David Castañeda (born October 24, 1989) is an American actor. In 2019, Castañeda began portraying Diego Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.

David Castañeda
Castañeda in 2019
Born (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 34)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Fullerton (BA)
Years active2009–present

Early life


Castañeda was born October 24, 1989,[1] in Los Angeles[2] and was raised in Sinaloa, Mexico.[3][a] He returned to the United States when he was 14 and attended William Workman High School in California.[2] Castañeda initially studied civil engineering in college with the intention of taking over the family business after he finished his studies.[4] However, he became interested in film direction and switched to major in film production and international business in 2007 at California State University, Fullerton.[3][5] Castañeda then moved into acting and started auditioning for roles. He studied part-time while pursuing an acting career, eventually graduating in 2015.[5][6]

Personal life


He has been dating his Umbrella Academy co-star Ritu Arya since 2019.[citation needed]



Castañeda has been involved in acting since he was 17,[4] but only started taking acting more seriously after he volunteered for a role when a director asked for actors to participate in his film during a seminar while at university.[5] He played various minor roles in a number of productions, such as End of Watch, and also acted as a main character in a short film Maddoggin', which won the audience award at the NBC Universal Short Cut Film Festival.[5] In 2013, he landed a role playing Jorge on ABC Family's TV series Switched at Birth.[7] In late 2016, he was cast in the role of Hector in the film Sicario: Day of the Soldado released in 2018.[8] He also has a major role in an independent film El Chicano, a supporting role in Jean-Claude Van Damme's We Die Young as well as minor roles in films such as the Billy Crystal's film Standing Up, Falling Down.[4]

In 2017, he was cast in his most prominent role yet playing Diego Hargreeves / Number 2 in The Umbrella Academy,[9] which was released on Netflix in February 2019.




Year Title Role Notes
2009 Drive-By Chronicles: Sidewayz Saul
2011 Maddoggin Pedro González Short film
2012 End of Watch Mexican Cowboy
2015 Freaks of Nature Tony Cerone
Human Behavior Mark Short film
2016 Love Sanchez Rene
2017 The Ascent Louis Medina
Corrida Jefe Short film
Why? He Short film
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Hector
El Chicano Shotgun
2019 Standing Up, Falling Down Ruis
We Die Young Rincon
2020 The Tax Collector Vargas [4]
2021 The Guilty Officer Tim Geraci
2025 Ballerina TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Lie to Me Boyfriend 1 episode
2009, 2012 Southland Tough Kid, Carlos 2 episodes
2014 Switched at Birth Jorge 7 episodes
2014–2015 Jane the Virgin Nicholas 3 episodes
2015 Bound and Babysitting Eddie TV movie
The Player Listo Salvado 1 episode
2016 Blindspot Carlos 1 episode
Going Dark Sam Unaired TV pilot
2017 The Legend of Master Legend Mandy Mandujano Unaired TV pilot[10]
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Diego Hargreeves Main cast
2022 Robot Chicken Interrogator / My Strange Addiction Narrator (voice) Episode: "May Cause Involuntary Political Discharge"
2023 Poker Face Jimmy Episode: "Escape from Shit Mountain"
Most Dangerous Game Victor Suero[11] Main cast (season 2)[12]


  1. ^ One source says he is a native of Sinaloa, Mexico and moved to the US at age 14.[3] Another source says he was born in Los Angeles, raised in Mexico, then went to the US for high school.[2]


  1. ^ "David Castañeda: 11 facts about the Umbrella Academy star you probably didn't know". PopBuzz. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Bautista, Berenice (February 23, 2019). "David Castañeda: 'Los pleitos de hermanos son saludables'marry my". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Lerman, Gabriel (February 15, 2019). "David Castañeda: 'El morro de Burgermanía anda de actor en Hollywood'" (in Spanish). Golden Globes. Archived from the original on January 9, 2021. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Yap, Nikki (February 2019). "David Castañeda Steers His Plans To An Action-Packed Acting Career". Status. Archived from the original on February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019 – via statusmagonline.com.
  5. ^ a b c d Mirpuri, Sonam (November 5, 2013). "Student balances acting with responsibilities on Switched at Birth TV series". Daily Titan. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  6. ^ castanedawong (May 17, 2015). "Assemble". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (October 23, 2013). "Melissa & Joey, Switched at Birth Add Guest Stars". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 15, 2016). "David Castaneda Joins Sicario Sequel Soldado". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 30, 2017). "Umbrella Academy Netflix Series Rounds Out Cast With Game of Thrones Alum, Hamilton Star". Variety. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2016). "Legend Of Master Legend: Anjelika Washington & David Castaneda Cast In Amazon Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Otterson, Joe (2021-08-23). "'Most Dangerous Game' With Christoph Waltz Renewed for Season 2 at Roku Channel, David Castañeda Joins Cast". Variety. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  12. ^ Nolan, Daniel (2022-01-28). "'Most Dangerous Game' finds places to play in Hamilton". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2023-02-27.