February 24, 1961 |
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian|
Rivera was born in San Antonio, Texas of Mexican descent. He is the oldest child of four brothers and three sisters. As a young boy, he and his family moved to Elysian Valley, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
Rivera's first feature role was in the TV series Renegade with Lorenzo Lamas. He also had a role in the feature film Con Air, co-starring Nicolas Cage. Emilio has appeared in several commercials, television programs and feature films including Traffic, The Cable Guy, NYPD Blue, Beverly Hills, 90210, Walker, Texas Ranger, JAG, ER, A Man Apart with Vin Diesel, John Cusack's film Never Get Outta the Boat, Friday After Next, Ali G Indahouse, Rush, Howard Stern's Son of the Beach, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Michael Mann's new series Metro. He also plays Marcus Álvarez in Sons of Anarchy for the past six seasons and appears as Bodega Diablo Next Day Air. In 2013, he co-starred in the music video of rapper/singer Nicki Minaj's "High School" single.
Emilio is married to Yadi Valerio. He has three children from a previous marriage.
Growing up Rivera was known for his fighting abilities, and eventually earned the moniker “”Lefty” referring to his ability to knock opponents unconscious with a single left handed punch.