Christian Monzon

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Christian Monzon (born May 23, 1977) is an American film and television actor and model. He was born Christian Gabriel Monzon on May 23, 1977 in Burbank, California. Ethnically he is Mexican and Spanish and spent the first three years of life in Guadalajara, Mexico. His mother Maria Guadalupe Alcaraz moved the family back to Los Angeles after suffering the loss of her husband and Christian’s father, Pedro Monzon. Christian was educated at Canoga Park High School where he cultivated the attributes to excel as a student athlete.

Coming from an underprivileged family, his desire to attend college was fueled by his aspirations of receiving a scholarship for his athletic abilities. His pursuit of “the dream” was cut short after suffering an injury that resulted in reconstructive knee surgery. The injury, first viewed as a setback, translated into a blessing when he was noticed by a talent scout from an agency that introduced him to the fashion industry.

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Christian appeared at IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) in New York in the summer of 1997. There he attracted several modeling agencies world wide, including NEXT Model Management in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Paris. He left NEXT after two years and signed with Bleu Models where he has been for the last eleven years.

He has appeared in advertising campaigns for Skechers, Abercrombie & Fitch, Perry Ellis, Sean John, Phat Farm, Versace, H&M, Exte, Banana Republic, GAP, a major Xelebri campaign directed by David Fincher and Dolce & Gabbana .

Monzon has worked with many of the worlds best photographers and supermodels. The list includes Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Fernanda Tavares, with whom he shared the coveted fragrance campaign for Dolce & Gabbana.

Christian credits his relationship with Dolce & Gabbana as the turning point in his career. In 2001 he was introduced to designers Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana during fashion week in Milan, Italy. That same year he was offered a contract to represent the company as their underwear model, which lead to one of three fragrance campaigns and two short movies, advertising the 'Classic Perfume' for men and a new fragrance for women, 'Sicily.' The short movies were directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, who won an Oscar for Cinema Paradiso in 1988, and starred Monica Bellucci and Fernanda Tavares.

Theatrical[edit]

After enjoying success on the runways of the fashion circuit (Milan, Paris, and New York) and spending time on set of commercials and music videos, Christian turned his focus on the theatrical world. Through his studies of the craft at the Carter Thor Studio in Los Angeles, he has established himself and paved the path for an acting career. Monzon’s reverence for the art of storytelling has presented several opportunities along the lines of producing and writing. Christian established Wyndotte St. Productions in 2002. Wyndotte St. Productions has several projects in the developmental stage; two of which were written and conceived by Christian.

Monzon describes acting and storytelling, not just as a communication device, but also as a tool that leads to self-knowledge and understanding. To date his film credits include independent features If I Had Known I Was a Genius opposite Academy Award winning actresses Sharon Stone and Whoopi Goldberg, Kill Speed opposite Andrew Keegan and Greg Gruenberg, Columbia Tri-Star’s XXX2: State of the Union, Universal’s Honey, and Hallmark’s The Reading Room and The Deadliest Lesson opposite Penelope Ann Miller. His television appearances have included guest starring roles on such critically acclaimed series’, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Crossing Jordan, Entourage, Law and Order SVU, Showtime/Sony’s Huff, Three Rivers, and the series finale of Dollhouse.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2003 Honey Bar customer Bille Woodruff
2005 xXx 2: The Next Level Thief (uncredited) Lee Tamahori
2006 "The Reading Room" Omar Georg Stanford Brown
2007 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Chief Dominique Wirtschafter
2008 Gideon Falls Gideon Judith McCreary Short
2008 La milonga Augustin Francesca Di Amico Short
2010 Kill Speed Escondido Kim Bass

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2003 Law & Order:SVU Johnny Juan José Campanella Ep. 4.12
2004 Huff Bartender Bob Lowry Ep. 1.10
2005 CSI: Miami Officer McCue Norberto Barba Ep. 3.22
2005 The Closer Jesus Michael M. Robin Ep. 1.4
2006 Entourage Ducati Salesman Julian Farino Ep. 3.2
2006 CSI: NY Daryn Kramer Rob Bailey Ep. 3.8
2008 Hot Hot Los Angeles Pepe Bennett Barbakow Ep. 1.1 - 1.13
2009 Three Rivers Michael Arellano Duane Clark Ep. 1.5
2010 Dollhouse Romeo David Soloman Ep. 2.13

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