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A Successful Actor, Father, & Husband, An Account of John Ortiz Life In Seven Interesting Facts

Shrijan Published On Thu Dec 26 2019   Modified On Sun Jan 05 2020
A Successful Actor, Father, & Husband, An Account of John Ortiz Life In Seven Interesting Facts

John Ortiz, 51, is an American actor/director of Puerto Rican origin. One of the major players in Hollywood, IMDb lists his acting credits as being 66.

An active presence on the screens since 1992, he has shown no signs of stopping. On the contrary, he is set to appear in the upcoming drama series Messiah.

Besides, his professional presence in the media, he is also a subject for his marital relationship and perfection as a father.

We take a look at 7 facts about John Ortiz.

7. Cast as a Series Regular On Messiah

The upcoming fictional drama series Messiah is hyping up to be one of the most anticipated series of 2020. The main cast boasts such talents as Michelle Monaghan, Mehdi Dehbi, Tomer Sisley, Jane Adams, and Lavie Owen.

John Ortiz joins the series as a regular. His character has not been disclosed yet, but he is set to have a prominent role.

6. He is Married to Jennifer Ortiz and Fathers Their Son

Contrary to the norm, John got married before ever making it into Hollywood. He got married to his high school sweetheart Jennifer. They both attended the John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York and got married soon thereafter.

John with his wife Jennifer
John with his wife Jennifer

They have one child together, a son named Clemente. 

5. Played Arturo Braga in the Fast and the Furious Franchise

Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise are no strangers to the villainous Arturo Braga, played brilliantly by John. 

First introduced as the main antagonist of the 2009 action movie Fast & Furious, Braga would later be reprised by Ortiz in the 2013 continuation Fast & Furious 6.

John as Arturo Braga in Fast & Furious
John as Arturo Braga in Fast & Furious
Source: IMDb

Far from being his only high-profile role, he has appeared in such Hollywood blockbusters as Miami Vice, American Gangster, Silver Linings Playbook, Steve Jobs, Kong: Skull Island, Bumblebee, and The Cloverfield Paradox, to name a few. 

He also played Lieutenant General Rivas in the recent space drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt.

4. He is a Founding Father of the LAByrinth Theater Company

The complete antithesis of his villainous Fast & Furious character Arturo Braga, John is a philanthropist in real life.

He founded the Latino Actors Base in 1993 with 13 other Latin actors to help each other get a foot in through the proverbial door of Hollywood. 

The small congregation become the titan LAByrinth Theater Company. Nowadays, the company boasts an impressive troupe of more than  a hundred artists of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds aspiring to make it into Hollywood.  

3. He has a Celebrity Doppleganger in Fred Armisen

John Ortiz looks eerily similar to the American actor Fred Armisen. The similarity has inspired hundreds of Twitter discussions and pages-long Reddit threads.


John Ortiz (right) and his celebrity doppelganger Fred Armisen(left)
John Ortiz (right) and his celebrity doppelganger Fred Armisen(left)

When comparing the two actors side-by-side, it is hard not to see the resemblance.

2. He Is an Esteemed Theatre Actor

John has enjoyed as wide a success in theatre as he has on film. As part of the LAByrinth Theater Company, he played in theatre adaptations of Jack Goes Boating, School of the Americas, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Guinea Pig Solo, Jesus Hopped the A Train, and Where's My Money? 

He has also performed for Broadway in the play Anna in the Tropics. 

1. He is Worth $2 Million

Despite getting up there in years, John continues to give it his all in whatever role comes his way. 

The 51-year-old is estimated to be worth $2 million as of 2019. 2020 is set to be another  big year for the Puerto Rican, with roles in the TV show Messiah and the drama movie Horse Girl, and his net worth is estimated to only increase.