Who is Rick Gonzalez? Wiki Bio
Rick Gonzalez was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 30 June 1979, so his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. He is an actor and a musician, probably best known for portraying Timo Cruz in the “Coach Carter” biographical sports drama film, as well as for playing Ben Gonzalez in the “Reaper” supernatural drama TV series.
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Early life and education
Rick is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, and was raised in New York by his parents who met in Washington D.C., and then settled in Brooklyn. After over 10 years of marriage, Rick’s parents divorced, and Rick went on to spend five days of the week with his mother and two days with his father – he often recalls how hard it was travelling from and to their flats, but loved that he could spend time with both of them.
— Rick Gonzalez (@officialrickg) December 20, 2019
He attended both elementary and high school in Brooklyn, and became interested in acting at a very early age performing for his family and participating in school plays. It was his teachers who convinced him to pursue a career in acting, and motivated him to enroll at the High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan, where he was accepted, graduating with a degree in acting in 1997.
Appearances in movies
He made his debut film appearance portraying Sanchez in “Thicker Than Blood” in 1998, and was then cast to play Ricky in “Mambo Café” and Gangbanger in “Prince of Central Park”. His first notable role came in 2001 when he played another Gangbanger in “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”, and then in 2002 appeared in two films entitled “The Rookie” and “Laurel Canyon”. The year 2003 saw him play Primo in “Biker Boyz” and Spanish in “Old School”, while he won a role in a single movie in 2004, portraying Vincent Young in “Subway Café”.
His breakthrough role in movies came in 2005 when he played Timo Cruz in the “Coach Carter” biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter, which is based on the true story of Ken Carter, Richmond High School’s basketball coach who made headlines after he suspended his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results in 1999. In the same year Rick he appeared in “War of the Worlds” and “Roll Bounce”. Rick was cast to appear in three films in 2006 entitled “First Snow”, “Pulse”, and “For Your Consideration” and then in 2007 appeared in four movies some of which are “Game of Life”, “What We Do Is Secret”, and “In the Valley of Elah”. The year 2008 saw him portray Ernesto in the critically acclaimed film “The Promotion” and Eladio Cassado in “Pride and Glory”.
In the next couple of years, he appeared in movies such as “Flying Lessons” in 2010, “Apartment 143” in 2011, and “The Guilt Trip” in 2012 before winning the role of Rene in “Make Your Move” in 2013. Some of the other films he has appeared since are “Blame It On The Streets” in 2014 and “November Rule” in 2015 while two of his latest roles in movies have been in “Bad Dad Rehab” in 2016 and “Deuces” in 2017.
Appearances in TV series
Rick made his debut TV series appearance in the “Spanish Harlem” episode of the “F/X: The Series” in 1997, and then in 2000 appeared in single episodes of both “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Touched by an Angel” TV series. The year 2000 also saw him win his first longer role, appearing in four episodes of “Boston Public”.
He was cast to play Hector in “Nash Bridges” and Jorge Escalona in “ER” in 2001 before appearing in single episodes of “The Shield” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in 2002. In 2006, he played Marcus in the “Poppin’ Tags” episode of the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” procedural forensics crime drama, and Hector Rivera in a single episode of “CSI: Miami”. During the next couple of years, Rick made guest appearances in many TV series, some of which were “Medium” in 2009, “Castle” in 2010, and “Cold Case” and “Lie to Me” in 2010. The year 2011 saw him play Charlie in “Traffic Light”, Jamie Sosa in “The Protector”, and Rick Cortez in “Bones” while he portrayed DJ Rashnu in two episodes of “Dark Prophet” in 2012 and 2014.
He was cast to appear in three TV series in 2013 entitled “Blue Bloods”, “Ironside”, and “NCIS” in 2013 and then in “Rush” in 2014 and “Battle Creek” in 2015. Rick’s most recent appearances in TV series have been in “Mr. Robot” in 2015, and in “Legends of Tomorrow” in 2017, while he has been portraying Rene Ramirez in “Arrow” since 2016.
Career as a musician
Rick launched his career as a musician on 24 May 2011, when he released “The Invisible Man” mixtape album, stating ‘I called it the invisible man because of my frustration trying to get my music career going for at least seven years and feeling ignored by the industry. So I felt invisible to them (music industry)’. He was also featured in the “Bully Rap” song by Sean Price released on 30 October 2012.
Love life and relationships
Rick met Sherry Aon at a party in 2008, and the two chatted for two months before going out on a proper date. According to Rick, they realized at the very first date that they are right for each other. They married sometime in 2013, and Sherry, who has been keeping away from the spotlight, gave birth to their daughter on 26 July 2013.
Rick is very close to his wife and their daughter and he often uploads pictures of them together onto his Instagram account, such as the one he uploaded on Christmas with a part of its description reading ‘Around this time of the year, I get a little mushy. I hug my daughter a little tighter, kiss my wife a little longer, and celebrate another year filled with them, love and happiness.’
Before Sherry, Rick was linked to several actresse,s but never had a relationship longer than a year which he believes was his fault, as he was always too busy with his acting career.
Hobbies and other interests
Rick is a fan of the film industry, and has his own favorites when it comes to Hollywood actors and actress – Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando and Helen Mirren, and their movies “Rain Men”, “A Streetcar named Desire”, and “The Queen”. He is very sporting, and although he no longer plays football and lacrosse as he did while at high school, he often goes running and has four training sessions at the gym each week to stay in shape for his acting roles.
Rick enjoyed travelling before he married, and visited several Asian countries such as Vietnam and Japan, as well as European countries including Italy, Spain, and Portugal. He stopped travelling solo after he married, but has on several occasions travelled with his wife to countries such as Egypt in Africa and Norway in Europe. In his spare time, Rick enjoys sitting in a park near his home and reading a good book.
Appearance and net worth
Rick is 40 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and weighs around 148lbs (67kgs). His net worth is estimated at over $1 million, as of early 2020.