Mario Lopez Jr.
October 10, 1973
San Diego, California, U.S.
(m. 2004; ann. 2004)
|Relatives||Kailee Wong (brother-in-law)|
Mario Lopez Jr. (born October 10, 1973) is an American actor, television and radio host. He has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, and the 2020 sequel series. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine shows Extra and Access Hollywood. He has also hosted America's Best Dance Crew for MTV. In 2012, he co-hosted the second season of American version of The X Factor with Khloé Kardashian, and was the sole host for the third and final season.
Lopez was born on October 10, 1973, in San Diego, California, the son of Elvira and Mario Lopez Sr. He has a younger sister named Marissa, who is married to NFL Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans linebacker Kailee Wong. Lopez was raised in a large Catholic family of Mexican descent (from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico). Lopez was a child prodigy and started to dance at age three, training in tap and jazz. He also did tumbling, karate and wrestling at his local Boys and Girls Club when he was 7 years old, which he excelled at as well as other things his mother put him in. During his acting career, he was an amateur wrestler for Chula Vista at the weight class of 160 lbs, and was also in his high school wrestling team, placing 2nd in the San Diego Section and 7th in the state of California in his senior year while attending Chula Vista High School, where he graduated in 1991.
Lopez was discovered by a talent agent at a dance recital when he was 10 years old. He got into local ads and commercials before making TV appearances.
Lopez began acting in 1984 when he appeared as younger brother Tomás in the short-lived ABC comedy series a.k.a. Pablo. That same year, he was cast as a drummer and dancer on Kids Incorporated from three seasons. In March 1987, he was cast as a guest star on the sitcom The Golden Girls as a Latino boy named Mario who faces deportation. He was cast in a small part in the movie Colors (1988) as Felipe's friend. In 1989, Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater in the television Saturday-morning series sitcom Saved by the Bell (1989–1993), and its spinoff Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993–1994), a role which lasted five years.
In 1997, Lopez starred as Olympic diver Greg Louganis in the television movie Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story. The following year, he was cast as Bobby Cruz in the USA Network series Pacific Blue for two seasons before it was cancelled after the fifth season; he then went on to guest star on Resurrection Blvd., Eve, and The Bad Girl's Guide. In March 2006, Lopez joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful playing the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. On July 18, 2006, he was released from his B&B contract. Later that year, Mario guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives Christian Troy to jealousy when he sees him naked in the shower in an episode of FX Network's Nip/Tuck during the show's fourth season, which began in Fall 2006. He also made an appearance on George Lopez as a police officer in late 2006. Lopez also guest-starred as a reporter for Extra Sesame Street in the Sesame Street episode "The Veggie Monster" in 2012.
On February 4, 2015, Lopez reunited with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Tiffani Thiessen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they appeared in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon. In 2020, Lopez reprised the role of A.C. Slater in Peacock's sequel series, Saved by the Bell. In December 2020, Lopez starred as Colonel Sanders in A Recipe for Seduction, a short film from Lifetime and KFC.
Dancing with the Stars
In the fall of 2006, Lopez signed on as a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars on ABC with professional partner and then-girlfriend Karina Smirnoff who was making her series debut. They finished in second place, losing to the team of Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
In 1992, he hosted his first series on NBC, called Name Your Adventure. He hosted the serial tabloid Extra, as well as the MTV reality shows America's Best Dance Crew and MTV's Top Pop Group. In the 1995–96 season, he hosted the second season of Masters of the Maze on what was then The Family Channel. Lopez is both the host (with Carmen Palumbo) and co-executive producer of Sí TV's Dating Factory. From October to December 2012, he co-hosted the Fox singing competition The X Factor along with Khloe Kardashian. In September 2013, Lopez returned to the show as sole host for season 3 after Kardashian was not asked back as co-host. The X Factor was cancelled on February 7, 2014. From 2002 to 2005, he was the host of the Animal Planet show Pet Star, despite some difficulty with an allergy to cats. Lopez hosted the Miss America pageant in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Starting in 2012, Lopez began hosting his own nationally syndicated radio show, ON With Mario Lopez, for Premiere Radio. It streams online daily on iHeartRadio and airs on selected CHR and Hot AC stations (particularly on KBIG-FM/Los Angeles) throughout the U.S.
In August 2014, Lopez began hosting the Hot AC edition of the iHeartRadio Countdown.
In July 2019 it was reported that Lopez would be leaving his duties hosting Extra in order to host rival program Access Hollywood. In November 2019 Lopez was the Grand Marshal of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Lopez has published three non-fiction books. The first, Mario Lopez Knockout Fitness, was published in 2008 and written together with Jeff O'Connell (who had previously written a fitness book with LL Cool J). His book Extra Lean followed in early 2010 and became a New York Times bestseller. Extra Lean Family was published in May 2012. He released a children's book entitled Mario and Baby Gia by Celebra Children's Books (a division of Penguin Books), on September 27, 2011. The book is about Lopez and his daughter.
After six years of dating, Lopez married actress Ali Landry on April 24, 2004, in a Catholic ceremony at the Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but their marriage was annulled two weeks later. In a 2011 interview, Lopez admitted that the parting transpired after Landry discovered Lopez had been unfaithful to her days before the wedding at his bachelor party. Lopez dated professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, his Dancing with the Stars partner, from 2006 to June 2008.
In the fall of 2008, Lopez met Broadway dancer, actress and producer Courtney Mazza on A Chorus Line on Broadway in New York. They married in Punta Mita, Mexico on December 1, 2012. They have a daughter (born in 2010) and two sons (born in 2013 and 2019).
He is a proponent of health and fitness, and was the cover feature for the November 2013 issue of FitnessRX For Men magazine. To complement his fitness regime, Lopez is a boxer and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; he began training in early 2017 and received his blue belt in February 2018 under Professor Robert Hill of Gracie Barra Glendale.
|1996||Fever Lake||Steve||Direct-to-video film|
|1996||El Cóndor de oro||Bodyguard 2|
|1997||The Journey: Absolution||Ryan Murphy|
|2000||A Crack in the Floor||Lehman|
|2000||Big Brother Trouble||Coach|
|2002||Outta Time||David Morales||Alternative titles: The Courier, Out of Time|
|2002||King Rikki||Juan Vallejo||Alternative title: The Street King|
|2005||Aloha, Scooby-Doo!||Manu Tuiama/Mainland Surfer||Direct-to-video film; voice role|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Substitute Minors watcher|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Himself||Cameo|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Social Smurf||Voice role|
|2014||The Dog Who Saved Easter||Zeus the Dog||Direct-to-video film; voice role|
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Zeus the Dog||Direct-to-video film; voice role|
|2016||Get Smurfy||Social Smurf||Voice role|
|2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Himself|
|2019||Fantastica: A Boonie Bears Adventure||Briar||English version; voice role|
|1984||a.k.a. Pablo||Tomas Del Gato||Main role|
|1984–1986||Kids Incorporated||Himself||Dancer/Drummer (seasons 1–3)|
|1986||The Deacon Street Deer||Hector||Television movie|
|1987||The Golden Girls||Mario||Episode: "Dorothy's Prized Pupil"|
|1989–1993||Saved by the Bell||A.C. Slater||Main role|
|1992||Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style||A.C. Slater||Television movie|
|1993–1994||Saved by the Bell: The College Years||A.C. Slater||Main role|
|1994||Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas||A.C. Slater||Television movie|
|1994||Bill Nye the Science Guy||Himself||Communication cameo|
|1995–1996||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||A.C. Slater||Episodes: "Goodbye, Bayside Part 2", "Fire at the Max Part 2"|
|1995–1996||Masters of the Maze||Himself||Host (season 2)|
|1997||Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story||Greg Louganis||Television movie|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||Dave Ruggles||Television movie|
|1999||Pacific Blue||Bobby Cruz||Main role (seasons 4–5)|
|2001–2003||The Other Half||Himself||Host|
|2004||The Soluna Project||Antonio||Television movie|
|2006||The Bold and the Beautiful||Christian Ramirez||Contact role, 46 episodes|
|2006||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||Contestant (season 3)|
|2006–2010||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Mike Hamoui||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2007||George Lopez||Police Officer Sanchez||Episode: "George Can't Let Sleeping Mexicans Lie"|
|2007||Holiday in Handcuffs||David Martin||Television movie|
|2007||Miss Universe 2007||Himself||Host|
|2008||Husband for Hire||Marco||Television movie|
|2008||MTV's Top Pop Group||Himself||Host|
|2008–2012||America's Best Dance Crew||Himself||Host|
|2008||Robot Chicken||A.C Slater||Voice role; episode: "Boo Cocky"|
|2009||The Dog Who Saved Christmas||Zeus the Dog||Television movie; voice role|
|2010–2011||Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby||Himself||Lead role|
|2010||The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||Zeus the Dog||Television movie; voice role|
|2011–2012||Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade||Himself||Host|
|2012||Sesame Street||Himself (reporter)||Episode: "The Veggie Monster"|
|2012||Are You There, Chelsea?||Himself||Episode: "Dee Dee's Pillow"|
|2012–2013||The X Factor||Himself||Co-host (season 2)|
|2012–2013||The Chica Show||Stitches||Voice role|
|2015–2016||Nashville||Himself||Episodes: "I've Got Reasons to Hate You", "The Trouble with the Truth"|
|2015||Major Crimes||Himself||Episode: "Reality Check"|
|2015||Dinner at Tiffani's||Himself||Episode: "Come in For Comfort Food"|
|2016||Grease: Live||Vince Fontaine||Television movie|
|2016||Almost Royal||Himself||1 episode|
|2016||NCIS: New Orleans||NOPD Officer Hernandez||Episode: "Man On Fire"|
|2017||A Very Merry Toy Store||Will DiNova||Television Movie|
|2018||Elena of Avalor||Cruz||Recurring voice role; 7 episodes|
|2018||Jane the Virgin||Himself||Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Nine"|
|2018-2019||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||Himself||Recurring voice role|
|2019||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Himself||Episode: "Four Movements"|
|2019||The Rookie||Himself||Episode: "GreenLight”|
|2020||The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia||Nico||Recurring role, 5 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer|
|2020||Feliz NaviDAD||David||Television movie|
|2020||Saved by the Bell||A.C. Slater||Main role|
|2020||A Recipe for Seduction||Harland Sanders||Short television movie|
|2020||Miss Universe 2020||Himself||Host|
|1990||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast||Saved by the Bell||Nominated|
|1991||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime Series||Saved by the Bell||Nominated|
|1992||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series||Saved by the Bell||Nominated|
|1993||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Hosts for a Youth Magazine, News or Game Show||Name Your Adventure||Won|
|1993||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Series||Saved by the Bell||Won|
|1994||Young Artist Awards||Best Youth Actor in a TV Mini-Series, M.O.W. or Special||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Nominated|
|1994||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Youth Host in a TV Magazine, News or Variety Show||Name Your Adventure||Won|
|1998||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role||Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story||Nominated|
|1999||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Pacific Blue||Nominated|
|2006||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Personality||Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Personality||Himself||Nominated|
|2011||ALMA Awards||Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act||Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby||Nominated|
|2011||Young Artist Awards||Mickey Rooney Award||Himself||Won|
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Do you go to church? "Every week. Nice Catholic boy."
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