Jacob Vargas

Highest Rated: 92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated: 7% Dragonfly (2002)
Birthday: Aug 18, 1971
Birthplace: Michoacan, Mexico
Jacob Vargas began his acting career when he was discovered breakdancingin a schoolyard at age 12. His introduction to acting came with a bitpart as a breakdancer on the hit TV show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978). In1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year)for his work in both Allison Anders' Mi vida loca (1993) and GregoryNava's My Family (1995). He later starred in films such as Selena (1997),Get Shorty (1995), American Me (1992), Romy and Michele's High SchoolReunion (1997) and the cult favorite Next Friday (2000) as Ice Cube'snemesis, Joker. He later shined as Tijuana cop Manolo, 'Benicio delToro''s partner in Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award- winning filmTraffic (2000), which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award and anotherALMA Award. He then made us laugh as Sammy the chef in John Moore'sFlight of the Phoenix (2004) and brought depth to Marine sniper Cortez inAcademy Award-winning director Sam Mendes' war drama Jarhead (2005). In2006 he starred as a straight-arrow DEA agent opposite Laurence Fishburneand Paul Walker in the action drama _Death and Life of Bobby Z, The(2006)_ and joined an all-star cast as a politically charged busboy inEmilio Estevez's historical drama Bobby (2006) and played apsychologically tortured drone pilot in Alex Rivera's sci-fi politicallove story _Sleep Dealer, The (2006)_. Not satisfied with just beinglabeled as an actor, he has also been focusing his talents on writing andproducing through his production company, Third Son Productions. In 2001he executive produced and starred in the independent film Road Dogz(2000). He also co-produced and starred in the stage play "Latinologues",which ran on Broadway in 2005 and is available on DVD. Through Third SonProductions, he is currently developing several feature film andtelevision projects.


Highest Rated Movies



83% The Public Actor 2018
No Score Yet Mosaic Actor 2017
No Score Yet Crossing Point Jesus Producer 2016
No Score Yet The Tell-Tale Heart Adams 2016
47% The 33 Edison Peña $9.2M 2015
50% Heaven Is for Real Michael 2014
38% Cesar Chavez Richard Chavez $5.6M 2014
73% Go For Sisters Navajas $56.5K 2013
52% Devil Ramirez $33.6M 2010
70% Sleep Dealer Rudy Ramirez $35.6K 2009
42% Death Race Gunner $36.1M 2008
No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding Det. Billy Jones 2008
No Score Yet The Death and Life of Bobby Z Actor 2007
8% Are We Done Yet? Mike the Plumber $50M 2007
12% The Hills Have Eyes 2 PFC `Crank' Medina $20.8M 2007
46% Bobby Miguel $11.1M 2006
No Score Yet The Virgin of Juarez Det. Lauro 2006
No Score Yet National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Actor Producer 2006
61% Jarhead Cortez $62.6M 2005
40% The Wendell Baker Story Reyes Morales $48.6K 2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix Sammi $21M 2004
No Score Yet Truth Be Told Actor 2003
No Score Yet Kingpin Ernesto 2003
No Score Yet RFK Cesar Chavez 2002
82% The Good Girl Actor $13.8M 2002
7% Dragonfly Pilot $30.1M 2002
No Score Yet Road Dogz Danny Pacheco Executive Producer 2002
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 Pepito $111.5M 2001
No Score Yet Come and Take It Day Miguel 2001
92% Traffic Manolo Sanchez $123.9M 2000
20% Next Friday Joker 2000
56% The Hi-Lo Country Delfino Mondragon 1998
72% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Ramon 1997
67% Selena Abie Quintanilla 1997
87% Get Shorty Yayo Portillo 1995
88% Crimson Tide Sonarman 1995
85% My Family Young Jose Sanchez 1995
18% Fatal Instinct Flower Delivery Man 1993
71% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) Ernesto 1993
No Score Yet Huck & the King of Hearts Pedro 1993
29% Airborne Snake 1993
80% Gas Food Lodging Javier 1992
78% American Me Paulito (age 15) 1992
No Score Yet Never Forget Student 1991
No Score Yet Crack House Danny 1989
58% Little Nikita Miguel 1988
50% The Principal Arturo Diego 1987
62% Ernest Goes to Camp Bubba Vargas 1987
No Score Yet The B.R.A.T. Patrol Student #2 1986
No Score Yet Last Resort Carlos 1986
No Score Yet The Children of Times Square Alberto 1986
No Score Yet Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story Actor 1986


No Score Yet Tarantula
  • 2017
59% Complications
  • 2015
No Score Yet Kroll Show
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Chief Rick Anaya
  • 2013
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Felix Medina
  • 2011
No Score Yet Medium
Eduardo Garcia
  • 2011
93% Psych
Juan Lava
  • 2010
68% The Good Guys
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
Angelo Rivera
  • 2009
22% Moonlight
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Victor Borrego
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Luis Torres
  • 2004
No Score Yet Watching Ellie
  • 2002
No Score Yet Malibu Shores
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
  • 1995
No Score Yet Full House
  • 1992