Jon Seda

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Jon Seda
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Seda at the HBO premier of The Pacific
Born Jonathan Seda
(1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 43)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present

Jonathan "Jon" Seda (born October 14, 1970) is an American actor, possibly best known for his role as Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street.

Seda was an amateur boxer who, in 1992, auditioned for and was given a role in the boxing film Gladiator. He portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena and became widely known to both the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities. He has made numerous television appearances, and appeared as legendary Marine John Basilone in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific. Seda currently stars in the NBC series, Chicago PD.[1]

Early life[edit]

Seda's parents moved from Puerto Rico to Manhattan, where he was born. Shortly after his birth, they moved to a neighborhood in Clifton, New Jersey, where he received his primary and secondary education. After graduating from high school, Seda began to work out in a gym, after two friends convinced him that he should take up boxing. He boxed in several gyms in New Jersey and soon was a runner up in the New Jersey Golden Gloves competition. As an amateur boxer, Seda had a record of 21 wins and one loss.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Seda's film debut was in 1992, in the boxing film Gladiator in which he played the role of "Romano", a Cuban boxer. He has since worked in various films and TV series. In 1995, Seda was nominated Best Male Lead at the Spirit Awards for his role the 1994 movie I Like It Like That opposite Rita Moreno and Lauren Vélez. In 1996, he was nominated Best Actor for his role as "Blue" in the film The Sunchaser opposite actor Woody Harrelson at the Cannes Film Festival.[citation needed]

Seda became widely known to the Hispanic film audience when he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena, a 1997 film based on the true story of the Tejano singer, Selena, who was murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda portrayed her husband. Also in 1997, Seda landed the role of Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street. The writers took advantage of his boxing background, writing a shirtless practice bout into an episode which established his character's attractiveness to fellow detective Laura Ballard. He also boxed opposite Jimmy Smits in the 2000 film Price of Glory.[2]

His first leading role on the large screen was as the protagonist in 2002's King Rikki, a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Richard III in East L.A..[2][3] Seda has appeared in more than two dozen movies, including Bad Boys II (2003) as "Roberto" as well as numerous television appearances. Aside from Homicide, he has had notable roles as Dino Ortolani in Oz, Matty Caffey in Third Watch, Paul Falsone in a Homicide crossover with Law & Order, House, The Closer, and CSI: Miami. He is featured as one of the three leads in the HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific released on March 14, 2010, playing the part of Marine John Basilone.[1] Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice.[4] In 2007, Seda also made a cameo in Ludacris' song Runaway Love, as an abusive alcoholic stepfather.

Seda appeared in the second season of Treme as Nelson Hidalgo, a politically connected land developer from Dallas who helps out with the relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. He appeared in the 2011 film Larry Crowne, which starred, and was co-written and directed by, Tom Hanks. Hanks served as an executive producer on The Pacific, in which Seda starred.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 Bullet to the Head Louis Blanchard
2011 Larry Crowne Officer Diamond
2007 One Long Night Richard
2003 Bad Boys II Roberto
2002 Undisputed Jesus 'Chuy' Campos
King Rikki Rikki Ortega
2001 Double Bang Sally 'Fish' Pescatore
Love the Hard Way Charlie
2000 Price of Glory Sonny Ortega
Little Pieces Kyle
1997 The Price Of Kissing Billy
Selena Chris Perez
1996 Dead God Handsome
Sunchaser Brandon 'Blue' Monroe
Primal Fear Alex
1995 12 Monkeys Jose
Boys on the Side Pete
1994 I Like It Like That Chino Linares
1993 Carlito's Way Dominican
New York Cop Mario
1992 Gladiator Romano
Zebrahead Vinnie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Antonio Dawson Main Character
2012–present Chicago Fire Antonio Dawson 14 Episodes
2011-2013 Treme Nelson Hidalgo 25 Episodes
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Sergeant Cage 1 Episode
The Closer Detective Frank Verico 1 Episode
Burn Notice Cole 1 Episode
The Pacific Sgt. John Basilone Miniseries
Numb3rs Lonnie Moses 1 Episode
Cutthroat Frankie
Legally Mad Joe Matty
2009 House M.D. Donny 1 Episode
One Hot Summer Ariel Silva
2008 CSI: Miami Hector Salazar 1 Episode
2006–2007 Close to Home Ray Blackwell 20 Episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer John Gregory 2 Episodes
2004–2005 Kevin Hill Damian 'Dame' Ruiz 22 Episodes
2004 The Jury Victor Torres 1 Episode
Las Vegas Junior Gomez 1 Episode
2003 Hack Nick Duarte 1 Episode
Oz Dino Ortolani 3 Episodes
2001–2002 UC: Undercover Jake Shaw 11 Episodes
2000 Thin Air Luis DeLeon
Homicide: The Movie Det. Paul Falsone
Good Guys/Bad Guys Unknown
1999–2000 Third Watch Matty Caffey 7 Episodes
1997–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Paul Falsone 46 Episodes
1997 Law & Order Det. Paul Falsone 1 Episode
1996 Mistrial Eddie Rios
1995 Under Fire Unknown
New York Undercover Bobby Lunas 1 Episode
1994 NYPD Blue Sal Medina 1 Episode
1993 Daybreak Payne

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mustac, Frank. "Veterans Day interview: Film actor Jon Seda humbly describes portraying Detective Antonio Dawson". 
  2. ^ a b Jon Seda Biography at StarPulse.Com
  3. ^ King Rikki at IMDB.
  4. ^ "Burn Notice Enlists Jon Seda for Guest Spot". TVGuide.com. 
  5. ^ "Larry Crowne (2011)". 

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