Freddy Rodriguez (actor)
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Rodriguez at the April 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
January 17, 1975|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Lincoln Park High School|
Maria Elise Rivera (m. 1995)
Freddy Rodriguez (born January 17, 1975) is an American actor known for playing the characters Hector Federico "Rico" Diaz on HBO's Six Feet Under and El Wray in Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror. In 2007 he was a recurring cast member on the series Ugly Betty as Giovanni "Gio" Rossi. He starred as Dr. Michael Ragosa in the first two seasons of the NBC drama The Night Shift (2014–15). In 2016, Rodriguez became a main cast member in the CBS courtroom drama Bull.
Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Puerto Rican parents - a housewife mother and a janitor father. He was raised Roman Catholic in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. When he was 13, Freddy discovered a theater program for inner-city youth, which led to a scholarship to the Pulaski International School of Chicago, which he attended through 8th grade.
His first recognizable roles in films came in 1995, as Pedro Aragon, Jr., in A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves and Giancarlo Giannini and as a Vietnam veteran in Dead Presidents with Larenz Tate and Chris Tucker. Rodriguez went on to roles such as Ninja in The Pest, an obnoxious jock in Can't Hardly Wait and Carla's brother Marco on Scrubs. As a voice actor, he contributed the voice of Más y Menos on Teen Titans.
Rodriguez portrayed Federico Diaz on the hit HBO series Six Feet Under throughout its five seasons. For this role he received two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and a further three SAG nominations (also in the ensemble category).
In 2005, Rodriguez played a vicious inner city drug dealer named Hector in the movie Havoc, and a jockey in the film Dreamer, co-starring Dakota Fanning. In 2006, appeared in the film Poseidon, as a waiter, as well as played Reggie, a character who only exercised one half of his body, in M. Night Shyamalan's film Lady in the Water, and starred alongside Eva Longoria and Christian Bale in Harsh Times, his first leading role in a major theatrical release. He was seen in an episode of the hit hospital television show ER, where he played a dying comic inspired by Bill Hicks.
Rodriguez starred alongside Roselyn Sanchez in the 2003 movie Chasing Papi, playing "Victor" (directed by Linda Mendoza). He played busboy José Rojas in the 2006 film Bobby. He starred as El Wray in Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez's portion of the double-feature film, Grindhouse (2007), and played the role of Gustavo Brambila in the true-life story Bottle Shock (2008). He appeared in the music video for the Santana song "Into the Night" and also made a cameo appearance as a pilot/flight attendant in the music video for the song "Glamorous" by Fergie. He starred in the popular video game Saints Row as the voice of Angelo Lopez and in the latest Merry Mixit Gap Christmas Commercial videos.
On July 13, 2007, Rodriguez was added to the cast of the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty, in which he played Giovanni Rossi, a sandwich shop owner who became the love interest for Betty Suarez (played by America Ferrera). He made his debut on the series at the start of the second season, appeared in an episode of the third season and reprised the role again late in the fourth season, which was the series' final one.
|2016–present||Bull||Benny Colón||Main cast, ongoing|
|2015||Ultimate Spider-Man||Miguel O'Hara / Spider-Man 2099||2 Episodes|
|2014–15||The Night Shift||Dr. Michael Ragosa||22 Episodes|
|2014||Teen Titans Go!||Más y Menos||Episode: Mas y Menos, voice|
|2014||Family Guy||Handy Manny||Episode: Herpe the Love Sore|
|2013–present||Teen Titans Go!||Más y Menos|
|2013||Young Justice: Invasion||Eduardo "Ed" Dorado, Jr.||voice|
|2013||Kaijudo||Hector Chavez||28 Episodes, voice|
|2013||Perception||Wesley Sumter||2 Episodes|
|2011–13||Generator Rex||César Salazar||17 Episodes, voice|
|2011||CHAOS||Rick Martinez||13 Episodes|
|2010–2012||Handy Manny||Reuben Garcia||Episode: Wedding Day, voice|
|2007–2010||Ugly Betty||Gio||12 Episodes|
|2007||ER||Simon||Episode: Dying is Easy|
|2005–2006||Teen Titans||Más y Menos||5 Episodes, voice|
|2005||American Dad!||Hector||Episode: Not Particularly Desperate Housewife, voice|
|2004||Static Shock||Fade||Episode: Army of Darkness|
|2003-2004||Scrubs||Marco Espinosa||3 Episodes|
|2001-2005||Six Feet Under||Federico||63 Episodes|
|1999||Party of Five||Albert||3 Episodes|
|1999||Oh, Grow Up||Deke|
|2012||Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden||Trench|
|2011||Soldiers of Fortune||Reed|
|2008||Little Spirit: Christmas in New York||Leo's Father|
|2008||Nothing Like the Holidays||Jesse Rodriguez|
|2008||Bottle Shock||Gustavo Brambila|
|2007||Planet Terror||El Wray|
|2006||Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!||Rupert Garcia|
|2006||Lady in the Water||Reggie|
|2005||Harsh Times||Mike Alonzo|
|2005||Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story||Manolin|
|2004||¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico||El Silver Mask Jr., El Portero||direct to video|
|2003||Victor and Eddie||Eddie|
|2003||Pledge of Allegiance||Sean Macintyre|
|2001||Beyond the City Limits||Topo|
|2000||For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story||Leonel|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Jock|
|1998||Joseph's Gift||Joseph Keller|
|1998||My Brother Jack||Joey Casale|
|1996||Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story||Michael Maldonado|
|1995||A Walk in the Clouds||Pedro Aragon, Jr.|
|1994||The Fence||Young Terry Griff|
|2007||Glamorous - Fergie - Music Video||Flight Attendant||Music Video|
|2007||Into the Night - Santana - Music Video||Suicidal man||Music Video|
|2006||Saints Row||Angelo Lopez||Video Game|
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- "''Chicago Tribune'' article". Chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.[permanent dead link]
- San Diego Film Festival Archived October 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Kozlowski, Carl. "Freddy Rodriguez". Relevant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
While speaking about his upbringing in a Puerto Rican Catholic family,...
- "In Step With: Freddy Rodriguez". Parade Magazine. March 30, 2004.
- Gap press release: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/gap/35554/
- "From Zap2it (July 13, 2007)". Zap2it.com. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
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