Movies, TV and philanthropy are important to Héctor Elizondo
Héctor Elizondo has had an enviable career. He seamlessly floats between film and television and is always good for a laugh. He is best known for playing Detective Sunday in American Gigolo, Dr. Phillip Watters on Chicago Hope, Barnard Thompson in Pretty Woman, Dr. Neven Bell on Monk, Coach Ed Gennero in Necessary Roughness, Jon Flint in Beverly Hills Cop III and he will be returning to his role as Ed Alzate on Last Man Standing that returns on Fox on Sept. 28.
Héctor Elizondo was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents and is of Spanish descent. He was an athletic teenager who excelled in many sports, but also enjoyed singing in the Murray Boys' Choir. He went to college with the original intention of becoming a history teacher, but he chose to drop out of college to go to work after his son Rodd was born.
In the early '60s, he took ballet classes and studied at the Stella Adler Theatre. He worked on Broadway and even landed a role in The Great White Hope in 1968. More film and TV roles followed.
Something special about Héctor Elizondo is that he refused to take roles that could paint Latinos in a negative light. He is passionate about getting children interested in reading and participates in many philanthropic endeavors. He is an inspiration all the time, and not just during Hispanic Heritage Month.
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