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September 20, 1963 |
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Robert LaSardo (born September 20, 1963) is an American actor.
LaSardo was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began his career studying at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, before going on to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy. For two of those years, he handled Navy attack dogs in the Aleutian Islands.
LaSardo has extensive chest, neck, and arm tattoos. He is an Italian American, although he is often cast as a Latino or Latin-American character, and usually as a criminal or gang member.
Throughout his career, Robert LaSardo has found his niche in Hollywood playing the devious criminal. Often evil personified onscreen, he constantly manages to charm police investigators and audiences alike.
As Escobar Gallardo on the award-winning series Nip/Tuck, Robert plays a cunning villain who convincingly tortures Dr. Christian Troy into revealing key information about the location of a child molester. As a gang member on both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, he taunts the lead investigators but ultimately wins their respect. With more recent performances in Ghost Whisperer and his own independent film Never Down, Robert is creating complex characters that are tortured by life, rather than the torturers themselves.
Born on September 20, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, Robert spent his childhood in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn near the once famous Steeple Chase amusement park commonly known as Coney Island. During an impoverished and turbulent upbringing, Coney Island was a refuge for young Robert. Riding the New York City subway trains on his own by age eight, Robert found his escape and second home in the fantasy land of the ageing but enchanting old world theme park. From that point on, it was clear that seeking safety and peace-of-mind in places and things that supported creativity and imagination were necessary for his survival against the contrast of his stressful home life.
Having to deal with poverty and instability at home, Robert’s father eventually took his son and moved away from a life that was breaking apart. Moving from place to place on little or no notice, Robert and his dad found themselves living in cars, camping in the woods during the warmer months, and occasionally staying with friends. Moving through different neighborhoods and meeting people from all walks of life, Robert developed a broad perspective about the world around him and the people in it. Each new environment or person he encountered required a transformation within himself in order to adapt and survive.
By the time Robert approached his mid-teens, life had become more stable. It was during this period that an English teacher encouraged him to try out for the High School of Performing Arts, later celebrated as the Fame School in Alan Parker’s 1980 film. Robert auditioned and was accepted into the highly sought after performing high school.
For three years Robert studied the Stanislavski method of acting and graduated with honors in 1981; receiving the Playbill Award for most growth as an actor. Robert developed a close and supportive friendship with his acting teacher, Anthony Abeson, who would go on to coach Robert for many years after high school. But during these years a more rebellious side of Robert was also emerging; one that threatened to undermine his creativity and his future. Gangs and a few encounters with the law proved to be an indication he was headed in the wrong direction.
After graduation, Robert traded in his rebellious ways for four years of discipline in the U.S. Navy, two of which were spent handling Navy attack dogs in the Aleutian Islands. The next two years, however, were more in keeping with the traditional overseas travel of the Navy in places like Africa, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.
By 1985, Robert was honorably discharged and was hungry to reclaim what he had put aside for four years: acting. Throughout his military service, Robert had remained in contact with his close friend and mentor Anthony Abeson.
“Anthony would never let me forget my passion,” Robert recalled.
After a few meetings with Anthony, Robert was committed to his beloved craft again. Through Anthony’s relationship with the New York Actors Studio, in 1986 Robert was permitted to participate in the working observer program. There, long before the studio had bio121developed its television forum, this program allowed Robert to observe actors like Shelly Winters, Lee Grant, Christopher Walken and Ellen Burstyn teach fellow members at the studio.
“It was amazing to watch,” Robert pointed out, “and it really put the hook in me.”
Robert, who also studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City under Tara Bolds, soon found himself standing face-to-face with casting directors, filmmakers and producers on a series of auditions that would eventually land him his first job that would fly him to Hollywood. Three months under contract with Warner Bros. and a supporting role in a film called Moving starring legendary comedian Richard Pryor marked the beginning of a film and television career that has spanned three decades.
- China Girl (1987) as Carlo Forza
- Moving (1988) as Perry
- Short Circuit 2 (1988) as Spooky
- Ich und Er (1988) as Tony
- Rooftops (1989) as Blade
- True Blood (1989) as Luis
- Renegades (1989) as Skinhead
- Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989) as 1st Mugger
- Hard to Kill (1990) as Punk
- King of New York (1990) as Gang member
- Out for Justice (1991) as Bochi
- The Professional (1994) as Drug dealer (scenes deleted)
- Jimmy Hollywood (1994) as ATM Robber
- Blood Run (1994) as Spike
- Drop Zone (1994) as Deputy Dog
- "Last Man Standing" (1994) as Kazz
- Waterworld (1995) as Smitty
- Livers Ain't Cheap (1996) as Eric Fidel
- Tiger Heart (1996) as Paulo
- Gang Related (1997) as Sarkasia
- Strangeland (1998) as Matt Myers
- In Too Deep (1999) as Felipe Batista
- Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999) as Gries
- Blue Streak (1999) as Twitchy suspect
- Mercy Streets (2000)
- Bubble Boy (2001) as a motorcyclist
- In Hell (2003) as Usup, a leader of a prison gang
- Dirty (2005) as Roland
- Never Down (2007) as Rico, directed by Robert Oppel and written by Robert LaSardo
- Half Past Dead 2 (2007) as Rivera
- Autopsy (2008) as Scott
- Death Race (2008) as Grimm
- Tortured (2008) as Mo
- Wrath of Cain (2010) as Redfoot
- Tomorrow You're Gone (2012) as Ornay Corale
- Junkie (2012) as Nicky
- The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2014) as Inmate #297
- Jurassic City (2015) as Coporal Ignacio
- Anarchy Parlor (2015) as Artist
- "Show Me Your Tat" (2016 in production)
- "Psych: the Movie" (2017)
- The Mule (2019)
- China Beach (1989–1990) as Cpl. Jesus 'Answer Man' Zappara (5 episodes)
- NYPD Blue (1993–2003) as Freddie Ascención / Héctor Acevedo / Kiki / Luis Hernandez (4 episodes)
- Renegade (1994–1997) as Scott Zane / Felipe / Víctor (4 episodes)
- Pacific Blue (1996–2000) as Adam Beckwith (2 episodes)
- Nash Bridges (1996–2000) as Baby Boy Doe / Doyle (2 episodes)
- Murder One (1997) as Osvaldo Cesarus (2 episodes)
- Martial Law (1999) as Héctor Flores (2 episodes)
- VIP (1999–2002) as New World Order Leader (3 episodes)
- The X-Files (2000) as Cissy Alvarez (episode: "The Amazing Maleeni")
- The Shield (2002) as Owen 'Shadow' Little (1 episode)
- Fastlane (2002) as Jojo Rizal (1 episode)
- Touched by an Angel (2003) as Lionel (1 episode)
- Boomtown (2003) as Pope (1 episode)
- Nip/Tuck (2003–2010) as Escobar Gallardo (10 episodes)
- Cold Case (2004) as Jesús Torres (1 episode)
- Sex, Love & Secrets (2005) as Arturo (3 episodes)
- General Hospital (2005–2007) as Manny Ruiz (28 episodes)
- Ghost Whisperer (2005) as Julian Borgia (2 episodes)
- Bones (2006) as Miguel Villeda (1 episode)
- Life (2007) Series One Episode Three "Let Her Go"
- CSI: Miami (2006–2011) as Memmo Fierro a member of the Mala Noche Gang (5 Seasons)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007-2008) as Emilio Alvarado (1 episode)
- Femme Fatales (2011) as the injured psychopath (1 episode)
- Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) as Luca (1 episode)
- In Plain Sight (2011–2012) as witness Carlos Ramirez (2 episodes)
- Bad Samaritans (2013) as Doug (5 episodes)