Jonathan Daniel Montenegro Uzcátegui (born May 11, 1978, in Caracas) is a well known Venezuelan actor and singer.[1] Montenegro was a member of the popular Puerto Rican boy band Menudo.[2]

Jonathan Montenegro
Jonathan Montenegro
Born
Jonathan Daniel Montenegro Uzcátegui

(1978-05-11) May 11, 1978 (age 46)
Occupation(s)Actor and Singer

Biography

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Jonathan Montenegro has been involved in show business since he was a small child, being chosen in 1984 to act in two Radio Caracas Television telenovelas, "El Analisis" and "La Ciudad Muerta" ("Ghost Town"), both of which had been written by the well-known Venezuelan writer and politician, Rómulo Gallegos.

In 1985, Montenegro made three theater plays and he debuted in film, making two Venezuelan movies. In addition to that, Montenegro obtained a second place in the prestigious "Festimagico Infantil" ("Magic Children's Festival") talent show, which was held by Venevisión.

By 1986, Montenegro would embark in a modeling career, making some television commercials and appearing on some catalogs. He made three telenovelas and one film that year. One of the telenovelas he made that year was "La Intrusa", considered a classic by Latin American critics.

In 1987, Montenegro began exploring his singing abilities, as he was cast on three musicals. He also became active in a national campaign against brain stroke that year.

1988 was a year of firsts for Montenegro, as he debuted on radio with a talk show named "Tren Fantasia" ("Fantasy Train"), and also as a show host, on Radio Caracas Television's "Festival Fantastico Infantil" ("Children's Fantastic Festival"). Montenegro's popularity in Venezuela helped for the directors of Miami's annual "Festival de la Calle 8", a very popular festival among Hispanics, to invite him for the festival's 1989 version.

That same year, Montenegro participated in a television comedy show, a game show, a mini-series and another soap opera. He was also discovered by Edgardo Díaz, who saw the eleven-year-old actor participate alongside Menudo in "Los Ultimos Heroes", a soap opera based on Menudo's latest album, "Los Ultimos Heroes".

In 1990, Montenegro acted alongside Antonio Banderas in a film named Terranova. On December 10 of that year, Montenegro signed with Menudo, becoming the first Venezuelan and first South American member of the band. He joined Mexico's Adrian Olivares, who had previously become the first non-Puerto Rican member of Menudo.

In 1991 Montenegro left the group. He has never mentioned any specific reasons as to why he left, but by the time he did, he had already become a teen idol across Latin America and in Spain, where he toured and had to schedule a special autograph and photo session with his Madrid fans before leaving the European country.

Montenegro spent two years in Venezuela after that, recording four telenovelas. In 1993 he was cast in telenovela Dulce Ilusión. From 1994 to 1995, Montenegro left show business periodically, concentrating on getting his high school diploma and taking English classes in the United States.

Montenegro returned to acting in 1996, by participating in "Sol de Tentacion". He participated in two television shows that year.

By 1997, Montenegro was a full-fledged member of the Venevisión roster. He participated in two Venevisión soap operas between then and 1998, including "Samantha", where he played a drug addict. That characterization earned him an award as Venezuela's "Best young television actor".

In 1999, Montenegro left acting to become a producer, once again, on radio. He began to produce "Tu Generacion", a radio show geared towards Venezuelan heavy metal music fans. The show has remained on the air, but without Montenegro since the early 2000s.

In 2000, Montenegro resumed acting in television series Mis 3 hermanas.

In 2002, Montenegro was in telenovela Juana la virgen.

In 2003, Montenegro was in television series La Cuaima.

In 2005, Montenegro was in television series Dueña y Señora in Puerto Rico.

In 2006, Montenegro was in television series Voltea pa' que te enamores.

Jonathan Montenegro later embarked on a solo singing career, releasing a total of two CD's. Combined with his one CD as a member of Menudo and another with a group of former Menudo members (not El Reencuentro, Montenegro's group is named Menudomania Forever[3]), Montenegro has participated in a total of four CDs. He continues on with his career as a solo singer.

Montenegro married the Venezuelan actress Yelena Maciel in 2011 [4][5] with the couple having their only child daughter in 2012. They divorced in 2014.[6]

Filmography

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Films

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Year Title Role Notes
1986 De mujer a mujer Unknown role Debut film
1989 Cuchillos de fuego David
1991 Terra Nova Gaspare
2014 Espejos Mel

Television

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Year Title Role Notes
1985 Rebeca Luisito Television debut
1986 La dama de rosa Diego Suárez
1987 La intrusa Andrés
1988 Alma mía Leonardo
1989 El engaño Pablo
1993 Dulce ilusión Lalo
1996 Sol de tentación Luis Alejandro Romero
1997 Contra viento y marea Ignacio
1998 Samantha Alexánder Hernández
2000 Mis 3 hermanas Francisco Moreno
2002 Juana la virgen David
2003 La cuaima Simón Alvarenga
2006 Mujer de mundo Unknown role
2006 Dueña y señora Carlos Alberto Peña
2006–2007 Voltea pa' que te enamores Luis Fernando García Malavé Lead role
2009 Libres como el viento Miguel Ángel Marino Lead role
2012 Mi ex me tiene ganas Pablo Naranjo
2015 Los hijos de Don Juan Amir Santander Supporting role ( Season 1)
2017 Prueba de Fe Diego 1 chapter

Curiosity

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  • Canadian Metal- Symphonic singer Axelle Doyon is her Fan.

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Estrellas Jonathan Montenegro". venevision.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ "'LOS ROSTROS DE LAS TELENOVELAS' Jonathan Montenegro". teleprograma.diezminutos.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ Billboard (2016-01-04). "Reunited Members of Menudo on Their Boy-Band Experience and Hitting the Road for 'Menudomania Forever' Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  4. ^ "Se confirma la separación de Jonathan Montenegro y Yelena Maciel". erikatipoweb.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Estos son los polémicos amores de Jonathan Montenegro". panorama.com.ve (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  6. ^ Guzmán, Vanessa. ""Solo déjame ser papá": la exigencia de Jonathan Montenegro a Yelena Maciel tras no poder ver a su hija (+Foto)". caraotadigital.net (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 31 December 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
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