Jose Pablo Cantillo

Jose Pablo Cantillo (born March 30, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Ricky Verona in Crank, Miguel in Cleaner (2007), Pepe in Streets of Blood (2011), Detective Martinez in El Chicano (2018), Hector Salazar in FX's Sons of Anarchy, Caesar Martinez in AMC's The Walking Dead, Duff in Standoff, and Dave in Taken (2017).[1]

Jose Pablo Cantillo
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Cantillo at Walker Stalker Con, San Francisco, February 2015
Born (1979-03-30) March 30, 1979 (age 42)
Years active2003–present

Early lifeEdit

The son of Costa Rican parents, Roberto Cantillo and Rita Bolaños, Jose Pablo Cantillo (known as "Joey" in his high school days[2]) was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana and attended Terre Haute South Vigo High School where he was a tennis standout for all four years, leading the Terre Haute South Braves to a State Runner-Up finish in 1996.[3] He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2003 with a double major in marketing and finance from the Kelley School of Business.[4]


Cantillo decided to pursue an acting career in New York City after taking some drama classes at IU. In late 2003, he moved to California.[5]

After acting in Off-Broadway plays in New York, Cantillo has landed guest roles on popular television series since early 2000.[citation needed] He played a recurring role in The Walking Dead as Caesar Martinez,[6] and roles in two of Neill Blomkamp's films, the science fiction action thriller Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015).[7] In 2019, he played the role of Detective Martinez in the "Latino superhero movie" El Chicano.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

In late 2003, Cantillo moved to California with his wife Kristi and their 7-year-old daughter. They live in Santa Clarita, a town “that kind of reminds us of Terre Haute”.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Villalobos
2005 Shackles Gabriel Garcia
2006 Crank Ricky Verona
The Bondage Spider
2007 Cleaner Miguel
Disturbia Officer Gutierrez
After Sex Marco
2008 Redbelt Snowflake
2009 Streets of Blood Pepe
Crank: High Voltage Ricky Verona
Virtuality Manny Rodriguez TV movie
2013 Elysium Sandro
2015 Chappie Amerika
Solace Sawyer
Tales of Halloween (Segment: "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")[10] Dutch
2019 El Chicano Detective Martinez
2021 Cherry Drill Sgt. Deco


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jack Martinez 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wilberto 'Wille' Angel 1 episode
2004 ER Juan Enriquez 1 episode
2005 Medical Investigation Rick Hain 1 episode
CSI: Miami Juan Fernandez 1 episode
Crossing Jordan Danny Artega 1 episode
Nip/Tuck Marlon Ramirez 1 episode
2006 Bones Jose Vargas 1 episode
2006–07 Standoff Duff Gonzalez Season 1 (series regular; 18 episodes)
2007 Eyes Francisco Lopez 1 episode
The Unit Rock 1 episode
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation I.A. Officer Galvez 1 episode
Monk Carlos 1 episode
The Shield Amando Rios 2 episodes:
"Genocide" (season 7, episode 4)
"Animal Control" (season 7, episode 6)
2009 The Closer Enrique Santos 1 episode
Lie To Me Amadeo Valadez 1 episode
2010 Hawthorne Manny Rodriguez 1 episode
Dark Blue Raphael Garza 1 episode
Sons of Anarchy Hector Salazar Season 3 (recurring; 9 episodes)
Lone Star Matt 1 episode
Terriers Felipe Prado 1 episode
The Good Guys Santora 1 episode
2011 Law & Order: LA Cesar Vargas 1 episode
2012 The River Manny Centeno 2 episodes:
"Peaches" (season 1: episode 5)
"Doctor Emmet Cole" (season 1: episode 6)
2012–13 The Walking Dead Caesar Martinez Recurring (Season 3)
Guest (Season 4): 13 episodes
2013 The Mentalist Angel 1 episode
Twisted Tales Ricardo 1 episode
2014 Rush 1 episode
2014–15 Constantine Hugo Lopez 2 episodes
2017 Taken Dave Season 1 (series regular; 10 episodes)
2019 The Rookie Franco DeSantis 1 episode


  1. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  2. ^ Bennett, Mark (18 January 2015). "Indiana style helps Jose Pablo Cantillo deliver big-time performances". Terre Haute Tribune Star. Retrieved 6 December 2015. Terre Haute remembers him as Joey, or just Joe, from his days of Dixie Bee Little League baseball and Terre Haute South Vigo High School tennis. Cantillo likes it that way.
  3. ^ LLoyd, Sarah Anne (22 November 2013). "Jose Pablo Cantillo: 5 Things to Know About the Walking Dead Actor". Retrieved 2 December 2015.
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  5. ^ "Former Terre Haute South Brave finding success in acting world". Tribune-Star Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04.
  6. ^ Q&A – Jose Pablo Cantillo (Martinez) - AMC Blogs
  7. ^ ‘Chappie’s’ Thug Life In Images
  8. ^ Scheck, Frank (2019-05-01). "'El Chicano': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  9. ^ "Former Terre Haute South Brave finding success in acting world". Tribune-Star Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04.
  10. ^ The Ransom of Rusty Rex t stars Sam Witwer (“Being Human”), Jose Cantillo (“The Walking Dead”), John Landis, and Ben Woolf.

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