French-Canadian actor Michael Mando is an actor, writer, and director. In addition to having a background in classical and contemporary theatre, Mando has established himself as a successful movie star impersonating a wide range of contrasting characters.
Despite vacillating between economy, psychology, and international relations in college years, he pitched upon acting after being able to blend his passions for sports, music, and poetry into a single profession.
Currently, Mando plays Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Vargo in the television series Better Call Saul alongside actors as Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael McKean, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tony Dalton.
Michael was born on July 13, 1981, which makes him 38 years old as of 2020. He will turn 39 years old in July 2020. Michael Mando is 5 feet and 9 inches tall (1.75 m). His astrological signs are Cancer and Rooster, Chinese astrology.
Born in Quebec City of the Canadian province of Quebec, Mando holds Canadian citizenship. Michael is the middle child of three brothers and was raised by his father.
Mando is proficient in three languages. His native language is French. Besides French, the 38 years old actor is also fluent in Spanish and English.
Moreover, he is familiar with different countries and cultures since he frequently travels and has so far stayed in more than ten cities, five countries, four continents and over 35 different homes. He is indeed cosmopolitan, visiting all the places all before his early twenties.
Mando portrayed the character of Victor "Vic" Schmidt in the science fiction thriller television series Orphan Black.
He is seen as the abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend of one of the leading clone characters, Sarah Manning, portrayed by brilliant actress Tatiana Maslany.
Michael appeared in the first episode, Natural Selection, of season 1. After playing the main cast in season one, he appeared as a recurring cast of season two, making his last appearance in the seventh episode, Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things, of the second season.
Mando lent his voice for the character of Vaas Montenegro in the third main instalment of the Far Cry series video game.
Vaas was the secondary antagonist of Far Cry 3, appearing as the main antagonist for the first half of its storyline. Mando not only voiced the character but also co-created it with Ubisoft.
The role was not present in the initial script of the video game and writers were working on to feature an antagonist named Bull.
However, after watching the audition of Mando, the developers felt it best to make a bipolar, sociopath villain to match his energy, eventually discarding the idea of Bull. Also, when filming the insanity scene, Mando sat alone in a pitch-black room talking to a tennis ball on a pole.
Michael Mando net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 2000 but made his big-screen debut in 2010 with the short film Conditional Affection.
Since then, he has appeared in nine movies including the Marvel Comics-based superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming that grossed over $880 million worldwide and became the sixth highest-grossing movie of 2017.
Until now, Mando has appeared in both episodic and primary roles in altogether 20 television shows. Among his television credits, his performance in the Orphan Black and Better Call Saul is more prominent.
Besides, the 38 years old actor has also worked as a director, writer and producer in two of the short films: Conditional Affection and Wake Up. All of these has helped him amass the net worth of $3 million.
As a matter of fact, he is the Artistic Director and founder of Red Barlo Productions, which is a Canadian film and television company.
It seems Michael Mando is single, as of 2020. The 38 years old actor prefers to keep a low profile when it comes to his relationship status.
Talking about his personal life, Mando wanted to be an athlete or a writer as an adult. A knee injury led him to drop the plan of becoming an athlete.
Michael Mando plays Nacho Vargo in AMC Better Call Saul, which is the prequel and spin-off Breaking Bad.
Mando spent his time watching crime and criminology documentaries to prepare for the role of Nacho. He also binge-watched Breaking Bad to understand the script of the show.
Also, since he had not been given much direction about how his character would appear in the show, Mando formulated his own vision for the role. He combined some trait of his Orphan Black character and elements of Mayan and Aztec cultures to perfect the persona of Nacho.
In contrast to other Better Call Saul characters, Nacho Vargo did not appear in any episodes of Breaking Bad. Nacho made his first appearance in the second episode, Mijo, of the first season of Better Call Saul.