Hispanic Heritage Month: Héctor Elizondo refuses to take roles where Latinos are stereotyped

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.

Click next to see learn more about the versitile actor, Héctor Elizondo.

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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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