Nestor Serrano

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Nestor Serrano
Actor Nestor Serrano.jpg
Serrano at the 2014 Alma Awards
Born (1955-11-05) November 5, 1955 (age 67)
Years active1982–present

Nestor Serrano (born November 5, 1955 in The Bronx, New York) is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Navi Araz in the fourth season of 24. He also appeared as Emilio Loera in the fourth season of the Cinemax series Banshee.

Early life[edit]

Serrano studied at Queens College and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, both in New York City.[1]


Serrano began his acting career in off-Broadway plays in the late 1970s. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law. His first film was the 1986 Tom Hanks comedy The Money Pit. Since then, he has appeared in supporting roles in films such as Lethal Weapon 2, Bad Boys, The Negotiator, Empire, Secretariat, The Insider, Runaway Jury and The Day After Tomorrow.

He has an extensive television résumé, with appearances in shows such as Burn Notice, Homeland, Alias, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order and its spin-offs: SVU, Trial by Jury, and Criminal Intent.

Serrano is well known for playing Islamic terrorist Navi Araz in 24. He played Bobby's father on an episode of Ugly Betty.[2] He played Victor, Adrianna Tate-Duncan's manager, on the CW show 90210. He made a guest-appearance on the Criminal Minds episode "Poison" as Det. Hanover, and he portrayed drug cartel leader Hector Estrada in Season 7 of the Showtime series Dexter. He played Carlos Solano, leader of the Solano Cartel in the USA show Graceland.[3] In 2017, he played the psychiatrist Dr. Saul in the movie thriller Clinical.

Personal life[edit]

Serrano is of Puerto Rican descent.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Eddie Estaban
1991 Hangin' with the Homeboys Fernando (aka Vinny)
1995 Bad Boys Detective Sanchez
1998 The Negotiator Hellman
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Doctor Hazmat
2001 After the Storm Ortega
2002 Empire Rafael Mendoza
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Tom Gomez
2005 Sueño El Zorro
2008 Definitely, Maybe Arthur Robredo
2009 Falling Awake Lazaro
2010 Secretariat Pancho Martin
2010 Cielito Lindo Matador
2012 Act of Valor Walter Ross
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Committee General
2014 Sniper: Legacy Steffen
2017 Clinical Dr. Saul


Year(s) Title Role Notes
1989-90 True Blue Off. Geno Toffenelli 12 episodes
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Gonzalez 2 episodes
1992-93 The Hat Squad Rafael 13 episodes
1996-97 Moloney Lt. Matty Navarro 5 episodes
1999 The X-Files Ken Naciamento Episode: "Milagro"
2001-02 Witchblade Captain Bruno Dante 10 episodes
2005 24 Navi Araz 10 episodes
2006 Criminal Minds Det. Hanover Episode: "Poison"
2008 Fringe Henry Jacobson Episode: "The Arrival"
2010-11 90210 Victor Luna 7 episodes
2011 Homeland Tony Trujillo Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Dexter Hector Estrada 2 episodes
2014 Graceland Carlos Solano Sr. 4 episodes
2014-15 Revenge Chief Edward Alvarez 5 episodes
2016 Banshee Emilio Loera 2 episodes
2016 The Last Ship Alex Rivera 9 episodes
2017 APB Mayor Michael Salgado 5 episodes
2019 Love, Death & Robots Major Graham (voice) Episode: "Lucky 13"


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  2. ^ "Ugly Betty Casts Bobby's Parents".
  3. ^ "Nestor Serrano & Brit Morgan Join Cast of USA's 'Graceland'". May 1, 2014. Archived from the original on October 23, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Honan, William H. (22 January 1990). "Ethnic and Disabled Actors Ask for a Chance". The New York Times.

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