Mel Rodriguez

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Mel Rodríguez
Rodriguez at 2014 Imagen Awards
Melvin Dimas Rodríguez

(1973-06-12) June 12, 1973 (age 50)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
EducationState University of New York, Purchase (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actor and comedian
Years active1999–present

Melvin Dimas Rodríguez (born June 12, 1973) is an American actor and comedian, best known for starring as Nurse Patsy de la Serda on the HBO comedy Getting On, as Todd Rodriguez on the Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth, and as Ernie Gomes on the Showtime drama On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Other notable works include recurring as Marco Pasternak on AMC's Better Call Saul and co-starring on the short-lived Fox sitcoms Running Wilde and Enlisted. In 2021, Rodriguez appeared in the crime television series CSI: Vegas.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Rodríguez was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in its Little Havana neighborhood. He first pursued a career in boxing, until he was led onto the path of acting by his high school teacher at age 17, first starring in an AIDS awareness play entitled The Inner Circle with Pedro Zamora. He dropped out of high school and managed to receive a scholarship, at the prestigious theatre arts and film conservatory at SUNY Purchase. After his graduation, Rodríguez stayed in New York, managed a cigar shop, and worked primarily in theatre . He did his first role on screen in 1999 in an episode of the legal drama television series Law & Order, which was filming in the state. Rodríguez then moved to Los Angeles, focusing more on his career in the film industry and less on his acting on stage.[2] His first role in a full-length feature film was in the 1999 comedy Wirey Spindell. He achieved his breakthrough by scoring the recurring role of Frank on the ABC comedy series George Lopez in 2002.[3]

Rodríguez is most known for his recurring roles as Sgt. Núñez on Community and SPC Chubowski on the Fox sitcom Enlisted. He portrayed Marco Pasternak, the best friend and partner-in-crime of Jimmy McGill in the first and third seasons of Better Call Saul. He had a brief role as Officer Morales in the 2002 film Panic Room, and was a main cast member on The Last Man on Earth (2015).[4] He also appeared as Officer Martinez in Little Miss Sunshine (2006).

Rodriguez decided to depart CSI: Vegas after its first season as Medical Examiner Hugo Ramirez.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wirey Spindell[3] Ernesto
2002 Panic Room[6][7] Officer Morales
Deuces Wild[7] Big Dom
Showtime[8] Armored Car Driver Uncredited
2004 The Terminal Man in Cast
Garfield: The Movie[7] Security Officer
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada[6][7] Captain Gómez
2006 Shark Bait[3][6] Dr. Tang/Manny Voice role
Big Top[3][6] Harris
Unknown[9] Lone Cop
Little Miss Sunshine[6][7] Officer Martinez
2008 Lakeview Terrace[9] Julio Pacheco
Choke.Kick.Girl Mel Short film
2009 West of Brooklyn[10] Sal
2012 The Watch[6][7] Chucho
The Producer Short film
2013 Fat[11] Ken
Playing Clean Mel Short film
2014 Suburban Gothic[12] Hector
2016 Brave New Jersey Sheriff Dandy
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Morty Fyde Voice role; cameo
2018 Overboard Bobby
2020 The Last Thing He Wanted Barry Sedlow
Onward Colt Bronco Voice role
We Bare Bears: The Movie Darrell


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order[2] Bill Crawford Episode: "Disciple"
Third Watch[2] T-shirt Man Episode: "Welcome to Camelot"
Spin City[2]
2002–2007 George Lopez[6] Frank 5 episodes
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Neil Episode: "Reese Drives"
Gilmore Girls Raul Episode: "Lorelai's Graduation Day"
Fidel Calixto Morales Television film
Andy Richter Controls the Universe Mel Episode: "Relationship Ripcord"
2004 CSI: NY Al McGrath Episode: "A Man a Mile"
In the Game Jason Show cancelled after pilot
Beverly Hills S.U.V. Show cancelled after pilot
NYPD Blue Norman Reese Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
The Bernie Mac Show Episode: "My Privacy"
Ghost Whisperer Owen Episode: "Ghost, Interrupted"
2007 Without a Trace Mel Heinz Episode: "One Wrong Move"
Notes from the Underbelly Episode: "Oleander"
2008 Kath & Kim Warren Episode: "Money"
Raising the Bar Episode: "Bagels and Locks"
2008–2009 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Carlos Hernandez 3 episodes
2009 FlashForward Oscar Obregon 2 episodes
The Middle Mr. Perez Episode: "The Trip"
2010 Big Love Don Dona 2 episodes
2010–2011 Running Wilde[6][7] Migo Salazar 13 episodes
2010–2012 Choke.Kick.Girl Just Mel Web series
2011 Workaholics Ryan Episode: "Checkpoint Gnarly"
Community[6] Sgt. Núñez 3 episodes
2012 Hot in Cleveland Hector Episode: "What's Behind the Door"
2013 The New Normal[6] Gerald Episode: "Rocky Bye Baby"
2013–2015 Getting On[2][7] Patsy De La Serda 17 episodes
2014 Enlisted[4] SPC George Chubowski 8 episodes
2015 & 2017 Better Call Saul[2] Marco Pasternak 3 episodes
2015–2018 The Last Man on Earth[2][7] Todd Rodriguez Series regular; 43 episodes
2016–2018 We Bare Bears Darrell Voice; 3 episodes
2018 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Philbert Noyce Episode: "Kill All Others"
Grace and Frankie Officer Terry Velez Episode: "The Lodger"
Animals. Lieutenant 5 episodes
2019 On Becoming a God in Central Florida Ernie 10 episodes
2020 Briarpatch Mayor Tony Salazar
2021 Made for Love Ignacio
2021–2022 CSI: Vegas Hugo Ramirez Main cast; Season 1
2022 The Afterparty Captain Ostrander Episode: "Maggie"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2014 "Greens and Blues"[13] Pixies


  1. ^ CBS Fall 2021-22 Schedule: ‘NCIS’, ‘Bull’ & ‘S.W.A.T.’ On the Move, ‘FBI’ Tuesday, Reality Expansion
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Rushfield, Ricihard (April 25, 2015). "'Last Man's Mel Rodríguez's Career Boomerang is the Most Heartwarming Showbiz Story of the Year". HitFix. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mel Rodríguez Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Phelan, Paige (April 26, 2015). "'Last Man on Earth': Mel Rodriguez on New Phil "Stress" and Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Cordero, Rosy (January 27, 2022). "Mel Rodriguez Departs 'CSI: Vegas' Following Jorja Fox And William Petersen". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Getting On Cast & Crew: Mel Rodriguez: Bio". HBO. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Mel Rodríguez Filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2015. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mel Rodríguez on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Mel Rodriguez - Filme" (in German). Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "West of Brooklyn - Mel Rodriguez". Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Mark Phinney & Mel Rodriguez Interview - Fat". Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 27, 2015). "Film Review: 'Suburban Gothic'". Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  13. ^ Grow, Kory (March 4, 2014). "Pixies' New Video Connects Graffiti Artists With Astronauts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 19, 2015.

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