Nicholas Gonzalez

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Nicholas Gonzalez
Nicholas Gonzalez by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Gonzalez in 2016
Born Nicholas Edward Gonzalez
(1976-01-03) January 3, 1976 (age 41)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Education Central Catholic High School
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kelsey Crane (m. 2016)
Children 1

Nicholas Edward Gonzalez (born January 3, 1976) is an American actor, best known for playing Alex Santiago in the television series Resurrection Blvd.

Early life[edit]

Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a student at Central Catholic High School. He became 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, Nicholas pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California.

His interest and love of literature, history, and poetry led him to two terms at Oxford University in England. The following summer, he returned to Europe on a research grant where he studied with scholars at Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin to complete his thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses.

While finishing his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998, Nicholas was approached to do a one-man theatre piece called Gas by María Irene Fornés.

Alma Martinez, an actress and Stanford professor, encouraged him to become a professional actor. With her help, he connected with the theatrical movement in San Francisco. He polished his skills by performing in classic and contemporary theatre. “I’m happy when I’m on stage,” he declares.

Gonzalez is of Mexican descent.

Career[edit]

In 1998, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed small parts in television series such as ABC’s Dharma and Greg and NBC’s One World.[1]

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[1] that first garnered widespread attention. For six nights he wowed viewers, and those episodes became the most requested in the series’ history.[citation needed]

Gonzalez wrapped production of two films in 2000. The first, Scenes of the Crime, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. It 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 most well-known role also came his way in 2000, when he 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 in order to become a professional boxer. The movie was successful and immediately expanded to become a regular weekly series on the network.[1]

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 headed off 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.[2]

Gonzalez also provided the physical Performance (motion capture) of Nick Mendoza in the video game Battlefield: Hardline.[citation needed]

Gonzalez currently appears as Detective Marco Furey in Freeform's series Pretty Little Liars as a recurring guest.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Gonzalez enjoys playing golf, video games, poker (finished 2nd at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in 2009) and working out. He is an avid reader, consuming as many as eight books a week. He also volunteers with organizations such as the National Hispanic Institute and The Friends of El Faro.[citation needed] He was romantically involved with American actress Regina King in 2007. Gonzalez is a supporter of animal rights and PETA. He posed for PETA's campaign "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear fur" advertisement.[3]

Nicholas married his longtime girlfriend Kelsey Crane on Saturday, April 16, 2016.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Scenes of the Crime Marty
2002 Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu Young Marco Voice role
2002 Spun Angel
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Dr. Ben Douglas
2005 Dirty Officer Rodriguez
2006 Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil Lt. Robert James Direct to video
2007 Rockaway Trane
2009 Down for Life Officer Gutierrez
2009 Falling Awake Eddie
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Justin Kellogg Direct to video
2013 Water & Power Power
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Carlos

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Undressed Andy Recurring role, 6 episodes
1999 My Little Assassin Andre Castro Television film
2000 The Princess and the Barrio Boy Sol Torres Television film
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Juan Guerro Episode: "Golden Boy"
2000–2002 Resurrection Blvd. Alex Santiago Main role, 53 episodes
2002 That '70s Show Thomas Episode: "Jackie Says Cheese"
2004 The O.C. D.J. Recurring role, 6 episodes
2004–2005 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"
2008 True Blood Jerry Episode: "Mine"
2009 CSI: Miami Alfonso Reyes Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2009 Mental Dr. Arturo Suarez Main role, 13 episodes
2009–2010 Melrose Place Detective Rodriguez Recurring role, 8 episodes
2010 After the Fall Eugene Gibbs Television film
2011 Off the Map Mateo Recurring role, 9 episodes
2011 The Glades Raphael Dominga Episode: "Family Matters"
2011 Memphis Beat Dominic Episode: "Ten Little Memphians"
2011 Charlie's Angels Roman Stone Episode: "Bon Voyage, Angels"
2011 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, 6 episodes
2013 Witches of East End Anthony Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Christmas Belle Hunter Lowell Television film
2014 Resurrection Deputy Connor Cupit Episode: "The Returned"
2014 Bojack Horseman Cartel Man Episode: "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One"
2014 Modern Family Diego Episode: "Queer Eyes, Full Hearts"
2014–2015 Jane the Virgin Marco Esquivel 3 episodes
2015–2016 The Flash Dante Ramon/Rupture 3 episodes
2015 Bones Eric Morales Episode: "The Senator in the Street Sweeper"
2016 Bordertown Ernesto Gonzalez / J.C. Gonzalez
/ Pablo Barracuda
Voice role; main role
2016 Bosch Detective Ignacio Ferras Episode: "Trunk Music"
2016–2017 Pretty Little Liars Detective Marco Furey Recurring role, 12 episodes
2016 NCIS David Silva Episode: "Rogue"
2016 Frequency Ted Cardenas 3 episodes
2017 How to Get Away with Murder Dominic 2 episodes
2017 Being Mary Jane Orlando Lagos 5 episodes
2017 The Good Doctor Dr. Neal Melendez

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Battlefield: Hardline Nick Mendoza

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