John Ortiz

A New York-based stage actor, John Ortiz carved a niche in urban crime dramas, effectively portraying both sides of the law, while making himself into a catalyst of independent theater. A native of Brooklyn, Ortiz at a ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

A Dog's Purpose 2017 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Going in Style 2017 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

Kong: Skull Island 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Finest Hours 2016 (Movie)

Wallace Quirey (Actor)

Togetherness 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

Henry Pollack (Actor)

Steve Jobs 2015 (Movie)

Joel Pforzheimer (Actor)

Strike One 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

Eli Ordonez (Actor)

Rake 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deep and Dreamless Sleep 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Drop 2014 (Movie)

Detective Torres (Actor)

Fast & Furious 6 2013 (Movie)

Braga (Actor)

Luck 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Jack Goes Boating 2010 (Movie)

Clyde (Actor)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

Campos (Actor)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

Phil D'Andrea (Actor)

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

Jose Cordero (Actor)

Law & Order 1992, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pride and Glory 2008 (Movie)

Ruben Santiago (Actor)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 2007 (Movie)

Sheriff Morales (Actor)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Javy Rivera (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

El Cantante 2007 (Movie)

Willie Colon (Actor)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

Jose Yero (Actor)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Temple (Actor)

Clubhouse 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Handler 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Narc 2002 (Movie)

Octavio Ruiz (Actor)

New York Undercover 1994 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Job 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vegas Showgirls: Nearly Famous 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

3 AM 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Madison Square Garden Reporter (Actor)

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

Gang Member (Actor)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

Juan Abrau (Actor)

The Opportunists 2000 (Movie)

Ismail Espinoza (Actor)

Side Streets 1998 (Movie)

Ramon Yanes (Actor)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Montes (Actor)

Lush Life 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Riot 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Luis Clemente (Actor)

Shadow-Ops 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Jack Goes Boating 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

A New York-based stage actor, John Ortiz carved a niche in urban crime dramas, effectively portraying both sides of the law, while making himself into a catalyst of independent theater. A native of Brooklyn, Ortiz at a young age helped to found the Latino Actors Base theatrical co-op, which would in the 1990s morph into the dynamic LAByrinth Theater Company, wherein he began a long association with friend and fellow actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ortiz broke into movies in the 1993 Al Pacino vehicle "Carlito's Way," and would go on to a succession of TV and film jobs largely in supporting ethnic roles, most prominently as a cop in Denis Leary's short-lived New York-set police comedy "The Job" (2001-02) and Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" (2007), as well as feral gangster-types in Michael Mann's film revise of "Miami Vice" (2006) and "Fast & Furious" (2009). His stage work became increasingly prominent in New York through the 2000s, highlighted by multiple outings in plays by Jose Rivera and Stephen Adly Guirgis, a 2004 Broadway debut in Nilo Cruz' Pulitzer-winning play "Anna in the Tropics," and a succession of LAByrinth co-productions with the Public Theater. His on-screen presence grew in the late 2000s as he scored one of the leads in the 2007 sci-fi outing "Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem" (2007) and featured supporting roles in the Jennifer Lopez vehicle "El Cantante" (2006) and the critically acclaimed, Hoffman-directed screen adaptation of the LAByrinth/Public-staged play "Jack Goes Boating" (2010). From blue-collar roots to a rising light of the theater, Ortiz struck a deft balance between Hollywood's multicultural penchant for Latino supporting characters and his building recognition as a signature talent of the Gotham stage.

Relationships

Jennifer Ortiz Production Assistant

Wife

Clemente Ortiz

Son
Mother, Jennifer Ortiz

Milestones

2012

Played supporting role in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male ("Jack Goes Boating")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

2010

Reprised role of Clyde for the screen adaptation of "Jack Goes Boating," directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman; also executive produced

2007

Played the role of Clyde in "Jack Goes Boating" at the Public Theater

2007

Cast in Ridley Scott’s "American Gangster" as Russell Crowe’s partner

2006

Co-starred with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez in "El Cantante"

2006

Appeared in Michael Mann’s "Miami Vice" as drug lord Jose Yero

2003

Made hBroadway debut in Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Anna in the Tropics"

2001

Cast as series regular on Denis Leary’s "The Job" (ABC)

2000

Appeared opposite Javier Bardem in Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls"

1997

Landed small role in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"

1993

Made film debut as Al Pacino’s young cousin ‘Guajiro’ in "Carlito’s Way"

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