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7 Facts About On My Block Actor Emilio Rivera

Dahlia Published On Thu May 07 2020   Modified On Thu May 07 2020
7 Facts About On My Block Actor Emilio Rivera

American actor Emilio Rivera is best known for his performance in the FX's crime tragedy television series Sons of Anarchy and the spin-off series, Mayans M.C.

Other notable television and movie credits of Rivera include The X Files, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Spider-Man 3, and Venom. Recently, he appeared in Netflix's teen comedy-drama web television series On My Block. 

Let's look at seven interesting facts of Rivera. 

7. Emilio Rivera: Age and Height

Emilio Rivera is 59 years old as of 2020. He was born on February 24, 1961. Nicknamed lefty, Rivera stands 5 feet and 11 inches tall (1.8 m). Emilio Rivera is from San Antonio, Texas, United States.

6. He is of Mexican Descent

Rivera is a Mexican American. He has three younger sisters and four younger brothers. As a child, Emilio moved to an area of Los Angeles, nicknamed Frog Town, with his family.

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Emilio Rivera at the premiere of "Mayans M.C.." Source: Zimbio

Emilio was enlisted in the US Army at the age of 18. While in college, he also worked as a mechanical engineer.

5. Got His Start as Stand-Up Comedian

The 59 years old actor got his start in the entertainment industry with comedy. With the Herald de Paris, he stated, 

"When I first started acting, I went straight to comedy because I was trying to break away from who I was from my street life, so comedy gave me an out."

At the time, he had already done a few plays with a skit comedy group. After a conversation with his agent, he performed at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, which was received favorably. Rivera ended up doing comedy 'for the next 10 years'.

However, he left comedy following the surge of acting gigs since "the money was better, a lot better, and I did not have to be in a club every night. I got burnt out on it. Now I do two shows a year."

4. He Appeared in Sons of Anarchy 

Rivera played as Marcus Alvarez in Fox's crime tragedy television series Sons of Anarchy. His character was introduced in the premiere episode, Pilot, of the show. 

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 Emilio Rivera at the premiere of Fox's "Gang Related." Source: Pinterest

Alvarez is the main antagonist in season one and season two but is eventually shown less hostile in the later season. He was last seen in the episode, Papa's Goods, of the seventh season. Rivera appeared as a special guest star in the spin-off series, Mayans M.C.

3. Emilio Rivera Net Worth

Emilio Rivera has an estimated net worth of $5 million. Rivera first made his acting debut in 1992 with the television series Renegade. Since then, he has had a feature role in shows like Beverly Hills, 90210, Unsolved Mysteries, Robbery Homicide Division, Bones, Moonlight. 

Rivera has appeared in several films, including commercially successful movies as Fun with Dick and Jane, Spider-Man 3, Next Day Air, Street Kings, and most recently Venom. Rivera's work in television and movies can be credited to his net worth of $5 million. 

2. He is Married to Yadi Valerio Rivera

Emilio has been married to actress and director, Yadi Valerio Rivera, since June 1, 2009. 

Emilio Rivera and Yadi Valerio Rivera
Emilio Rivera with wife, Yadi Valerio Rivera, and son at La Fonda. Source: Pinterest

Yudi is prominent for her roles in The Devil's in the Details, Broken, and Hood of Horror. Rivera has three children from a previous marriage.

1. Had a Recurring Role in On My Block

Rivera played as Chivo in the teen comedy-drama web television series, On My Block. It's first season premiered on Netflix on March 16, 2018.

His character, Chivo, is introduced as a gardener and a former member of the Santos gang. Rivera appeared in season one and two, while only lent his voice for the third season. 

The show features actors as Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, Jessica Marie Garcia, Julio Macias, Ronni Hawk, Peggy Blow, and more.