Kirk Acevedo

American actor

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Kirk Acevedo
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Acevedo in 2018
Born (1971-11-27) November 27, 1971 (age 51)
EducationState University of New York, Purchase (BFA)
Years active1994–present
(m. 2005)
Children2, including stepdaughter Misti Traya[2]

Kirk M. Acevedo (born November 27, 1971) is an American actor. He is primarily known for his work on television for the portrayals of Miguel Alvarez in the HBO series Oz, Joe Toye in Band of Brothers, and FBI Agent Charlie Francis in the science-fiction series Fringe. His best-known films are The Thin Red Line, Dinner Rush and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He portrayed comic book villain Ricardo Diaz / The Dragon on Arrow as the main antagonist in seasons six and the first half of season seven.

Early life

Acevedo's parents were born in New York City and lived in the Bronx,[3] where both their sons, Richard and Kirk Acevedo, were born and raised.[4] Since childhood, Acevedo has shown an interest in acting; he performed before his family in improvised shows. Acevedo was a drama major in high school.

After graduating from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Acevedo enrolled in the SUNY Purchase School of Acting (Purchase College). In the 1990s, Acevedo earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and, as some of his classmates had landed parts shortly after auditioning for Oz, he was also motivated to try out, and subsequently landed the role of the half-crazed gang leader prisoner Miguel Alvarez.


After landing the role of Miguel Alvarez on Oz, Acevedo was promoted to series regular in season two and appeared in the following episodes: 1–26; 34–36 and 41–56.[5] Among his other most notable credits include his roles in Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) as Hector Salazar and HBO's Band of Brothers (2001), produced by Steven Spielberg, as Staff sergeant Joe Toye.

He had guest starring roles on well known television shows such as NYPD Blue and 24. He had a notable recurring role on the television show The Black Donnellys.

Some of his most well known movies and miniseries he has starred in include The Thin Red Line, Invincible (2006), Boiler Room (2000), Dinner Rush (2000), Arresting Gena (1997) and Kirk and Kerry (1997). He voices Jackie Estacado in The Darkness, the video game adaptation of the comic book.

In 2008, he landed a supporting role on the Fox science fiction horror television series Fringe as Charlie Francis. He starred on the show's first season and in the episode "Unleashed", Acevedo's real-life wife, actress Kiersten Warren portrayed his on-screen wife. His character was killed in the second season premiere, though Acevedo made two further appearances portraying a shape-shifting imposter. Following the fifth episode of season two, Acevedo was no longer credited as a main cast member due to the shapeshifter's death in the previous episode. Though he is credited as a main cast member for a standalone episode filmed at the end of the first season titled "Unearthed" that was broadcast as the eleventh episode of the second season. His character's reappearance in the episode after being killed off has led to confusion among viewers of the series.

Acevedo officially returned as a guest star in Fringe for the second season finale as the parallel universe version of his character, and continued this recurring role for six episodes of the third season.[6]

In 2011, he joined the main cast of the short-lived U.S remake of Prime Suspect portraying Detective Luisito Calderon.[7] Initially, it was reported Alt-Charlie would appear in fewer episodes of the fourth season of Fringe, though this never happened and he never reappeared in the series following the third season episode "Bloodline".[7] Acevedo later appeared on The Walking Dead for two episodes of the fourth season.

He has starred in the Syfy television series 12 Monkeys. Acevedo was cast in a recurring role in the sixth season of The CW television series Arrow in August 2017 as Ricardo Diaz[8] and was promoted to series regular for the first 14 episodes of season seven.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Kirk and Kerry Kirk Short film
1998 Arresting Gena Caller
1998 The Thin Red Line Pvt. Vincent Tella
2000 Boiler Room Broker
2000 In the Weeds Kurt
2000 The Visit Prospective Parolee
2000 Bait Ramundo
2000 Dinner Rush Duncan
2005 The New World Sentry
2006 5up 2down Santo
2006 Invincible Tommy
2011 Collision Earth Dr. James Preston
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Carver
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Ted Garza


Year Title Role Notes
1994 New York Undercover Joey Claudio Episode: "Tasha"
1995 New York Undercover Ramon Episode: "Tag, You're Dead"
1996 The Sunshine Boys TV film
1996 Swift Justice Mark Episode: "Stones"
1996 Law & Order Richie Morales "Corruption"
1997 New York Undercover Bernard Episode: "The Promised Land"
1997–2003 Oz Miguel Alvarez Recurring role (season 1); Main role (seasons 2–6), 46 episodes
1998 Witness to the Mob Nicholas Scibetta TV film
1999 The Sentinel Ray Aldo Episode: "Dead End on Blank Street"
2001 Third Watch Paulie Fuentes Episodes: "Requiem for a Bantamweight", "Unfinished Business"
2001 Band of Brothers Joe Toye TV miniseries, 6 episodes
2003 Fastlane Nick McKussick Episode: "Iced"
2004 Paradise Manny Marquez TV film
2004 NYPD Blue Scott Grafton Episode: "Take My Wife, Please"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit DA Investigator Hector Salazar Episode: "Night"
2005–2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury DA Investigator Hector Salazar Main role, 13 episodes
2006 Numb3rs Gino McGinty Episode: "The Running Man"
2006 24 George Avila Episode: "Day 5: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m."
2007 Cold Case Dylan Noakes Episode: "Thrill Kill"
2007 The Black Donnellys Nicky Cottero Main role, 13 episodes
2008–2011 Fringe Charlie Francis/alt-Charlie Main role (seasons 1–2); Recurring role (season 3), 36 episodes
2009 White Collar Ruiz Episode: "Book of Hours"
2011–2012 Prime Suspect Det. Luisito Calderon Main role, 13 episodes
2012 The Mentalist Christian Dos Santos Episode: "Red Dawn"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation James Boyd Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2013 CSI: New York James Boyd Episode: "Seth and Apep"
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eddie Garcia Episode: "October Surprise"
2013 Person of Interest Timothy Sloan Episode: "Mors Praematura"
2013 The Walking Dead Mitch Dolgen Episodes: "Dead Weight", "Too Far Gone"
2014 Grimm Ron Hurd Episode: "The Good Soldier"
2014 Legends Kyle Dobson Episodes: "Rogue", "Gauntlet"
2013–2014 Blue Bloods Javi "Tic-Tac" Baez Episodes: "Bad Blood", "Partners"
2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Tomas Calderon Episodes: "Love in the Time of Hydra", "One Door Closes"
2015–2018 12 Monkeys Jose Ramse Main role (seasons 1–3); Recurring role (season 4), 31 episodes
2017 Kingdom Dominick Ramos Recurring role (Season 3), 8 episodes
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Ray Lopez Episodes: "American Dream", "Sanctuary"
2017–2019 Arrow Ricardo Diaz / The Dragon Recurring role (season 6); main role (season 7), 25 episodes
2022 The Offer Special Agent Hale Miniseries

Video games

Year Title Role
2007 The Darkness Jackie Estacado


In 1999, Acevedo won an ALMA Award for his role in The Thin Red Line. He was nominated in the "Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play" category in 1997 for the Drama Desk Award for Tooth of Crime. He was nominated for a total of four ALMA Awards for his role in Oz for the following years 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001.[10] He co-founded the theater company, The Rorschach Group, with Shea Whigham.

See also


  1. ^ "They can't even get where I was born and raised right. ▲".
  2. ^ "Kirk Acevedo | TV Guide".
  3. ^ "They can't even get where I was born and raised right".
  4. ^ "Actor Kirk Acevedo strongly suggests discrimination after being locked out of Vancouver Coach store". The Georgia Straight. August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Birss, Tyler (February 7, 2016). "'Oz' Characters Examined Part 12 – Miguel Alvarez". Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Edward (May 22, 2008). "Kirk Acevedo". Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Lee Hernandez (June 23, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Kirk Acevedo on 'Fringe': "They Want Me for a Few Episodes"". Latina. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva; Denise Petski (August 15, 2017). "'Arrow': Kirk Acevedo Cast As Ricardo Diaz (Richard Dragon) In Season 6". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Byrne, Craig (October 11, 2018). "'Arrow': Kirk Acevedo Set As Series Regular In Season 7". greenarrowtv. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Kirk Acevedo". Retrieved October 25, 2017.

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