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 45)
EducationStanford University
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)
Kelsey Crane
(m. 2016)
Children1

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.

Early life[edit]

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Gonzalez is of Mexican (Tejano) descent[1] and is conversant in Spanish, having lived in a bilingual household.[2] He attended Central Catholic High School in San Antonio,[3] 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.[4]

Upon graduating from Stanford in 1998[5] Gonzalez decided to pursue acting and, with Martinez's help, connected with the theatrical movement in San Francisco.[4] He was once encouraged to use his middle name Edward to conceal his ethnicity and go by "Nicholas Edward" but declined to do so.[6]

Career[edit]

In 1998, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles, where he landed small parts in television series such as ABC's Dharma and Greg and NBC's One World.[7]

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[7] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[1][9] His portrayal of the character was partly based on his father and older brother, both of whom are doctors.[9][6]

Personal life[edit]

Gonzalez finished 2nd at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in 2009.[10]

Gonzalez married Kelsey Crane on April 16, 2016.[11] The couple have one daughter named Ever Lee Wilde Gonzalez (born 2017).[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Scenes of the Crime Marty
2002 Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu Young Marco (voice)
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
2017 Pray for Rain Nico Reynoso
2020 Beneath Us Homero Silva
2021 Borrego None Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dharma & Greg Juan Episode: "Brought to you in Dharmavision"
1999 Undressed Andy Recurring role
6 episodes
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
53 episodes
2002 That '70s Show Thomas Episode: "Jackie Says Cheese"
2004 American Family Young Conrado Gonzalez Recurring role (season 2)
13 episodes
2004–2005 The O.C. D.J. Recurring role (season 2)
6 episodes
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
13 episodes
2009–2010 Melrose Place Detective Rodriguez Recurring role
8 episodes
2010 The Closer Marc Torres Episode: "Last Woman Standing"
After the Fall Eugene Gibbs Television film
2011 Off the Map Mateo Recurring role
9 episodes
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)
6 episodes
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
13 episodes
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)
12 episodes
2017 How to Get Away with Murder Dominic Guest (season 3)
Recurring role (season 4)
5 episodes
Narcos Agent Lopez 2 episodes
2017; 2019 Being Mary Jane Orlando Lagos Recurring role (season 4)
Guest (season 5)
12 episodes
2017–2020 The Good Doctor Dr. Neil Melendez Main cast (seasons 1–3)
Special Guest Star (season 4)
58 episodes
2019 Undone Tomas 2 episodes
2021 Playing Cupid David Martinez Television film

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Battlefield: Hardline Nick Mendoza

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Good Doctor's Nicholas Gonzalez Shares His Prescription For Acting". Long Island Weekly. Anton Media Group. October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Zoo interview". LATV Official YouTube channel. June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jakle: Gonzalez is ready to take chances". San Antonio Express-News. February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Pray for Rain: Portraying California's reality". Dos Mundos. June 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Stanford Binge-Watching Guide". Stanford University. March 24, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Nicholas Gonzalez: "En 'The good doctor' nos ocupamos de la política y los problemas sociales"". El Espectador (in Spanish). May 5, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Nicholas Gonzalez- Biography". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "San Antonio actor Nicholas Gonzalez nabs biggest TV role yet". mysanantonio.com. August 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational".
  11. ^ Olya, Gabrielle (April 17, 2016). "The Flash's Nicholas Gonzalez Marries Kelsey Crane". People. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  12. ^ "San Antonio-born TV star thrilled over new baby girl". San Antonio Express-News. March 3, 2017.

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