Nico Santos (actor)

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Nico Santos
Nicola Santos

(1979-04-07) April 7, 1979 (age 39)
Years active2013–present

Nico Santos is a Filipino-American actor[1] known for portraying sales associate Mateo Liwanag in the NBC series Superstore.[2][3] On 10 December 2018, Santos was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Santos was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved with his family to the United States when he was sixteen, settling in Gresham, Oregon. He attended Gresham's Centennial High School. Santos studied acting at Southern Oregon University. Santos’ mother was supportive of his career choice. He described her as not a “stereotypical Asian Tiger Mom,” a reference to the 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.[5] He worked for several years in the costume department of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He later moved to California where he regularly performed as a stand-up comic. He was also part of the talk show roundtable Chelsea Lately. He had a role in the 2018 romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Santos is openly gay[3] and as of 2018 is in a relationship with Zeke Smith,[7] who participated on the 33rd - Millennials vs. Gen X and 34th - Game Changers editions of the CBS reality game show Survivor.


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Heath
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Oliver T'sien
Year Title Role Notes
2012-2013 Chelsea Lately himself talk show roundtable
2014 Ground Floor Airline Attendant Episode: "The Decision: Part Two"
2014 Go-Go Boy Interrupted Nick four episodes
2014 2 Broke Girls Barry Episode: "And a Loan for Christmas"
2015–present Superstore Mateo main role

Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2018)

2016 Noches con Platanito himself Episode: "Lauren Ash/Nico Santos/Damiana Villa/Carlie Craig/Voces del Rancho"


  1. ^ Bureau, Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News. "Pinoy comedian part of new NBC show 'Superstore'". ABS-CBN News.
  2. ^ "Superstore's Nico Santos: Mateo Would Drive Me Nuts in Real Life". 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "'Superstore's' Nico Santos Wants You to Know Diversity on TV Is Important". 21 September 2016.
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  5. ^ Oregonian, Special to The. "How Nico Santos went from a Gresham 'band of freaks' to NBC and comedy".
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda; N'Duka, Amanda (16 May 2017). "'Superstore's Nico Santos Boards 'Crazy Rich Asians'".
  7. ^ "Zeke Smith on Instagram: "Last night I had the incredible honor of accompanying my hilarious and handsome boyfriend @nicosantos to the premiere of @crazyrichasians.…"". Instagram.

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