Nestor Carbonell

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Nestor Carbonell
Carbonell in May 2009
Born Nestor Gastón Carbonell
(1967-12-01) December 1, 1967 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
  • Actor
  • writer
  • director
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Shannon Kenny (m. 2001)
Children 2

Nestor Gastón Carbonell[1][2] (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnestor ɣasˈtoŋ karβoˈneʎ]; born December 1, 1967) is an American actor, known for portraying Richard Alpert in ABC's drama Lost and Mayor Anthony Garcia in the films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He is also known for his role on the sitcom Suddenly Susan and his performance as the character Batmanuel on the live-action sitcom The Tick. He played the role of Mayor Picazo in the movie For Greater Glory. Since 2013, he has portrayed Sheriff Alex Romero on A&E's Bates Motel. He also plays Raymond Navarro on State of Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Carbonell was born in New York City. His family is Cuban of Catalan descent.[3] He was raised Catholic.[4] His family moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where he attended The British School Caracas. Later on, he moved back to the United States, where he attended Deerfield Academy (with future Lost co-star Matthew Fox). He earned a B.A. in English at Harvard University in the late 1980s.

His father is a business executive[5] and is active in the Cuban community. Former professional baseball player Rafael Palmeiro is his cousin. His great-grandfather, José Manuel Cortina y Garcia, was a noted Cuban orator and diplomat.[6]


Carbonell had recurring roles on Resurrection Blvd., The Tick, Strong Medicine, Kim Possible (as the voice of Señor Senior, Jr.), and Cold Case. He also guest-starred on Scrubs ("My Moment of Un-Truth"), House ("Cursed"), Day Break, and Monk. He also played the role of Luis Rivera on the show Suddenly Susan for four seasons. He guest starred in Friends. For much of his early career, he played characters with thick Hispanic accents, and he was so convincing that people really thought it was how he sounded. One of his first obstacles in Hollywood was convincing them that in reality he didn't have an accent and that he is capable of doing broader roles.[7]

Carbonell was cast as Richard Alpert for seven episodes of the third season of Lost, and the mysteries surrounding his ageless character were heavily discussed among the fan community.[8] While producing the final episodes of the third season, Carbonell was cast in a starring role as Frank Duque on the new CBS series Cane. The writers modified their original story plan for the third season in anticipation for Carbonell's potential unavailability. Despite Carbonell's willingness to return to Lost, CBS president Nina Tassler ruled out another Lost guest appearance.[9] Cane was cancelled during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, freeing Carbonell from his contract with CBS.[10] Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse said that Carbonell would reprise his role as Richard Alpert towards the end of the show's fourth season,[11] as a result of Cane‍‍ '​‍s cancellation.[10] Carbonell made appearances in the episodes "Cabin Fever" and "There's No Place Like Home". Cuse cited this as an unintended positive consequence of the strike.[11] Carbonell appeared in nine episodes of Lost‍‍ '​‍s fifth season.[12] He was part of the main cast of Lost for its final season.

In 2006, he appeared alongside Lost co-star Matthew Fox as assassin Pasquale Acosta in the film Smokin' Aces. In 2008, he landed the role of Mayor Anthony Garcia in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.[13] His wife, Shannon Kenny, was previously involved in a Batman project, voicing the character Inque in the Batman Beyond television series. In 2010, Carbonell joined the series Psych for two episodes playing Declan Rand, a criminal profiler.[14]

In 2011, Carbonell starred in the CW series Ringer as FBI agent Victor Machado. The following year, he briefly appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, reprising his role as Mayor Anthony Garcia in the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Since 2013, he has played Sheriff Alex Romero in the A&E Psycho prequel series Bates Motel. In the first season, he starred in a recurring capacity, but was upgraded to a main cast member starting with the second season.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Carbonell is married to actress Shannon Kenny. They originally met while both working as regulars on the 1995 television series Muscle. The couple have two children, Rafael (born 2002) and Marco (born 2005). He is a practicing Roman Catholic.[4]

Carbonell's dark eyelashes have been the topic of discussion; interviews with both Carbonell and the producers of Lost have made it clear they are not enhanced by any form of makeup.[16] A short skit during the Lost panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 featured Carbonell allegedly applying eyeliner before throwing a Christian Bale-esque rant upon receiving the wrong color makeup from an assistant.[17] In addition, in the Psych episode "Shawn 2.0", Shawn makes a comment about Nestor's character as having "impossibly dark eyelashes." Sawyer, in Lost season 5 episode 8, refers to him as "your buddy out there with the eyeliner".

He is fluent in Spanish, a skill put to use in the sixth season episode of Lost, "Ab Aeterno", in which numerous scenes contain dialogue mostly or solely in Spanish. He also did a Spanish-language Heineken commercial.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Garage Sale Max
2000 Attention Shoppers Enrique Suarez Also writer
2001 Agua Dulce Octavio
2001 Jack the Dog Jack the Dog
2001 New Suits Alan
2002 The Laramie Project Moises
2003 Manhood Jack
2005 The Lost City Luis Fellove
2006 Smokin' Aces Pasquale Acosta
2008 The Dark Knight Mayor Anthony Garcia
2008 Killer Movie Seaton Brookstone
2010 Noah's Ark: The New Beginning Leeu
2012 For Greater Glory Mayor Picazo
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Mayor Anthony Garcia
2015 Medicine Men Silas St-John In post-production
2016 Director's Cut Perry In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Stuart Carradine Episode: "Out of Control"
1992 Melrose Place Alex Episode: "Lost & Found"
1992 A Different World Malik Velasquez 2 episodes
1994 Good Advice Marco Episode: "Two Times Twenty"
1994 Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice B.J. Television film
1995 Muscle Gianni 13 episodes
1996 The John Larroquette Show Felicio Episode: "Intern Writer"
1996–2000 Suddenly Susan Luis Rivera 93 episodes
1998 Veronica's Closet Tony Tony Episode: "Veronica's All Nighter"
1998 Encore! Encore! Marly Morrow Episode: "Mr. Joe's Wild Rose"
2000 Resurrection Blvd. Peter Terrano 6 episodes
2000 Noriega: God's Favorite Major Giroldi Television film
2001 These Old Broads Gavin Television film
2001–03 The Tick Batmanuel 9 episodes
2002 Static Shock Garcia Episode: "Pop'S Girlfriend"
2002 Ally McBeal Miles Josephson Episode: "What I'll Never Do for Love Again"
2002–07 Kim Possible Señor Senior Jr. 12 episodes
2003 The Division Byron Johnson Episode: "Cold Comfort"
2004 Monk Dalton Padron Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"
2004 Scrubs Dr. Ramirez Episode: "My Moment of un-Truth"
2004 Century City Tom Montero 9 episodes
2004–06 Strong Medicine Jonas Ray 11 episodes
2005 Justice League Unlimited El Diablo Episode: "The Once and Future Thing"
2005 Fertile Ground Gavin Television film
2005 House Jeffrey Reilich Episode: "Cursed"
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Tito Episode: "Rain Delay"
2006 Commander in Chief Dr. Kyle Brock Episode: "The Elephant in the Room"
2006 Cold Case Mike Valens 3 episodes
2006 Day Break Eddie Reyes Episode: "What If He Can Change the Day?"
2007 Me, Eloise Unknown Episode: "Eloise Goes to Hollywood"
2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Cupid Episode: "The Love Cruise"
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. Dr. Cey Episode: "The Big No Sleep"
2007 Cane Frank Duque 13 episodes
2007–10 Lost Richard Alpert 36 episodes
2010–12 The Penguins of Madagascar Savio the Boa 4 episodes
2010 Psych Declan Rand 2 episodes
2011–12 Ringer Victor Machado 22 episodes
2011–14 Wilfred Arturo Ramos 3 episodes
2013–present Bates Motel Sheriff Alex Romero 27 episodes; also directed 1 episode
2014 Person of Interest Matthew Reed Episode: "Most Likely to..."
2014 The Good Wife Daniel Irwin Episode: "The Deep Web"
2014–15 State of Affairs Ray Navarro 7 episodes
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Eagle-Eye Voice; 2 episodes
2015 Ray Donovan Sheldon Blackwood Episode: "Handshake Deal"


  1. ^ "Cuarto Grupo Ramirez De Arellano - Mendoza". Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Néstor Carbonell y Ramírez de Arellano
  3. ^ No puedo esperar a poner las manos en el guión del último episodio de Perdidos}
  4. ^ a b Doyle, Paula (August 19, 2005). "Catholic television actor credits faith in helping navigate career/life.". The Tidings. Retrieved October 7, 2010. "It was bizarre to film in a church where I worship every Sunday, Catholicism was what I was raised in," said Carbonell. 
  5. ^ "Nestor Carbonell Biography (1967-)". Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Sterling, Carlos Márquez and Sterling, Manuel Márquez. Historia de La Isla De Cuba, Regents Publishing Company, Inc. New York, NY, 1975. ISBN 0-88345-251-0
  7. ^ "Stephanie Ripstein entrevista a Nestor Carbonell". YouTube. May 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ Lachonis, Jon (July 18, 2007). "Cane Star Nestor Carbonell Leaves Lost Future in Doubt". BuddyTV. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  9. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (July 18, 2007). "Lost at CBS". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (March 12, 2008). "Ausiello on Grey's, Lost, Smallville, Tree Hill and More!". TV Guide. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b Jensen, Jeff (February 22, 2008). "7 Writers' Strike Postscripts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Actor Nestor Carbonell: I'm living a dream". Notiemail. Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
  13. ^ Dodd, Stacy (May 16, 2007). "Eric Roberts and Nestor Carbonell". Variety. 
  14. ^ "Lost's Nestor Carbonell Joins Psych Cast". TV Guide. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 2, 2012). "Mike Vogel & Nestor Carbonell Join A&E's 'Bates Motel', Trio To Recur On 'Shameless'". 
  16. ^ "Once more, for the record: Nestor Carbonell does NOT wear eye make-up!". Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Nestor Carbonell applying eyeliner at Comic-Con 2009". 

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