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).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- At the 43rd Drama Desk Awards (1996-97), he earned a nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Crow in Tooth of Crime (Second Dance).
- For portraying troubled inmate Miguel Alvarez on the HBO prison drama Oz, he earned four ALMA nominations: three for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (1998-2000) and one for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series (2001).
- Won an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film for The Thin Red Line (1998).
- Following Oz, he was offered an audition for another TV show, but no script was available---his manager only had a rough outline of "people on an island"---so he wound up turning down the chance at a part on ABC's Lost.
- Reunited with Oz costar Lance Reddick on Fringe.