John Ortiz is an American actor best known for playing the role of Arturo Braga in the movies ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and of Clyde in the flick ‘Jack Goes Boating’. His other film projects include ‘American Gangster’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ and ‘Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem’. On television, Ortiz is known for appearing as Nelson 'Margarita' Marquez in the series ‘Lush Life’, as Ruben Somarriba in the series ‘The Job’ and as Carlos Tavares in the drama ‘Clubhouse’. He has also appeared in several other dramas including 'Law & Order', 'Touched by an Angel', 'El Cantante', 'Luck', 'Togetherness,' and 'The Guest Book'. The American artiste also served as the executive producer for the flick ‘Jack Goes Boating’ in which he played a major role as well. He is also the co-founder/ artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company. Talking about Ortiz’s awards and honors, he won the ‘Independent Spirit Award’ for the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘Jack Goes Boating.’ He earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role in ‘American Gangster.’
John Ortiz first appeared on television in 1992, in the drama series ‘Law & Order’. He then appeared in the movies ‘Carlito's Way’ and ‘Lotto Land’. In 1996, he was cast as Nelson 'Margarita' Marquez in the TV series ‘Lush Life’. A year later, he appeared in the series ‘Touched by an Angel’ as well as in the TV movie ‘Riot’. After this, the actor got featured in the movies ‘The Opportunists’ and ‘Before Night Falls’.
He started playing the role of Ruben Somarriba in the series ‘The Job’ in 2001. After this, he appeared in an episode of ‘The Handler’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ respectively. In 2004, Ortiz joined the cast of the drama ‘Clubhouse’ as Carlos Tavares. Two years later, he did the films ‘El Cantante’, ‘Take the Lead’ and ‘Miami Vice’. Soon after this, he appeared in the biographical crime film ‘American Gangster’. He then did the TV movie ‘Anatomy of Hope’.
The American artiste then acted in the flick ‘Jack Goes Boating’ in 2010. He also served as the executive producer for this film. A year later, he was cast for the series ‘Luck’. From 2013 to 2015, he worked in both small screen and big screen projects, such as ‘Fast & Furious 6’, ‘César Chávez’, ‘The Drop’, ‘Blackhat’, ‘Togetherness’ and ‘Steve Jobs’. In 2016 and 2017, he appeared in the films ‘The Finest Hours’, ‘A Woman, a Part’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’, ‘A Dog's Purpose’ and ‘Going in Style’.
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John Ortiz was born on May 23, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He is of Puerto Rican ancestry. He is married to Jennifer Ortiz and the couple has a son named Clemente. The family currently resides in California. Ortiz is active on Twitter and loves to connect with his fans through this medium.