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Jacob Vargas

Highest Rated:   92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated:   7% Dragonfly (2002)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mosaic
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Crossing Point
  • Jesus
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Adams
2016
45% The 33
  • Edison Peña
$9.2M 2015
47% Heaven Is for Real
  • Michael
2014
39% Cesar Chavez
  • Richard Chavez
$5.6M 2014
72% Go For Sisters
  • Navajas
$0.1M 2013
52% Devil
  • Ramirez
$33.6M 2010
70% Sleep Dealer
  • Rudy Ramirez
$0.1M 2009
43% Death Race
  • Gunner
$36.1M 2008
No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding
  • Det. Billy Jones
2008
8% Are We Done Yet?
  • Mike the Plumber
$50.0M 2007
11% 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
$0.1M 2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix
  • Sammi
$21.0M 2004
No Score Yet Truth Be Told
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Kingpin
  • Ernesto
2003
No Score Yet RFK
  • Cesar Chavez
2002
81% The Good Girl
  • Actor
$13.8M 2002
7% Dragonfly
  • Pilot
$30.1M 2002
No Score Yet Road Dogz
  • Executive Producer
  • Danny Pacheco
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
70% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Ramon
1997
65% Selena
  • Abie Quintanilla
1997
86% Get Shorty
  • Yayo Portillo
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Sonarman
1995
85% My Family
  • Young Jose Sanchez
1995
19% Fatal Instinct
  • Flower Delivery Man
1993
80% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
  • Ernesto
1993
No Score Yet Huck & the King of Hearts
  • Pedro
1993
29% Airborne
  • Snake
1993
79% Gas Food Lodging
  • Javier
1992
75% American Me
  • Paulito (age 15)
1992
No Score Yet Never Forget
  • Student
1991
No Score Yet Crack House
  • Danny
1989
55% 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 The Death and Life of Bobby Z
  • Actor
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
59% Complications
2015
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Kroll Show
2013-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Chief Rick Anaya
  • 2013
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Felix Medina
  • 2011
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Eduardo Garcia
  • 2011
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Juan Lava
  • 2010
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Tico
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Angelo Rivera
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Victor Borrego
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Luis Torres
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Diablo
  • 1995
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Enrique
  • 1992

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