Nestor Carbonell

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Nestor Carbonell

Carbonell in May 2009
BornNestor Gastón Carbonell
(1967-12-01) December 1, 1967 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationB.A
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationActor
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Shannon Kenny (2001–present; 2 children)
 
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Nestor Carbonell

Carbonell in May 2009
BornNestor Gastón Carbonell
(1967-12-01) December 1, 1967 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationB.A
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationActor
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Shannon Kenny (2001–present; 2 children)

Nestor Gastón Carbonell[1][2] (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.

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Early life

Carbonell was born in New York City, to Cuban parents 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 one of Cuba's most outstanding orators and diplomats.[6]

Acting career

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 instalment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.

Personal life

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 practising 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."

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.

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1996Garage SaleMax
2000Attention ShoppersEnrique Suarez
2001Agua DulceOctavio
Jack the DogJack the Dog
New SuitsAlan
2002The Laramie ProjectMoises
2003ManhoodJack
2005The Lost CityLuis Fellove
2006Smokin' AcesPasquale Acosta "S.A. Gerald Diego"
2008The Dark KnightMayor Anthony Garcia
2008Killer MovieSeaton Brookstone
2010Noah's Ark: The New BeginningLeeu
2011CristiadaMayor Picazo
2012The Dark Knight Rises[16]Mayor Anthony Garcia
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Law & OrderStuart Carradine1 episode
1992Melrose PlaceAlex1 episode
A Different WorldMalik VelasquezFaith, Hope, and Charity part 1 and part 2
1994Good AdviceMarco1 episode
Ray Alexander: A Taste for JusticeB.J.TV Movie
1996The John Larroquette ShowFelicio1 episode
1998Veronica's ClosetTony Tony1 episode
Encore! Encore!Marly Morrow1 episode
2000Resurrection Blvd.Peter Terrano6 episodes
Noriega: God's FavoriteMajor GiroldiTV Movie
1996–2000Suddenly SusanLuis Rivera93 episodes
2001These Old BroadsGavinTV film
2002Static ShockGarcia1 episode
Ally McBealMiles Josephson1 episode
2003The DivisionByron Johnson1 episode
2001–2003The TickBatmanuel9 episodes
2004MonkDalton Padron1 episode
ScrubsDr. Ramirez1 episode
Century CityTom Montero9 episodes
2005Fertile GroundGavinTV Movie
Justice League UnlimitedEl Diablo1 episode
HouseJeffrey Reilich1 episode
2004–2006Strong MedicineJonas Ray11 episodes
2006Brandy & Mr. WhiskersTito1 episode
Commander in ChiefDr. Kyle Brock1 episode
Cold CaseMike Valens3 episodes
Day BreakEddie Reyes1 episode
2007Me, Eloise1 episode
American Dragon: Jake LongCupid1 episode
Andy Barker, P.I.Dr. Cey1 episode
2002–2007Kim PossibleSeñor Senior Jr.12 episode
2007CaneFrank Duque13 episodes
2007–2010LostRichard Alpert34 episodes
2010–2012The Penguins of MadagascarSavio the Boa4 episodes
2010PsychDeclan Rand2 episodes
2011-2012RingerVictor Machadoseries regular
2011-2012WilfredDr. Arturo Ramos2 episodes

References

  1. ^ "Cuarto Grupo Ramirez De Arellano - Mendoza". Gonzalezdemendoza.com. http://www.gonzalezdemendoza.com/four.htm. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  2. ^ Néstor Carbonell y Ramírez de Arellano GeneAll.net
  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. http://www.the-tidings.com/2005/0819/actor.htm. 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-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/74/Nestor-Carbonell.html. 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. http://www.buddytv.com/articles/lost/cane-star-nestor-carbonell-lea-8398.aspx. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  8. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2007-07-18). "Lost at CBS". The Star-Ledger. http://blog.nj.com/alltv/2007/07/lost_at_cbs.html. 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. http://web.archive.org/web/20080608195639/http://www.tvguide.com/Ask-Ausiello/080312. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  10. ^ a b Jensen, Jeff (2008-02-22). "7 Writers' Strike Postscripts". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20179357,00.html. 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". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Lost-Psych-Carbonell-1020035.aspx. 
  14. ^ "Once more, for the record: Nestor Carbonell does NOT wear eye make-up!". http://www.premiumhollywood.com/2009/01/28/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". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkuq3_dcmo0. 
  16. ^ "Nestor Carbonell Joins The Dark Knight Rises". ComingSoon.net. 2011-04-15. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=76513. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 

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