Seda at the 2014 Imagen Awards
October 14, 1970
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Gomez (m.2000)|
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 highly decorated U.S. Marine John Basilone in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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. 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, 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. Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice. 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. 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.
|New York Cop||Mario|
|1994||I Like It Like That||Chino Linares|
|Boys on the Side||Pete|
|Sunchaser||Brandon 'Blue' Monroe|
|1997||The Price Of Kissing||Billy|
|2000||Price of Glory||Sonny Ortega|
|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|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Sal Molina||Episode: "You Bet Your Life"|
|New York Undercover||Bobby Lunas||Episode: "Knock You Out"|
|1996||Mistrial||Eddie Rios||TV Movie|
|1997||Law & Order||Det. Paul Falsone||Episode: "Baby, It's You"|
|1997–1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Det. Paul Falsone||46 episodes|
|1999–2000||Third Watch||Matty Caffey||7 episodes|
|2000||Thin Air||Luis DeLeon||TV Movie|
|Homicide: The Movie||Det. Paul Falsone||TV Movie|
|Good Guys/Bad Guys||TV Movie|
|2001–2002||UC: Undercover||Jake Shaw||11 episodes|
|2003||Hack||Nick Duarte||Episode: "Dial 'O' for Murder"|
|Oz||Dino Ortolani||3 episodes|
|2004||Las Vegas||Junior Gomez||Episode: "Die Fast, Die Furious"|
|The Jury||Victor Torres||Episode: "Last Rites"|
|2004–2005||Kevin Hill||Damian 'Dame' Ruiz||22 episodes|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||John Gregory||2 episodes|
|2006–2007||Close to Home||Ray Blackwell||20 episodes|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Hector Salazar||Episode: "Tipping Point"|
|2009||House||Donny||Episode: "Brave Heart"|
|One Hot Summer||Ariel Silva||TV Movie|
|Numb3rs||Lonnie Moses||Episode: "Arm in Arms"|
|Legally Mad||Joe Matty||TV Movie|
|The Pacific||Sgt. John Basilone||TV Mini-series|
|Burn Notice||Cole||Episode: "Center of the Storm"|
|The Closer||Detective Frank Verico||Episode: "Off the Hook"|
|Hawaii Five-0||Sergeant Cage||Episode: "Mana'o"|
|2011–2013||Treme||Nelson Hidalgo||26 episodes|
|2012–present||Chicago Fire||Det. Antonio Dawson||38 episodes|
|2014–present||Chicago P.D.||Det. Antonio Dawson||Main character|
|2017–present||Chicago Justice||Chief Investigator Antonio Dawson||Main character|
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- "Chicago P.D. Exclusive Video: Whose Real-Life Daughter Is a Key Witness to the Crime?". TV Guide. May 4, 2015.