Laz Alonso

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Laz Alonso
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Alonso with Avatar co-star C. C. H. Pounder in December 2009
Born Lazaro Alonso
(1974-03-25) March 25, 1974 (age 40)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Howard University
Occupation actor
Years active 2000–present

Lazaro "Laz" Alonso (born March 25, 1974) is an American film and television actor with African and Cuban heritage. He is known for playing Tsu'tey in James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar and Fenix "Rise" Calderon in the film Fast & Furious. Alonso has had roles in other films such as Jarhead, This Christmas, and Miracle at St. Anna.

Career[edit]

Alonso began his career hosting shows on the BET network. Alonso appeared in music videos by Toni Braxton and Aaliyah.

Alonso has had supporting roles in films such as Stomp the Yard, Down for Life, Jarhead, G, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, This Christmas, and Miracle at St. Anna.

In 2009, he played Fenix "Rise" Calderon, the main antagonist in the film Fast & Furious, the fourth installment in The Fast and the Furious film series. Alonso had a major role as the Na'vi warrior, Tsu'tey, in James Cameron's science fiction adventure film Avatar.

Alonso also played one of the lead characters on the 2011 TV series Breakout Kings during its first season and the first episode of season two.

He has made television guest starring appearances on The Unit, Bones, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Practice and Eyes.

He was the lead in the 2012 NBC drama Deception.

Personal life[edit]

Alonso was born in Washington, D.C. He is of Afro-Cuban descent. He is an alumnus of Howard University.[1] After graduating from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing, he had a career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street before making his way into entertainment. He resides in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 A.M. @ BET Host TV series
2000 Disappearing Acts Moving Man TV movie
2001 30 Years to Life Richard
2001 Down to Earth BET Announcer
2001 NYLA Host TV series
2002 Morning Breath Migeulito Short film
2002 G Craig Lewis
2002 All Night Bodega Angel
2002 Providence Eddie Episode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
Episode: "Left-Overs"
2003 Crime Partners David Little
2003 La cenicienta Lazaro Episode: "La Cenicienta"
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Derek Mills Episode: "The Heat of Passion"
Episode: "Rape Shield"
2003–2004 One on One Manny 3 episodes
2004 Without a Trace Dwayne Episode: "The Line"
2004 Soul Food Derek Episode: "Pagan Poetry"
2004 NCIS Staff Sergeant Steven Washington Episode: "Split Decision"
2004 CSI: Miami Dennis de Labeque / Deuce Deuce Episode: "Pro Per"
2004 Hittin' It! Chris B.
2005 All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos Tyler
2005 Constantine Morgue Security Guard
2005 Tenants, TheThe Tenants Jacob 32
2005 Flip the Script Nelson
2005 Entourage Snoop's Assistant Episode: "The Abyss"
2005 Jarhead LCpl Ramon Escobar
2005 Bones George Warren Episode: "The Man in the Wall"
2005–2007 Eyes James Cage 4 episodes
2006 One on One Trent Episode: "California Girl"
2006 The Last Stand Wesley
2006 Unit, TheThe Unit Sgt. Carmichael Episode: "Natural Selection"
2007 Stomp the Yard Zeke Film
2007 Captivity Det. Ray Di Santos
2007 Bunny Whipped Kenny Kent Film
2007 Mano Angel Short film
2007 This Christmas Malcolm Moore
2007 Divine Intervention Deacon Wells
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Corporal Hector Negron
2009 Fast & Furious Fenix "Rise" Calderon Film
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Doc Video short
2009 U.S. Attorney Henry Williams TV movie
2009 Down for Life Officer Barber
2009 Columbia Ave. Max DelGado Short film
2009 Avatar Tsu'tey Film
2010 Just Wright Mark Matthews Film
2010–2011 Southland Det. Gil Puente 4 episodes
2011 Straw Dogs Deputy John Burke
2011 Jumping the Broom Jason Taylor Film
2011–2012 Breakout Kings Charlie Duchamp TV Series
2012–2013 Deception Will Moreno TV Series
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Fenix 'Rise' Calderon (flashback) Film
2013 Battle of the Year: The Dream Team Dante Film
2013 Person of Interest Paul Carter Episode: "Endgame"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laz Alonso: The "Fast & Furious" Interview at Sly Fox Film Reviews, March 23, 2009 (retrieved January 23, 2010)

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