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Héctor Elizondo

Elizondo at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
Born December 22, 1936 (1936-12-22) (age 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other name(s) Hector Elizonda
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Carolee Campbell (m. 1969–present) «start: (1969)»"Marriage: Carolee Campbell to Héctor Elizondo" Location: (linkback:

Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is an American actor. Born in New York, Elizondo excelled in sports and later contemplated becoming an educator. Elizondo's first major role was that of "God" in a play for which he won an Obie Award. Since then Elizondo has participated in over eighty films and has made numerous television appearances, including his Emmy Award-winning role on the series Chicago Hope.


Early years

Elizondo was born in New York City, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes, from Puerto Rico, and Martin Echevarria Elizondo, a Basque.[1][2] His parents moved to New York City, like many other Hispanics at the time, with the hope of finding a better way of life.[3][4] At a young age, Elizondo demonstrated a talent in sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was 10 years old. Upon graduating from Jr. High School in 1951, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts; he also attended a regular public high school where he excelled in basketball and baseball - his baseball skills were good enough for him to be scouted by both the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5]

In 1954, Elizondo enrolled in City College of New York, with the intention of becoming a history teacher. During his freshman year he became a father and dropped out of College and went to work full-time in order to support his family. Later, he was divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd.[5]


From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall and in 1963 he landed parts in two Off-Broadway shows: Kill the One-Eyed Man and The Great White Hope. His first major success came when he played "God" in guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in the play Steambath. Elizondo won an Obie award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend or sympathizer to the lead character. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.[6] In 1974, Elizondo played against type as ex-mafioso-turned-subway hijacker "Mr. Grey" in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Elizondo starred as a Puerto Rican widower on the CBS television series, Popi, which aired during the 1975-1976 television season.[7] The short-lived series, which ran for eleven episodes, was one of the first American network television series to feature a Latino theme and cast.[7]

In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall; Marshall was impressed with his talent and it was to become a lifelong friendship, which would bring benefits for both. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. In some of the movies in which Elizondo appeared, he went uncredited and he would not have minded staying that way for the movie Pretty Woman, however it was Marshall who insisted on crediting him. His role in Pretty Woman only lasted 10 minutes, but it led to his receiving a Golden Globe nomination. Elizondo has participated in over 80 movies and 12 of them have been Marshall's.[6] In 1999, he guest-starred in Runaway Bride as "Fisher" the husband of the male protagonist's ex.

In 2001, he was featured in the short-lived television drama Kate Brasher and portrayed security head Joe in the movie The Princess Diaries, a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

He is probably best known to the television audience as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope created by well known television creator David E. Kelley. He has won both an Emmy and ALMA award and was nominated for a Satellite Award and several SAG Awards for playing this role. He is one of only two people to remain on the show for its entire run, the other being Adam Arkin.

On April 30, 2008, it was announced by USA Network that Elizondo will become Adrian Monk's new therapist, Dr. Neven Bell,[8] on their award-winning series Monk.[9] Elizondo replaced actor Stanley Kamel, who died suddenly on April 8, 2008.

Personal life

Elizondo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage. Elizondo is currently married to Carolee Campbell, his wife since 1969, an Emmy-Award winning actress, photographer and celebrated publisher; the two live in Sherman Oaks, California.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1963 The Fat Black Pussycat
1969 The Vixens Inspector
1970 The Landlord Hector
1971 Valdez Is Coming Mexican Rider
Born to Win Vivian
1972 Deadhead Miles Bad Character
Pocket Money Juan
Stand Up and Be Counted Lou Kellerman
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Grey
1975 Report to the Commissioner Captain D'Angelo
1976 Diary of the Dead Stan
1977 Thieves Man Below
1979 Cuba Capt. Raphael Ramirez
1980 American Gigolo Det. Sunday
1981 The Fan Police Insp. Raphael Andrews
1982 Young Doctors in Love Angelo/Angela Bonafetti
1984 The Flamingo Kid Arthur Willis
1985 Private Resort The Maestro
1987 Overboard Garbage Scow Skipper Uncredited
1988 "Astronomy" Short film
Beaches Judge Uncredited
1989 Leviathan G.P. Cobb
1990 Pretty Woman Bernard Thompson
Taking Care of Business Warden Toolman
1991 Final Approach Dr. Dio Gottlieb
Necessary Roughness Coach Ed Gennero
Frankie and Johnny Nick
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood Norman Rutledge
Samantha Walter
1993 Being Human Dom Paulo
1994 Backstreet Justice Steve Donovan
Beverly Hills Cop III Jon Flint
Getting Even with Dad Lt. Romayko
Exit to Eden Dr. Martin Helifax
1995 Perfect Alibi Det. Ryker
1996 Dear God Vladek Vidov
1997 Turbulence Lt. Aldo Hines
1999 The Other Sister Ernie
Entropy The Chairman
Runaway Bride Fisher
2001 Tortilla Soup Martin Naranjo
The Princess Diaries Joe
How High Bill the Crew Coach
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Bane (Voice) Direct-to-video release
2004 Raising Helen Mickey Massey Uncredited
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Joe
2006 I-See-You.Com Greg Rishwain
The Celestine Prophecy Cardinal Sebastian
2007 Music Within Ben Padrow
Georgia Rule Izzy
Love in the Time of Cholera Don Leo
2010 Valentine's Day Edgar
Through the Eyes of a Son: The Lou Rawls Story Nick Venet pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Edge of Night Dimitri Unknown episodes
1969 The Jackie Gleason Show Episode: "The Honeymooners: Mexican Hat Trick"
1971 The Impatient Heart Mr. Hernandez TV-Movie
1972 All in the Family Carlos Mendoza Episode: "The Elevator Story"
1973, 1976 Kojak Det. Nick Ferro
Carl Dettrow
Episode: "Web of Death"
Episode: "A Need to Know"
1974 Maude Cop Episode: "Speed Trap"
1975 Baretta Jerry Damon Episode: "The Fire Man"
Columbo: A Case of Immunity Hassan Salah TV-Movie
1975, 1978 The Rockford Files John Micelli
Frank Falcone
Episode: "Say Goodbye to Jennifer"
"A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights"
1976 Popi Abraham Rodriguez 11 episodes
Wanted: The Sundance Woman Pancho Villa TV-Movie
1978 The Dain Curse Ben Feeney TV-Movie
The Eddie Capra Mysteries Episode: "Dying Declaration"
1980 Freebie and the Bean Det. Sgt. Dan 'Bean' Delgado 7 episodes
1982 Medal of Honor Rag TV-Movie
Bret Maverick Mr. Gomez Episode: "The Hidalgo Thing"
Honeyboy Emilio Ramirez TV-Movie
1983 Feel the Heat Monkey Moreno Unknown episodes
Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault 5 episodes
Woman of San Quentin Capt. Mike Reyes TV-Movie
1984 a.k.a. Pablo Jose Sanchez/Shapiro 6 episodes
Hill Street Blues Insp. Joe Keenan Episode: "Ewe and Me, Babe"
1985 Murder: My Reason of Insanity Ben Haggarty TV-Movie
Out of the Darkness Father George TV-Movie
Foley Square Jesse Steinberg 14 episodes
1986 Courage Nick Miraldo TV-Movie
Amazing Stories Meadows Episode: "Life on Death Row"
Matlock Det. Joe Peters Episode: "The Cop"
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson Morris King TV-Movie
Night Heat Episode: "The Kid"
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Dave Whiteman 13 episodes
1988 Addicted to His Love Det. Currigan TV-Movie
1989 Kojak: Ariana Edson Saunders TV-Movie
The Equalizer Episode: "Past Imperfect"
Your Mother Wears Combat Boots Sergeant Burke TV-Movie
1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion Vic Ramos TV-Movie
Dark Avenger Capt. David Strauss TV-Pilot
Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files Hasan Demir TV-Movie
1991 Chains of Gold Lt. Ortega TV-Movie
Finding the Way Home Ruben TV-Movie
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water loz (Voice) 21 episodes
1992 The Burden of Proof Alejandro 'Sandy' Stern Miniseries
Fish Police Don Calamari (Voice) Episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"
Mrs. Cage Lt. Angel TV-Movie
1993 Jonny's Golden Quest Atacama (Voice) TV-Movie
Tales from the Crypt Leo Burn Episode: "As Ye Sow"
Animaniacs Stradivarius (Voice) Segment: "The Cat and the Fiddle"
1994 Picket Fences Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: "Rebels with Causes"
1994–1995 Aladdin Malcho (Voice) Episodes: "The Return of Malcho"
"While the City Snoozes"
1994–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Phillip Watters 141 episodes
1995 Batman: The Animated Series Sheldon Fallbrook (voice) Episode: "The Terrible Trio"
Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects Attacama (Voice) TV-Movie
1996 Gargoyles Zafiro (Voice) Episode: "The Green"
1997 Borrowed Hearts Javier Del Campo TV-Movie
1998 Mikhail Baryshnikov 's Stories from My Childhood Voice Episode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"
Early Edition Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: "Mum's the Word"
Safe House Dr. Simon TV-Movie
2001 Kate Brasher Joe Almeida 6 episodes
2001–2004 American Experience Narrator Episodes: "Zoot Suit Riots"
"Remember the Alamo"
2002 Fidel Eddie Chibas Miniseries
The West Wing Dr. Dalton Millgate Episode: "Dead Irish Writers"
Street Time Fariz Hammoud Episodes: "No Excuses"
"Reversal of Fortune"
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Dr. Guitirrez (Voice) Episode: "3-D Struction"
2003 The Dating Experiment Narrator Unknown episodes
Without a Trace Father Henry Stevens Episode: "Revelations"
Miracles Father 'Poppi' Calero 4 episodes
2004 Century City Martin Constable 9 episodes
Jack & Bobby Gerald Cruz Episode: "Chess Lessons"
2004–2006 Justice League Lt. Kragger (Voice) Episodes: "Starcrossed (1-3)"
"Hunter's Moon"
"Ancient History"
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Wan Shi Tong (Voice) Episode: "The Library"
2007 Cane Pancho Duque 13 episodes
2007–2009 Grey's Anatomy Carlos Torres Episodes: "My Favorite Mistake"
"Sweet Surrender"
2008–2009 Monk Dr. Neven Bell 14 episodes

Awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Turbulence
  • 1998: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series" - Borrowed Hearts
  • 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
  • 2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film" - Runaway Bride
  • 2000: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" - Tortilla Soup

Emmy Awards

  • 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" - Mrs. Cage
  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1997: Won, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1991: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Pretty Woman

Imagen Foundation Awards

  • 2005: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor in a Film" - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

NCLR Bravo Awards

  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope

Satellite Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

SAG Awards

  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1997: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

Temecula Valley International Film Festival

  • 2006: Won, "Lifetime Achievement Award"

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