Emilio Rivera

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Emilio Rivera
Born (1961-02-24) February 24, 1961 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, stand-up comedian
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Yadi Valerio

Emilio Rivera (born February 24, 1961) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Marcus Álvarez in Sons of Anarchy[1] and depiction of criminals and law enforcement officers.

Early life[edit]

Rivera is of Mexican descent. He is the oldest child of four brothers and three sisters. As a young boy, he was raised in Elysian Valley also known as Frogtown, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Acting career[edit]

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 Traffic, The Cable Guy, NYPD Blue, Beverly Hills, 90210, Walker, Texas Ranger, Hitman: Agent 47, JAG, ER, A Man Apart with Vin Diesel, John Cusack's film Never Get Outta the Boat, Friday After Next, 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 the seven seasons and appears as Bodega Diablo Next Day Air. In 2013, he co-starred in the music video of rapper/singer Nicki Minaj's "High School" single. He played a secondary character on the 11th episode of the 2nd season of My name is Earl.

Personal life[edit]

Emilio is married to Yadi Valerio. He has three children from a previous marriage.

Growing up, Rivera was known for his fighting abilities, and eventually earned the moniker "Lefty" referring to his ability to knock opponents unconscious with a single left handed punch.



  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 27 November 2014. 

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