Theo Rossi

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John Theodore Rossi

(1975-06-04) June 4, 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActor, producer, philanthropist
Years active2001–present
Meghan McDermott (m. 2014)

John Theodore "Theo" Rossi (born June 4, 1975) is an American actor and producer best known for his portrayal of Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014). He is also known for his portrayal of Hernan "Shades" Alvarez in Luke Cage (2016–2018).

Early life[edit]

John Theodore Rossi was born in Staten Island, New York City, New York. Rossi is of mixed heritage, part Italian, part Spanish, part Syrian, and also his great grandmother is of North African descent.[1] Rossi was raised by his mother Mary Jane Tomasino, after his father left them at 9 years.[2] Rossi attended Monsignor Farrell High School and SUNY Albany. Growing up, he loved to ride dirt bikes.[3] Rossi studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York where he appeared in several theatre productions in the short time he was there.[4][5]


Theo Rossi is known for his portrayal of 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, in which Rossi also acted alongside Karen Allen and Michael Harney.[6][7]

Rossi has appeared in television shows such as Law and Order: SVU, 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.

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

Personal life[edit]

In addition to acting and developing other projects, Rossi gets involved with the men and women of the military, with fellow Sons of Anarchy co-actors Kim Coates, Dayton Callie and Ron Perlman.[9] Since Rossi is an Ambassador to the Boot Campaign, he works with multiple organizations that help raise money for wounded soldiers and those returning with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[10] Throughout the off-season, Rossi often traveled to different bases to visit US military personnel.[5] He has also helped in organizing the yearly Boot Ride event benefiting 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.

In addition to supporting charities throughout the country and in his home of New York City, shortly after Hurricane Sandy hitting Staten Island, Rossi, with other friends and family, founded Staten Strong, a program administered by the Boot Campaign.[11][12] Staten Strong rebuilt three homes for Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island.[13]

Rossi also is a supporter of animal welfare. He launched a campaign with The Humane Society of the United States to protect street dogs.[14] He also appeared in a PETA ad promoting pet adoption.[15]

Rossi is married to Meghan McDermott. The couple's first child, Kane Alexander Rossi, was born on June 8, 2015.[16] On May 9, 2017, it was announced that Rossi was expecting a second child with his wife.[17] Their second son, Arlo Benjamin Rossi, was born on August 3, 2017.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Myersons Montilli
2003 The Challenge Anthony
2004 Buds for Life Teddy
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
2017 Ghosts of War Kirk
2019 Vault Deuce
2019 American Skin Officer Dominic Reyes
2019 Rattlesnake Billy
2020 Body Cam TBA Post-production
2020 Army of the Dead Burt Cummings Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2001–02 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 House of the Dead 2 Greg Berlin Television film
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
2008–14 Sons of Anarchy Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz 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


  1. ^ Theo Rossi Is Finding His Place in America
  2. ^ AnwersAfrica Theo Rossi Ethnicity, Height, Wife, Age, Parents, Biography, Family
  3. ^ "Theo Rossi Biography". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  4. ^ "Biography". 2008-11-16. 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.
  9. ^ "'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.
  10. ^ "About". Boot Campaign. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  11. ^ Driscoll, Bree (29 March 2013). "Actor's "Staten Strong" Effort Helps Fuel Recovery". NY1. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  12. ^ "Theo Rossi 'Staten Strong' - New York News". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  13. ^ Benanti, Carol Ann (8 March 2013). "StatenStrong 'angels' rebuild home for Staten Island Sandy victim". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  14. ^ "Sons of Anarchy Star Theo Rossi Launches Campaign to Protect Street Dogs : Humane Society International". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  15. ^ Leanne Aciz Stanton, "Theo Rossi and His Rescue Dog Benito Team Up With PETA to Encourage Pet Adoption," US Weekly, 19 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Theo Rossi and Wife Meghan McDermott Welcome a Baby Boy!". 8 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Lowriders Star Theo Rossi Expecting Second Child".
  18. ^ "A Second Son! Theo Rossi and Wife Meghan Welcome Arlo Benjamin".

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