David Castañeda

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David Castañeda
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Castañeda in 2019
Born (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 30)[1]
Los Angeles, United States[2]
Years active2009–present
Notable credit(s)
The Umbrella Academy

David Castañeda (born October 24, 1989) is a Mexican-American actor. In 2019, Castañeda began portraying Diego Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.[3]

Early life[edit]

Castañeda was born in Los Angeles,[2] but raised in Sinaloa, Mexico.[4] He returned to the United States where he attended high school when he was 14.[2] Castañeda initially studied civil engineering in college with the intention of taking over the family business after he finished his studies.[5] However, he became interested in film direction, and switched to major in film production and international business at California State University, Fullerton, where he had attended since 2007.[4][6] Castañeda then moved into acting and started auditioning for roles. He studied part-time while pursuing an acting career, eventually graduating in 2015.[6][7]


Castaneda has been involved in acting since he was 17,[5] but only started taking acting more seriously after he volunteered for a role when a director asked for actors to participate in his film during a seminar while at university.[6] He played various minor roles in a number of productions, such as End of Watch, and also acted as a main character in a short film Maddoggin', which won the audience award at the NBC Universal Short Cut Film Festival.[6] In 2013, he landed a role playing Jorge on ABC Family's TV series Switched at Birth.[8] In late 2016, he was cast in the role of Hector in the film Sicario: Day of the Soldado released in 2018.[9] He also has a major role in an independent film El Chicano, a supporting role in Jean-Claude Van Damme's We Die Young as well as minor roles in films such as the Billy Crystal's film Standing Up, Falling Down.[5]

In 2017, he was cast in his most prominent role yet playing Diego Hargreeves / Number 2 in The Umbrella Academy, which was released on Netflix in February 2019.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Drive-By Chronicles: Sidewayz Saul
2011 Maddoggin Pedro González Short film
2012 End of Watch Mexican Cowboy
2015 Freaks of Nature Tony Cerone
Human Behavior Mark Short film
2016 Love Sanchez Rene
2017 The Ascent Louis Medina
Corrida Jefe Short film
Why? He
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Hector
El Chicano Shotgun
2019 Standing Up, Falling Down Ruis
We Die Young Rincon
2020 The Tax Collector [5]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Lie to Me Boyfriend 1 episode
Southland Tough Kid 1 episode
2012 Carlos 1 episode
2014 Switched at Birth Jorge 7 episodes
2014–2015 Jane the Virgin Nicholas 3 episodes
2015 Bound and Babysitting Eddie TV movie
The Player Listo Salvado 1 episode
2016 Blindspot Carlos 1 episode
Going Dark Sam
2017 The Legend of Master Legend Mandy Mandujano TV pilot[11]
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Diego Hargreeves Main


  1. ^ "David Castañeda: 11 facts about the Umbrella Academy star you probably didn't know". PopBuzz. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Bautista, Berenice (February 23, 2019). "David Castañeda: 'Los pleitos de hermanos son saludables'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 30, 2017). "Umbrella Academy Netflix Series Rounds Out Cast With Game of Thrones Alum, Hamilton Star". Variety. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lerman, Gabriel (February 15, 2019). "David Castañeda: 'El morro de Burgermanía anda de actor en Hollywood'" (in Spanish). Golden Globes. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Yap, Nikki (February 2019). "David Castañeda Steers His Plans To An Action-Packed Acting Career". Status. Retrieved February 28, 2019 – via statusmagonline.com.
  6. ^ a b c d Mirpuri, Sonam (November 5, 2013). "Student balances acting with responsibilities on Switched at Birth TV series". Daily Titan. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  7. ^ castanedawong (May 17, 2015). "Assemble". Instagram. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (October 23, 2013). "Melissa & Joey, Switched at Birth Add Guest Stars". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 15, 2016). "David Castaneda Joins Sicario Sequel Soldado". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 30, 2017). "Umbrella Academy Netflix Series Rounds Out Cast With Game of Thrones Alum, Hamilton Star". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2016). "Legend Of Master Legend: Anjelika Washington & David Castaneda Cast In Amazon Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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