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Nicholas Edward Gonzalez (born January 3, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the roles of Alex Santiago on the Showtime television series Resurrection Blvd. and Dr. Neil Melendez on the ABC television series The Good Doctor.

Nicholas Gonzalez
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Gonzalez in 2016
Nicholas Edward Gonzalez

(1976-01-03) January 3, 1976 (age 43)
EducationStanford University
Kelsey Crane (m. 2016)


Early lifeEdit

Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a student at Central Catholic High School. He became an accomplished cross-country and track runner, winning the Texas State Championship in the mile and two mile. After graduating in 1994 and turning down a presidential appointment to West Point, Gonzalez pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California.

He attended two terms at Oxford University in England. The following summer, he returned to Europe on a research grant where he studied at Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin to complete his thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses.

While finishing his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998, Gonzalez was approached to do a one-man theater piece called Gas by María Irene Fornés.

Alma Martinez, an actress and Stanford professor, encouraged him to become a professional actor. With her help, he connected with the theatrical movement in San Francisco. He polished his skills by performing in classic and contemporary theatre.

Gonzalez is of Mexican descent.


In 1998, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles, where he landed small parts in television series such as ABC's Dharma and Greg and NBC's One World.[1]

Gonzalez then appeared as Fidel Castro's son in the Lifetime Original Movie, My Little Assassin, starring Joe Mantegna and Gabrielle Anwar. But it was his role as Andy, the gay yuppie on MTV's Undressed[1] that first garnered widespread attention, where he appeared for six episodes.

Gonzalez wrapped production of two films in 2000. The first, Scenes of the Crime, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, and starred Jeff Bridges, Jon Abrahams, and Noah Wyle. It was directed by Dominique Forma. The second film was an independent project titled Spun, starring Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, and John Leguizamo. It played at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Gonzalez's also landed the lead in Showtime's original series, Resurrection Blvd., which premiered June 26, 2000. Gonzalez played Alex Santiago, a pre-med student who dropped-out of school to become a professional boxer. The movie was successful and immediately expanded to become a regular weekly series on the network.[1]

While continuing his work on Resurrection Blvd., Gonzalez appeared in episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and That '70s Show. He also appeared in the film The Princess and the Barrio Boy (released as She's in Love in Europe) with his Resurrection Blvd. co-star, Marisol Nichols.

Gonzalez continued his career in films with two more titles. The first, Sea of Dreams, was filmed in Veracruz, Mexico, in May, 2003. Nick then went to Fiji for the summer, where he completed production of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, which opened in theaters August 27, 2004. Gonzalez also appeared in Melrose Place (2009). In 2011, he played Mateo on the ABC show Off The Map.

Gonzalez costarred in the Lifetime series Witches of East End.[2] Gonzalez also appeared as Detective Marco Furey in Freeform's series Pretty Little Liars as a recurring guest from 2016 until 2017.

Gonzalez also provided the physical Performance (motion capture) of Nick Mendoza in the video game Battlefield: Hardline.

Gonzalez appears as the role of Dr. Neil Melendez in The Good Doctor.

Personal lifeEdit

Gonzalez finished 2nd at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in 2009.

Gonzalez is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He posed for PETA's campaign "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear fur" advertisement.[3]

He dated American actress Regina King in 2007. Gonzalez married Kelsey Crane on April 16, 2016.[4] The couple has one daughter.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Scenes of the Crime Marty
2002 Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu Young Marco Voice role
2002 Spun Angel
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Dr. Ben Douglas
2005 Dirty Officer Rodriguez
2006 Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil Lt. Robert James Direct-to-video
2007 Rockaway Trane
2009 Down for Life Officer Gutierrez
2009 Falling Awake Eddie
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Justin Kellogg Direct-to-video
2013 Water & Power Power
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Carlos


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Undressed Andy Recurring role; 6 episodes
1999 My Little Assassin Andre Castro Television film
2000 The Princess and the Barrio Boy Sol Torres Television film
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Juan Guerrero Episode: "Golden Boy"
2000–2002 Resurrection Blvd. Alex Santiago Main role; 53 episodes
2002 That '70s Show Thomas Episode: "Jackie Says Cheese"
2004 The O.C. D.J. Recurring role; 6 episodes
2004–2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Mike Sandoval 2 episodes
2005 Ghost Whisperer Teo de la Costa Episode: "Shadow Boxer"
2006 Ugly Betty Carlo Medina Episode: "Fey's Sleigh Ride"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Clark West Episode: "Love/Addiction"
2008 Brothers & Sisters Mario Episode: "Compromises"
2008 True Blood Jerry Episode: "Mine"
2009 CSI: Miami Alfonso Reyes Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2009 Mental Dr. Arturo Suarez Main role; 13 episodes
2009–2010 Melrose Place Detective Rodriguez Recurring role; 8 episodes
2010 After the Fall Eugene Gibbs Television film
2011 Off the Map Mateo Recurring role; 9 episodes
2011 The Glades Raphael Dominga Episode: "Family Matters"
2011 Memphis Beat Dominic Episode: "Ten Little Memphians"
2011 Charlie's Angels Roman Stone Episode: "Bon Voyage, Angels"
2011 We Have Your Husband Raul Television film
2012 Grimm Ryan Showalter Episode: "Tarantella"
2012–2013 Underemployed Keith Powers 4 episodes
2012 Left to Die Alex Television film
2013–2014 Sleepy Hollow Detective Luke Morales Recurring role; 6 episodes
2013 Witches of East End Anthony Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Christmas Belle Hunter Lowell Television film
2014 Resurrection Deputy Connor Cupit Episode: "The Returned"
2014 BoJack Horseman Cartel Man Voice role, Episode: "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One"
2014 Modern Family Diego Episode: "Queer Eyes, Full Hearts"
2014–2015 Jane the Virgin Marco Esquivel 3 episodes
2015–2016 The Flash Dante Ramon / Rupture, Savitar 3 episodes
2015 Bones Eric Morales Episode: "The Senator in the Street Sweeper"
2016 Bordertown Ernesto Gonzalez
J.C. Gonzalez
Pablo Barracuda
Main role, voice role
2016 Bosch Detective Ignacio Ferras Episode: "Trunk Music"
2016 Lucifer Detective Dan(iel) Espinoza Episode: "Pilot"
2016–2017 Pretty Little Liars Detective Marco Furey Recurring role; 12 episodes
2016 NCIS David Silva Episode: "Rogue"
2016 Frequency Ted Cardenas 3 episodes
2016 American Dad! Ricky Voice role, Episode: "Stan-Dan Deliver"
2017 How to Get Away with Murder Dominic 3 episodes
2017 Being Mary Jane Orlando Lagos 5 episodes
2017–present The Good Doctor Dr. Neil Melendez Main role
2017 Narcos Agent Lopez 2 Episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2015 Battlefield: Hardline Nick Mendoza


  1. ^ a b c "Nicholas Gonzalez- Biography". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 25, 2012). "Nicholas Gonzalez Nabs Series Regular Role On Lifetime's 'Witches Of East End' Pilot; Brooke Lyons To Do Arc On 'Psych'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  3. ^ "Nicholas Gonzalez for PETA". Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  4. ^ Olya, Gabrielle (April 17, 2016). "The Flash's Nicholas Gonzalez Marries Kelsey Crane". People. Retrieved 2017-08-25.

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