Jon Seda

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Jon Seda
Jon Seda at 2014 Imagen Awards.jpg
Seda at the 2014 Imagen Awards
Born Jonathan Seda
(1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 45)
New York, New York, U.S.
Residence Pennsylvania[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Seda (m. 2000)
Children 3

Jonathan "Jon" Seda (born October 14, 1970) is an American actor, possibly best known for his role as Det. 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.

In 2014, Seda began starring in the NBC police procedural drama Chicago P.D. as Det. Antonio Dawson.[2]

Early life[edit]

Seda was born in Manhattan to Puerto Rican-heritage parents,[3] and raised in Clifton, New Jersey.[4][5]

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]


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.[6] In 1996, he was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Best Actor Award) for his role as "Blue" in the film The Sunchaser opposite actor Woody Harrelson at the Cannes Film Festival.[7]

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 Quintanilla-Perez, who was murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda played Selena's husband Chris Pérez. 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.[8]

Seda (left) with Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale at a screening for The Pacific

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..[8][9] 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.[2] Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice.[10] 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.[11] In 2013 he starred alongside Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater and Jason Mamoa in the Walter Hill action thriller Bullet to the Head.

In 2012, Seda began starring on Chicago Fire in a recurring role as Detective Antonio Dawson. Since 2014 he portrays Dawson in the spin-off Chicago P.D. as part of the main cast. His daughter Haley made a guest appearance on Chicago P.D. as a key witness in a bombing.[12]



Year Title Role
1992 Gladiator Romano
Zebrahead Vinnie
1993 Carlito's Way Dominican
New York Cop Mario
1994 I Like It Like That Chino Linares
1995 '12 Monkeys Jose
Boys on the Side Pete
1996 Dear God Handsome
Sunchaser Brandon 'Blue' Monroe
Primal Fear Alex
1997 The Price Of Kissing Billy
Selena Chris Pérez
2000 Price of Glory Sonny Ortega
Little Pieces Kyle
2001 Double Bang Sally 'Fish' Pescatore
Love the Hard Way Charlie
2002 Undisputed Jesus 'Chuy' Campos
King Rikki Rikki Ortega
2003 Bad Boys II Roberto
2007 One Long Night Richard
2011 Larry Crowne Officer Diamond
2012 Bullet to the Head Louis Blanchard


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Daybreak Payne
1994 NYPD Blue Sal Medina 1 Episode
1995 Under Fire Unknown
New York Undercover Bobby Lunas 1 episode
1996 Mistrial Eddie Rios
1997 Law & Order Det. Paul Falsone 1 episode
1997–99 Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Paul Falsone 46 Episodes
1999–2000 Third Watch Matty Caffey 7 episodes
2000 Thin Air Luis DeLeon
Homicide: The Movie Det. Paul Falsone
Good Guys/Bad Guys Unknown
2001–02 UC: Undercover Jake Shaw 11 episodes
2003 Hack Nick Duarte 1 Episode
Oz Dino Ortolani 3 episodes
2004 The Jury Victor Torres 1 episode
Las Vegas Junior Gomez 1 episode
2004-05 Kevin Hill Damian 'Dame' Ruiz 22 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer John Gregory 2 episodes
2006–07 Close to Home Ray Blackwell 20 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Hector Salazar 1 episode
2009 House Donny 1 episode
One Hot Summer Ariel Silva
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
2011–13 Treme Nelson Hidalgo 25 Episodes
2012–present Chicago Fire Det. Antonio Dawson 14 Episodes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Det. Antonio Dawson Main character

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