Theo Rossi

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Theo Rossi
John Theodore Rossi

(1975-06-04) June 4, 1975 (age 48)[citation needed]
Alma materUniversity at Albany
  • Actor
  • producer
  • philanthropist
Years active2001–present
Meghan McDermott
(m. 2014)

John Theodore Rossi (born June 4, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He portrayed Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014) and Hernan "Shades" Alvarez in Luke Cage (2016–2018). His film roles include Tino Hull in Red Sands (2009), Todd in Bad Hurt (2015), Francisco "Ghost" Alvarez in Lowriders (2017), Deuce in Vault (2019), and Youcef in Emily the Criminal (2022), the latter of which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Rossi was born in Staten Island, New York City. He is of Italian, Spanish, Lebanese & Syrian descent.[1] Growing up, he loved to ride dirt bikes.[2] He has openly admitted to dealing drugs for years before moving to California.[3] He studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, where he appeared in several theatre productions.[4][5]


Rossi played Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. His production company, Dos Dudes Pictures, produced its first feature film in 2014, Bad Hurt, Rossi acting alongside Karen Allen and Michael Harney.[6][7]

Rossi has appeared in television shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hawaii Five-O, Las Vegas, The Unit, Jericho, Bones, Without a Trace, Veronica Mars, NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami, Lie to Me and Lost. He has had recurring roles on Heist, American Dreams, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. His film credits include Cloverfield, Code Breakers, House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim, Red Sands, The Informers, Kill Theory, Fencewalker and Meth Head.

He played Hernan "Shades" Alvarez in Luke Cage from 2016 until 2018.[8]

In 2019, Rossi joined the Advisory Board of the Harlem Film House, which presents the Hip Hop Film Festival, an annual event that focuses on filmmakers from the global culture of hip hop, and promotes financial sustainability for independent filmmakers from marginalized communities.[9][10][11]


Rossi gets involved with the men and women of the military, with fellow Sons of Anarchy actors Kim Coates, Dayton Callie and Ron Perlman.[12] An Ambassador to the Boot Campaign, Rossi works with multiple organizations that raise money for wounded soldiers and those returning with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[13] Throughout the off-season, Rossi has often traveled to different bases to visit US military personnel.[5] He has helped to organize the yearly Boot Ride event that benefits the Boot Campaign, giving fans a chance to spend a day riding with the Sons of Anarchy cast while raising money for U.S. military veterans.

Shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island, Rossi, with friends and family, founded Staten Strong, a program administered by the Boot Campaign.[14][15] Staten Strong rebuilt three homes for Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island.[16]

He supports animal welfare and launched a campaign with The Humane Society of the United States to protect street dogs.[17] He appeared in a PETA ad promoting pet adoption.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Rossi resides in Austin, Texas. He consumes a "mostly plant-based diet" and occasionally consumes eggs.[19] He is married to Meghan McDermott. The couple's first child was born in 2015,[20] and their second in 2017.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Myersons Montilli 2002
2003 The Challenge Anthony
2004 Buds for Life Teddy
2005 House of the Dead 2 Greg Berlin
2008 Cloverfield Antonio
2008 Kill Theory Carlos
2009 The Informers Spaz
2009 Red Sands Pfc. Tino Hull
2009 Space Mike Short film
2013 Meth Head Carlos
2016 Bad Hurt Todd Also producer;
Sunscreen Film Festival West Award for Best Narrative Feature
2016 When the Bough Breaks Mike Mitchell
2017 Lowriders Francisco “Ghost” Alvarez Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Actor - Feature Film
2019 Vault Deuce
2019 American Skin Officer Dominic Reyes
2019 Rattlesnake Billy
2020 Ghosts of War Kirk
2021 Army of the Dead Burt Cummings
2022 Emily the Criminal Youcef Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Performance
2022 Escape the Field Tyler
2022 Vendetta Rory Fetter
2022 Dear Zoe Nick DeNunzio
2023 Squealer Danny D.
2024 Bosco Ramos
TBA Carry-On Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 Boston Public Brandon Webber 2 episodes
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie The Mook Television film
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Senior Episode: "Humilithon"
2004 NYPD Blue Pete Amici Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
2004 Medical Investigation Joe Vasquez Episode: "Coming Home"
2004 American Dreams Bobby Santos 2 episodes
2005 Blind Justice Eric Fitzgerald Episode: "Rub a Tub Tub"
2005 Veronica Mars Norris Clayton Episode: "Weapons of Class Destruction"
2005 Code Breakers Desantis Television film
2006 Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well Antonio Ruiz Television film
2006 Without a Trace Corey Williams Episode: "Odds or Evens"
2006 Lost Sgt. Buccelli Episode: "One of Them"
2006 Heist Vinny Momo 2 episodes
2006 The Unit Mike Episode: "Unannounced"
2006 Bones Nick Arno Episode: "The Woman in the Sand"
2006 Jericho Randy Payton 2 episodes
2007 Nurses Unsold Pilot
2007 Shark Danny Vargas Episode: "Here Comes the Judge"
2007 Las Vegas Jason Scott 2 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Stan Giamatti 2 episodes
2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz Main Role 85 episodes
2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lieutenant Dietze 2 episodes
2009 CSI: Miami Jimmy Castigan Episode: "Dissolved"
2010 Lie To Me Officer Tressler Episode: "Teacher and Pupils"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Sal Painter Episode: "Mai Ka Wa Kahiko"
2012 Alcatraz Sonny Burnett 2 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Enrique Rodriguez Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2016–2018 Luke Cage Hernan "Shades" Alvarez Series Regular
2021 True Story Gene Miniseries
2022 Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Senator Larik Episode: "Choices"
TBA The Penguin Upcoming series


  1. ^ "Theo Rossi on Emily the Criminal". Whynow. 2022.
  2. ^ "Theo Rossi Biography". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. ^ Jim Norton (May 18, 2021). "UFC 262 Recap, Beneil Dariush, Felicia Spencer, actor Theo Rossi, and co-host Phoenix Carnevale" (Podcast).
  4. ^ "Biography". 2008-11-16. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  5. ^ a b "Theo Rossi (as Jean Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz) - Cast - Sons Of Anarchy - Shows". TV3. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  6. ^ "Tribeca 2015 Interview: Theo Rossi Talks Bad Hurt (Exclusive)". 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  7. ^ "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Theo Rossi Joins CAA (Exclusive)". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  8. ^ "Netflix's "Luke Cage" Adds Rosario Dawson, Theo Rossi". 2 September 2015. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ Staff, S. B. N. (2019-09-30). "THEO ROSSI & BRUCE COHEN JOIN THE ADVISORY BOARD AT HARLEM FILM HOUSE". Silicon Beach News. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  10. ^ House, Harlem Film (2019-09-17). "THEO ROSSI & BRUCE COHEN JOIN THE ADVISORY BOARD AT HARLEM FILM HOUSE". Medium. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  11. ^ "Harlem Film House Our Team". Harlem Film House. 2020-12-27. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  12. ^ "'Sons of Anarchy's' Ron Perlman, Theo Rossi and Dayton Callie Drop in on Marines and their Families Stationed in California on USO Tour". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  13. ^ "About". Boot Campaign. Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  14. ^ Driscoll, Bree (29 March 2013). "Actor's 'Staten Strong' Effort Helps Fuel Recovery". NY1. Retrieved 2013-12-05.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Theo Rossi 'Staten Strong' - New York News". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  16. ^ Benanti, Carol Ann (8 March 2013). "StatenStrong 'angels' rebuild home for Staten Island Sandy victim". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  17. ^ "Sons of Anarchy Star Theo Rossi Launches Campaign to Protect Street Dogs". Humane Society International. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  18. ^ Leanne Aciz Stanton, "Theo Rossi and His Rescue Dog Benito Team Up With PETA to Encourage Pet Adoption". Us Weekly, 19 September 2018.
  19. ^ "An almost vegan food crawl with Theo Rossi, ‘Emily the Criminal’ star and hummus traditionalist". Retrieved 4 December 2023.
  20. ^ "Theo Rossi and Wife Meghan McDermott Welcome a Baby Boy!". 8 June 2015.
  21. ^ "A Second Son! Theo Rossi and Wife Meghan Welcome Arlo Benjamin".

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