Jonathan Seda (born October 14, 1970) is an American actor. Seda was an amateur boxer who auditioned for and was given a role in the 1992 boxing film Gladiator. He played the role of Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in the movie Selena and Detective Antonio Dawson in NBC’s Chicago PD. He also played the role of Paul Falsone in the show Homicide: Life on the Street. He also played the role of U.S. Marine John Basilone, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific.
Seda at the 2014 Imagen Awards
October 14, 1970
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
Seda was born in Manhattan to parents of Puerto Rican descent and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. After graduating from Clifton High School, Seda was convinced by two friends that he should take up boxing, so he began working out in a gym.
Seda's film debut was in the boxing film Gladiator (1992), in which he played the role of Romano, a Cuban boxer. He has since worked in various films and TV series. In 1995, Seda was nominated Best Male Lead at the Spirit Awards for his role the movie I Like It Like That (1994), opposite Rita Moreno and Lauren Vélez. In 1996, he was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Best Actor Award) at the Cannes Film Festival, for his role as Blue in the film The Sunchaser, opposite actor Woody Harrelson.
Seda became widely known to the Hispanic film audience when he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena (1997), a film based on the true story of the Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda played Selena's husband.
Also in 1997, Seda landed the role of Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street. The writers, taking advantage of his boxing background, wrote a shirtless practice bout into an episode which established his character's attractiveness to fellow detective Laura Ballard. Seda also boxed opposite Jimmy Smits in the film Price of Glory (2000).
Seda has appeared in more than two dozen movies, including Bad Boys II (2003) as Roberto, as well as numerous television appearances. Aside from Homicide, he has had notable roles as Dino Ortolani in Oz, Matty Caffey in Third Watch, Paul Falsone (in a Homicide crossover with Law & Order), House, and CSI: Miami. He is featured as one of the three leads in the HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific (released on March 14, 2010), portraying Marine John Basilone. Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice and in 2007, he made a cameo appearance in Ludacris' song "Runaway Love", as an abusive, alcoholic stepfather.
Seda appeared in Treme seasons 2-4 as Nelson Hidalgo, a politically connected land developer from Dallas who helps out with the relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. He appeared in the film Larry Crowne (2011), which starred, and was co-written and directed by, Tom Hanks. Hanks also served as an executive producer on The Pacific, in which Seda starred. In 2013, Seda starred alongside Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater, and Jason Momoa in the Walter Hill-directed action thriller Bullet to the Head.
In 2012, Seda began portraying Detective Antonio Dawson in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, first starring in Chicago Fire in a recurring role and then, in 2014, as part of the main cast of the spin-off Chicago P.D. In 2017, Seda carried his role over into another spin-off, Chicago Justice, which was canceled after its first season. His daughter Haley made a guest appearance on Chicago P.D. as a key witness in a bombing. In July 2017, it was announced that Seda would return to Chicago P.D. following the cancellation of Chicago Justice. On April 19, 2019, it was reported that Seda had informed NBC officials that he would not be renewing his contract and would be leaving the series shortly after six seasons.
Seda married his long time girlfriend, Lisa Gomez, in 2000. The couple have four children.
|New York Cop||Mario|
|1994||I Like It Like That||Chino Linares|
|Boys on the Side||Pete|
|Sunchaser||Brandon 'Blue' Monroe|
|1997||The Price of Kissing||Billy|
|2000||Price of Glory||Sonny Ortega|
|2001||Double Bang||Sally 'Fish' Pescatore|
|Love the Hard Way||Charlie|
|2002||Undisputed||Jesus 'Chuy' Campos|
|King Rikki||Rikki Ortega|
|2003||Bad Boys II||Roberto|
|2007||One Long Night||Richard|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Officer Diamond|
|2012||Bullet to the Head||Louis Blanchard|
|2018||Canal Street||Detective Mike Watts|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Sal Molina||Episode: "You Bet Your Life"|
|New York Undercover||Bobby Lunas||Episode: "Knock You Out"|
|1996||Mistrial||Eddie Rios||TV Movie|
|1997||Law & Order||Det. Paul Falsone||Episode: "Baby, It's You"|
|1997–1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Det. Paul Falsone||46 episodes|
|1999–2000||Third Watch||Matty Caffey||7 episodes|
|2000||Thin Air||Luis DeLeon||TV Movie|
|Homicide: The Movie||Det. Paul Falsone||TV Movie|
|Good Guys/Bad Guys||TV Movie|
|2001–2002||UC: Undercover||Jake Shaw||13 episodes|
|2003||Hack||Nick Duarte||Episode: "Dial 'O' for Murder"|
|Oz||Dino Ortolani||3 episodes|
|2004||Las Vegas||Junior Gomez||Episode: "Die Fast, Die Furious"|
|The Jury||Victor Torres||Episode: "Last Rites"|
|2004–2005||Kevin Hill||Damian 'Dame' Ruiz||22 episodes|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||John Gregory||2 episodes|
|2006–2007||Close to Home||Ray Blackwell||20 episodes|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Hector Salazar||Episode: "Tipping Point"|
|2009||House||Donny||Episode: "Brave Heart"|
|One Hot Summer||Ariel Silva||TV Movie|
|Numb3rs||Lonnie Moses||Episode: "Arm in Arms"|
|Legally Mad||Joe Matty||TV Movie|
|The Pacific||Sgt. John Basilone||TV Mini-series|
|Burn Notice||Cole||Episode: "Center of the Storm"|
|The Closer||Detective Frank Verico||Episode: "Off the Hook"|
|Hawaii Five-0||Sergeant Cage||Episode: "Mana'o"|
|2011–2013||Treme||Nelson Hidalgo||Main role (Seasons 2-4); |
|2012–2019||Chicago Fire||Antonio Dawson||Recurring|
|2014–2019||Chicago P.D.||Main (Season 1-6)|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Episode: "Nationwide Manhunt"|
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- Moss, Linda. "Actor Jon Seda felt special connection to World War II hero John Basilone, in HBO's The Pacific", NewJerseyNewsroom.com, May 30, 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 11, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Seda himself was especially moved by the reaction of Charles Tatum, who actually served with Basilone and was on Iwo Jima with him. Tatum, who is portrayed in The Pacific, visited the set of the miniseries when it was shooting in Los Angeles. Seda said that Tatum shook his hand and said, 'We're all in agreement: You're John.' The actor, a graduate of Clifton High School, was left speechless by Tatum's praise."
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- "'Chicago': Jon Seda, Colin Donnell & Norma Kuhling Exit NBC Drama Franchise". Deadline Hollywood. April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.