Born: January 3, 1976
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Nicholas Edward Gonzalez (born January 3, 1976) is an American actor, best known for playing Alex Santiago in the television series Resurrection Blvd. He currently portrays Dr. Neil Melendez on ABC's The Good Doctor.Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a student at Central Catholic High School. He became an accomplished cross-country and track runner, winning the Texas State Championship in the mile and two mile. After graduating in 1994 and turning down a presidential appointment to West Point, Nicholas pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California.
His interest and love of literature, history, and poetry led him to two terms at Oxford University in England. The following summer, he returned to Europe on a research grant where he studied with scholars at Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin to complete his thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses.
While finishing his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998, Nicholas was approached to do a one-man theatre piece called Gas by María Irene Fornés.
Alma Martinez, an actress and Stanford professor, encouraged him to become a professional actor. With her help, he connected with the theatrical movement in San Francisco. He polished his skills by performing in classic and contemporary theatre. “I’m happy when I’m on stage,” he declared.
Gonzalez is of Mexican descent.
In 1998, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed small parts in television series such as ABC’s Dharma and Greg and NBC’s One World.
Gonzalez then appeared as Fidel Castro’s son in the Lifetime Original Movie, My Little Assassin, starring Joe Mantegna and Gabrielle Anwar. But it was his role as Andy, the gay yuppie on MTV’s Undressed that first garnered widespread attention. For six nights he wowed viewers, and those episodes became the most requested in the series’ history.
Gonzalez wrapped production of two films in 2000. The first, Scenes of the Crime, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. It starred Jeff Bridges, Jon Abrahams, and Noah Wyle. It was directed by Dominique Forma. The second film was an independent project titled Spun, starring Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, and John Leguizamo. It played at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Gonzalez’s most well-known role also came his way in 2000, when he landed the lead in Showtime’s original series, Resurrection Blvd., which premiered June 26, 2000. Gonzalez played Alex Santiago, a pre-med student who dropped-out of school to become a professional boxer. The movie was successful and immediately expanded to become a regular weekly series on the network.
While continuing his work on Resurrection Blvd., Gonzalez appeared in episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and That '70s Show. He also appeared in the film The Princess and the Barrio Boy (released as She’s in Love in Europe) with his Resurrection Blvd. co-star, Marisol Nichols.
Gonzalez continued his career in films with two more titles. The first, Sea of Dreams, was filmed in Veracruz, Mexico, in May, 2003. Nick then went to Fiji for the summer, where he completed production of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, which opened in theaters August 27, 2004. Gonzalez also appeared in Melrose Place (2009). In 2011, he played Mateo on the ABC show Off The Map.
Gonzalez costarred in the Lifetime series Witches of East End. Gonzalez also appeared as Detective Marco Furey in Freeform's series Pretty Little Liars as a recurring guest from 2016 until 2017.
Gonzalez also provided the physical Performance (motion capture) of Nick Mendoza in the video game Battlefield: Hardline.
Gonzalez currently appears as the role of Dr. Neil Melendez in The Good Doctor.
Gonzalez enjoys playing golf, video games, poker (finished 2nd at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in 2009) and working out. He is an avid reader, consuming as many as eight books a week. He also volunteers with organizations such as the National Hispanic Institute and The Friends of El Faro. He was romantically involved with American actress Regina King in 2007. Gonzalez is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He posed for PETA's campaign "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear fur" advertisement.
Nicholas married his longtime girlfriend Kelsey Crane on April 16, 2016. They have a daughter.
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Marty|
|2002||Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu||Young Marco||Voice role|
|2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Dr. Ben Douglas|
|2006||Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil||Lt. Robert James||Direct to video|
|2009||Down for Life||Officer Gutierrez|
|2011||S.W.A.T.: Firefight||Justin Kellogg||Direct to video|
|2013||Water & Power||Power|
|2014||The Purge: Anarchy||Carlos|
|1999||Undressed||Andy||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|1999||My Little Assassin||Andre Castro||Television film|
|2000||The Princess and the Barrio Boy||Sol Torres||Television film|
|2000||Walker, Texas Ranger||Juan Guerro||Episode: "Golden Boy"|
|2000-2002||Resurrection Blvd.||Alex Santiago||Main role, 53 episodes|
|2002||That '70s Show||Thomas||Episode: "Jackie Says Cheese"|
|2004||The O.C.||D.J.||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2004-2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Mike Sandoval||2 episodes|
|2005||Ghost Whisperer||Teo de la Costa||Episode: "Shadow Boxer"|
|2006||Ugly Betty||Carlo Medina||Episode: "Fey's Sleigh Ride"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Clark West||Episode: "Love/Addiction"|
|2008||Brothers & Sisters||Mario||Episode: "Compromises"|
|2008||True Blood||Jerry||Episode: "Mine"|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Alfonso Reyes||Episode: "Presumed Guilty"|
|2009||Mental||Dr. Arturo Suarez||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2009-2010||Melrose Place||Detective Rodriguez||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2010||After the Fall||Eugene Gibbs||Television film|
|2011||Off the Map||Mateo||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|2011||The Glades||Raphael Dominga||Episode: "Family Matters"|
|2011||Memphis Beat||Dominic||Episode: "Ten Little Memphians"|
|2011||Charlie's Angels||Roman Stone||Episode: "Bon Voyage, Angels"|
|2011||We Have Your Husband||Raul||Television film|
|2012||Grimm||Ryan Showalter||Episode: "Tarantella"|
|2012-2013||Underemployed||Keith Powers||4 episodes|
|2012||Left to Die||Alex||Television film|
|2013-2014||Sleepy Hollow||Detective Luke Morales||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2013||Witches of East End||Anthony||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013||Christmas Belle||Hunter Lowell||Television film|
|2014||Resurrection||Deputy Connor Cupit||Episode: "The Returned"|
|2014||Bojack Horseman||Cartel Man||Episode: "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One"|
|2014||Modern Family||Diego||Episode: "Queer Eyes, Full Hearts"|
|2014-2015||Jane the Virgin||Marco Esquivel||3 episodes|
|2015-2016||The Flash||Dante Ramon / Rupture||3 episodes|
|2015||Bones||Eric Morales||Episode: "The Senator in the Street Sweeper"|
|Voice role; main role|
|2016||Bosch||Detective Ignacio Ferras||Episode: "Trunk Music"|
|2016||Lucifer||Detective Dan(iel) Espinoza||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2016-2017||Pretty Little Liars||Detective Marco Furey||Recurring role, 12 episodes|
|2016||NCIS||David Silva||Episode: "Rogue"|
|2016||Frequency||Ted Cardenas||3 episodes|
|2017||How to Get Away with Murder||Dominic||3 episodes|
|2017||Being Mary Jane||Orlando Lagos||5 episodes|
|2017-present||The Good Doctor||Dr. Neil Melendez||Main role|
|2017||Narcos||Agent Lopez||2 Episodes|
|2015||Battlefield: Hardline||Nick Mendoza|