Manny Jacinto

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Manny Jacinto
Manny Jacinto at the 2018 Comic-Con International (42913094245) (cropped).jpg
Jacinto at the 2018 Comic-Con International
Manuel Luis Jacinto[1]

(1987-08-19) August 19, 1987 (age 31)[2][3][4][5]
Manila, Philippines
NationalityCanadian and Filipino
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Years active2013–present

Manuel Luis "Manny" Jacinto (/hɑːˈsɪnt/; born August 19, 1987) is a Filipino-born Canadian actor.[6] After several small roles on television, his breakout role came in 2016, playing Jason Mendoza on the NBC comedy hit The Good Place.[7][8] In 2018, he was cast in the upcoming feature film Top Gun: Maverick.[9]

Early life and education[edit]

Jacinto was born in Manila, Philippines.[10] His family emigrated to Canada when he was about three years old.[11] He was raised in Richmond, British Columbia.[10] Jacinto grew up playing baseball,[3] basketball[12] and attended an all-boys Catholic high school, Vancouver College.[3][13]

He earned a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science in civil engineering at the University of British Columbia.[3]


While interning, Jacinto participated in hip-hop dance competitions[14] before eventually transitioning into acting as a career.[10][11] Jacinto didn't always believe he'd be an actor but because of his obsessive personality, once he began acting, he became devoted to it. As an Asian actor, Jacinto was frustrated by the lack of other Asian actors in Vancouver. He is grateful that there is a community in Los Angeles. [15]

He has 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.[16]

In 2016, Jacinto was cast as Jianyu Li / Jason Mendoza in the NBC comedy The Good Place.[8] Jacinto has received considerable praise for his performance as Mendoza, the EDM-obsessed "lovable doofus" from Jacksonville, Florida, smashing stereotypes of how Asian men are usually portrayed in Hollywood.[7][17][18][19]

In September 2018, it was announced he was cast in the sequel to Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise.[20]


Year Title Role Notes Refs
2013 Once Upon a Time Quon Episode: "Selfless, Brave and True" [21]
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 TV 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"
2018 Bad Times at the El Royale Wade Espiritu [22]
2020 Top Gun: Maverick Fritz Filming


  1. ^ "Iron Ring". Instagram. March 22, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Manny Jacinto on Twitter". Twitter. p. August 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Hoekstra, Matthew (September 23, 2014). "20 questions with Manny Jacinto". Richmond Review. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ image tagged #bdaythoughts on 20 August
  5. ^ "Raise a sandal to our birthday boy, @Manny Jancinto". The Good Place.
  6. ^ "Manny Jacinto". Storyhive. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  7. ^ a b "'You never see a dumb Asian on network television': The Good Place's Manny Jacinto on playing against type". CBC Radio. July 23, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "'Top Gun: Maverick' Enlists 'The Good Place' Actor Manny Jacinto". /Film. September 28, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "The Romeo Section Cast: Manny Jacinto". Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Manny Jacinto on The Good Place". Balitang America. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  12. ^ Nguyen, Kevin (2018-02-01). "Manny Jacinto Is No Dummy—He Just Plays One on 'The Good Place'". GQ. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  13. ^ "Manny Jacinto – The Good Place". Starry Constellation Magazine. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  14. ^ Raphael, Philip. "Engineering a career in show business". Richmond News. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Manny Jacinto". NBCUniversal. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  17. ^ Grubb, Brian (2018-01-11). "Jason Mendoza From 'The Good Place' Is The Best Doofus On Television". Uproxx. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  18. ^ Mathews, Liam (2016-09-29). "The Good Place Just Found Its Tom Haverford". TV Guide. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  19. ^ Hwang, Sora (Spring 2017). "The Good Place's Manny Jacinto on Playing a Non-Stereotypical Asian Role". Mochi. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2018-09-27). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Taps 'The Good Place's Manny Jacinto For Pilot Duty". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  21. ^ "Manny Jacinto". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Fox Heavy Hitters Celebrate Drew Goddard's 'Bad Times at the El Royale'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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