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Kirk M. Acevedo (born November 27, 1971) is an American actor. He is primarily known for his work on television for the portrayals of Miguel Alvarez in the HBO series Oz, Joe Toye in Band of Brothers, FBI Agent Charlie Francis in the science-fiction series Fringe, and Jose Ramse in 12 Monkeys. His best-known films are The Thin Red Line, Dinner Rush and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He portrayed comic book villain Ricardo Diaz / The Dragon on Arrow as the main antagonist in seasons six and the first half of season seven.
Kirk Acevedo at the 2018 Motor City Comic Con
|Children||2, including stepdaughter Misti Traya|
Acevedo is of Puerto Rican origin. His parents were born in New York City, and lived in Brooklyn, where both their sons, Richard and Kirk Acevedo, were born. The Acevedos moved to the Bronx, where Kirk and his brother were raised. Since childhood, Acevedo has shown an interest in acting; he performed before his family in improvised shows. Acevedo was a drama major in high school.
After graduating from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Acevedo enrolled in the SUNY Purchase School of Acting (Purchase College). In the 1990s, Acevedo earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and, as some of his classmates had landed parts shortly after auditioning for Oz, he was also motivated to try out, and subsequently landed the role of the half-crazed gang leader prisoner Miguel Alvarez.
After landing the role of Miguel Alvarez on Oz, Acevedo was promoted to series regular in season two and appeared in the following episodes: 1–26; 34–36 and 41–56. Among his other most notable credits include his roles in Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) as Hector Salazar and HBO's Band of Brothers (2001), produced by Steven Spielberg, as Staff sergeant Joe Toye.
Some of his most well known movies and miniseries he has starred in include The Thin Red Line, Invincible (2006), Boiler Room (2000), Dinner Rush (2000), Arresting Gena (1997) and Kirk and Kerry (1997). He voices Jackie Estacado in The Darkness, the video game adaptation of the comic book.
In 2008, he landed a supporting role on the Fox science fiction horror television series Fringe as Charlie Francis. He starred on the show's first season. However, his character began to appear infrequently and was later killed off mid-way into the second season; he then assumed a recurring status afterward and then he later returned for the third season before moving onto another show. He played Detective Luisito Calderon on the short-lived U.S. remake of Prime Suspect. Acevedo appeared on The Walking Dead on November 24, 2013.
He has starred in the Syfy television series 12 Monkeys. Acevedo was cast in a recurring role in the sixth season of The CW television series Arrow in August 2017 as Ricardo Diaz and was promoted to series regular for the first 14 episodes of season seven.
|1997||Kirk and Kerry||Kirk||Short film|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Pvt. Tella|
|2000||In the Weeds||Kurt|
|2000||The Visit||Prospective Parolee|
|2005||The New World||Sentry|
|2011||Collision Earth||Dr. James Preston|
|2014||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||Carver|
|2018||Insidious: The Last Key||Ted Garza|
|1994||New York Undercover||Joey Claudio||Episode: "Tasha"|
|1995||New York Undercover||Ramon||Episode: "Tag, You're Dead"|
|1996||The Sunshine Boys||TV film|
|1996||Swift Justice||Mark||Episode: "Stones"|
|1996||Law & Order||Richie Morales||"Corruption"|
|1997||New York Undercover||Bernard||Episode: "The Promised Land"|
|1997–2003||Oz||Miguel Alvarez||Recurring role (season 1); Main role (seasons 2–6), 46 episodes|
|1998||Witness to the Mob||Nicky Scibetta||TV film|
|1999||The Sentinel||Ray Aldo||Episode: "Dead End on Blank Street"|
|2001||Third Watch||Paulie Fuentes||Episodes: "Requiem for a Bantamweight", "Unfinished Business"|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Joe Toye||TV miniseries, 6 episodes|
|2003||Fastlane||Nick McKussick||Episode: "Iced"|
|2004||Paradise||Manny Marquez||TV film|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Scott Grafton||Episode: "Take My Wife, Please"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||DA Investigator Hector Salazar||Episode: "Night"|
|2005–2006||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||DA Investigator Hector Salazar||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2006||Numb3rs||Gino McGinty||Episode: "The Running Man"|
|2006||24||George Avila||Episode: "Day 5: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m."|
|2007||Cold Case||Dylan Noakes||Episode: "Thrill Kill"|
|2007||The Black Donnellys||Nicky Cottero||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2008–2011||Fringe||Charlie Francis/alt-Charlie||Main role (seasons 1–2); Recurring role (season 3), 36 episodes|
|2009||White Collar||Ruiz||Episode: "Book of Hours"|
|2011–2012||Prime Suspect||Det. Luisito Calderon||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2012||The Mentalist||Christian Dos Santos||Episode: "Red Dawn"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||James Boyd||Episode: "In Vino Veritas"|
|2013||CSI: New York||James Boyd||Episode: "Seth and Apep"|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Eddie Garcia||Episode: "October Surprise"|
|2013||Person of Interest||Timothy Sloan||Episode: "Mors Praematura"|
|2013||The Walking Dead||Mitch Dolgen||Episodes: "Dead Weight", "Too Far Gone"|
|2014||Grimm||Ron Hurd||Episode: "The Good Soldier"|
|2014||Legends||Kyle Dobson||Episodes: "Rogue", "Gauntlet"|
|2013–2014||Blue Bloods||Javi "Tic-Tac" Baez||Episodes: "Bad Blood", "Partners"|
|2015||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Agent Tomas Calderon||Episodes: "Love in the Time of Hydra", "One Door Closes"|
|2015–2018||12 Monkeys||Jose Ramse||Main role (seasons 1–3); Recurring role (season 4), 31 episodes|
|2017||Kingdom||Dominick Ramos||Recurring role (Season 3), 8 episodes|
|2017||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Det. Ray Lopez||Episodes: "American Dream", "Sanctuary"|
|2017–2019||Arrow||Ricardo Diaz / The Dragon||Special guest star (season 6); main role (season 7), 25 episodes|
|2007||The Darkness||Jackie Estacado|
In 1999, Acevedo won an ALMA Award for his role in The Thin Red Line. He was nominated in the "Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play" category 1997 for the Drama Desk Award for Tooth of Crime. He was nominated for a total of four ALMA Awards for his role in Oz for the following years 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001. He co-founded the theater company, The Rorschach Group, with Shea Whigham.
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