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 43)
Years active2003–present
SpouseKristi Cantillo

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 Cantillo described to an interviewer as “kind of reminds us of Terre Haute”, his hometown.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Villalobos
2005 Shackles Gabriel Garcia Video
2006 The Bondage Spider
Crank Ricky Verona
2007 After Sex Marco
Disturbia Officer Gutierrez
Cleaner Miguel
2008 Redbelt Snowflake
2009 Crank: High Voltage Ricky Verona
Virtuality Manny Rodriguez TV Movie
Streets of Blood Pepe Video
2012 Talhotblond Wilkes TV Movie
Girl in Tank - Short
American Citizen Young Frank Ruiz Short
2013 Elysium Sandro
2015 Chappie Yankie (Amerika)
Solace Sawyer
Man Down 2nd LT. Taylor
2016 Seed Tim Short
2017 Zygote Quinn Short
2018 El Chicano Detective Martinez
No Apologies Irish Joe TV Movie
2019 A. I. Tales Tim
2021 Cherry Drill Sgt. Deco
Copshop Officer Peña
2022 Ambulance Jesus


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jack Martinez Episode: "Baggage"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wilberto 'Wille' Angel Episode: "Rotten"
2004 ER Juan Enriquez Episode: "Intern's Guide to the Galaxy"
2005 CSI: Miami Juan Fernandez Episode: "One Night Stand"
Medical Investigation Rick Hain Episode: "Survivor"
Crossing Jordan Danny Artega Episode: "Sanctuary"
Nip/Tuck Marlon Ramirez Episode: "KiKi"
Eyes Francisco Lopez Episode: "Poison"
2006 Bones Jose Vargas Episode: "The Woman in the Garden"
2006–07 Standoff Duff Gonzalez Main Cast
2007 The Unit Rock Episode: "Binary Explosion"
2008 Monk Carlos Episode: "Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 2"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation I.A. Officer Galvez Episode: "The Theory of Everything"
The Shield Amando Rios Episode: "Genocide" & "Animal Control"
2009 The Closer Enrique Santos Episode: "Half Load"
Lie To Me Amadeo Valadez Episode: "Fold Equity"
2010 Hawthorne Manny Rodriguez Episode: "No Excuses"
Dark Blue Raphael Garza Episode: "Shelter of the Beast"
Lone Star Matt Episode: "Pilot"
Terriers Felipe Prado Episode: "Agua Caliente"
Sons of Anarchy Hector Salazar Recurring Cast: Season 3
The Good Guys Santora Episode: "Cop Killer"
2011 Law & Order: LA Cesar Vargas Episode: "Zuma Canyon"
2012 The River Manny Centeno Episode: "Peaches" & "Doctor Emmet Cole"
The Finder Luis Obispo Episode: "Voodoo Undo"
2012–13 The Walking Dead Caesar Martinez Recurring Cast: Season 3, Guest: Season 4
2013 The Mentalist Angel Episode: "Wedding in Red"
Twisted Tales Ricardo Episode: "Cached"
2014 Rush Episode: "We Are Family"
2014–15 Constantine Hugo Lopez Episode: "The Saint of Last Resorts 1 & 2"
2015 Tales of Halloween Dutch [10] Episode: "The Ransom of Rusty Rex"
2016 Damien Alex Episode: "Seven Curses"
Shooter Justin Singer Episode: "Killing Zone" & "Danger Close"
2017 Taken Dave Main Cast: Season 1
2018 The Last Ship Octavio Recurring Cast: Season 5
2019 The Rookie Franco DeSantis Episode: "Caught Stealing"
S.W.A.T. Ricardo Episode: "Lion's Den"
2021 Coyote Javi Lopez Episode: "Sin of Origin"
Magnum P.I. Mitch Desanto Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2021–22 Mayor of Kingstown Carlos Jiménez Recurring Cast
2022 NCIS DEA Agent Mark Sisco Episode: "Thick as Thieves"


  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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