Guillermo Díaz (actor)

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Guillermo Díaz
Guillermo Díaz.jpg
Diaz at the 2013 Imagen Awards
Born (1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 40)
New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

Guillermo Díaz (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. He is known for films Half Baked (1998), 200 Cigarettes (1999) and Stonewall (1995). He currently stars as Huck in the ABC drama TV series Scandal.

Díaz has made guest appearances on shows such as Chappelle's Show, Law & Order, Weeds and ER.

Early life and career[edit]

Díaz was born in New Jersey, to Cuban parents, and grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan.[1] In 1994, he landed his first speaking role as Spike in Boaz Yakin's Fresh.[2] From there he began working on Party Girl as Leo, Parker Posey's roommate. His next role was a drag queen (La Miranda) in Nigel Finch's Stonewall.[3] In 1996, Díaz worked in Jim McKay's Girls' Town as Dylan, after which he appeared in I'm Not Rappaport.[4]

Díaz played Paco de la Vega al Camino Cordoba Jose Cuervo Sanchez Rodriguez Jr., a high school gang member in High School High.[5] He later appeared in Freeway as Flaco, another gang member. While in Los Angeles, he did guest spots on ER and Party of Five.[6]

After finishing work on the West Coast, Díaz traveled back east to play a stoner named Eric in Brian Sloan's film I Think I Do. A similar role followed as Scarface in the film Half Baked.[7] One of his co-stars was Dave Chappelle, who later cast him in several episodes of Chappelle's Show.[8] In 1999, he landed a non-speaking role in 200 Cigarettes, and went on to act in both Ethan Hawke's directorial debut Chelsea Walls and the movie Just One Time, where as secondary characters one critic thought that he and Jennifer Esposito provided what little "comic spark" existed in the film.[9]

Díaz played Guillermo García Gómez, a drug dealer/trafficker, in seasons 2-6 of Showtime's series Weeds.[10] In 2009, he starred on the NBC series Mercy, where his portrayal of the gay nurse Angel received negative criticism in online forums for being too flamboyant.[11] In 2010, he appeared in the thriller film Exquisite Corpse.[12]

After having portrayed several Mexican thugs (cholos), Díaz was cast in 2010 as a Latino gangster named Poh Boy in Cop Out.[13] When asked about being typecast, he said: "I [used to worry], but not really anymore. Now I'm just grateful that I'm working. I try to make everything different."[14]

In 2010, Díaz did a nude photoshoot for Pinups Magazine. The photoshoot featured full frontal nudity from Díaz.[15]

In 2011, Díaz appeared alongside Britney Spears in a music video for the single "I Wanna Go", and took part in a scene referencing his character Scarface from Half Baked.[16][17]

In 2012, Díaz began his role as Huck in the ABC drama TV series Scandal.[18]

Díaz was one of the many celebrities that acted in Beyonce and Jayz's Run video in 2014[19]

Personal life[edit]

Díaz at the 2013 at the Outfest Legacy Awards

Díaz is openly gay.[20] In 2011, he told Out magazine that his rough upbringing in New York City ultimately made him a better actor. He said: "I went to school in the Bronx. I learned to constantly try to cover up the fact that I was gay. That façade of being somebody I'm really not just to protect myself definitely helped with acting."[11]

Díaz has said on multiple times, that he is a fan of Madonna. He has been to all of her tours apart from The Virgin Tour and The Who's That Girl Tour. He also has her face tattooed on his right arm.[21]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2006, he joined the cast of a series of improv-based commercials for Sierra Mist titled Mist Takes. A Spanish version of the advertisements began airing and the bilingual Díaz also starred in those with other Latino comedians.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Fresh Spike
1995 Party Girl Leo
1995 Stonewall La Miranda
1996 Freeway Flacco
1996 Girls Town Dylan
1996 High School High Paco Rodriguez
1996 I'm Not Rappaport J.C.
1997 Gold Coast Barry TV film
1997 I Think I Do Eric
1997 Nowhere Cowboy
1998 The Effects of Magic Winston
1998 Half Baked Scarface
1998 Just One Time Victor Short film; 8 minutes
1999 200 Cigarettes Dave
1999 In Too Deep Miguel Batista
1999 Just One Time Victor Remake of 1998 short film
1999 Pop Tarts Adrian Short film; 11 minutes
2001 Chelsea Walls Kid
2002 Fidel Universo Sánchez TV film
2002 A Log Story Niko Gorgina
2002 Sexy Voice 3 Animated short; Voice actor
2002 West of Here Thomas
2003 A Mi Amor Mi Dulce Chocolate de la Oca Montez Short film; 23 minutes
2003 DoUlike2watch.com
2003 Undefeated Mommy
2003 Undermind Ray
2003 Wasabi Tuna Romeo
2004 Terminal, TheThe Terminal Bobby Alima
2004 Tony n' Tina's Wedding Raphael
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Hector
2005 Dirty Love Tom Houdini, Magician
2005 Husk Chris Short; Remade as Husk (2011)
2005 Sangre/Blood Ricky Short film; 17 minutes
2005 Shooting Vegetarians Nei
2006 13 Graves Manny Rodriguez TV film
2006 Down the P.C.H. Doc
2006 Harvest Eugene Pitkin Short film; 17 minutes
2006 Seeking Solace Guy Short film
2006 Utopian, TheThe Utopian Carlos Alvarez Short film
2006 The Virgin of Juarez Felix
2007 No Destination A.J. Short film; 18 minutes
2008 The Candy Shop Halo
2008 Evilution Killah-B
2009 Across the Hall The Cook
2009 Butcher, TheThe Butcher Owen Geiger
2009 No Exit Michael Short film; 15 minutes
2010 Cop Out Poh Boy
2010 Exquisite Corpse Henry
2010 Peep World Jesus
2011 Without Men Campo Elias
2012 2nd Serve Carlos
2012 She Who Laughs Last Clown Short film; 6 minutes
2012 Students Like Us Adult Mike
2013 Bilet na Vegas (Билет на Vegas) Detective García

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Law & Order Juan Domingo 2 episodes
1995 ER Jorge Episode: "Days Like This"
1995 Party of Five Ari Episode: "Analogies"
1999 Law & Order Bobby Sabo 2 episodes
1999 The Sopranos Salesperson Episode: "Meadowlands"
2000 Touched by an Angel Rick Higuerra Episode: "The Invitation"
2002 Third Watch Rafael "Rafe" Connors Episode: "The Long Guns"
2003–2006 Chappelle's Show Himself Guest star; 5 episodes
2004 The Shield Garza Episode: "Blood and Water"
2004 Without a Trace Carlos Gonzalez Episode: "Life Rules"
2007 Mist-Takes Himself Sierra Mist commercials
2007 Cane Petey 3 episodes
2007 The Closer Spider Episode: "Four to Eight"
2007–2012 Weeds Guillermo Guest star; 26 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Playboy Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
2009–2010 Mercy Nurse Ángel García Series regular
2009 Poor Paul Aaron 4 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Benny Episode: "Strategic Planning"
2010–2011 No Ordinary Family Detective Frank Cordero Guest star; 6 episodes
2011 Harry's Law Miguel Martínez Episode: "The Fragile Beast"
2011 Love Bites Luis 3 episodes
2011 Poor Paul Aaron 4 episodes
2011 Tosh.0 "Brian Atene"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Omar Peña Episode: "Justice Denied"
2012–Present Scandal Huck Series regular

Other media[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Domingo Sanchez Video game; Voice actor
2011 "I Wanna Go" Guillermo Music video (Britney Spears)
2014 "Run" Himself Music video (Jay-Z and Beyoncé)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (2010). "Guillermo Diaz - Biography". New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Catching Up With Guillermo Díaz". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Before 'Scandal,' Guillermo Diaz was a real drag in 'Stonewall'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Stephen Holden (December 26, 1996). "Movie Review: I m Not Rappaport (1996) - Expecting Godot? Not in Central Park". New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Lee Hernandez. ""Weeds" Star Guillermo Diaz: "I'm A Very Big Advocate of Marijuana!"". latina.com. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Scandal Cast - Guillermo Diaz – "Huck"". CityTV.com. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Guillermo Díaz Turns 40: Rare Photos and Interesting Facts on 'Scandal' Actor". International Business Times. March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chappelle's Show: "Pilot"". IGN. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ The New York Times Film Reviews 1999-2000 by New York Times Theater Reviews
  10. ^ ""Weeds" Star Guillermo Diaz’s High Life - The Urban Daily". The Urban Daily. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Guillermo Diaz: Angel of Mercy". Out Magazine. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "A Trailer and Artwork For an Exquisite Corpse". Dread Central. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Guillermo Diaz". avclub.com. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Kyle (February 28, 2010). "Random Roles: Guillermo Diaz". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 23, 2015. AVC: Do you worry that you’re getting too many of these roles, like, "Oh hey, another Mexican thug!" GD: At first when I read the script, I was like, "Oh God, another one? What the fuck am I gonna do to make this shit different?" [Laughs.] 
  15. ^ "Pinups Magazine: Issue 12". Pinups Magazine. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "A Cute Cop, Terminators, And Scarface: Britney's Brilliant New Video "I Wanna Go"". VH1. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ Britney Spears - I Wanna Go. YouTube. June 22, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  18. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'Scandal's' Guillermo Diaz Dishes on Huck's Mysterious Past". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  19. ^ Mitchell Peters. "'Jay Z and Beyonce Release Mini-Movie 'Run ... - Billboard". Billboard. 
  20. ^ "'Weeds' Actor Talks Getting Naked, Acting Like a Thug". out.com. 
  21. ^ "Interview on Ellen". 
  22. ^ Phyllis Furman (April 10, 2006). "Mist-Takes made again. New ads for Sierra Mist". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

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