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Ricardo Chavira
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Chavira at an annual BBQ in 2012
Born (1971-09-01) September 1, 1971 (age 51)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Education University of the Incarnate Word (BA)
University of California, San Diego (MFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s)
Marcea Dietzel
(m. 2007)
Children 2

Ricardo Antonio Chavira (born September 1, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Carlos Solis in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives (2004–2012). He also played Abraham Quintanilla in the Netflix original series Selena: The Series (2020).

Early life

Chavira was born in Austin, Texas, the son of a Bexar County judge, Juan Antonio Chavira. Raised in San Antonio, he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and the University of the Incarnate Word. He is a '00 UC San Diego Alumnus and received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of California San Diego's graduate acting program in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. Since then, he has worked in film, television and theatre.

Career

Chavira began his career playing guest-starring roles on television shows, include NYPD Blue, 24, The Division, Joan of Arcadia and JAG. In 2002, he had a recurring role in the HBO comedy-drama Six Feet Under and was series regular on the unaired Fox sitcom The Grubbs. In 2004, he made his big screen debut appearing in a supporting role playing private José Gregorio Esparza in the western film The Alamo (2004).

In 2004, Chavira was cast as Carlos Solis, the husband of Eva Longoria’s character, Gabrielle Solis, in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives. The series was a breakthrough hit for ABC receiving wide coverage. In 2005, Chavira listed on the "50 Most Beautiful" list in People en Español. Along with cast, he received two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2006, and well as three ALMA Awards nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. The series ended in 2012 after eight seasons.

Chavira starred in a production of Tracers at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and also starred in a co-production of Living Out. He played Stanley Kowalski in the Guthrie Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, from July 3 to August 21 of 2010 in Minneapolis. He also had voice roles as Alejandro Borges in the film Dead Space: Aftermath and as John Carver in the video game Dead Space 3. He also appeared in a number of movies, including Days of Wrath (2008), Saving God (2008), and Piranha 3D (2010).

Following Desperate Housewives, Chavira guest-starred on two episodes of USA Network drama series, Burn Notice in 2013, playing crime leader Rafael Serrano. Later that year, he went to star in the NBC sitcom Welcome to the Family. The series was canceled after three episodes. In 2015, Chavira guest starred on Castle episode "At Close Range", and in 2016 reunited with Eva Longoria in her short-lived sitcom Telenovela.

From 2016 to 2017, Chavira had a major recurring role in the ABC political thriller Scandal during the fifth and sixth seasons as democratic Governor Francisco “Frankie” Vargas who runs for president. At the same time, he had a recurring role in The CW comedy series, Jane the Virgin during the third season as Bruce, Xiomara's (Andrea Navedo) lover. In 2017, Chavira also had a recurring role in the Netflix horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet alongside Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore. In 2020, Chavira was cast as Abraham Quintanilla, the father of late singer Selena in the Netflix limited biographical series, Selena. He was a guest star on Chicago P.D. (S9:E6) in 2021.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1987 De Vaqueros, aventuras y mas cosas Short film
Así sucede en los pueblos
2001 Barstow 2008 Guaco
2002 Boris Frank Short film
2004 The Alamo Private Gregorio Esparza
2007 Rockaway Dave
Cosmic Radio Vasquez
2008 Ball Don't Lie Ruben
Days of Wrath Detective Romeros
Saving God Rev. Danny Christopher
2009 Don't Let Me Drown Dionisio
2010 Chasing 3000 Dr. Boogie
Piranha 3D Sam
2015 Being Charlie Drake
Powder and Gold Don Toribio
2016 Birth of a Killer Lalo Short film
2018 Tournament Steve
2019 Narco Soldiers Don Toribio
2021 Reefa Officer Morales

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 NYPD Blue Kenny Sotomayor Episode: "Thumb Enchanted Evening"
Philly A.D.A. Eddie Price Episode: "Blown Away"
2001-03 JAG Capt. Rapaport / Miguel 2 episodes
2002 24 Agent Bundy Episode: "12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m."
Six Feet Under Ramon 4 episodes
The Division Bernard 2 episodes
The Grubbs Coach Garra Pilot
2003 Kingpin Episode: "Gimme Shelter"
Joan of Arcadia Sgt. Eddie Fosberg Episode: "The Boat"
2004–12 Desperate Housewives Carlos Solis Lead role (180 episodes)
2005 George Lopez Victor Episode: "George's Extreme Makeover: Holmes Edition"
2007 Kings of South Beach Enrique Movie
2007-08 Monk Jimmy Belmont 2 episodes
2013 Warehouse 13 Detective Briggs Episode: "Instinct"
Burn Notice Rafael Serano 2 episodes
Welcome to the Family Miguel Hernandez / Chuey Hernandez Lead, 12 episodes
2014 Bad Teacher Tico 2 episodes
2015 Castle Congressman Alex Lopez Episode: "At Close Range"
2016 Telenovela Martin Episode: "Split Personalities"
2016-2017 Jane the Virgin Bruce 8 episodes
Scandal Francisco Vargas / Frankie Vargas 15 episodes
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Dan Palmer 7 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Agent Callaghan Episode: "He Kaha Lu'u Ke Ala, Mai Ho'okolo Aku"
Mission Control Diaz Movie
2018 Kevin Can Wait Frank 2 episodes
Rise Johnny Cruz Episode: "Opening Night"
2019 Christmas Reservations Kevin Portillo Movie
2020-2021 Selena: The Series Abraham Quintanilla Lead, 18 episodes
2021 Chicago P.D. Detective Salvador Ortiz Episode: "End of Watch"
2022 Truth Be Told - 2 episodes

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue Ref(s)
1998 Dogeaters Freddie Gonzaga / Lt. Pepe Carreon La Jolla Playhouse
2004 Living Out Bobby Hernandez Seattle Repertory Theatre
2009 The Three Sisters Alexander Ignatevich Vershinin Chalk Repertory Theatre
2010 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski Guthrie Theater
2017 Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train Valdez Signature Theatre Company
2018 An Enemy of the People Peter Stockmann Guthrie Theater
2018 The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona Orlando Geffen Playhouse

Personal life

Chavira is a supporter of breast cancer research as his mother, Elizabeth Ries Chavira, died of breast and ovarian cancer when she was 43 years old. Chavira is San Antonio's honorary spokesman for the charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and last June served as the National Team Captain for the Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. Chavira and James Denton were the 2005 spokespeople for the Lee National Denim Day breast cancer fundraiser.

He has been married to Marcea Dietzel since September 22, 2007. They have two children, a son, Tomás Antonio (b. January 8th, 2003) and a daughter, Belén Elysabeth (b. July 28th 2008).

In May 2011, Chavira was arrested.

In October 2019, Chavira talked on Twitter about the relatively light prison sentence that his former Desperate Housewives castmate Felicity Huffman received for her role in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, citing "White Privilege."

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