David Castañeda

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David Castañeda
Born (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 29)[1]
Los Angeles, United States[2]
Years active2009–present
Notable credit(s)
The Umbrella Academy
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]

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 took 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 lead 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]



Short film[edit]

  • Maddoggin' (2011, as Pedro González)
  • Human Behavior (2015, as Mark)
  • Corrida (2017 as Jefe)
  • Why? (2017 as He)


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


  1. ^ a b "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. 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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