Geoffrey Rivas

For some actors, being consistently cast as a police officer, detective or security guard would start to feel troublesome and limiting. But for veteran character actor Geoffrey Rivas, who played dozens of such ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1963

Filmography

Actor (69)

Murder in the First 2015 (Tv Show)

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Walk of Shame 2014 (Movie)

Store Owner (Actor)

Bones 2013 (Tv Show)

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Franklin & Bash 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Fosters 2013 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Dexter 2012 (Tv Show)

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Emily Owens, M.D. 2012 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

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Private Practice 2010 (Tv Show)

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Saving Grace 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2009 (Tv Show)

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Breaking Bad 2008 (Tv Show)

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Prison Break 2008 (Tv Show)

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Lincoln Heights 2007 (Tv Show)

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Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 2007 (Tv Show)

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Lost 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Path to 9/11 2006 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2005 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2004 (Tv Show)

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The District 1996 - 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Threat Matrix 2004 (Tv Show)

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Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 (Movie)

Head Mover (Actor)

My Sister's Keeper 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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NYPD Blue 2002 (Tv Show)

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Early Edition 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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JAG 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Providence 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Agency 2001 (Tv Show)

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Chicago Hope 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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City of Angels 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Luminarias 2000 (Movie)

Carlos/ Carmela (Actor)

Promised Land 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Air America 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Running Red 1999 (Movie)

Diaz (Actor)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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In the Mirror 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Lake 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Relativity 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

Hispanic Housewife's Husband (Actor)

First Time Out 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Notes From Underground 1996 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Trial By Fire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Above Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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ER 1994 (Tv Show)

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Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Angie, The Lieutenant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Ladykiller 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Powwow Highway 1989 (Movie)

Sandy Youngblood (Actor)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

Immigration Aide (Actor)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Perfect Victims 1987 (Movie)

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Blind Side (TV Show)

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Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV Show)

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Have You Seen My Son? (TV Show)

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My Little Assassin (TV Show)

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Steel Justice (TV Show)

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The Boys (TV Show)

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The Right to Remain Silent (TV Show)

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When You Remember Me (TV Show)

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Biography

For some actors, being consistently cast as a police officer, detective or security guard would start to feel troublesome and limiting. But for veteran character actor Geoffrey Rivas, who played dozens of such authoritative figures in everything from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) to "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), his naturally gruff demeanor and imposing physique made him a natural fit for characters on the enforcement side of the law. And while he often played tough guys in projects such as the gang drama "Blood In, Blood Out" (1993), Rivas also drew on his Latino heritage in a number of smaller roles. Aside from his TV debut in "Glory Years" (HBO, 1987), the UCLA graduate portrayed a bandleader in the Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" (1987) and a gay theater director's flamboyant confidant in "Moe" (2008), which he also co-produced. His name may not have been all that familiar, but Geoffrey Rivas' under-the-radar talent was.

EDUCATION

University of California (UCLA)

Milestones

2011

Featured on FX's "American Horror Story"

2008

Produced and starred in the musical drama "Moe"

2001

Cast as a forensic detective on CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

1993

Featured in "Blood In, Blood Out"

1987

Made TV debut in the network movie "Glory Years"

1987

Cast as a bandleader in "La Bamba"

Bonus Trivia

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Often cast as police officers, security guards and other authoratative characters.

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Has appeared in several TV movies based on real-life events, including "Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story," "Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty" and "The Path to 9/11."

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Played a fictional bandleader, Rudy Castro, in "La Bamba," which was filled with cameos from real-life musicians Brian Setzer, Los Lobos and Eddie Cochran.

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