Nicholas Gonzalez

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Nicholas Gonzalez
BornNicholas Edward Gonzalez
(1976-01-03) January 3, 1976 (age 38)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor
 
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the American actor. For the American physician, see Nicholas Gonzalez (doctor).
Nicholas Gonzalez
BornNicholas Edward Gonzalez
(1976-01-03) January 3, 1976 (age 38)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor

Nicholas Edward Gonzalez (born January 3, 1976) is an American actor, best known for playing Alex Santiago in the TV series Resurrection Blvd.

Early life[edit]

Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a student at Central Catholic High School. He became an accomplished cross-country and track runner, winning the Texas State Championship in the mile and two mile. After graduating in 1994 and turning down a presidential appointment to West Point, Nicholas pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California.

His interest and love of literature, history, and poetry led him to two terms at Oxford University in England. The following summer, he returned to Europe on a research grant where he studied with scholars at Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin to complete his thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses.

While finishing his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998, Nicholas was approached to do a one-man theatre piece called Gas by María Irene Fornés.

Alma Martinez, an actress and Stanford professor, encouraged him to become a professional actor. With her help, he connected with the theatrical movement in San Francisco. He polished his skills by performing in classic and contemporary theatre. “I’m happy when I’m on stage,” he declares.

Career[edit]

In 1998, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed small parts in television series such as ABC’s Dharma and Greg and NBC’s One World.[1]

Gonzalez then appeared as Fidel Castro’s son in the Lifetime Original Movie, My Little Assassin, starring Joe Mantegna and Gabrielle Anwar. But it was his role as Andy, the gay yuppie on MTV’s Undressed.[1] For six nights he wowed viewers, and those episodes became the most requested in the series’ history.[citation needed]

Gonzalez wrapped production of two films in 2000. The first, Scenes of the Crime, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. It starred Jeff Bridges, Jon Abrahams, and Noah Wyle. It was directed by Dominique Forma. The second film was an independent project titled Spun, starring Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, and John Leguizamo. It played at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Gonzalez’s most well-known role also came his way in 2000, when he landed the lead in Showtime’s original series, Resurrection Blvd., which premiered June 26, 2000. Gonzalez played Alex Santiago, a pre-med student who dropped out of school in order to become a professional boxer. The movie was successful and immediately expanded to become a regular weekly series on the network.[1]

While continuing his work on Resurrection Blvd, Gonzalez appeared in episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and That 70’s Show. He also appeared in the film The Princess and the Barrio Boy (released as She’s in Love in Europe) with his Resurrection Blvd.co-star, Marisol Nichols.

Gonzalez continued his career in films with two more titles. The first, Sea of Dreams, was filmed in Veracruz, Mexico, in May, 2003. Nick then headed off to Fiji for the summer, where he completed production of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, which opened in theaters August 27, 2004. Gonzalez also appeared in Melrose Place (2009). In 2011 he played Mateo on the ABC show Off The Map.

Gonzalez will co-star in upcoming Lifetime series Witches of East End.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gonzalez enjoys playing golf, video games, poker (finished 2nd at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in 2009) and working out. He is an avid reader, consuming as many as eight books a week. He also volunteers with organizations such as the National Hispanic Institute and The Friends of El Faro.[citation needed]He was romantically involved with American actress Regina King in 2007. Gonzalez is a supporter of animal rights and PETA. He posed for PETA's campaign "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear fur" advertisement [1]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitle
2011S.W.A.T.: Firefight
2009Down For Life
2008Rockaway
2006Behind Enemy Lines II
2005Dirty
2004Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
2003Spun
2002Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu
2001Scenes of the Crime

Television appearances[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2014ResurrectionConnor Cupit
2013Witches of East EndPilot only
2013Sleepy HollowRecurring role as Detective Luke Morales (6 episodes)
2011The Glades"Family Matters"
2011Off the MapMateo recurring role starting with episode 4 "On The Mean Streets Of San Miguel"
2009–2010Melrose PlaceDetective Rodriguez (8 episodes)
2009MentalDr. Arturo Suarez (13 episodes)
2009CSI: MiamiAlfonso Reyes
2008True BloodJerry "Mine"
2008Brothers & SistersSeason 2 Episode 12
2007Grey's AnatomySeason 4 Episode 2 - Clark West
2007Pro-Am Poker Equalizer
2006Ugly BettyCarlo Medina "Fey's Sleigh Ride"
2005Ghost Whisperer"Shadow Boxer"
2004-05Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDetective Mike Sandoval episodes "Ghost" and "Haunted"
2004The O.C.D.J.
2000Walker, Texas Rangerplaying "Juan Guerro" in episode: "Golden Boy"
2000The Princess and the Barrio BoySol Torres
1999My Little AssassinAndre Castro
1999Resurrection Blvd.Alex Santiago
1999MTV's UndressedAndy episode "1.21"

Video game appearances[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2014Battlefield: HardlineNick Mendoza


Nude modeling[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]