Who is Jonathan Togo?

Born on 25 August 1977, in Rockland, Massachusetts, under the earth sign of Virgo, Jonathan Frederick Togo is a 42-year-old American actor, director and writer. He is best known for his now-legendary role of Ryan Wolfe in “CSI: Miami”. As one of the main characters, he was a member of the show’s cast for a total of 182 episodes, which helped him establish himself as one of the premier supporting actors of the 2000s. In addition, he was also in “Special Unit”, “A Rising Tide” and several other titles. While he isn’t as versatile as some of his peers, Jonathan has succeeded in making a name for himself as a heartthrob forensic specialist, who uses his expertise to solve some of the most heinous crimes in Miami-Dade County.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Massachusetts

Jonathan was raised by his parents in Rockland, but spent a lot of time in Boston, too. His father, Michael Togo, is a graphic designer and commercial artist who worked for the Boston Globe for many years. Sheila Togo, his mother, is also involved in art, as a formal visual merchandise saleswoman, and currently owns a booth at the South of Washington (SoWA) Open Market. As she became more successful, she started selling her creations under the moniker Simply Sheila. The artistic influence obviously resonated with young Jonathan, as he developed an infatuation with acting.

He joined the drama club at his middle school and started gaining valuable experience. As for his subsequent education, he attended Rockland High School, from where he matriculated in 1995. During this time, he was a member of the “Project Contemporary Competitiveness, Advanced Study Program” (PCC ASP), both as a student and as a proctor. In 1999, he graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. At this point, he still wasn’t done, as he then furthered his studies at the National Theatre Institute of the Eugene O’Neill Theater, to perfect his acting.

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What Is Jonathan Togo’s Ethnicity?

Togo himself has been asked this question many times. By looking at his surname, most people are baffled and can’t guess his roots. Jonathan’s mother is of both Irish and Italian descent. His father, on the other hand, is Jewish and his surname was actually created by his grandfather. “Tonkaviev” was too long for his carpet shop, so he shortened it to Togo so that he could attract customers more easily. Jonathan is particularly proud of his Jewish heritage, as he even went to a traditional Hebrew school before high school.

Music Career

While at Vassar College, Jonathan was the singer of a band called El Conquistadors. They were originally named Skabba the Hut, after Jabba the Hutt, a popular villain from the “Star Wars” movie franchise. Even though they had moderate success on a local level, Togo left the band in order to focus on his acting. The two remaining members, John Conway and Sam Endicott, went on to form The Bravery, one of the seminal rock bands of the 2000s. Jonathan says that he is still friends with both guys and that he’s happy for their success.

Acting: Career Beginnings

Upon completing his specialization at the National Theatre Institute of the Eugene O’Neill Theater, Jonathan gained all the knowledge he could soak up, but lacked practical experience. Using his charisma, good looks and persuasive abilities, he managed to meet a myriad of talent agents and people with connections in show business. As a result, he was cast as Jonathan in “Special Unit 2”. The show depicts the life and times of two Chicago P.D. detectives, who have the tough task of preventing Links, malicious mythological entities, from wreaking havoc in their jurisdiction. Known as a classic in the crime drama genre, “Special Unit 2” featured Togo for 12 episodes, which helped him affirm himself as an actor.

Afterwards, he would go on to appear in “Judging Amy” and “Law and Order”, in addition to making his big screen debut as Pete in “Mystic River”. He continued his successful streak with roles in “Ed”, “The Jury” and two short films. However, in 2004, he was offered a role that initially wasn’t all that significant, but ended up defining his career.

Becoming a Star: CSI: Miami

Jonathan joined the crew of “CSI: Miami” in the show’s third season. They were in a difficult position because Tim Speedle (Rory Cochrane), his predecessor, was shot and killed early in Season Three. Jerry Bruckeimer and the directors wanted someone young to fill the hole in the cast, but weren’t intending for the role to be as big as Speedle’s.

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However, Togo amazed everyone with his hard work and dedication, leading to the writers’ expansion of the script, which turned him into a proper star. What fans loved the most about Jonathan was the character development he showcased – Ryan Wolfe was depicted as a charismatic, humor-loving brainiac who often struggled with darker parts of his personality, such as bouts of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and his gambling addiction. In later seasons he managed to quit gambling, and learn how to be more confident. ‘The show actually made me take an interest in DNA analysis’, stated Togo about his time in “CSI: Miami”. ‘I read countless books on the matter and became hooked!’ Detective Horatio Caine (David Caruso) was a big influence, which is more and more evident as you near the end of the show.

Life After CSI: Miami

Upon the conclusion of the show, Jonathan was more than eager to pursue new career opportunities. Thus, he took on parts in both “Covert Affairs” and “Harry’s Law”, solidifying his reputation as a premier performer in crime drama shows and movies. Subsequently, he appeared in three movies – “A Rising Tide”, “A Hundred Eighty Degrees” and “7 Chinese Brothers”. Fans could also see him in seminal hits such as “Angel from Hell” and “Lucifer”. While he hasn’t matched neither the fame nor the fortune from his “CSI: Miami” days, Togo has proven that he’s more than capable of being consistent and reliable as a supporting actor. He just needs one more career-defining role, and his name will be mentioned amongst the greats of modern-day television.

Personal Life: Is Jonathan Togo Married? Does He Have Children?

Jonathan Togo is married to actress and writer, Baker Lim. The two tied the knot on 17 January 2019, at Millwick, a prominent wedding venue in Los Angeles, California, in front of 100 people, all of whom were friends and family. Jon wore a slick, blue suit while his wife opted for the Chosen dress model by One Day Bridal. The couple does not have any children currently, but they spend a lot of time with the son he has with ex-wife Diora Baird; from 2013 to 2016, they enjoyed a blissful marriage before citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their untimely split. Now Baker and Jon reside in a luxurious Hollywood Hills home, with eucalyptus trees and a view of the Hollywood sign.

Net Worth: How Rich is Jonathan Togo?

Have you ever wondered how affluent this famous actor is? According to authoritative sources, Jonathan Togo has a net worth of approximately $8 million, as of October 2019, obtained by taking on a myriad of roles and becoming a consistent performer. Of course, a large chuck of his bank account is due to his time in “CSI: Miami”. The way the show was shot and how the crimes were depicted set a blueprint that series around the world began copying. Even though he’s still active, there haven’t been any rumors of Jonathan undertaking any new projects in recent times, so there’s no telling whether his net worth will rise or not.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Jonathan Togo?

Jonathan Togo is 5ft 11ins (180cm) tall – his weight and other measurements are unknown, however, the public has been aware of his fit figure for some time. He has a home gym installed in his house, so he practices boxing and does light cardio. Both his eyes and hair are brown.

Online Presence

Even though he’s one of the more famous faces on screen in the last decade and a half, Togo is not that preoccupied with building his brand and using social media for promotion. He has a Twitter account with 12,000 followers, but hasn’t used the network since late 2018. Instagram, however, is a different story. 13,000 people follow his every move and interact with him, as he posts pictures of himself and his wife, plus the occasional selfie.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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