David Barrera

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David Barrera
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Barrera at the 2012 ALMA Awards
David Joel Barrera[1]

(1968-12-28) December 28, 1968 (age 50)[1]
EducationUniversity of California, San Diego (MFA)
Years active1990-present
Maria Canals[1] (m. 1999)
Children2 daughters

David Joel Barrera (born December 28, 1968[1]) is an American actor. He is best known for his latest role as Gunnery Sgt. Ray 'Casey Kasem' Griego in Generation Kill. He has appeared in television series including Grimm, Heroes, CSI: Miami, Boston Legal, Medium, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, Murder One, Without a Trace, The West Wing, The Big Bang Theory and 24 for which he got nominated for an ALMA Award.[2]

Barrera is a graduate of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School in his hometown, San Juan, Texas, where he was part of the Theater Club. This high school is part of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. David Barrera is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and went on to study in the graduate acting program at the University of California, San Diego.

Barrera appeared in Universal's family comedy Evan Almighty, further he worked on films like Infinity, No Way Back and The United States of Leland (First Officer).[3]

Barrera guest starred in the episode, "Alex Gives Up", as Carlos Cucuy in a Disney Channel Original Series live-action sitcom, Wizards of Waverly Place in which his wife, Maria, was one of the main cast members. In 2015, Barrera guest starred in the episode, "Flicker", as Dr. Kaplan in the fifth season of American Horror Story.

Personal life[edit]

Barrera has been married to actress Maria Canals-Barrera since 1999, with whom he has two daughters.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Now Way Back FBI Agent Brodie
1996 Eye for an Eye Precinct Officer
1996 Infinity Chepa
1998 Almost Heroes Ferdinand
1999 My Little Assassin Figueroa TV Movie
2000 Ballad of a Soldier Johnny
2001 The Barrio Murders Richards
2003 The United States of Leland First Officer
2003 Perfect Girl Sonny Short film
2005 How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Sal's Uncle
2005 Girls Never Call Luis
2007 Evan Almighty Ark Reporter
2009 Cruzando The Matador also Associate Producer
2010 Boyle Heights Frank
2011 Bright Nunez Short film
2011 Carbone: Breaking Point Juarez Short film
2012 The Asset Roberto Serrano TV Movie
2013 Night of the Hipsters Dick Short film
2014 Death Clique Mr. Ramirez TV Movie
2014 10.0 Earthquake Hector
2014 The Curious Story of Spurious Falls Man on the Hill
2015 I Am Gangster Carlos
2015 Schmoolie the Deathwatcher Burro Short film
2016 2 Lava 2 Lantula! Colombian Thug #2 TV Movie
2016 Run the Tide T.J.
2017 Perception Hector Jimenez Short film
2018 Crave: The Fast Life Antonio
2018 Ready Player One Guy on Bus (uncredited)


Year Title Role Notes
1995 First Time Out David 2 episodes
1996 Space: Above and Beyond 2nd Lieutenant James Herrick Episode: "Toy Soldiers"
1996 Moloney Paul Episode: "Pilot"
1996–97 L.A. Firefighters Captain Aleman 2 episodes
1997 Renegade Carlos Episode: "Top Ten with a Bullet"
1997 Diagnosis Murder Eddie Moreno Episode: "Blood Brothers Murder"
1997 Murder One Richard Higueras 4 episodes
1997 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Miguel Toledo Episode: "Yesterday, Upon the Stair...: Part 2"
1997 The Pretender Fernando Ramos Episode: "Back from the Dead Again"
1997 Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer Richard Higueras Miniseries (6 episodes)
1998 Four Corners George Episode: "Betrayals"
1998 NYPD Blue Dr. Sampson Episode: "I Don’t Wanna Dye"
1998–2001 NYPD Blue Dr. Victor Carreras recurring role (6 episodes)
1999 Millenium Sheriff Tommy Briggs Episode: "Nostalgia"
1999 JAG Lieutenant Achuleta Episode: "True Callings"
2000 Pacific Blue unknown role Episode: "A Thousand Words"
2000 City of Angels Father Carillo 2 episodes
2001 Strong Medicine Charlie Perez Episode: "Maternity"
2001 Family Law unknown role Episode: "LIar's Club: Part 1"
2001 That's Life Sanchez 3 episodes
2001 24 Philips Episode: "4:00 a.m.–5:00 a.m."
2002 American Family David Episode: "The Star"
2002 The Division Daniel Torres Episode: "Full Moon"
2002 ER Felix Hernandez Episode: "Walk Like a Man"
2003 Nip/Tuck Policeman Episode: "Megan O'Hara"
2003 Without a Trace Gorge Rodriguez Episode: "A Tree Falls"
2004 CSI: NY Jose Figueroa Episode: "Outside Man"
2005 Boston Legal Office Joe Garrett Episode: "Tortured Souls"
2005 Justice League: Unlimited Thanagarian #2 (voice role) Episode: "Hunter's Moon"
2005 Medium Fr. Santiago Episode: "The Song Remains the Same"
2005 Veronica Mars Carlos Oliveres Episode: "Ahoy Mateys"
2006 The West Wing Jorge Santos Episode: "Running Mates"
2006 CSI: Miami Lorenzo Argenta Episode: "Death Eminent"
2006–08 Shark Medical Examiner Mickey Cuz-Alvarez 3 episodes
2007 NCIS Charlie Mills Episode: "Sharif Returns"
2007 Heroes Federal Agent Quesda Episode: "Chapter Eighteen 'Parasite' "
2007 Smith David Owens 2 episodes
2008 Ylse Rick unknown episode
2008 Generation Kill Gunnery Sergeant Ray "Casey Kasem" Griego recurring role (7 episodes)
2008 The Closer Commandante Martin Vasquez Episode: "Tijuana Brass"
2009 Raising the Bar Alberto Capulet Episode: "Beating a Dead Horse"
2009 Three Rivers unknown role Episode: "Ryan's First Day"
2010 The Mentalist Frank Rodriguez Episode: "Blood in, BLood Out"
2010 In Plain Sight Jack Suarez Episode: "Her Days Are Numbered"
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Carlos Cucuy Episode: "Alex Gives Up"
2011 Human Target Julio Escalante Episode: "A Problem Like Maria"
2011 The Defenders Detective Fierro Episode: "Nevada v. Dough the Mule"
2011 Generator Rex Esteban (voice role) 2 episodes
2011 The Trainee Shadow Knight 3 episodes
2012 Southland Officer Jim Lopez 2 episodes
2012 Fairly Legal Eddie Salinas Episode: "Gimme Shelter"
2012 Grimm Luis Episode: "La Llorona"
2014 The Night Shift Detective Gonzalez Episode: "Save Me"
2014 The Big Bang Theory Officer Hernandez Episode: "The Locomotion Interruption"
2014 The Bridge Domingo recurring role (6 episodes)
2014 Castle Principle Joe Silva Episode: "Child's Play"
2014 I Didn't Do It Officer Rivera Episode: "Bicycle Thief"
2015 Mom Gary Episode: "Benito Poppins and a Warm Pumpkin"
2015 American Horror Story Doctor Kaplan Episode: "Flicker"
2016 NCIS: Los Angeles Captain Vargas Episode: "Where There's Smoke..."
2016 Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Evyerhting Sheriff Episode: "The Luchador"
2016 Shut Eye Mike Diaz 2 episodes
2017 Criminal Minds Mario Casteneda Episode: "Spencer"
2017 The Orville Vasquez Episode: "About a Girl"
2017 Chance Detective Sid Velerio 3 episodes
2018 Bosch Detective Stan Pipes recurring role (4 episodes)
2018 Animal Kingdom Jeff Stewart Episode: "Prey"
2018 Dirty John Palmer Episode: "Approachable Dreams"
2019 SEAL Team Jeff Walker Episode: "Things Not Seen"
TBA What/If Javi Ruiz recurring role (4 episodes)

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Need for Speed: Underground unknown role (voice role)
2005 Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Oscar "San Diego" (voice role)
2005 Ridge Racer 6 Actor (voice role)
2006 Saints Row Stilwater's Resident (voice role)


While at the University of California, San Diego graduate acting program he was awarded the Princess Grace Award in acting.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "birth reference results for David Joel Barrera". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2011-06-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Official website

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