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Nicholas Edward Gonzalez
January 3, 1976
Nicholas Edward Gonzalez (born January 3, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the roles of Alex Santiago on the Showtime television series Resurrection Blvd. and Dr. Neil Melendez on the ABC television series The Good Doctor.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Gonzalez is of Mexican (Tejano) descent and is conversant in Spanish, having lived in a bilingual household. He attended Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, where he was an accomplished cross-country and track runner, winning the Texas State Championship in the mile and two mile. After graduating in 1994 and turning down a presidential appointment to West Point, Gonzalez pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California. He spent two terms at Oxford University in England. The following summer, he returned to Europe on a research grant where he studied at Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin to complete his thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses. While at Stanford he had chanced on acting after taking an improv elective and began taking part in student theater. He was approached to do a one-man theater piece called Gas by María Irene Fornés. Alma Martinez, an actress and Stanford professor, encouraged him to become a professional actor.
Upon graduating from Stanford in 1998 Gonzalez decided to pursue acting and, with Martinez's help, connected with the theatrical movement in San Francisco. He was once encouraged to use his middle name Edward to conceal his ethnicity and go by "Nicholas Edward" but declined to do so.
Gonzalez then appeared as Fidel Castro's son in the Lifetime Original Movie, My Little Assassin, starring Joe Mantegna and Gabrielle Anwar. But it was his role as Andy, the gay yuppie on MTV's Undressed that first garnered widespread attention, where he appeared for six episodes.
Gonzalez wrapped production of two films in 2000. The first, Scenes of the Crime, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, and starred Jeff Bridges, Jon Abrahams, and Noah Wyle. It was directed by Dominique Forma. The second film was an independent project titled Spun, starring Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, and John Leguizamo. It played at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Gonzalez's also landed the lead in Showtime's original series, Resurrection Blvd., which premiered June 26, 2000. Gonzalez played Alex Santiago, a pre-med student who dropped-out of school to become a professional boxer. The movie was successful and immediately expanded to become a regular weekly series on the network.
While continuing his work on Resurrection Blvd., Gonzalez appeared in episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and That '70s Show. He also appeared in the film The Princess and the Barrio Boy (released as She's in Love in Europe) with his Resurrection Blvd. co-star, Marisol Nichols.
Gonzalez continued his career in films with two more titles. The first, Sea of Dreams, was filmed in Veracruz, Mexico, in May, 2003. Nick then went to Fiji for the summer, where he completed production of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, which opened in theaters August 27, 2004. Gonzalez also appeared in Melrose Place (2009). In 2011, he played Mateo on the ABC show Off The Map.
Gonzalez costarred in the Lifetime series Witches of East End. Gonzalez also appeared in recurring roles as Detective Marco Furey in Freeform's series Pretty Little Liars, antagonist Dominick Flores on How to Get Away with Murder and the boyfriend of Lisa Vidal's character on Being Mary Jane. He also guest-starred on Narcos as an undercover DEA special agent based in Colombia investigating the Cali Cartel, a role which required him to speak Spanish.
Gonzalez also provided the physical Performance (motion capture) of Nick Mendoza in the video game Battlefield: Hardline.
In 2017 Gonzalez was cast as a series regular in the role of surgeon Dr. Neil Melendez in the medical drama The Good Doctor, his most high-profile role to date. His portrayal of the character was partly based on his father and older brother, both of whom are doctors.
Gonzalez finished 2nd at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in 2009.
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Marty|
|2002||Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu||Young Marco (voice)|
|2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Dr. Ben Douglas|
|2006||Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil||Lt. Robert James||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Down for Life||Officer Gutierrez|
|2011||S.W.A.T.: Firefight||Justin Kellogg||Direct-to-video|
|2013||Water & Power||Power|
|2014||The Purge: Anarchy||Carlos|
|2017||Pray for Rain||Nico Reynoso|
|2020||Beneath Us||Homero Silva|
|1998||Dharma & Greg||Juan||Episode: "Brought to you in Dharmavision"|
|1999||Undressed||Andy||Recurring role |
|My Little Assassin||Andre Castro||Television film|
|2000||The Princess and the Barrio Boy||Sol Torres||Television film|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||Juan Guerrero||Episode: "Golden Boy"|
|2000–2002||Resurrection Blvd.||Alex Santiago||Main cast |
|2002||That '70s Show||Thomas||Episode: "Jackie Says Cheese"|
|2004||American Family||Young Conrado Gonzalez||Recurring role (season 2) |
|2004–2005||The O.C.||D.J.||Recurring role (season 2) |
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Mike Sandoval||2 episodes|
|2005||Ghost Whisperer||Teo de la Costa||Episode: "Shadow Boxer"|
|2006||Ugly Betty||Carlo Medina||Episode: "Fey's Sleigh Ride"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Clark West||Episode: "Love/Addiction"|
|2008||Brothers & Sisters||Mario||Episode: "Compromises"|
|True Blood||Jerry||Episode: "Mine"|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Alfonso Reyes||Episode: "Presumed Guilty"|
|Mental||Dr. Arturo Suarez||Main cast |
|2009–2010||Melrose Place||Detective Rodriguez||Recurring role |
|2010||The Closer||Marc Torres||Episode: "Last Woman Standing"|
|After the Fall||Eugene Gibbs||Television film|
|2011||Off the Map||Mateo||Recurring role |
|The Glades||Raphael Dominga||Episode: "Family Matters"|
|Memphis Beat||Dominic||Episode: "Ten Little Memphians"|
|Charlie's Angels||Roman Stone||Episode: "Bon Voyage, Angels"|
|We Have Your Husband||Raul||Television film|
|2012||Grimm||Ryan Showalter||Episode: "Tarantella"|
|2012–2013||Underemployed||Keith Powers||4 episodes|
|2012||Left to Die||Alex||Television film|
|2013–2014||Sleepy Hollow||Detective Luke Morales||Recurring role (season 1) |
|2013||Witches of East End||Anthony||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Christmas Belle||Hunter Lowell||Television film|
|2014||Resurrection||Deputy Connor Cupit||Episode: "The Returned"|
|BoJack Horseman||Cartel Man (voice)||Episode: "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One"|
|Modern Family||Diego||Episode: "Queer Eyes, Full Hearts"|
|2014–2015||Jane the Virgin||Marco Esquivel||3 episodes|
|2015–2016||The Flash||Dante Ramon / Rupture, Savitar||3 episodes|
|2015||Bones||Eric Morales||Episode: "The Senator in the Street Sweeper"|
|2016||Bordertown||Ernesto Gonzalez / J.C. Gonzalez / Pablo Barracuda (voice)||Main cast |
|Bosch||Detective Ignacio Ferras||Episode: "Trunk Music"|
|Lucifer||Detective Daniel Espinoza||Episode: "Pilot"|
|NCIS||David Silva||Episode: "Rogue"|
|Frequency||Ted Cardenas||3 episodes|
|American Dad!||Ricky (voice)||Episode: "Stan-Dan Deliver"|
|2016–2017||Pretty Little Liars||Detective Marco Furey||Recurring role (season 7) |
|2017||How to Get Away with Murder||Dominic||Guest (season 3) |
Recurring role (season 4)
|Narcos||Agent Lopez||2 episodes|
|2017; 2019||Being Mary Jane||Orlando Lagos||Recurring role (season 4) |
Guest (season 5)
|2017–2020||The Good Doctor||Dr. Neil Melendez||Main cast (seasons 1–3) |
Special Guest Star (season 4)
|2021||Playing Cupid||David Martinez||Television film|
|2015||Battlefield: Hardline||Nick Mendoza|
- "The Good Doctor's Nicholas Gonzalez Shares His Prescription For Acting". Long Island Weekly. Anton Media Group. October 3, 2019.
- "The Zoo interview". LATV Official YouTube channel. June 30, 2017.
- "Jakle: Gonzalez is ready to take chances". San Antonio Express-News. February 28, 2012.
- "Pray for Rain: Portraying California's reality". Dos Mundos. June 30, 2017.
- "The Stanford Binge-Watching Guide". Stanford University. March 24, 2020.
- "Nicholas Gonzalez: "En 'The good doctor' nos ocupamos de la política y los problemas sociales"". El Espectador (in Spanish). May 5, 2020.
- "Nicholas Gonzalez- Biography". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 25, 2012). "Nicholas Gonzalez Nabs Series Regular Role On Lifetime's 'Witches Of East End' Pilot; Brooke Lyons To Do Arc On 'Psych'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- "San Antonio actor Nicholas Gonzalez nabs biggest TV role yet". mysanantonio.com. August 16, 2017.
- "World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational".
- Olya, Gabrielle (April 17, 2016). "The Flash's Nicholas Gonzalez Marries Kelsey Crane". People. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
- "San Antonio-born TV star thrilled over new baby girl". San Antonio Express-News. March 3, 2017.
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