Diego Velazquez (TV Actor)
Diego Velazquez is considered to be one of the biggest stars on American television today. Even though he is a child actor, he is by no means seen as a kid. Ever since he was a little kid, he never wanted toys, all he ever wanted was costumes. Lots and lots of costumes! Whenever Halloween was around the corner, he would get hold of all the costume catalogs and pore over them for hours. He loved costumes and make up so much that his alternate career choice was being a Special FX makeup artist! When he was about six years of age, he went to work with his mother, who was a stylist for commercials. There he saw what the actors were doing and found it fascinating. He went home and told his mother that acting was what he wanted to do. And as fate would have it, later that year he scored his first acting project with none other than Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in the television movie ‘Extraordinary Measures.’
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
Velazquez had his first role at the age of seven in the television movie ‘Extraordinary Measures’ as Patrick Crowleyopposite Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell. But his actual first time on camera was in ‘The City of Your Final Destination’ in which he played one of the extras. Another prominent role in his acting roster is the guest role of Filho/ Son in the TV show ‘Grimm.’ But he is best known for playing the role of Billy Thunderman in the Nickelodeon series ‘The Thundermans’ which is airing since 2013. Playing Billy Thunderman has given him a large fan base among kids. The show revolves around a superhero family which moves to Hiddenville to keep their identities a secret and live a normal life. Velazquez plays the youngest child, Billy Thunderman who is a superspeed superstar! Before ‘The Thundermans’, he has also appeared in ‘Leverage’ as Nathan Ford Young. His other acting projects include ‘Blackstar Warrior’, ‘More Porkchop’, ‘The Haunted Hathaways’ and ‘Ho Ho Holiday Special.’ In 2014, Nickelodeon released a record called, ‘The Fakest Song Ever’ with Velazquez, Jack Griffo, Cameron Ocasio, Curtis Harris and Benjamin Flores Jr. Velazquez was also nominated for a Chambie Award in 2014 for Best Actor in a Television Series.
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What Makes Diego Velazquez So Special
Diego Velazquez is nothing short of a role model for young kids out there. From a very young age he has managed both his school and career whereas a lot of adult stars struggle to maintain a balance. More importantly, the kind of character he is playing in ‘The Thundermans’ is so much fun! Which kid would not want to be a superspeed superstar?! And just because it’s a kid’s show, that does not mean there is no substantial content in it. Same goes for Velazquez’s acting chops because let’s not forget that he worked opposite none other than Harrison Ford and Keri Russell when he was just seven years old!
While there are several young actors around who have gained much fame in a short span of time, Diego Velazquez is a class apart as he also has an active life away from the camera. As a school student he strives to balance his growing career with his studies, and also takes part in co-curricular activities. He plans to study Special FX make up in future.
Behind the Curtains
Velazquez can speak fluently in Spanish and English. His hobbies include extreme martial arts, nunchucks, skateboarding and playing on his PS4. He is also an ardent animal lover and has two dogs named Nova and Maizy.
He loves pranking his co-stars on set when they are not shooting!