Emilio Rivera

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Emilio Rivera
Rivera at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1961-02-24) February 24, 1961 (age 62)
Occupation(s)Actor, stand-up comedian
Years active1992–present
Yadi Valerio
(m. 2009)

Emilio Rivera (born February 24, 1961) is an American film and television actor and stand-up comedian. He is best known for his portrayal of Marcus Álvarez in Sons of Anarchy[1] and its spin-off, Mayans M.C. He is also known for his depiction of criminals and law enforcement officers.

Early life[edit]

Rivera is of Mexican descent. He is the oldest sibling in his family, with four younger brothers and three younger sisters. He was raised in Elysian Valley also known as Frogtown, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Rivera suffered from stuttering as a youth. In the third grade, he was cast as the titular character in a theatre production of Rumpelstiltskin. While on stage, Rivera noticed he did not stutter once during his performance. Shortly after, he confessed to his father he wanted to be an actor, to which his father replied that acting was only for "rich white people."[2]

At 18 years old in 1979, Rivera enlisted in the U.S. Army.


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 Training Day, Fun with Dick and Jane, Traffic, The Cable Guy, NYPD Blue, Beverly Hills 90210, Walker Texas Ranger, Titus, Hitman: Agent 47, JAG, ER, A Man Apart with Vin Diesel, John Cusack's film Never Get Outta the Boat, Ali G Indahouse, Rush, Howard Stern's Son of the Beach, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Z Nation, and Michael Mann's new series Metro. He also played Marcus Álvarez in Sons of Anarchy for seven seasons and currently plays Álvarez in Mayans M.C.He also portrayed the character Sanchez in the 2012 film Act of Valor,

Personal life[edit]

Emilio has three children from a previous marriage.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 My Family Tamalito
Murder Was the Case Reporter #2
Rage Javier
Extreme Blue Matulo TV movie
Donor Unknown Emilio TV movie
1996 The Cable Guy Jail Inmate
1997 Con Air Carlos
1999 Pros & Cons Con #1
2000 Guilty as Charged Private Alberto Ramirerz TV movie
Traffic Salazar Soldier #2
2001 Tomcats Sampson
2002 Road Dogz Joe 'Big Joe'
Ali G Indahouse Rico
High Crimes Salvadoran Man
Never Get Outta the Boat Angel
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Benitez
R.U.S./H. 'Stick' Sandoval TV movie
2003 A Man Apart Garza
Bruce Almighty Hood
El Matador Chuy
2004 Party Animalz Uncle Hector Video
Cake Fidel Video
Collateral Paco
El Padrino Rudy
Sucker Free City Detective Zepada TV movie
Doing Hard Time Officer David Teal Video
2005 Y nada más Lalo Short
Harsh Times Eddy
Fun with Dick and Jane Day Laborer
Short Fuse Camacho
Purple Heart Deputy
2006 Splinter Jesse (Veterano)
2007 The Dead One Coyote
Spider-Man 3 Policeman At Sand Truck
The Gift: Life Unwrapped Father Romero
Delta Farce Jorge
2008 The Third Nail Martin
Strange Wilderness Border Guard
Street Kings OG Vato
2009 Next Day Air Bodega
Otis E. The Drunk
Tom Cool Actor
2010 Lean Like a Cholo Paisa
Food Stamps Bible Benny
Broken Carlos
American Flyer Big Boss
2011 Cinema Verite Nightwatchman TV movie
Platinum Illusions Boss Hog
Budz House Big Happy
Narcocorrido Ramon Short
2012 Filly Brown Mani
Act of Valor Sanchez
Vaseline Mr. Chumpero Short
C'mon Man Steven
The Obama Effect Hector Santiago
Devils Inside Mob Boss
2013 The Devil's in the Details Bill Duffy
Water & Power Norte/Sur
2014 Bullet Speedy
10 Cent Pistol Melville
Internal Affairs I.A.D. - TV movie
Cry of the Butterfly Jose
Sins of the Father Ramon Short
2015 Mercy For Angels Machetto
Hitman: Agent 47 Fabian
Street Level Pete
2016 North by El Norte Big Boss
Better Criminal Clavo Lopez
48 Hours to Live Gunner
2017 Badsville Lou 'Lucky Lou'
Smartass Poco Efe
Avenge the Crows Carlos Santiago
El Camino Christmas Vicente Santos
Shadow of the Gun Captain Morales
2018 Lawless Range Miguel Flores
Fade Away Mr. Salvatore
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Jesus Alvarado
El Chicano Shadow
Venom Lobby Guard Richard
2019 3 from Hell 'Aquarius'
2020 Ride Hard: Live Free Gauge
2021 Welcome to Our World Bible Benny
2023 Flamin' Hot Vacho Montañez


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Renegade Rafe Episode: "Payback"
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Federale Episode: "Brisco in Jalisco"
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Felipe Episode: "Hazardous to Your Health"
Unsolved Mysteries Tony Castro Episode: "Episode #8.1"
1996 JAG Drug Runner Episode: "Sightings"
1996–97 The Bold and the Beautiful Lucien Cortéz Regular Cast
1997–99 L.A. Heat Officer Miller Episode: "Strange Currencies" & "Cop Killer"
1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Hector Episode: "Déja Vu" & "Apres Vu"
Walker, Texas Ranger Juan 'Loco' Morales Episode: "Test of Faith"
NYPD Blue Galvez Episode: "Don't Kill the Messenger"
1999 The Young and the Restless Boat Captain Episode: "Episode #1.6579" & "#1.6583"
2000 The X Files Brigham Episode: "Orison"
2001 NYPD Blue Hector Episode: "Waking Up Is Hard to Do"
ER Emilio Cardazco Episode: "Start All Over Again"
Titus Castro Episode: "Racing in the Streets"
2002 Son of the Beach 'Dirty' Sanchez Episode: "Penetration Island" & "Saturday Night Queefer"
2002–03 Robbery Homicide Division Juan Tiant Recurring Cast
2003 The Young and the Restless Ruffian Episode: "Episode #1.7553"
The Shield Navaro Quintero Episode: "The Quick Fix" & "Greenlit"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bank Robber #1 Episode: "Inside the Box"
2005 Kojak Diaz The King Recurring Cast
2006 Bones Ramon Ortez Episode: "The Woman in the Garden"
Shark Detective #1 Episode: "Pilot"
My Name Is Earl Bandit #1 Episode: "South of the Border: Part Uno & Part Dos"
2007 Brothers & Sisters The Sponsor Episode: "The Other Walker"
Raines Coyote Episode: "Meet Juan Doe"
Girlfriends Nick Episode: "Deck the Halls with Bags and Folly"
2008 Moonlight Chemma Tejada Episode: "Love Lasts Forever"
Weeds El Coyote Recurring Cast: Season 4
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Mexican Police Chief Episode: "Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today"
2008–14 Sons of Anarchy Marcus Álvarez Recurring Cast: Season 1–4 & 7, Guest: Season 5–6
2009 CSI: NY Little Stevie Episode: "Point of No Return"
Lie to Me Tony Calvo Episode: "Blinded"
2011 Southland Luis Reyes Episode: "Let It Snow"
The Mentalist Martin Episode: "The Redshirt"
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Benito Escobar Episode: "Poisoned Motive"
2014 Kroll Show Various Characters Episode: "Soaked in Success" & "The Greatest Hits of It"
Gang Related Tio Gordo Recurring Cast
2014–17 Hand of God Sergeant Kessler Recurring Cast
2015–16 Z Nation Hector 'Escorpion' Alvarez Main Cast: Season 2-3
2016 The Night Shift Jorge Episode: "The Way Back"
TripTank Spanish Operator/Henchman #1 (voice) Episode: "Sick Day" & "Brain Virus"
2017 Saints & Sinners Officer Francisco Cooper Recurring Cast: Season 2
2018–21 On My Block Chivo Recurring Cast: Season 1-2 & 4
2018–22 The Family Business Alejandro Zuniga Recurring Cast: Season 1-2, Guest: Season 3-4
2018–23 Mayans M.C. Marcus Álvarez Recurring Cast: Season 1, Main Cast: Season 2–5
2022 The Garcias Shaman Episode: "The Compromise"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 "Got It Twisted" by Mobb Deep Rival Gang Boss
2005 "Just a Lil Bit" by 50 Cent Rival Gangster
2013 "High School" by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne 'El Jefe'
2021 "Overpass Graffiti" by Ed Sheeran Cameo bike gang member


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2010). The Year in Television, 2009: A Catalog of New and Continuing Series, Miniseries, Specials and TV Movies. McFarland. p. 257. ISBN 9780786456444. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Michaels, Felicia; Diaz, Joey (2012). "Let's Do This! - Episode 84 w/ Emilio Rivera from Sons of Anarchy". libsyn.com. Retrieved September 9, 2023.

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