Erik Estrada

Actor, Producer, Dancer
With his dark good looks, bright white teeth and a twinkle in his eyes, Erik Estrada, famous worldwide for his role as "Ponch" on the motorcycle cop drama "CHiPs" (NBC, 1977-1983), was the kind of 1970s pop icon they ... Read more »
Born: 03/16/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (115)

Spring Break '83 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bold and the Beautiful 1986 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Border Blues 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Highway 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Oliver Twisted 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Nick "Loopin" Lopez (Voice)

The Final Goal 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Neighbors 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Second Generation Wayans 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Burke's Law 1994 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1992 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Popular 1994 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1994 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2004, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Time Rush! 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unhappily Ever After 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

According to Jim 2006, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heroes Among Us: The 2009 Hero Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

2007 World Magic Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Easter's Funniest Moments 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Husband for Hire 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Life 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Santa's Funniest Moments 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Back to the Grind 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Kickin' It Old Skool 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

BSTV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Maya & Miguel 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Sealab 2021 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

That '70s House 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drake and Josh 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Surreal Life 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2002 (Movie)

Erik Estrada (Actor)

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

King Cobra 2000 (Movie)

Bernie Alvarez (Actor)

Pacific Blue 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Shasta Mcnasty 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Misery Brothers 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Visions 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Pauly 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cristina Presents: Latin Lovers of the 90's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Eyes 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boiler Room 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Do or Die 1991 (Movie)

Richard Estaban (Actor)

Spirits 1991 (Movie)

Father Anthony Vicci (Actor)

The Divine Enforcer 1991 (Movie)

Monsignor (Actor)

A Show of Force 1990 (Movie)

Machado (Actor)

Caged Fury 1990 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Guns 1990 (Movie)

Jack of Diamonds (Actor)

The Last Riders 1990 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Twisted Justice 1990 (Movie)

Commander Gage (Actor)

Interceptor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Wilding 1989 (Movie)

Joseph Gainer (Actor)

Alien Seed 1988 (Movie)

Dr Stone (Actor)

The Lost Idol 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hour of the Assassin 1987 (Movie)

Martin Fierro (Actor)

True Confessions 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Colpi di Luce 1984 (Movie)

Ronn Warren (Actor)

Il Pentito 1984 (Movie)

Corleone Gangster (Actor)

Where Is Parsifal? 1984 (Movie)

Henry Board II (Actor)

Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Magic With the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

That's TV 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Christmas Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Who Rate a "10" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Donny and Marie Christmas Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Line 1979 (Movie)

Chico (Actor)

The Quest 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Midway 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trackdown 1976 (Movie)

Chucho (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Navigator Julio (Actor)

Parades 1971 (Movie)

Chicano (Actor)

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

Sergio (Actor)

The Cross and the Switchblade 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs '99 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Fire! (TV Show)

Actor

Honeyboy (TV Show)

Actor

Panic in the Skies! (TV Show)

Actor

She Knows Too Much (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Caged Fury 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

With his dark good looks, bright white teeth and a twinkle in his eyes, Erik Estrada, famous worldwide for his role as "Ponch" on the motorcycle cop drama "CHiPs" (NBC, 1977-1983), was the kind of 1970s pop icon they just do not make anymore. More important than the teeth and the hair and the preteen Ponch mania, was the simple fact that Estrada's appeal transcended ethnic lines at a time when Hispanic lead actors were not commonplace. After fading into relative obscurity for a decade or so, he resurfaced as an anti-drug advocate and rode a wave of retro popularity into TV reunions, music video appearances and a regular role on a Spanish daytime soap opera.

Relationships

Kelly Chavez

Companion
was Estrada's live-in girlfriend in the late 1970s

Carmen Estrada

Mother
of Puerto Rican descent filed for divorce from Estrada's father c. 1951

Francesca Estrada

Daughter
born on Jamuary 5, 2000 mother, Nannette Mirkovich

Anthony Estrada

Son
born on March 1, 1986 mother, Peggy Rowe

Brandon Estrada

Son
born on October 28, 1987 mother, Peggy Rowe

Carmen Estrada

Sister
older

Kathi Lautner

Companion
involved with Estrada c. 1978-79

Joyce Miller

Wife
Married November 1979 in Las Vegas, NV She alleged Estrada abused her and forced her to take drugs Divorced 1980

Nanette Mirkovich

Wife
Born c. 1959 Met 1990 at a gym and had an initial three-year platonic relationship before becoming romantically involved Married Sept. 20, 1997

Peggy Rowe Actor

Wife
Married 1985 Divorced 1990

Beverly Sassoon

Companion
engaged in 1981 separated later that year

Kathy Shower

Companion
briefly engaged in 1983

EDUCATION

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

New York , New York

Brandeis High School

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Portrayed himself on the hit reality show "The Surreal Life 2"

2004

Signed on to shed excess pounds for Discovery Health Channel's "Body Challenge: Hollywood," a 12-week health and fitness competition

2002

Had cameo in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder"

2001

Joined the cast of the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful"

1997

Published autobiography "Erik Estrada: My Life from Harlem to Hollywood"

1993

Offered the role of Latino heartthrob Johnny in the Mexican telenovela (soap opera) "Dos Mujeres, Un Camino/Two Women, One Direction"; learned Spanish in 30 straight 8-hour days of Berlitz; originally slated for 100 episodes, went 400 plus--four years--be

1993

Had cameo as himself in "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I"

1990

Starred in straight-to-video movies "The Lost Idol", "Caged Fury" (also associate producer) and "The Wilding"

1989

Debut as associate producer for the straight-to-video "Alien Seed"; also played Dr Stone

1988

Portrayed Carmen D'Agostino in the NBC movie "The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission"

1984

Made Off-Broadway acting debut in Sam Shepard's "True West"

1982

Played Rico 'Honeybunny' Ramirez, young boxer from the barrio, in NBC movie "Honeybunny"

1981

Became involved in contract dispute with MGM (studio behind "CHiPs"; sued by MGM for breach of contract; briefly replaced on the series by Bruce Jenner; returned to work after seven weeks

1979

Injured in a motorcycle accident in August

1977

Starred as Francis 'Ponch' Poncherello in "CHiPs" (NBC)

1976

Portrayed Santos on short-lived NBC Western series "The Quest"

1975

Acted the part of Navigator Julio in "Airport 1975"

1972

Played Sergio in "The New Centurions"

1969

Feature debut in "The Cross and the Switchblade"

Appeared with a Los Angeles dance troupe in the late 1960s

Grew up in NYC's East Harlem

Played Mr. Dork in UPN's "Home Boys in Outer Space" and appeared as himself in series like the WB's "Unhappily Ever After" and "The Wayans Bros"; also appeared in a Butthole Surfers music video

Appeared on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny" as himself

Bonus Trivia

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"I always loved Ponch, man. It was so much fun to be him, to put on my duds and get on that bike and bust the bad guys and help out the kids. And get the babes." --Erik Estrada to Entertainment Weekly, October 4, 1996.

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"This guy [Larry Wilcox] was hired to be the Lone Ranger, and I was hired to be Tonto. I became the Lone Ranger, and he became my sidekick." --Estrada in USA Today, July 15, 1997.

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"Yeah, man! Like when I did my guest spot on 'The Nanny' in its third season--as a star, playing Erik Estrada. That episode got the best ratings in the show's history. You know they just said, 'Hey, let's get the Ratings Kid and put him in!' Man, I'm busy. Just this week [early May], you're gonna see me on 'Homeboys in Outer Space' on UPN and 'Viva Variety!' on Comedy Central. In full drag, man! ... I got a total of three hours a day, three hours a day, on American television. Two hours of 'CHiPs' syndication. One hour of my soap. And I got my travel show out of L.A., 'American Adventurer'. I'm makin' tons of bread, man." --Erik Estrada quoted in GQ, October 1997.

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