Mario Lopez

Actor, Dancer, TV host
Despite his successful second career as the host of over a dozen talent, reality and news magazine programs, actor Mario Lopez remained most associated with his starring role as teenager A. C. Slater on the syndicated ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1973 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Deck the Halls with Dr. Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

The Dog Who Saved Summer 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

Dancing With the Stars 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extra 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

I Get That a Lot 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve Live 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Popular 2000 - 2003, 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

Robot Chicken 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Dog Who Saved Easter 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

X Factor 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

Cartoon Network's 3rd Annual Hall of Game Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Mario & Courtney's Wedding Fiesta 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Social Smurf (Voice)

20/20 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Are You There, Chelsea? 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

H8R 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

America's Most Talented Kids 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Food Network Star 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closer 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Honey 2 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Antonio Treatment 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Miss America Pageant 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

MTV's Top Pop Group 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Miss America Pageant 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Teenage Paparazzo 2009 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 10th Annual Family Entertainment Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Husband for Hire 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's Top Pop Group: The Casting Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lopez 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Universe 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Miss America Pageant 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

VH1 Big in '06 Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Mind of Mencia 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bad Girl's Guide 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Years Rockin Eve 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Eve 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Chance: America's Most Talented Senior 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Miss Teen USA Pageant 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Half 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Boxing 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Outta Time 2002 (Movie)

David Morales (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A Crack in the Floor 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eastside 2000 (Movie)

Antonio Lopez (Actor)

Pacific Blue 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Saved By the Bell 1988 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pet Shop 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolution 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 1998 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The National Hate Test 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Union Square 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fever Lake 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Masters of the Maze 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NBA All-Star Stay in School Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Name Your Adventure 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstar American Gladiators 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Saved By the Bell: The College Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Boys Don't Cry 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Saved By the Bell Graduation Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Circus of the Stars 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Shrunk Saturday Morning? 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Colors 1988 (Movie)

Felipe's Friend (Actor)

The Arena 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deacon Street Deer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

a.k.a. Pablo 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday in Handcuffs (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Mr. Griffin (TV Show)

Actor

The Dog Who Saved Christmas (TV Show)

Voice

The Last Fling (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Outta Time 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Despite his successful second career as the host of over a dozen talent, reality and news magazine programs, actor Mario Lopez remained most associated with his starring role as teenager A. C. Slater on the syndicated Saturday morning sitcom, "Saved By the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1994). Lopez never quite segued into a steady career as an adult actor, though he did an outstanding job portraying Olympic diver Greg Louganis in "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" (USA Network, 1997) and spent a year on the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ). He made all new fans when he showcased his six-pack abs and dancing skills on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), which he very nearly won that season. This newfound adult fame helped Lopez find his niche as host of the tabloid show "Extra" (syndicated, 1994- ) and "America's Best Dance Crew" (MTV, 2008- ), among others, where the same dimpled charm that made him an overnight teen sensation translated into success as a witty and personable television host.

Relationships

Elvia

Mother

Ali Landry Actor

Wife
Dated for six years Married April 24, 2004 at an exclusive resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Marriage annulled May 2004 due to his infidelity

Mario Lopez

Father
Mexican; worked for the municipality of National City, CA

Emilio Lopez

Brother
Born 1975

Marissa Lopez

Sister
Born 1976

Gia Lopez

Daughter
Born Sept. 11, 2010; mother, Courtney Mazza

Courtney Mazza Actor

Companion
Met 2008 when Lopez starred in "A Chorus Line" on Broadway Rumored to be engaged after birth of their child September 2010 Announced engagement January 2012 Married Dec. 1, 2012 in Punta Mita, Mexico

Karina Smirnoff Actor

Companion
Met 2006 when they were partnered together on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Announced split June 2008

EDUCATION

Chula Vista High School

Chula Vista , California 1991

Milestones

2012

Announced as co-host of "The X Factor" (Fox) alongside Khloé Kardashian

2011

Produced and appeared on reality series "H8R" (The CW)

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality

2008

Hosted MTV reality competition program "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew"

2008

Made Broadway debut in "A Chorus Line" as Zach, the demanding director

2007

Joined "Extra" (NBC) as a weekend-edition co-host and a daily show correspondent; named host for its 15th season (2008)

2006

Landed recurring guest role on FX series "Nip/Tuck"

2006

Joined third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" as a competitor

2005

Co-anchored "ESPN Hollywood" (ESPN 2), which looked at the intersection between Hollywood and the sports world

2001

Served as co-host of the NBC show "The Other Half"

2000

Landed lead role in the independent feature "Eastside"

1999

Featured in the sci-fi thriller "Absolution"

1998

Appeared on a two-episode stint on "USA High" (USA Network)

1998

Played Bobby Cruz, a member of a squad of crime fighting bike patrol officers on USA Network's "Pacific Blue"

1997

Starred as the titular Olympic diver in the biopic "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" (USA Network)

1997

Featured in NBC thriller "Killing Mr. Griffin"

1994

Again took on role of Slater in NBC TV-movie "Saved By the Bell – Wedding in Las Vegas"

1994

Hosted kids game show "Masters of the Maze" on the Family Channel

1993

Again played Slater in NBC movie "Saved By the Bell Graduation Special"

1993

Co-starred as Slater on primetime spin-off "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC)

1993

Hosted NBC Saturday morning series "Name Your Adventure"

1992

Reprised Slater in NBC primetime special "Saved By the Bell – Hawaiian Style"

1989

Landed breakthrough role as confident jock A.C. Slater on NBC Saturday morning teen series "Saved By the Bell"

1988

Appeared in the East LA-set gang drama "Colors"

1987

Guest starred on "The Golden Girls" (NBC) as a promising student of Dorothy's (Bea Arthur)

1984

Cast as a regular on short-lived ABC sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo"

1984

Had a featured role as a dancer on syndicated series "Kids Incorporated"

1983

Discovered by an agent at a talent competition at age 10 and began an acting career

1976

Began dancing at age three

Raised in Chula Vista, CA

Bonus Trivia

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"I had been a guest on 'Name Your Adventure.' All I'd ever seen was that and 'Saved by the Bell.' Bubblegum fluff. I thought, 'Geez can he handle this?' But I was so impressed. He stepped up to the plate." – Olympic diver and author Greg Louganis on Lopez's performance in his USA Network biopic, quoted in Out magazine, March 1997

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"It's challenging to try to be serious all the time when you're always used to cracking jokes and keeping everything light." – Lopez on his dramatic turn on "Pacific Blue," quoted in TV Guide, Jan. 16, 1999

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