A native of Manhattan, Puerto Rican-American actor Kirk Acevedo attended and earned his BFA from SUNY Purchase, then founded a theatrical ensemble in the Big Apple christened The Rorschach Group. Acevedo racked up some of his most prestigious assignments in his early years on stage, which included roles in the plays Roberto Zucco (1995) and The Tooth of Crime (1997), and also made guest appearances on series programs including Law & Order and New York Undercover. He received the most attention, however, for his multiseason turn as Latino gang member and prison inmate Miguel Alvarez on all the seasons of HBO's gritty prison drama Oz (1997-2003). After additional scattered appearances on Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Trial By Jury, as well as roles in low-profile films including Paradise (2004) and 5 Up, 2 Down (2005), Acevedo returned to television in a big way. He played the roles of FBI Agent Charlie Francis on Lost creator J.J. Abrams' Fox science-fiction series Fringe (2008), and Detective Luisito Calderon on the prime time proceedural Prime Suspect (2011).