Jon Huertas

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Jon Huertas
Jon Huertas at Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Huertas at the 2012 PaleyFest honoring ABC's Castle.
Jon William Scott Hofstedt

(1969-10-23) October 23, 1969 (age 49)
Years active1993–present
Nicole Bordges (m. 2014)

Jon Huertas (born October 23, 1969) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Sergeant Antonio 'Poke' Espera in HBO's Generation Kill, Joe Negroni in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle.


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. Beginning in 2009, Huertas has 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.[1]

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.[2]

In June 2011, Huertas made his debut music video single called "Sex Is the Word".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Huertas, born Jon William Hofstedt, is of Puerto Rican descent. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and served for 8 years as an aircraft nuclear/conventional weapons specialist.[4][5] He participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.[6]

Huertas married his long-term girlfriend, Nicole Bordges, in Tulum, Mexico on May 4, 2014.[7]



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
2010 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Alberto
2012 Stash House Ray Jaffe
2014 Reparation Jerome Keller


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Webbers Pimp - Uncredited One episode
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Peter Manguson Episode: "Must Be a Guy Thing"
1997 JAG Cayuga Helmsman and Ramirez Episodes: "Cowboys & Cossacks" and "Vanished"
1998 Nash Bridges Hustler Episode: "Impostors"
Moesha Antonio Episodes: "Homecoming", "Teacher", "A Terrible Thing Happened on My Tour of College", "A Class Act Christmas", "Barking Up the Wrong Tree", "I Love Moesha", "Life Imitating Art", and "The Prom"
1999 St. Michael's Crossing Unknown
Undressed Evan Season 1
Time of Your Life Unknown Episode: "The Time They Threw That Party"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Brad Alcerro Episodes: "No Place Like Home", "Dream a Little Dreama Me", "Jealousy", "Spoiled Rotten", "The Phantom Menace", "Ice Station Sabrina", "Super Hero", "Salem's Daughter", "Dreama the Mouse", "The Four Faces of Sabrina", and "The End of an Era"
2000 Touched by an Angel Warren One episode: "The Perfect Game"
2001 Resurrection Blvd. Unknown Episode: "Secretos, Mentiras, y Expectativas"
2002 NYPD Blue Juan Episode: "Less is Morte"
The Shield Unknown Episodes: "Two Days of Blood" (Uncredited) and "Homewrecker"
2004 The Division Juan Episode: "Bite Me"
The Joe Schmo Show T.J. "The Playah" Episodes: "On with the Schmo", "A Bottle of Red, a Bottle of White", "The Crisis", vGuess Who's Coming to Dinner", "Porked and Beans", vRequiem for a Frog", "Cruiser", "T.J. Needs T.P" and "Finale"
Crossing Jordan Manuel Rios Episode: "Necessary Risks"
2005 Without a Trace Luis Alvarez Episode: "Neither Rain Nor Sleet"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Psych Tech Leon Madera Episode: "Committed"
Cold Case Carlos Episode: "Saving Patrick Bubley"
2006 Invasion National Guardsman Episode: "Round Up"
2007 Prison Break DeJesus Episode: "Sona"
2008 Generation Kill Sergeant Antonio "Poke" Espera Episodes: "Get Some", "The Cradle of Civilization", "Screwby", "Combat Jack", "A Burning Dog", "Stay Frosty" and "Bomb in the Garden"
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Trevor Episode: "Allison from Palmdale"
NCIS Sergeant Jack Kale Episodes: "Nine Lives" and "Caged" (uncredited)
2009 Dark Blue Chavez Episode: "O.I.S."
Castle Javier Esposito PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Episode in 2012.[1]
2012 Chelsea Lately Javier Esposito in Castle Episode: Episode #6.187 (Himself playing his Castle character)
2016 Elementary Halcon Episode: "Worth Several Cities"
2016-present This Is Us Miguel Recurring (Season 1); Main Cast (Season 2- )


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ "Screen Actors Guild Announces Results of 2010 National Board Elections". Screen Actors Guild. September 23, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Strauss, Erica (June 15, 2011). "Jon Huertas Reveals 'Sex Tape' on Twitter". wetpaint. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Mike Joseph (May 5, 2012). "Making the jump: Former PJ credits Air Force for successful acting career". Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  5. ^ Castle Panel Comic-Con 2011 Part 3. Event occurs at 9:09. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Jon Huertas Biography". Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Actor Jon Huertas is a married man". May 29, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.

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