At just 19, Carlos Gomez moved to New York to make acting out of his life. Born on 1st January 1962 in New York, and bred in Miami, he is a first-generation American of Cuban descent. With a career stretching as far back as the late 1980s, the Latino actor is a pioneer of his kind for over 25 years now. From playing Salma Hayek’s ex-boyfriend in the 1997 hit romcom Fools Rush In to recently starring in the ABCs The Baker and Beauty, the 59-year-old has accumulated a massive household name. He is known for playing Jose Menendez in Law & Order True Crime (2017) and Agent Jose Campos in Madam Secretary (2014). Gomez lives across LA, Miami, and NY. Despite having touched so many, there may be eight lesser-known facts about him:
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Carlos Gomez
The Cuban American made appearances on Dance To Win and Hard To Kill in 1989, making a fine debut. From 1995 to 1996 Gomez made waves by playing a gay paramedic in the famed series ER- a Sag Award-winning drama.
2- Breakthrough of a Breakdancer
In City Rhythms (1989) all eyes were on Carlos’s character Slammer for his extraordinary breakdancing flairs. His dancing and singing landed him in the award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights (2008) by Lin Manuel-Miranda.
After delivering over 300 performances in the Tony Award-winning In The Heights, Gomez made a comeback in theatre. It was with Thomas Kail-directed Dauphin de’s Dive on the New York stage in 2016.
4- Television Star
Friends, Boston Legal, Criminal Minds, Shark, Charmed, Ncis, Nypd, Shark, and Showtime’s Sleeper Cell and Weeds are some of the highest-rated shows that Carlos was a part of.
5- Famous For
House of Sand and Frog (2003), the film nominated for Academy Award, starred Carlos as Lieutenant Alvarez. He played the lead in The Glades (2010- 2013)which became the most-watched drama series in the history of A&E’s Network.
6- Film Features
Gomez’s most popular feature films include Enemy of the State, A Day Without a Mexican, The Negotiator, All About Steve alongside Sandra Bullock. and many more. He was most recently seen in Trial By Fire (2018) and The Report (2019).
7- Musically Inclined
His songs Inutil and Atencion in In The Heights were part of the Musical’s soundtrack which garnered a Grammy Award for that category.
8- Life’s Biggest Achievement
He has been rewarded the three Imagen Awards for supporting actor in The Glades and has a number of Alma Award nominations to his name. He calls it one of life’s biggest achievements.