actor Nestor Carbonell: I'm living a dream, Notiemail. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  12. ^ Dodd, Stacy (May 16, 2007). Eric Roberts and Nestor Carbonell. Variety
  13. ^ "Lost's Nestor Carbonell Joins Psych Cast". 
  14. ^ "Once more, for the record: Nestor Carbonell does NOT wear eye make-up!". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  15. ^ "Nestor Carbonell applying eyeliner at Comic-Con 2009". 

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