Jon Huertas

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Jon Huertas
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Huertas at the 2012 PaleyFest honoring ABC's Castle
Jonathan William Scott Hofstedt

(1969-10-23) October 23, 1969 (age 53)
Years active1993–present
Nicole Bordges
(m. 2014)

Jonathan William Scott Hofstedt (born October 23, 1969) is an American actor. Known professionally as Jon Huertas, he is best known for his role as witch hunter Brad Alcerro in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sergeant Antonio 'Poke' Espera in HBO's Generation Kill, Joe Negroni in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle and Miguel Rivas in This Is Us.

Early life[edit]

Huertas was born in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican father and a Caucasian mother.[1] He was raised by his grandparents. By 10 years of age, he began taking part in school plays, which was his first inspiration to pursue acting. Huertas graduated John Handley High School in Winchester, VA, in 1987 at the age of 17. After spending a year attending college, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and served for 8 years as an aircraft nuclear/conventional weapons specialist.[2][3] He participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.[4]


Huertas's acting career started in 1993 when he played an uncredited part in The Webbers.

In 1998, Huertas portrayed Joe Negroni in the romantic drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love alongside such stars as Halle Berry, Paul Mazursky, and Ben Vereen. In 1999, he appeared in two films: the horror movie Cold Hearts and the action movie Stealth Fighter. In the 2000s, he appeared in many films, but his biggest role was in television in 2008 as Sergeant Espera in HBO's miniseries Generation Kill about the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

From 1998 to 1999, Huertas played the role of Antonio in the television series Moesha. From 1999 to 2000, he played Brad, a witch hunter, in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. From 2009 to 2016, Huertas starred in the role of Detective Esposito in ABC's police procedural Castle. In 2012, Huertas and his Castle co-star Stana Katic received the award for Performance in a Drama Episode at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards.[5]

Huertas was elected to serve a one-year term, beginning September 25, 2010, as an alternate member of the National Board of Directors and as a member of the Hollywood Division Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild.[6]

In June 2011, Huertas made his debut music video single called "Sex Is the Word".[7]

Huertas joined the cast of This Is Us in 2016 and has been a part of the series since its first season. In an interview with Tell-Tale TV, Huertas said he didn't know at first that his character Miguel on This Is Us would be aged, or that he'd wind up married to Mandy Moore's character, Rebecca.[8]

In October 2019, Huertas appeared on The Rookie. He played as Alejandro Mejia/Cesar Ojeda in the episode "The Bet" and he reunites with former co-stars from Castle are Nathan Fillion and Seamus Dever as part of ABC's Cast from the Past Week.

Personal life[edit]

Huertas married his long-term girlfriend, Nicole Bordges, in Tulum, Mexico, on May 4, 2014.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Executive Decision Sammy, Terrorist
South Bureau Homicide Officer #2
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Joe Negroni
1999 Cold Hearts Darius
Stealth Fighter Lt. Bradley Elias
2000 Buddy Boy Omar
Auggie Rose Paramedic #1
Picking Up the Pieces Paulo Credited as John Huertas
A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story Rafael
2001 Green Diggity Dog Tim Porter
2002 Bug Mitchell
Borderline Ciro Ruiz
2003 El Gusano Dan
2005 Induction Rico Rodriguez
2006 The Yardsale Chuy
Right at Your Door Rick
Hot Tamale Alex
2007 The Insatiable Javier
Making it Legal Mike Carlton
Believers Victor
2008 The Objective Sergeant Vincent Degetau
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Alberto
2012 Stash House Ray Jaffe
2014 Reparation Jerome Keller
2017 Altered Perception Andrew
2019 Imprisoned Diaz
2020 Initiation Officer Rico Martinez


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Webbers Pimp - Uncredited 1 episode
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Peter Manguson 1 episode
1997 JAG Cayuga Helmsman and Ramirez 2 episodes
1998 Nash Bridges Hustler 1 episode
Moesha Antonio 8 episodes
1999 St. Michael's Crossing
Undressed Evan 6 episodes
Time of Your Life Unknown 1 episode
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Brad Alcerro 12 episodes
2000 Touched by an Angel Warren 1 episode
2001 Resurrection Blvd. Unknown 1 episode
2002 NYPD Blue Juan Episode: "Less is Morte"
The Shield Robbie Villanueva 2 episodes
2004 The Division Juan 1 episode
The Joe Schmo Show T.J. "The Playah" 9 episodes
Crossing Jordan Manuel Rios 1 episode
2005 Without a Trace Luis Alvarez 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Psych Tech Leon Madera 1 episode
Cold Case Carlos 1 episode
2006 Invasion National Guardsman 1 episode
2007 Prison Break DeJesus 1 episode
2008 Generation Kill Sergeant Antonio "Poke" Espera Miniseries; 7 episides
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Trevor 1 episode
NCIS Sergeant Jack Kale 2 episodes
2009 Dark Blue Chavez 1 episode
2009–2016 Castle Javier Esposito Main role; 173 episodes
2012 Chelsea Lately Javier Esposito in Castle 1 episode
2016–2019 Elementary Halcon 3 episodes
2016 Con Man Diego Alfonso 2 episodes
2016–2022 This Is Us Miguel Rivas Recurring (season 1); main cast (season 2–6)
2019 The Rookie Alejandro Mejia/Cesar Ojeda 1 episode

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jon Huertas – from Airman to Actor | U S. Veterans Magazine". 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ Mike Joseph (May 5, 2012). "Making the jump: Former PJ credits Air Force for successful acting career". Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  3. ^ Castle Panel Comic-Con 2011 Part 3. Event occurs at 9:09. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Jon Huertas Biography". Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Glee, Southland, Castle, Parenthood, Shameless, Days of Our Lives, Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, Take Shelter and Warrior take Top Honors at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards". PRWeb. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Screen Actors Guild Announces Results of 2010 National Board Elections". Screen Actors Guild. September 23, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Strauss, Erica (June 15, 2011). "Jon Huertas Reveals 'Sex Tape' on Twitter". wetpaint. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  8. ^ Sumerel, Ashley Bissette (2021-03-23). "Jon Huertas on 'This Is Us' and When We Could Learn More About Miguel [Video]". Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  9. ^ "Actor Jon Huertas is a married man". May 29, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.

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