Mel Rodriguez

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Mel Rodriguez
Mel Rodriguez at 2014 Imagen Awards.jpg
Rodriguez at 2014 Imagen Awards
Born Melvin Dimas Rodriguez
(1973-06-12) June 12, 1973 (age 44)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Melvin Dimas Rodriguez (born June 12, 1973) is an American actor best known for starring as Nurse Patsy de la Serda on the HBO comedy Getting On and as Todd on the FOX comedy The Last Man on Earth. Other notable works include recurring as Marco on AMC's Better Call Saul and co-starring on the short-lived FOX sitcoms Running Wilde and Enlisted.

Life and career[edit]

Rodriguez 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, which he used to graduate from SUNY Purchase. After his graduation, Rodriguez stayed in Purchase and managed a cigar shop, from time to time visiting New York City to act on stage. 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. Rodriguez then moved to Los Angeles, focusing more on his career in the film industry and less on his acting on stage.[1] 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.[2]

Rodriguez is most known for his recurring roles as Sgt. Nunez on Community and SPC Chubowski on the Fox sitcom Enlisted. He portrayed Marco, the best friend and partner-in-crime of Jimmy McGill in the first season of Better Call Saul. He had a brief role as Officer Morales in the 2002 film Panic Room, and is currently a regular on The Last Man on Earth (2015).[3] He also appeared as Officer Martinez in Little Miss Sunshine (2006).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1999 Wirey Spindell Ernesto [2]
2002 Panic Room Officer Morales [4][5]
2002 Deuces Wild Big Dom [5]
2002 Showtime Armored Car Driver Uncredited [6]
2004 Terminal, TheThe Terminal Man in Cast Uncredited
2004 Garfield: The Movie Security Officer [5]
2005 Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, TheThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Captain Gómez [4][5]
2006 Shark Bait Dr. Tang/Manny Voice role [2][4]
2006 Big Top Harris [2][4]
2006 Unknown Lone Cop [7]
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Officer Martinez [4][5]
2008 Lakeview Terrace Julio Pacheco [7]
2008 Choke.Kick.Girl Mel Short film
2009 West of Brooklyn Sal [8]
2012 Watch, TheThe Watch Chucho [4][5]
2012 The Producer Short film
2013 Fat Ken Short film [9]
2013 Playing Clean Mel Short film
2014 Suburban Gothic Hector [10]
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Morty Fyde Voice role; cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1999 Law & Order Bill Crawford Episode: "Disciple" [1]
1999 Third Watch T-Shirt Man Episode: "Welcome to Camelot" [1]
1999 Spin City [1]
2002–2007 George Lopez Frank 5 episodes [4]
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Neil Episode: "Reese Drives"
2002 Gilmore Girls Raul Episode: "Lorelai's Graduation Day"
2002 Fidel Calixto Morales Television film
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Mel Episode: "Relationship Ripcord"
2004 CSI: NY Al McGrath Episode: "A Man a Mile"
2004 In the Game Jason Show cancelled after pilot
2004 Beverly Hills S.U.V. Show cancelled after pilot
2004 NYPD Blue Norman Reese Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
2004 Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac Show Episode: "My Privacy"
2004 Ghost Whisperer Owen Episode: "Ghost, Interrupted"
2007 Without a Trace Mel Heinz Episode: "One Wrong Move"
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Episode: "Oleander"
2008 Kath & Kim Warren Episode: "Money"
2008 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
2009 Middle, TheThe Middle Mr. Perez Episode: "The Trip"
2010 Big Love Don Dona 2 episodes
2010–2011 Running Wilde Migo Salazar 13 episodes [4][5]
2010–2012 Choke.Kick.Girl Just Mel Webseries
2011 Workaholics Ryan Episode: "Checkpoint Gnarly"
2011 Community Sgt. Nunez 3 episodes [4]
2012 Hot in Cleveland Hector Episode: "What's Behind the Door"
2013 New Normal, TheThe New Normal Gerald Episode: "Rocky Bye Baby" [4]
2013–2015 Getting On Patsy De La Serda 17 episodes [1][5]
2014 Enlisted SPC George Chubowski 8 episodes [3]
2015–2017 Better Call Saul Marco Pasternak 3 episodes [1]
2015–present (present) Last Man on Earth, TheThe Last Man on Earth Todd Rodriguez Series regular; 43 episodes [1][5]
2016 We Bare Bears Darrell (voice) Episode: "Losing Ice"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes Ref(s)
2014 "Greens and Blues" Pixies [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rushfield, Ricihard (25 April 2015). "'Last Man's Mel Rodriguez's Career Boomerang is the Most Heartwarming Showbiz Story of the Year". HitFix. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mel Rodriguez Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Phelan, Paige (26 April 2015). "'Last Man on Earth': Mel Rodriguez on New Phil "Stress" and Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Getting On Cast & Crew: Mel Rodriguez: Bio". HBO. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Mel Rodriguez Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mel Rodriguez on iTunes". Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Mel Rodriguez - Filme" (in German). Moviepilot.de. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "West of Brooklyn - Mel Rodriguez". WestofBrooklynthemovie.com. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mark Phinney & Mel Rodriguez Interview - Fat". Tribute.ca. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Harvey, Dennis (27 January 2015). "Film Review: ‘Suburban Gothic’". Variety. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Grow, Kory (4 March 2014). "Pixies' New Video Connects Graffiti Artists With Astronauts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

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