Erik Estrada

Birthday: Mar 16, 1949
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in Spanish Harlem, Erik Estrada was compelled to go to work at an early age to help support his large, fatherless family. While a student at Brandeis High, Estrada was encouraged by his girlfriend to audition for school plays. The acting bug bit hard, and soon Estrada was working overtime in a laundromat to pay his tuition at the American Musical Dramatic Academy. He also served as errand boy/interpreter for film companies working in the neighborhood. His first professional movie appearance was as a street punk in The Cross and the Switchblade; he won the role over 100 aspirants by ad-libbing his audition, convincingly wielding a prop knife as he spoke. His next important film role was Spanish rookie cop Sergio Duran in The New Centurions (1972), and it was this assignment that led to a spate of TV guest appearances. In 1977, he was cast as motorcycle patrolman Frank "Ponch" Poncherello on the hit TV series CHiPs In 1979, he was nearly killed in a stunting accident; fortunately, he made a complete physical recovery, and remained with the series until its 1983 cancellation. After the demise of CHiPs Estrada's acting career went into decline, though he has enjoyed a career renaissance of late as the heartthrob star of Spanish-language TV soap operas. In 2005 Estrada lent his distinctive voice to the animated Adult Swim series Sealab 2021, which earned him cult status among the shows many devoted fans, and subsequent acting roles have included appearances on Life, According to Jim, and Meet the Browns. Manwhile, in 2007, Estrada earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Uncommon Marc Garcia 2015
50% El Americano: The Movie Punch 2015
No Score Yet One Day: A Musical Actor 2014
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue Nick "Loopin" Lopez $42.7M 2014
No Score Yet Virtuous Jack Evans 2014
No Score Yet Chupacabra vs. the Alamo Carlos 2013
No Score Yet Finding Faith Actor 2013
No Score Yet This Is Our Time Mr. Rowley 2013
No Score Yet Templar Nation Actor 2012
No Score Yet Husband for Hire Actor 2008
2% Kickin' It Old Skool Himself $4.5M 2007
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Cinco de Maya Actor 2006
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Funny Fix-Ups Actor 2005
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Twice the Fun Actor 2005
No Score Yet Tuesday Never Comes Actor 2004
No Score Yet Blind Sight Frank Moreno 2004
19% National Lampoon's Van Wilder Himself $21.1M 2002
No Score Yet Honeyboy Actor 2002
No Score Yet King Cobra Bernie Alvarez 2001
No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Y2K Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer Joe 1999
No Score Yet CHiPs '99 Frank `Ponch' Poncherello Producer 1998
No Score Yet Lost in Hollywood Actor 1998
No Score Yet Panic in the Skies! Ethan 1996
No Score Yet The Final Goal Actor 1995
18% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Himself 1993
No Score Yet Tuesday Never Comes Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Naked Truth Actor 1992
No Score Yet Do or Die Richard 1991
No Score Yet Earth Angel Duke 1991
No Score Yet The Last Riders Johnny 1991
No Score Yet The Divine Enforcer Actor 1991
No Score Yet Angel Eyes Johnny Ventura 1991
No Score Yet Look at Me America Actor 1991
No Score Yet Caged Fury Victor 1990
No Score Yet Night of the Wilding Joseph 1990
No Score Yet Guns Jack of Diamonds 1990
No Score Yet A Show of Force Machado 1990
No Score Yet Twisted Justice Commander Gage 1990
No Score Yet Spirits Father Anthony Vicci 1990
No Score Yet Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure Actor 1989
No Score Yet Alien Seed Stone 1989
No Score Yet The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Carmine D'Agostino 1988
No Score Yet Hour of the Assassin Martin Fierro 1987
No Score Yet Blind Sight Actor 1986
85% Fort Apache, the Bronx Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Line Chico 1980
No Score Yet Fire! Frank 1977
54% Midway Pilot 'Chili Bean' Ramos 1976
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive) Actor 1976
29% Airport 1975 Navigator Julio 1974
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker Director Actor 1974
No Score Yet The New Centurions Sergio 1972
No Score Yet The Ballad of Billie Blue (Star-Crossed Roads) Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Cross and the Switchblade Nicky Cruz 1970


No Score Yet Worst Cooks in America
Reality cast member
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31% The Neighbors
  • 2014
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
Mr. Hernandez
  • 2009
82% My Name Is Earl
  • 2009
No Score Yet According to Jim
The Devil
  • 2009
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74% Sealab 2021
  • 2005
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No Score Yet The Guardian
  • 2004
84% Scrubs
  • 2003
100% Andy Richter Controls the Universe
  • 2002
100% Lizzie McGuire
  • 2002
60% Popular
Police Officer Himself
  • 2000
No Score Yet Pacific Blue
Celebrity Lawyer
  • 1999
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
  • 1999
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
  • 1998
No Score Yet Space Ghost Coast to Coast
  • 1997
No Score Yet CHiPs
Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello Off. Frank `Ponch' Poncherello Ponch
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