After only a handful of TV guest spots, New York-born actor Nestor Carbonell landed a starring role on the Brooke Shields sitcom Suddenly Susan. After the show's four-year run, Carbonell appeared on the cult superhero comedy The Tick as Batmanuel before being cast as the lead on the short-lived CBS drama Century City in 2004. In 2007, Carbonell took a recurring role on ABC's hit mindbender Lost as the mysterious and seemingly ageless Richard Alpert. Following that stint, he was cast along with Jimmy Smits as one of the leads on CBS's family drama Cane. Over the coming years, Carbonell would continue to find success on the small screen, starring on shows like Lost and Ringer, and appearing in movies like The Dark Knight Rises.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- His father was a Cuban emigre who left in 1960, fought at the Bay of Pigs, became a Pepsi executive, and published a 1989 memoir of his experiences titled And the Russians Stayed.
- Grew up around the world, spending time in 13 countries as a child.
- Made his prime-time TV debut in a 1991 episode of NBC's Law & Order.
- Won two Alma Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (in 1998 and 1999) for his role as hunky magazine photographer Luis Rivera on the Brooke Shields sitcom Suddenly Susan (1996-2000).
- Met wife, actress Shannon Kenny, while working on the short-lived WB sitcom Muscle (1995).
- Scripted, executive-produced and starred in the 2000 comedy Attention Shoppers.