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Hector Elizondo


Hector Elizondo

Héctor Elizondo
Elizondo on the set of Last Man Standing in 2012
Born (1936-12-22) December 22, 1936 (age 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Sherman Oaks, California
Nationality American
Other names Hector Elizonda
Education High School of Performing Arts
Alma mater City College of New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–present
Home town New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Carolee Campbell (m. 1969)
Children 1

Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is an American actor. Elizondo's first major role was that of "God" in the play Steambath, for which he won an Obie Award. Since then Elizondo has participated in over eighty films and has made numerous television appearances, including his Emmy Award-winning role on the series Chicago Hope.

Early years

Elizondo was born in New York City, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes and Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant.[1][2] His paternal grandfather was a Basque from Spain, and his maternal grandparents were from the Canary Islands.[3][4] His parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York City, with the hope of finding a better way of life.[5]

At a young age, Elizondo demonstrated a talent in sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was 10 years old. Upon graduating from Jr. High School in 1950, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts. He also attended another public high school where he excelled in basketball and baseball. His baseball skills were good enough for him to be scouted by both the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.[6]

In 1954, Elizondo enrolled in City College of New York, intending to become a history teacher. However, during his freshman year he became a father and dropped out of college, going to work full-time in order to support his family. Later, he divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd.[6]


From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall. In 1965 he landed a part in the Off-Broadway show Kill the One-Eyed Man;[7] in 1968, he got a part in The Great White Hope.[8] His first major success came when he played "God" in guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in the play Steambath. Elizondo won an Obie award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend or sympathizer to the lead character. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.[9] In 1974, Elizondo played against type as ex-mafioso-turned-subway hijacker "Mr. Grey" in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Elizondo starred as a Puerto Rican widower on the CBS television series, Popi, which aired during the 1975-1976 television season.[10] The short-lived series, which ran for eleven episodes, was one of the first American network television series to feature a Latino theme and cast.[10] He was a member of the cast of the 1985-1986 CBS situation comedy Foley Square.

In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall; Marshall was impressed with his talent and it was to become a lifelong friendship, which would bring benefits for both. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. In some of the movies in which Elizondo appeared, he went uncredited and he would not have minded staying that way for the movie Pretty Woman; however, it was Marshall who insisted on crediting him. His role in Pretty Woman only lasted 10 minutes, but it led to his receiving a Golden Globe nomination. In 1999, he guest-starred in Runaway Bride as "Fisher" the husband of the male protagonist's ex. Elizondo has participated in over 80 movies and 17 of them have been Marshall's.[9] In fact, Elizondo has appeared in every movie that Marshall has directed. Elizondo also had a brief appearance as a fisherman in the movie Overboard which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

In 2001, he was featured in the short-lived television drama Kate Brasher and portrayed security head Joe in the movie The Princess Diaries, a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

He is probably best known to the television audience as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope created by well known television creator David E. Kelley. He has won both an Emmy and ALMA award and was nominated for a Satellite Award and several SAG Awards for playing this role. He is one of only two people to remain on the show for its entire run, the other being Adam Arkin.

On April 30, 2008, it was announced by USA Network that Elizondo would become Adrian Monk's new therapist, Dr. Neven Bell,[11] on the award-winning series Monk.[12] Elizondo replaced actor Stanley Kamel, who died suddenly on April 8, 2008.

In 2011, Elizondo became a main cast member on the new ABC comedy Last Man Standing, which stars Tim Allen.

Personal life

Elizondo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage. Since 1969 he has been married to Carolee Campbell, an Emmy Award winning actress, photographer and publisher. They live in Sherman Oaks, California.[6]

In April 2013, Elizondo participated in a group of actors and actresses who read some books to children, reminding the children that reading is one of the most important parts of education.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Fat Black Pussycat, TheThe Fat Black Pussycat
1969 Vixens, TheThe Vixens Inspector
1970 Landlord, TheThe Landlord Hector
1971 Valdez Is Coming Mexican Rider
1971 Born to Win Vivian
1972 Deadhead Miles Bad Character
1972 Pocket Money Juan
1972 Stand Up and Be Counted Lou Kellerman
1974 Taking of Pelham One Two Three, TheThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three Mr. Grey
1975 Report to the Commissioner Captain D'Angelo
1976 Diary of the Dead Stan
1977 Thieves Man Below
1979 Cuba Capt. Raphael Ramirez
1980 American Gigolo Det. Sunday
1981 Fan, TheThe Fan Police Insp. Raphael Andrews
1982 Young Doctors in Love Angelo/Angela Bonafetti
1984 Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo Kid Arthur Willis
1985 Private Resort The Maestro
1986 Nothing in Common Charlie Gargas
1987 Overboard Garbage Scow Skipper Uncredited
1988 "Astronomy" Short film
1988 Beaches Judge Uncredited
1989 Leviathan G.P. Cobb
1990 Pretty Woman Barnard Thompson
1990 Taking Care of Business Warden Toolman
1991 Final Approach Dr. Dio Gottlieb
1991 Necessary Roughness Coach Ed Gennero
1991 Frankie and Johnny Nick
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood Norman Rutledge
1992 Samantha Walter
1993 Being Human Dom Paulo
1994 Backstreet Justice Steve Donovan
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Jon Flint
1994 Getting Even with Dad Lt. Romayko
1994 Exit to Eden Dr. Martin Helifax
1995 Perfect Alibi Det. Ryker
1996 Dear God Vladek Vidov
1997 Turbulence Lt. Aldo Hines
1999 Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister Ernie
1999 Entropy The Chairman
1999 Runaway Bride Fisher
2001 Tortilla Soup Martin Naranjo
2001 Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess Diaries Joe
2001 How High Bill the Crew Coach
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Bane (voice) Direct-to-video release
2004 Raising Helen Mickey Massey Uncredited
2004 Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Joe
2006 I-See-You.Com Greg Rishwain
2006 Celestine Prophecy, TheThe Celestine Prophecy Cardinal Sebastian
2007 Music Within Ben Padrow
2007 Georgia Rule Izzy
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera Don Leo
2010 Valentine's Day Edgar
2010 New York Street Games self/narrator Documentary
2011 New Year's Eve Kominsky


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Edge of Night, TheThe Edge of Night Dimitri Unknown episodes
1969 Jackie Gleason Show, TheThe Jackie Gleason Show Episode: "The Honeymooners: Mexican Hat Trick"
1971 Impatient Heart, TheThe Impatient Heart Mr. Hernandez Television film
1972 All in the Family Carlos Mendoza Episode: "The Elevator Story
1973, 1976 Kojak Det. Nick Ferro
Carl Dettrow
Episode: "Web of Death"
Episode: "A Need to Know"
1974 Maude Cop Episode: "Speed Trap"
1975 Baretta Jerry Damon Episode: "The Fire Man"
1975 Columbo: A Case of Immunity Hassan Salah Television film
1975, 1978 Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files John Micelli
Frank Falcone
Episode: "Say Goodbye to Jennifer"
Episode: "A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights"
1976 Popi Abraham Rodriguez 11 episodes
1976 Wanted: The Sundance Woman Pancho Villa Television film
1978 Dain Curse, TheThe Dain Curse Ben Feeney Television film
1978 Eddie Capra Mysteries, TheThe Eddie Capra Mysteries Episode: "Dying Declaration"
1980 Freebie and the Bean Det. Sgt. Dan 'Bean' Delgado 7 episodes
1982 Medal of Honor Rag Television film
1982 Bret Maverick Mr. Gomez Episode: "The Hidalgo Thing"
1982 Honeyboy Emilio Ramirez Television film
1983 Feel the Heat Monkey Moreno Unknown episodes
1983 Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault 5 episodes
1983 Woman of San Quentin Capt. Mike Reyes Television film
1984 a.k.a. Pablo Jose Sanchez/Shapiro 6 episodes
1984 Hill Street Blues Insp. Joe Keenan Episode: "Ewe and Me, Babe"
1985 Murder: My Reason of Insanity Ben Haggarty Television film
1985 Out of the Darkness Father George Television film
1985-1986 Foley Square Jesse Steinberg 14 episodes
1986 Courage Nick Miraldo Television film
1986 Amazing Stories Meadows Episode: "Life on Death Row"
1986 Matlock Det. Joe Peters Episode: "The Cop"
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson Morris King Television film
1987 Night Heat Episode: "The Kid"
1987 Down and Out in Beverly Hills Dave Whiteman 13 episodes
1988 Addicted to His Love Det. Currigan Television film
1989 Kojak: Ariana Edson Saunders Television film
1989 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Ray Quintero Episode: "Past Imperfect"
1989 Your Mother Wears Combat Boots Sergeant Burke Television film
1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion Vic Ramos Television film
1990 Dark Avenger Capt. David Strauss Television pilot
1990 Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files Hasan Demir Television film
1991 Chains of Gold Lt. Ortega Television film
1991 Finding the Way Home Ruben Television film
1991–93 Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark Water Ioz 21 episodes
1992 Burden of Proof, TheThe Burden of Proof Alejandro 'Sandy' Stern Miniseries
1992 Fish Police Don Calamari Episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"
1992 Mrs. Cage Lt. Angel Television film
1993 Jonny's Golden Quest Atacama Television film
1993 Tales from the Crypt Leo Burn Episode: "As Ye Sow"
1993 Animaniacs Stradivarius (voice) Segment: "The Cat and the Fiddle"
1994 Picket Fences Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: "Rebels with Causes"
1994–95 Aladdin Malcho (voice) Episodes: "Rain of Terror" & "The Return of Malcho"
1994–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Phillip Watters 141 episodes
1995 Batman: The Animated Series Sheldon Fallbrook (voice) Episode: "The Terrible Trio"
1995 Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects Attacama Television film
1996 Gargoyles Zafiro (voice) Episode: "The Green"
1997 Borrowed Hearts Javier Del Campo Television film
1998 Mikhail Baryshnikov 's Stories from My Childhood Voice Episode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"
1998 Early Edition Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: "Mum's the Word"
1998 Safe House Dr. Simon Television film
2001 Kate Brasher Joe Almeida 6 episodes
2001–04 American Experience Narrator Episodes: "Zoot Suit Riots" & "Remember the Alamo"
2002 Fidel Eddie Chibas Miniseries
2002 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Dr. Dalton Millgate Episode: "Dead Irish Writers"
2002 Street Time Fariz Hammoud Episodes: "No Excuses", "Betrayal" & "Reversal of Fortune"
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Dr. Guitirrez Episode: "3-D Struction"
2003 Dating Experiment, TheThe Dating Experiment Narrator Unknown episodes
2003 Without a Trace Father Henry Stevens Episode: "Revelations"
2003 Miracles Father 'Poppi' Calero 4 episodes
2004 Century City Martin Constable 9 episodes
2004 Jack & Bobby Gerald Cruz Episode: "Chess Lessons"
2004–06 Justice League Lt. Kragger (voice) Episodes: "Starcrossed (1-3)", "Hunter's Moon" & "Ancient History"
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Wan Shi Tong (voice) Episode: "The Library"
2006 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America Narrator Episodes: 10
2007 Cane Pancho Duque 13 episodes
2007–11 Grey's Anatomy Carlos Torres 4 episodes
2008–09 Monk Dr. Neven Bell 14 episodes
2011 American Dad Himself (voice) Episode: "Fartbreak Hotel"
2011- Last Man Standing Ed Alzate Main character

Awards and nominations

OBIE Award

  • 1971: Won, "Distinguished Performances" - Steambath

Hector Elizondo ALMA Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Turbulence
  • 1998: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series" - Borrowed Hearts
  • 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
  • 2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film" - Runaway Bride
  • 2000: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" - Tortilla Soup

Emmy Awards

  • 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" - Mrs. Cage
  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1997: Won, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1991: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Pretty Woman

Imagen Foundation Awards

  • 2005: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor in a Film" - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

NCLR Bravo Awards

  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope

Satellite Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

SAG Awards

  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1997: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

Temecula Valley International Film Festival

  • 2006: Won, "Lifetime Achievement Award"

See also

Puerto Rico portal
Biography portal


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

Template:EmmyAward DramaSupportingActor 1976-2000

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