José Zúniga

A familiar face to film and television audiences for over two decades, Jos Ziga essayed small but memorable roles in features like "Con Air" (1997), "Mission: Impossible III" (2006) and "Twilight" (2008) while ... Read more »
Born: in Honduras

Filmography

Actor (81)

How To Get Away With Murder 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eye of the Hurricane 2014 (Movie)

Roberto Cruz (Actor)

Taxi Brooklyn 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Ship 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body of Proof 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Call 2013 (Movie)

Marco (Actor)

666 Park Avenue 2012 (Tv Show)

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Burn Notice 2012 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2012 (Tv Show)

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Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

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House 2012 (Tv Show)

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Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

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Scandal 2012 (Tv Show)

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A Gifted Man 2011 (Tv Show)

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Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

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Suits 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Chaperone 2011 (Movie)

Detective Carlos (Actor)

The Chicago Code 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Event 2011 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

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Childrens Hospital 2010 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Ghost Whisperer 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Dark Blue 2009 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

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Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

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Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Miami 2003, 2008 (Tv Show)

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Twilight 2008 (Movie)

Mr Molina (Actor)

NCIS 2007 (Tv Show)

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Next 2007 (Movie)

Roybal (Actor)

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

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Saving Grace 2007 (Tv Show)

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The O.C. 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Tortilla Heaven 2007 (Movie)

Isidor (Actor)

Undoing 2007 (Movie)

Randall (Actor)

24 2006 (Tv Show)

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Dexter 2006 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

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Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

IMF Agent Pete (Actor)

Prison Break 2006 (Tv Show)

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Alias 2005 (Tv Show)

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Bones 2005 (Tv Show)

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Constantine 2005 (Movie)

Detective Weiss (Actor)

The Shield 2005 (Tv Show)

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ER 2004 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Karen Sisco 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Hunted 2003 (Movie)

Moret (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2002 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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New York Undercover 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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That's Life 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Get Real 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

Fidel Vaillar (Actor)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

Escobar (Actor)

The Opportunists 2000 (Movie)

Jesus Del Toro (Actor)

Sins of the City 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

Kramer (Actor)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Andre De Silva (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Sims (Actor)

Flirt 1996 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Fresh Kill 1996 (Movie)

Miguel Flores (Actor)

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

David Torres (Actor)

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

Chris Rojo (Actor)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Jerry--No 2 OBT Guy (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Jerry--No 2 OTB Man (Actor)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

Tommy La La (Actor)

Fresh 1994 (Movie)

Lt Perez (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Alive 1993 (Movie)

Fraga (Actor)

Riding the Rails 1988 (Movie)

Enrique (Actor)

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A familiar face to film and television audiences for over two decades, José Zúñiga essayed small but memorable roles in features like "Con Air" (1997), "Mission: Impossible III" (2006) and "Twilight" (2008) while maintaining a host of guest and recurring turns on such primetime series as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) and "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010). Like many character actors, he was frequently cast as a "type" - in his case, as intense, ethnic authority figures on both sides of the law - though on occasion, his compact frame and soulful visage led to assignments outside of his niche, including a hapless romantic in "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998) and a kindly biology teacher in "Twilight." Zúñiga's ability to imbue even the most stock character with nuance granted him the ideal career for a character actor: immediate identification, and more importantly, appreciation by audiences, even those who did not know his name.

Milestones

2008

Portrayed Mr. Molina in global phenomenon "Twilight"

1998

First series lead role in "Sins of the City" (USA Network)

1997

First regular series role in "Nothing Sacred" (ABC)

1994

First recurring television role on "NY Undercover" (Fox)

1988

First screen appearance in "Riding the Rails"

Bonus Trivia

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Spoke only Spanish prior to his arrival in the United States.

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Studied law before deciding to become an actor.

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Favorite role was the romantic Brazilian in "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998).

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His role in "Twilight" (2006) was written as a Caucasian male in Stephenie Meyer's novel.

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