Elizondo on the set of Last Man Standing in 2012
December 22, 1936
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Sherman Oaks, California|
|Education||High School of Performing Arts|
|Alma mater||City College of New York|
|Home town||New York City, New York|
|Spouse(s)||Carolee Campbell (m. 1969)|
Héctor Elizondo is an American film and television actor. He is probably best known for his Golden Globe nominated performance in Pretty Woman in 1990, which is one of many collaborations with director Garry Marshall, which also include Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), Valentine's Day (2010), and Mother's Day (2016). His other movie roles include American Gigolo (1980), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Nothing in Common, (1986), Necessary Roughness (1991), Being Human (1993), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), and Turbulence (1996). He also is well known for his Emmy award winning appearance on Chicago Hope, and currently co-stars as Ed Alzate on the sitcom Last Man Standing (2011-).
Elizondo was born in New York City, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes and Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant. His father was of Basque desent and his mother was Puerto Rican; his parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York City with the hope of finding a better life.
At a young age, he demonstrated a talent in sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was 10 years old. Upon graduating from Jr. High School in 1950, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts. He also attended another public high school where he excelled in basketball and baseball. His baseball skills were good enough for him to be scouted by both the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1954, Elizondo enrolled in City College of New York, intending to become a history teacher. However, during his freshman year he became a father and dropped out of college, going to work full-time in order to support his family. Later, he divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd.
From 1962-63, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall. In 1965 he landed a part in the Off-Broadway show Kill the One-Eyed Man. In 1968, he got a part in the play The Great White Hope. His first major success came when he played "God" in the guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in Steambath, for which he won an Obie Award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend or sympathizer to the lead character. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
In 1974, Elizondo played an ex-mafioso-turned-subway hijacker "Mr. Grey" in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He starred as a Puerto Rican widower on the CBS television series, Popi (1975–76). The short-lived series, which ran for eleven episodes, was one of the first American network television series to feature a Latino theme and cast. He was a member of the cast of the 1985-86 CBS situation comedy Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin.
In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall, who was impressed with his talent. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. His role in Pretty Woman lasted only ten minutes, but led to a Golden Globe nomination. In 1999, he co-starred in Runaway Bride as Fisher, the husband of the male protagonist's ex. Elizondo has participated in more than 80 movies (17 of which have been Marshall's). He has appeared in every movie that Marshall has directed, including a brief appearance as a fisherman in the movie Overboard, which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.
In 2001, he was featured in the short-lived television drama Kate Brasher and portrayed security head Joe in the movie The Princess Diaries, a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. He may be best known to television audiences as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope created by well known television creator David E. Kelley. He has won both an Emmy and ALMA award and was nominated for a Satellite Award and several SAG Awards for playing this role. He is one of only two people to remain on the show for its entire run, the other being Adam Arkin.
On April 30, 2008, it was announced by USA Network that Elizondo would be cast on Monk as Dr. Neven Bell, Adrian Monk's new psychiatrist, following the sudden death on April 8, 2008 from a heart attack of Stanley Kamel, who played Monk's original psychiatrist.
Elizondo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage. Since 1969 he has been married to Carolee Campbell, an Emmy Award winning actress, photographer and publisher. They live in Sherman Oaks, California.
In April 2013, Elizondo participated in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held at the University of Southern California, promoting children's reading. Proud of his Latino heritage, Elizondo does not accept roles which he feels are stereotypical and/or demeaning in any way.
|1963||Fat Black Pussycat, TheThe Fat Black Pussycat|
|1969||Vixens, TheThe Vixens||Inspector|
|1970||Landlord, TheThe Landlord||Hector|
|1971||Valdez Is Coming||Mexican Rider|
|1971||Born to Win||Vivian|
|1972||Deadhead Miles||Bad Character|
|1972||Stand Up and Be Counted||Lou Kellerman|
|1974||Taking of Pelham One Two Three, TheThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three||Mr. Grey|
|1975||Report to the Commissioner||Captain D'Angelo|
|1976||Diary of the Dead||Stan|
|1979||Cuba||Capt. Raphael Ramirez|
|1980||American Gigolo||Det. Sunday|
|1981||Fan, TheThe Fan||Police Insp. Raphael Andrews|
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Angelo/Angela Bonafetti|
|1984||Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo Kid||Arthur Willis|
|1985||Private Resort||The Maestro|
|1986||Nothing in Common||Charlie Gargas|
|1987||Overboard||Garbage Scow Skipper||Uncredited|
|1990||Pretty Woman||Barnard Thompson|
|1990||Taking Care of Business||Warden Toolman|
|1991||Final Approach||Dr. Dio Gottlieb|
|1991||Necessary Roughness||Coach Ed Gennero|
|1991||Frankie and Johnny||Nick|
|1992||There Goes the Neighborhood||Norman Rutledge|
|1993||Being Human||Dom Paulo|
|1994||Backstreet Justice||Steve Donovan|
|1994||Beverly Hills Cop III||Jon Flint|
|1994||Getting Even with Dad||Lt. Romayko|
|1994||Exit to Eden||Dr. Martin Helifax|
|1995||Perfect Alibi||Det. Ryker|
|1996||Dear God||Vladek Vidov|
|1997||Turbulence||Lt. Aldo Hines|
|1999||Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister||Ernie|
|2001||Tortilla Soup||Martin Naranjo|
|2001||Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess Diaries||Joe|
|2001||How High||Bill the Crew Coach|
|2003||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||Bane (voice)||Direct-to-video release|
|2004||Raising Helen||Mickey Massey||Uncredited|
|2004||Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Joe|
|2006||Celestine Prophecy, TheThe Celestine Prophecy||Cardinal Sebastian|
|2007||Music Within||Ben Padrow|
|2007||Love in the Time of Cholera||Don Leo|
|2010||New York Street Games||self/narrator||Documentary|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Kominsky|
|2014||The Book of Life||Carlos Sanchez (voice)|
|2016||Mother's Day||Lance Wallace|
|1967||Edge of Night, TheThe Edge of Night||Dimitri||Unknown episodes|
|1968||Doctors, TheThe Doctors||waiter||was in 2 episodes|
|1969||Jackie Gleason Show, TheThe Jackie Gleason Show||Episode: "The Honeymooners: Mexican Hat Trick"|
|1971||Impatient Heart, TheThe Impatient Heart||Mr. Hernandez||Television film|
|1972||All in the Family||Carlos Mendoza||Episode: "The Elevator Story"|
|1973, 1976||Kojak|| Det. Nick Ferro
| Episode: "Web of Death"|
Episode: "A Need to Know"
|1974||Maude||Cop||Episode: "Speed Trap"|
|1975||Baretta||Jerry Damon||Episode: "The Fire Man"|
|1975||Columbo: A Case of Immunity||Hassan Salah||Television film|
|1975, 1978||Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files|| John Micelli
| Episode: "Say Goodbye to Jennifer"|
Episode: "A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights"
|1976||Popi||Abraham Rodriguez||11 episodes|
|1976||Wanted: The Sundance Woman||Pancho Villa||Television film|
|1978||The Dain Curse||Ben Feeney||Television film|
|1978||Eddie Capra Mysteries, TheThe Eddie Capra Mysteries||Strickland||Episode: "Dying Declaration"|
|1980||Freebie and the Bean||Det. Sgt. Dan 'Bean' Delgado||7 episodes|
|1982||Medal of Honor Rag||Television film|
|1982||Bret Maverick||Mr. Gomez||Episode: "The Hidalgo Thing"|
|1982||Honeyboy||Emilio Ramirez||Television film|
|1983||Feel the Heat||Monkey Moreno||Unknown episodes|
|1983||Casablanca||Capt. Louis Renault||5 episodes|
|1983||Woman of San Quentin||Capt. Mike Reyes||Television film|
|1984||a.k.a. Pablo||Jose Sanchez/Shapiro||6 episodes|
|1984||Hill Street Blues||Insp. Joe Keenan||Episode: "Ewe and Me, Babe"|
|1985||Murder: My Reason of Insanity||Ben Haggarty||Television film|
|1985||Out of the Darkness||Father George||Television film|
|1985–1986||Foley Square||Jesse Steinberg||14 episodes|
|1986||Courage||Nick Miraldo||Television film|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Meadows||Episode: "Life on Death Row"|
|1986||Matlock||Det. Joe Peters||Episode: "The Cop"|
|1987||Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson||Morris King||Television film|
|1987||Night Heat||Detective Hector Gurvin||Episode: "The Kid"|
|1987||Down and Out in Beverly Hills||Dave Whiteman||13 episodes|
|1988||Addicted to His Love||Det. Currigan||Television film|
|1989||Kojak: Ariana||Edson Saunders||Television film|
|1989||Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer||Ray Quintero||Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
|1989||Your Mother Wears Combat Boots||Sergeant Burke||Television film|
|1990||Sparks: The Price of Passion||Vic Ramos||Television film|
|1990||Dark Avenger||Capt. David Strauss||Television pilot|
|1990||Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files||Hasan Demir||Television film|
|1991||Chains of Gold||Lt. Ortega||Television film|
|1991||Finding the Way Home||Ruben||Television film|
|1991–93||Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark Water||Ioz||Season 1 only|
|1992||Burden of Proof, TheThe Burden of Proof||Alejandro 'Sandy' Stern||Miniseries|
|1992||Fish Police||Don Calamari||Episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"|
|1992||Mrs. Cage||Lt. Angel||Television film|
|1993||Jonny's Golden Quest||Atacama||Television film|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Leo Burn||Episode: "As Ye Sow"|
|1993||Animaniacs||Stradivarius (voice)||Segment: "The Cat and the Fiddle"|
|1994||Picket Fences||Dr. Phillip Watters||Episode: "Rebels with Causes"|
|1994–95||Aladdin||Malcho (voice)||Episodes: "Rain of Terror" & "The Return of Malcho"|
|1994–2000||Chicago Hope||Dr. Phillip Watters||141 episodes|
|1995||Batman: The Animated Series||Sheldon Fallbrook (voice)||Episode: "The Terrible Trio"|
|1995||Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects||Attacama||Television film|
|1996||Gargoyles||Zafiro (voice)||Episode: "The Green"|
|1997||Borrowed Hearts||Javier Del Campo||Television film|
|1998||Mikhail Baryshnikov 's Stories from My Childhood||Voice||Episode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"|
|1998||Early Edition||Dr. Phillip Watters||Episode: "Mum's the Word"|
|1998||Safe House||Dr. Simon||Television film|
|2001||Kate Brasher||Joe Almeida||6 episodes|
|2001–04||American Experience||Narrator||Episodes: "Zoot Suit Riots" & "Remember the Alamo"|
|2002||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||Dr. Dalton Millgate||Episode: "Dead Irish Writers"|
|2002||Street Time||Fariz Hammoud||Episodes: "No Excuses", "Betrayal" & "Reversal of Fortune"|
|2002||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Dr. Guitirrez||Episode: "3-D Struction"|
|2003||Dating Experiment, TheThe Dating Experiment||Narrator||Unknown episodes|
|2003||Without a Trace||Father Henry Stevens||Episode: "Revelations"|
|2003||Miracles||Father 'Poppi' Calero||4 episodes|
|2004||Century City||Martin Constable||9 episodes|
|2004||Jack & Bobby||Gerald Cruz||Episode: "Chess Lessons"|
|2001–04||Justice League||Lt. Kragger (voice)||Episodes: "Starcrossed (1-3)"|
|2004-06||Justice League Unlimited||Lt. Kragger (voice)
|Episodes: "Hunter's Moon" & "Ancient History"|
|2006||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Wan Shi Tong (voice)||Episode: "The Library"|
|2006||10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America||Narrator||Episodes: 10|
|2007||Cane||Pancho Duque||13 episodes|
|2007–13||Grey's Anatomy||Carlos Torres||5 episodes|
|2008–09||Monk||Dr. Neven Bell||14 episodes|
|2011||American Dad!||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Fartbreak Hotel"|
|2011–present||Last Man Standing||Ed Alzate||Main character|
|2013||The Legend of Korra||Wan Shi Tong (voice)||Episode: "A New Spiritual Age'"|
Awards and nominations
- 1971: Won, "Distinguished Performances" - Steambath
Hector Elizondo ALMA Awards
- 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
- 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Turbulence
- 1998: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series" - Borrowed Hearts
- 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
- 2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film" - Runaway Bride
- 2000: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" - Tortilla Soup
- 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" - Mrs. Cage
- 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1997: Won, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1991: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Pretty Woman
- 2005: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor in a Film" - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
NCLR Bravo Awards
- 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
- 1997: Nominated, "Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1997: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
- 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
Temecula Valley International Film Festival
- 2006: Won, "Lifetime Achievement Award"
- Wagner, Debbie (2008-08-07). "Mr. Elizondo and the obsessive-compulsive detective". Popentertainment.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- Laezman, Rick (2002-04-01). "Anger ain't the way to go". Latino Leaders. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "Style Live: Movies & Videos". Washington Post. 1999-07-30.
- Elizondo profile, FortuneCity.com; accessed 2016-03-19.
- Kill the One-Eyed Man at the Internet off-Broadway Database
- The Great White Hope at the Internet Broadway Database
- Hector Elizondo at the Internet Movie Database
- "Actress Edith Diaz dies at 70; Credits include 'Sister Act' films and CBS' 'Popi' sitcom". Hollywood Reporter. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-03-18. (subscription required (. ))
- Keller, Richard (2008-07-08). "Tony Shalhoub and Hector Elizondo talk about season seven of Monk". Tvsquad.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "Monk TV Series News -Emmy Award-Winner Hector Elizondo To Appear In Monk" (Press release). USA Network. 2008-04-30. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- Carrion, Andrea (2013-04-19). "Héctor Elizondo, un apasionado de la lectura". Hoy Los Angeles (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "Authors and Performers". LA Times Festival of Books. Retrieved 2013-12-25.
- Profile, washingtonpost.com; accessed 2016-03-19.
- Héctor Elizondo at the Internet Movie Database
- Héctor Elizondo interview video at the Archive of American Television