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Carlos Ponce
Born Carlos Armando Ponce Freyre
September 4, 1972 (1972-09-04) (age 37)
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Occupation Actor/Singer
Years active 1990–present

Carlos Armando Ponce, Jr. (born September 4, 1972) is a Puerto Rican actor, singer, composer and television personality. Ponce began his acting career by participating Spanish language soap operas for Televisa and Telemundo. Ponce continued to expand his acting career by participating in various American television series. He did not limit himself solely to a career in television. Ponce, who is also a singer, is also active in the American movie industry as a character actor.

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Early years

Ponce was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. His parents, Carlos Ponce, Sr. and Esther Freyre, emigrated from Cuba after the Revolution. After his birth, the family moved to Humacao where Ponce was raised. As a child, he would actively participate in his school's plays and at home he would often put on a show for the family where he would sing the latest tunes. "Carlitos", as he is known in Puerto Rico, started to appear in television commercials at the age of six. He attended high school in Humacao and was a member of the school's drama club.

In 1986, the Ponce family moved to Miami, Florida and Ponce continued to participate in his school's productions. He was named the best student actor of the southern region of the United States.

In 1990, Ponce participated in the Southeastern Theater Conference and competed for the chance to win a scholarship. He won and enrolled in the New World School of the Arts conservatory. However, the Spanish language television station Univision offered Ponce the opportunity to host a show called Hablando (Talking). This was his first serious television debut and after his debut he gave up his university studies.

Acting career

After the show came to its end, Ponce went to Mexico to visit a friend. While there he visited the Televisa television station. The talent director of the station met Ponce and offered Ponce his first role in a soap opera: Fuego en la Sangre, starring Adela Noriega & Eduardo Yáñez. He participated in another soap opera for Televisa, Sentimientos Ajenos, in which he played the main character. Ponce also sang the theme song for the production. He received the "Actor Revelation of 1997 Award" by Eres magazine and named "Best Actor" by TV y Novelas magazine (both are Mexican publications).

In between productions, Ponce returned to Miami and Univision hired him as the host of a new show, Control. He hosted the show for three years and won an "ACE Award".

In 2003, Ponce joined Entertainment Tonight as a correspondent. He also hosted An Entertainment Tonight Event — Celebrity Weddings Unveiled, a CBS primetime special. Ponce hosted the 2006 Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles, with Shandi Finnessey, Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley. In 2007, he starred in the Telemundo NBC Universal telenovela Dame Chocolate (Give Me Chocolate) alongside Génesis Rodríguez & Karla Monroig.

Musical career

Self-titled album cover.

In 1998, Emilio Estefan signed Ponce to a record contract. His first album was entitled Carlos Ponce, and included three of his own compositions. The album reached the #1 spot in the Latin Billboards for nine weeks in the Hispanic community of the United States. It also reached the #1 spot in Central America and South America. He was Awarded a Double Platinum Award for the sales which his album generated.

On the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Carlos Ponce reached the number-one spot three times with "Rezo" (I Pray), "Decir Adiós" (Say Good-Bye) and "Escúchame" (Listen to Me).[1]

Music

  • 2005: Celebrando 15 Años Con
  • 2003: La Historia
  • 2002: Ponce
  • 1999: Todo Lo Que Soy
  • 1998: Carlos Ponce

Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart chronology

Year Single Peak[2]
1998 "Rezo" 1
1998 "Decir Adiós" 1
1999 "Recuerdo" 31
1999 "Te Vas" 10
1999 "Escúchame" 1
1999 "Busco una Mujer" 26
2000 "La Razón de mi Ser" 18
2001 "Mujer con Pantalones" 15

Awards

In 1999, Ponce received many awards, including:

  • "Best Pop Album" from Billboard magazine
  • "Artist Revelation" from Premios Lo Nuestro and
  • "Pop Ballad Revelation of the Year" from Premios Tu Musica de Puerto Rico.

Actor

  • 2009/10: Perro Amor .... Antonio Brando
  • 2009: Couples Retreat .... Salvadore
  • 2008: Lipstick Jungle .... Rodrigo Vega
  • 2006/07: Dame Chocolate' .... Bruce Remington
  • 2006: Break-In .... Inspector Raddimus
  • 2006: Miss Universe 2006 .... Host
  • 2006: Vanished .... Raddimus
  • 2006: Stranded .... Chief Inspector Raddimus
  • 2006: Just My Luck .... Antonio
  • 2006: 7th Heaven .... Carlos Rivera (12 episodes, 1998-2006)
  • 2005: Complete Guide to Guys .... Steve
  • 2005: Meet Me in Miami .... Luis
  • 2005: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo .... Rodrigo
  • 2004: Eve .... Joe "Above Average Joe"
  • 2004: Maya & Miguel .... Santiago Santos (unknown episodes)
  • 2003: Karen Sisco .... Will "The One That Got Away"
  • 2003: Ángel de la guarda, mi dulce compañía .... Gustavo "Mi dulce compañia"
  • 2002: Protagonistas de la música - USA .... Host
  • 2001: Sin pecado concebido .... Adrián Martorel Ibáñez
  • 2001: Once and Again .... Giancarlo "The Other End of the Telescope"
  • 2001: Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (V) (voice) .... End Title Song
  • 1998: Beverly Hills, 90210 .... Tom Savin
  • 1996: Sentimientos ajenos .... Renato
  • 1994: Guadalupe

American television

During this period he also made his debut in American television with his participation in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and 7th Heaven. He also made guest appearances in Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and in Donny & Marie.

In 2000, Ponce recorded his second album, Todo lo que Soy (Everything that I Am). The World Athletic Games held in Seville, Spain adopted the song "Amelia" from Ponce's second album as its official theme. That same year, he was contracted by the Walt Disney Studios to vocalize the song "Bella Notte" for the animated film, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He also appeared in ABC's drama series Once and Again.

After the tragedy of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Ponce joined a group of 100 Latin American singers, who united to pay tribute to the victims by recording "Ultimo Adios" ("Last Good-Bye"). The proceeds of the recording were donated to families of the victims. That same year Ponce participated in Televisa production, Sin Pecado Concebido, along with Mexican actress, Angélica Rivera. In 2002, he recorded his third album, Ponce; later that year he signed a contract with Telemundo to host a reality show called Protagonista de la Musica", which became one of the most popular Hispanic programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

In 2006, Ponce participated in the controversial recording of the Spanish-language version of the The Star-Spangled Banner, called "Nuestro Himno", alongside Wyclef Jean, Gloria Trevi and Olga Tañón. That same year Ponce also played a role in a Lifetime movie, Break-In. A Suspense Thriller, A nightmare honeymoon for newlyweds vacationing at a remote location in the Caribbean when intruders take them hostage in the middle of the night.

In May 2008, VH1 began a search for America's "numero uno telenovela star" and will chronicle the journey to stardom in its newest original series, "¡Viva Hollywood!". The "¡Viva Hollywood!" cast of aspiring Latino and Latina telenovela stars will move into the "Casa De Locos" where they must master the "7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas": passion, lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal. The "sins" are disciplines each cast member must learn in order to capture the over-the-top style and flair of a true telenovela star and impress the celebrity judges: the award-winning actress and singer María Conchita Alonso and accomplished actor singer/song-writer Carlos Ponce. International celebrity astrologer and Latino legend, Walter Mercado, will appear in each episode to give the contestants guidance on their journey and alert the cast of their upcoming challenges. Daisy Fuentes, Angélica Vale, Charo, Cristián de la Fuente, Lorena Rojas, María Celeste Arrarás and Perez Hilton have signed on as celebrity guest judges that will assist in determining who gets to stay and who will need to go. Each week contestants up for elimination discover their fate by watching their own over the top telenovela death scenes. Ponce started in the second season of Lipstick Jungle, where he played a character called "Rodrigo".[3] He has noted that he selected the program because it could "benefit" his career.[3]

Personal life

Carlos married his high school sweetheart, Veronica Ponce, who is a professional photographer. They reside in Miami, Florida with their four children, Giancarlo (born 1999), Sebastián (born 2001), and twins Savannah and Sienna (born 2002). The couple adopted the twins from Russia.

Filmography

In 2003, Ponce played himself in the movie Chasing Papi alongside fellow Puerto Ricans Roselyn Sánchez, Lisa Vidal, Sofia Vergara and Walter Mercado. After this experience, he left for New Zealand, where he participated in the independent film Meet Me in Miami.

In 2005, Ponce briefly appeared in the movie Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. In 2006, Ponce lent his voice to the controversial recording of the Spanish-language version of the The Star-Spangled Banner, entitled "Nuestro Himno", alongside Wyclef Jean, Gloria Trevi and Olga Tañón.

He hosted the Miss Universe 2006 pageant in Los Angeles, along with Shandi Finnessey, Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley. He also appears in the movie Just My Luck, with Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine and McFly.

Ponce was cast as Salvadore, a creepy yoga instructor, in the 2009 comedy "Couples' Retreat."[4]

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