Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is an American character actor. He is known for playing Phillip Watters in the television series Chicago Hope (1994–2000) and Ed Alzate in the television series Last Man Standing (2011–2021). His film roles include The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), American Gigolo (1980), Leviathan (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), and Valentine's Day (2010).
|Born||December 22, 1936|
New York, U.S.
|Other names||Hector Elizondo|
|Education||Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts|
(m. 1956; div. 1957)
(m. 1963; div. 1964)
Elizondo is the recipient of an Obie Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two ALMA Awards. He has also received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Satellite Award, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Elizondo was born in New York, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes and Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant. His parents were Puerto Ricans of Spanish descent who moved from Puerto Rico to New York City with the hope of finding a better life. He grew up on the Upper West Side.
At a young age, he demonstrated a talent for sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was 10 years old. Upon graduating from junior 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 to support his family. Later, he divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd.
From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall. During 1962–63, he also studied acting under Mario Stiletti at Stella Adler Theatre Studio when it was located in the Dryden East Hotel on East 39th St. 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 of or sympathizer to the lead character.
He starred as a Puerto Rican widower on the CBS television series, Popi (1975–76). The short-lived series, which ran for 11 episodes, was one of the first American network television series to feature a Latino theme and cast. In 1975, he portrayed the murderer in an episode of Columbo, "A Case of Immunity". 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, in which Elizondo displays his guitar-playing talent. His role in Pretty Woman lasted only 10 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 (18 of which have been Marshall's). He appeared in every movie that Marshall directed, including a brief but funny appearance as a Portuguese fisherman in 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. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. 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, USA Network announced that Elizondo would be cast on Monk as Dr. Neven Bell, Adrian Monk's new psychiatrist, following the sudden death of Stanley Kamel, the actor who played Monk's original psychiatrist, earlier that month.
Elizondo has been married three times. He became a father at the age of 19 with his first wife. His son Rodd was born on September 5, 1956 and died in 2017 at the age of 60. 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 that he feels are stereotypical and/or demeaning in any way.
|1963||The Fat Black Pussycat|
|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||The 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||The Fan||Police Insp. Raphael Andrews|
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Angelo/Angela Bonafetti|
|1984||The 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 Frank 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||The Other Sister||Ernie|
|2001||Tortilla Soup||Martin Naranjo|
|2001||The 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||The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Joe|
|2004||¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico||Narrator, Ring Announcer||Voice|
|2006||The Celestine Prophecy||Cardinal Sebastian|
|2007||Music Within||Ben Padrow|
|2007||Love in the Time of Cholera||Don Leo|
|2010||New York Street Games||Himself/narrator||Documentary|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Lester Kominsky|
|2014||The Book of Life||Carlos Sanchez (voice)|
|2016||Mother's Day||Lance Wallace|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Commissioner James "Jim" Gordon (voice)|
|2021||Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It||Himself||Documentary|
|1967||The Edge of Night||Dimitri||Unknown episodes|
|1968||The Doctors||Waiter||2 episodes|
|1969||The Jackie Gleason Show||Episode: "The Honeymooners: Mexican Hat Trick"|
|1971||The 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||The 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||The 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||Women 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||The 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||The Pirates of Dark Water||Ioz (voice)||Season 1 only|
|1992||The Burden of Proof||Alejandro "Sandy" Stern||Miniseries|
|1992||Fish Police||Don Calamari (voice)||Episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"|
|1992||Mrs. Cage||Lt. Angel||Television film|
|1993||Jonny's Golden Quest||Atacama (voice)||Television film|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Leo Burn||Episode: "As Ye Sow"|
|1993||Animaniacs||Stradivarius (voice)||Segment: "The Cat and the Fiddle"|
|1993||The Addams Family||Ian Thundermane||Episode: "Double O Honeymoon"|
|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 (voice)||Television film|
|1996||Gargoyles||Zafiro (voice)||Episode: "The Green"|
|1997||Murphy Brown||Himself||Episode: "Blind Date"|
|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||The 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||The 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||10 episodes|
|2007||Cane||Pancho Duque||13 episodes|
|2007–13||Grey's Anatomy||Carlos Torres||5 episodes|
|2008–09||Monk||Dr. Neven Bell||14 episodes|
|2010||Dora the Explorer||Wishing Wizzle (voice)||Episode: "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure"|
|2010||Go, Diego! Go!||King Vicuna||Episode: "Diego Rescues Prince Vicuna"|
|2011||American Dad!||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Fartbreak Hotel"|
|2011||ThunderCats||Viragor (voice)||Episode: "The Forest of Magi Oar"|
|2011–21||Last Man Standing||Ed Alzate||Main character|
|2013||The Legend of Korra||Wan Shi Tong (voice)||Episode: "A New Spiritual Age'"|
|2015||Cristela||Ed Alzate||Episode: "Last Goose Standing"|
|2015||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Captain Colossus (voice)||Episode: "The Legion of Pirate Villains!"|
|2016–18||Elena of Avalor||Fiero (voice)||6 episodes|
|2017–20||Mickey and the Roadster Racers||Grandpa Beagle (voice)||5 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- 1971: Won, "Distinguished Performances" – Steambath
- 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
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