Miguel Sandoval

Miguel Sandoval (born November 16, 1951[1]) is an American actor of film and television, known for the TV series Medium (2005–2011), where he played D.A. Manuel Devalos.[2]

Miguel Sandoval
Miguel Sandoval and John Bair.jpg
Miguel Sandoval (left) and John Bair, filming The Crew (2000)
Born (1951-11-16) November 16, 1951 (age 71)
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1982–present
SpouseLinda Sandoval
ChildrenOlivia Sandoval


Sandoval was born in Washington, D.C. He began working as a professional actor in 1975 when he joined a mime school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He later joined the troupe full-time and continued his study of mime.[1] He began his film career in the early 1980s.[3] He had small roles in such acclaimed films as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever,[4] and Jurassic Park. After appearing in Clear and Present Danger in 1994, he began to take on larger roles, and appeared in Get Shorty, Up Close & Personal, and Blow.

Having appeared briefly in Repo Man[4] and Sid and Nancy, Sandoval has also played the major roles of Treviranus (in Death and the Compass), Bennie Reyes (in Three Businessmen) and Arizona Gray (in the microfeature Repo Chick) for director Alex Cox.[5] In addition to film, Sandoval has acted in numerous television shows, often in recurring roles. Though shows such as The Court and Kingpin failed, he found success with Medium in 2005, where he played D.A. Manuel Devalos[4] until the series ended in 2011. Sandoval's other guest starring roles include appearances in popular series such as Frasier, ER, The X-Files, Seinfeld, Law & Order and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He was prominently featured in the first season of the ABC drama Murder One.[2]

Sandoval has also directed, taking the helm for the third season Medium episode "Whatever Possessed You" which aired in March 2007. He directed one episode in each of seasons four through to seven.[6]

Sandoval co-starred as Judge Hernandez in Bad Judge, an American legal comedy television series co-created by Chad Kultgen and Anne Heche. It premiered on NBC on October 2, 2014.[7] After that, he had roles in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency,[8] Sharp Objects, and Station 19.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Sandoval resides in Los Angeles, California.[10] He and his wife Linda have a daughter, Olivia, an actress who portrayed his character's daughter on Medium.[11][12]


Film performancesEdit

Miguel Sandoval film work
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Emil Film role debut
1984 Repo Man Archie As Michael Sandoval
1986 Straight to Hell George
1986 Sid and Nancy Record Company Executive
1986 Howard the Duck Bar Entertainment Supervisor
1987 Walker Parker French
1989 Do the Right Thing Officer Mark Ponte
1991 Jungle Fever
1991 Ricochet Vargas, Drug Dealer
1992 White Sands FBI Agent Ruiz
1992 Death and the Compass Treviranus Originally aired as television film
1993 Jurassic Park Juanito Rostagno
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Lieutenant Hector Vasquez
1994 Clear and Present Danger Ernesto Escobedo
1995 Get Shorty Mr. Escobar
1995 Fair Game Emilio Juantorena
1996 Up Close & Personal Dan Duarte
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne Paco [13]
1998 Where's Marlowe? Skip Pfeiffer
1998 Three Businessmen Bennie Reyes
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Sam
2000 Panic Detective Larson
2000 Flight of Fancy Frank
2000 The Crew Raul Ventana, Drug Lord
2000 Air Bud: World Pup Coach Montoya
2001 Blow Augusto Oliveras
2001 Human Nature Wendall, The Therapist
2002 Collateral Damage FBI Agent Joe Phipps
2002 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever FBI Agent Julio Martin [14]
2005 Nine Lives Deputy Sheriff Ron
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Matthew Smith
2005 Crazylove Bill Johansen
2005 Tortilla Heaven Gil Garcia [15]
2008 Bottle Shock Mr. Garcia
2008 Dispatches from Nicaragua Himself Documentary about the filming of Walker
2009 Repo Chick Arizona Gray
2009 Brüno Himself
2009 Tales of Masked Men Narrator Voice
2011 Real Steel Judge Uncredited
2013 Oculus Dr. Shawn Graham
2014 The Book of Life Land of the Remembered Captain Voice
2016 Eternity Hill Dr. Elias
2016 Blood Father Arturo Rios
2022 The Grotto Richie

Television performancesEdit

Miguel Sandoval television work
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Voyagers! Ned Dawson Episode: "Bully and Billy"; credited as Michael Sandoval
1984 Remington Steele ER Doctor Episode: "Steele Eligible"
1984 Fatal Vision MP In Jeep Miniseries
1985 Badge of the Assassin Francisco Torres Television film; credited as Michael Sandoval
1986 Hotel Reporter #1 Episode: "Promises to Keep"
1988 St. Elsewhere Mr. Heath Episode: "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
1989 Hunter Augustine Rojas Episode: "Partners"
1989 From the Dead of Night Duty Officer Television film
1990 Doogie Howser, M.D. Eye Doctor Episode: "Vinnie's Blind Date"
1990 Matlock Carlos 'Carl' Berman Episode: "Nowhere to Run"
1990 Dangerous Passion Sergeant Hidalgo Television film
1990 D.E.A. Rafael Cordera 6 episodes
1992 L.A. Law Alvaro Campos Episode: "I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr. Markowitz"
1992 Civil Wars Judge Felix Silva-Pures Episode: "Below the Beltway"
1992 The Golden Palace Ramone Episode: "Seems Like Old Times: Part 2"
1992 Renegade Hector Ortega Episode: "Partners"
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Eduardo Friez 2 episodes
1995 The Marshal Lester Villa-Lobos 2 episodes
1996 Home Improvement Mr. Jennings Episode: "High School Confidentia"
1996 The West Himself Voice, miniseries documentary; 2 episodes
1996 Murder One Roberto Portalegre 3 episodes
1996 L.A. Firefighters Arson Investigator Bernie Ramirez 13 episodes
1997 Players General Simon Lott 2 episodes
1997-98 Seinfeld Marcelino 2 episodes
1998 Frasier Mr. Martin Episode: "Sweet Dreams"
1998 Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal Gilberto Episode: "Give and Go"[16]
1999 Superman: The Animated Series Doctor #2 Voice, episode: "Unity"
1999-2000 Batman Beyond Dr. Blades, Bennie, Mendez Voice, 3 episodes
2000-01 Level 9 Santoro Goff Episode: "It's Magic/Reboot"
2000-05 Jackie Chan Adventures 'El Toro' Fuerte Voice, 12 episodes
2000 Static Shock Principal Aguilar Voice, episode: "The New Kid"
2001 Wild Iris Ramando Galvez Television film
2001 7th Heaven Ramon Reyes 2 episodes
2001 Alias Anthony Russek 3 episodes
2001 The X-Files Martin Ortega Episode: "Vienen"
2001 The West Wing Victor Campos Episode: "Ways and Means"
2002 Gotta Kick It Up! Principal Zavala Television film
2003 Kingpin Tio Beto 2 episodes
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Captain Otis Briggs 13 episodes
2005-11 Medium D.A. Manuel Devalos, General 130 episodes
2010 Entourage Carlos 5 episodes
2011 Metro Felix Alvarez Television film
2011 Bad Mom Vagner Television film
2012-19 Grey's Anatomy Captain Pruitt Herrera, Hank 2 episodes
2013 The Surgeon General Senator Nortega Television film
2014-15 Bad Judge Judge Hernandez 13 episodes
2014 Dallas 'El Pozolero' 3 episodes
2016 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Colonel Scott Riggins 6 episodes
2017 Graves El Terrón Episode: "Spark Meet Gasoline"
2018-20 Station 19 Captain Pruitt Herrera Main role
2018 Sharp Objects Frank Curry Voice, 8 episodes
2022 Barry Fernando 4 episodes
2023 The Diplomat Secretary of State Miguel Ganon 8 episodes
2023 Sugar Upcoming series

Video game performancesEdit

Year Title Voice role Ref(s)
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Nacho Contreras [17]

Web performancesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2020-2021 Solar Opposites Enrique Voice, 6 episodes [18][19]


  1. ^ a b "Miguel Sandoval" by John Crook at www.chicagotribune.com
  2. ^ a b "Miguel Sandoval". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17.
  3. ^ "Veteran Latino actors get their due" by Julio Martinez at variety.com
  4. ^ a b c "The Projector Takes On Film" by Jon Bowman at The Santa Fe New Mexican (2005, May 20), Retrieved from ProQuest 331516457
  5. ^ Repo Chick review by Leslie Felperin at variety.com
  6. ^ "Miguel Sandoval: Director". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Miguel Sandoval Joins NBC Pilot 'Bad Judge'". Deadline Hollywood. March 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "‘Dirk Gently’: ‘Compton’s Neil Brown Jr., Richard Schiff & More Join BBC America Series" by Denise Petski at deadline.com
  9. ^ "‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Firefighter Spinoff Casts Its Captain" by Lesley Goldberg at www.hollywoodreporter.com
  10. ^ "Miguel Sandoval's House in Los Angeles, CA (Google Maps)". 24 September 2009.
  11. ^ Feinberg, Daniel (May 31, 2017). "'Fargo' Olivia Sandoval Interview". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Brunner, Jeryl (May 30, 2017). "Meet Olivia Sandoval Who Plays Winnie Lopez On Fargo". Parade. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Screwball Noir" by Michael Wilmington at www.chicagotribune.com
  14. ^ "Vancouver gets starring role in Ecks vs. Sever" by Ian Edwards at playbackonline.ca
  15. ^ Tortilla Heaven review by at www.hollywoodreporter.com
  16. ^ "Nickelodeon Drama Treats Teens' Lives Realistically" by Harlene Ellin at www.chicagotribune.com
  17. ^ "Scarface: The World Is Yours". MeriStation (in Spanish). 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2023-02-17.
  18. ^ Brown, Adam (2022-05-22). "Solar Opposites Season 3: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2023-02-17.
  19. ^ Solar Opposites, retrieved 2023-02-17

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