Tyler Alvarez is an American actor who is best known for his role in the teen sitcom ‘Every Witch Way.’ Tyler was born and raised in an average American family and was pushed into acting by his mother. He started taking acting classes very early in his life, and this led to his early interest in performing arts. He started his career with commercials and then ventured into acting with the 2013 film ‘The House that Jack Built.’ He was seen playing the role of ‘Young Hector’ in the film. In 2014, he earned one of the leading roles in the supernatural fantasy series ‘Every Witch Way,’ which had him portraying the character of a mutant with superpowers. The same year, he appeared in the TV film ‘Every Witch Way: Spellbound,’ which was a spin-off to the original series. In 2017, Tyler appeared in the ‘Netflix’ mockumentary ‘American Vandal,’ a satire of crime documentaries. The series, which featured Tyler as ‘Peter Maldonado,’ i was highly praised by critics for its originality.
Childhood & Early Life
Tyler Alvarez was born Tyler Sage Alvarez, in New York City, on October 25, 1997, to a Cuban–American father and a Puerto Rican–American mother. His mother worked at a local private hospital, and his father worked for the ‘Drug Enforcement Administration,’ or the ‘DEA.’ Tyler was the second child in the family and had an elder brother named Nico.
As a child, Tyler had a keen interest in acting. Noticing this interest, his mother got him enrolled at an acting school. Tyler spent years performing on stage during school productions, and this helped him hone his skills. In addition, Tyler loved watching films and mimicing his favorite actors. He was an extrovert and a confident child. Apart from acting, Tyler was also interested in music and salsa. His mother also enrolled him into salsa classes.
Tyler learned Spanish from his parents. His Latino looks made it a little difficult for him to land good acting jobs in the beginning. After a bit of initial struggle, he bagged a pizza commercial. At the same time, he attended the ‘Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School’ in New York. He started his acting career while still in high school.
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In 2013, Tyler made his big-screen debut with the low-budget film ‘The House That Jack Built.’ It was an indie film which failed to get enough attention. The same year, he played a small role in another indie film, ‘Brothers in Arms.’
Luckily, TV came to his rescue. His first TV project was a dream role for a beginner such as Tyler. In 2014, he bagged a role in the fantasy sitcom ‘Every Witch Way.’ The sitcom featured him in the role of ‘Diego Rueda,’ a human with supernatural powers. The series was inspired by ‘Grachi,’ the Latin–American version of the sitcom.
Critics and audiences, however, were not as kind to ‘Every Witch way’ as they were to ‘Grachi’ and the series was badly criticized for its cheap special effects and lack of chemistry between the characters. Despite abysmal reviews, the sitcom ran for four seasons before being taken off air. In 2014, Tyler reprised his role in the special episode ‘Every Witch Way: Spellboud,’ which was presented as a TV film.
In 2015, Tyler reprised his role of ‘Diego’ in an episode of the series ‘Talia in the Kitchen.’ It was not a spin-off of ‘Every Witch Way’ but was written by the same writers. A few characters featured in the cross-over episode. The same year, he appeared in the highly acclaimed ‘Netflix’ series ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ He portrayed ‘Benny Mendoza,’ a recurring role, for five episodes, in the third, fourth, and fifth seasons of the series.
In 2017, he appeared in the romantic thriller ‘High School Lover,’ in which he played ‘Larry,’ one of the major characters. The film was made for TV and starred Hollywood superstar James Franco in a small role. The critical success of the film inspired its makers to release it on DVD.
In 2017, Tyler turned to documentary filmmaking and showcased another aspect of the all-rounder artist that he was to his fans with the ‘Netflix’ series ‘American Vandal.’ The series was a mockumentary that mocked “true crime” documentaries. It featured Tyler as ‘Peter Maldonado,’ who takes it upon himself to solve a case in which several cars of his high-school faculty have been brutally vandalized.
The mockumentary was praised by critics for being a stylish and unique take on the genre. The performances by the leading and supporting cast were appreciated. The series has been renewed for a second season, which is to premiere in 2018. Whether Tyler will be a part of it or not has not been confirmed yet.
In 2017, Tyler appeared in a guest role in a single episode of the sitcom ‘Fresh off the Boat.’ In 2018, he was seen portraying ‘Declan Rivers,’ a recurring character in the series ‘The Fosters.’ He also earned the key role of ‘Doug’ in the upcoming film ‘The Pretenders,’ which is currently in its post-production phase.
Tyler Alvarez has sculpted a successful TV career for himself, but he intends to become a movie star. He has been a lifelong fan of Marlon Brando. He desires to work with Paul Rudd.
Tyler donates to several different charities from time to time. However, he does not like to publicize his donations.