Manny Jacinto

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Manny Luis Jacinto
Manny Jacinto at the 2018 Comic-Con International (42913094245) (cropped).jpg
Jacinto at the 2018 Comic-Con International
Born Manuel Luis Jacinto[1]
(1987-08-19) August 19, 1987 (age 31)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Canadian and Filipino
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation Actor

Manuel Luis Jacinto (/hɑːˈsɪnt/; born August 19[citation needed], 1987)[2] is a Filipino-Canadian actor.[3] He stars on the NBC comedy The Good Place as Jason Mendoza.[4]


Jacinto was born in Manila, Philippines,[5] but his family emigrated to Canada when he was about three years old.[6] He was raised in Richmond, British Columbia.[5] Jacinto grew up playing basketball[7] and attended an all-boys high school.[8]

He studied and received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science in civil engineering at the University of British Columbia. While interning, he participated in hip hop dance competitions[9] before eventually transitioning into acting as a career.[5][6]

He's had small roles in shows like Once Upon a Time, Supernatural and iZombie.

In 2015, he was cast as triad leader Wing Lei in the Canadian spy drama The Romeo Section by Chris Haddock. The role won him a Leo Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance in a Dramatic Series.[10]

In 2016, Jacinto was cast as Jianyu Li / Jason Mendoza in the NBC comedy The Good Place.[4] Jacinto has received considerable praise for his performance.[11][12][13] Due to his character's professed love of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacinto attended the team's wild card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.[14] The Jaguars won the game, 10–3.[15]


Year Title Role Notes Refs
2013 Once Upon a Time Quon Episode: "Selfless, Brave and True" [16]
2013 Supernatural Diego Episode: "Pac-Man Fever"
2014 The 100 Boy #1/Boy Bullied by Murphy TV Series; 2 episodes
2014 The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story Eric Movie
2015 iZombie Sammy Episode: "Liv and Let Clive"
2015 Bates Motel Guy in coffee shop Episode: Unbreak-Able
2015 The Romeo Section Wing Lei TV series; 10 episodes
2016 Roadies Runner Episode: "Life Is a Carnival"
2016–present The Good Place Jianyu Li / Jason Mendoza TV series; main cast
2017 The Good Doctor Bobby Episode: "Sacrifice"


  1. ^ "Iron Ring". Instagram. March 22, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ image tagged #bdaythoughts on 20 August and claim that he is 27 in September 2014
  3. ^ "Manny Jacinto". Storyhive. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 3, 2016). "Good Place NBC comedy series casts Manny Jacinto; Julie Goldman joins ABC's Weeks/Mackay Project". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Romeo Section Cast: Manny Jacinto". Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Manny Jacinto on The Good Place". Balitang America. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  7. ^ Nguyen, Kevin (2018-02-01). "Manny Jacinto Is No Dummy—He Just Plays One on 'The Good Place'". GQ. Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Manny Jacinto – The Good Place". Starry Constellation Magazine. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  9. ^ Raphael, Philip. "Engineering a career in show business". Richmond News. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  10. ^ "Manny Jacinto". NBCUniversal. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  11. ^ Grubb, Brian (2018-01-11). "Jason Mendoza From 'The Good Place' Is The Best Doofus On Television". Uproxx. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  12. ^ Mathews, Liam (2016-09-29). "The Good Place Just Found Its Tom Haverford". TV Guide. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  13. ^ Hwang, Sora (Spring 2017). "The Good Place's Manny Jacinto on Playing a Non-Stereotypical Asian Role". Mochi. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  14. ^ Wilder, Charlotte (12 January 2018). "'The Good Place' producer Joe Mande on how Jacksonville Jaguars fandom became part of the show". SB Nation. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  15. ^ Admiraal, Christy (2018-01-08). "Jason from THE GOOD PLACE Watches His Jaguars Dreams Come True". Nerdist. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Manny Jacinto". Retrieved 22 September 2017. 

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