Freddy Rodriguez (actor)

Freddy Rodriguez
Rodriguez at the April 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1975-01-17) January 17, 1975
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Lincoln Park High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Maria Elise Rivera (m. 1995)
Children 2

Freddy Rodriguez (born January 17, 1975) is an American actor known for playing the characters Hector Federico "Rico" Diaz on HBO's Six Feet Under and El Wray in Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror. In 2007 he was a recurring cast member on the series Ugly Betty as Giovanni "Gio" Rossi. He starred as Dr. Michael Ragosa in the first two seasons of the NBC drama The Night Shift (2014–15). In 2016, Rodriguez became a main cast member in the CBS courtroom drama Bull.

Early life

Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Puerto Rican parents - a housewife mother and a janitor father.[1][2][3] He was raised Roman Catholic in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood.[4][5] When he was 13, Freddy discovered a theater program for inner-city youth,[6] which led to a scholarship to the Pulaski International School of Chicago, which he attended through 8th grade.


His first recognizable roles in films came in 1995, as Pedro Aragon, Jr., in A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves and Giancarlo Giannini and as a Vietnam veteran in Dead Presidents with Larenz Tate and Chris Tucker. Rodriguez went on to roles such as Ninja in The Pest, an obnoxious jock in Can't Hardly Wait and Carla's brother Marco on Scrubs. As a voice actor, he contributed the voice of Más y Menos on Teen Titans.

Rodriguez portrayed Federico Diaz on the hit HBO series Six Feet Under throughout its five seasons. For this role he received two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and a further three SAG nominations (also in the ensemble category).

In 2005, Rodriguez played a vicious inner city drug dealer named Hector in the movie Havoc, and a jockey in the film Dreamer, co-starring Dakota Fanning. In 2006, appeared in the film Poseidon, as a waiter, as well as played Reggie, a character who only exercised one half of his body, in M. Night Shyamalan's film Lady in the Water, and starred alongside Eva Longoria and Christian Bale in Harsh Times, his first leading role in a major theatrical release. He was seen in an episode of the hit hospital television show ER, where he played a dying comic inspired by Bill Hicks.

Rodriguez starred alongside Roselyn Sanchez in the 2003 movie Chasing Papi, playing "Victor" (directed by Linda Mendoza). He played busboy José Rojas in the 2006 film Bobby. He starred as El Wray in Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez's portion of the double-feature film, Grindhouse (2007), and played the role of Gustavo Brambila in the true-life story Bottle Shock (2008). He appeared in the music video for the Santana song "Into the Night" and also made a cameo appearance as a pilot/flight attendant in the music video for the song "Glamorous" by Fergie. He starred in the popular video game Saints Row as the voice of Angelo Lopez and in the latest Merry Mixit Gap Christmas Commercial videos.[7]

On July 13, 2007, Rodriguez was added to the cast of the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty, in which he played Giovanni Rossi, a sandwich shop owner who became the love interest for Betty Suarez (played by America Ferrera). He made his debut on the series at the start of the second season, appeared in an episode of the third season and reprised the role again late in the fourth season, which was the series' final one.[8]

He played the character of CIA special operative Rick Martinez on the CBS show CHAOS. He also starred in the NBC summer series The Night Shift as Michael Ragosa.

Since 2016, Rodriguez has starred as attorney and former New York City prosecutor Benny Colón in the CBS courtroom drama Bull.



Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Bull Benny Colón Main cast, ongoing
2015 Ultimate Spider-Man Miguel O'Hara / Spider-Man 2099 2 Episodes
2014–15 The Night Shift Dr. Michael Ragosa 22 Episodes
2014 Teen Titans Go! Más y Menos Episode: Mas y Menos, voice
2014 Family Guy Handy Manny Episode: Herpe the Love Sore
2013–present Teen Titans Go! Más y Menos
2013 Young Justice: Invasion Eduardo "Ed" Dorado, Jr. voice
2013 Kaijudo Hector Chavez 28 Episodes, voice
2013 Perception Wesley Sumter 2 Episodes
2011–13 Generator Rex César Salazar 17 Episodes, voice
2011 CHAOS Rick Martinez 13 Episodes
2010–2012 Handy Manny Reuben Garcia Episode: Wedding Day, voice
2007–2010 Ugly Betty Gio 12 Episodes
2007 ER Simon Episode: Dying is Easy
2005–2006 Teen Titans Más y Menos 5 Episodes, voice
2005 American Dad! Hector Episode: Not Particularly Desperate Housewife, voice
2004 Static Shock Fade Episode: Army of Darkness
2003-2004 Scrubs Marco Espinosa 3 Episodes
2001-2005 Six Feet Under Federico 63 Episodes
1999 Party of Five Albert 3 Episodes
1999 Oh, Grow Up Deke


Year Title Role Notes
2013 CBGB Idaho
2013 Fort Bliss Garver
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Trench
2011 Soldiers of Fortune Reed
2008 Little Spirit: Christmas in New York Leo's Father
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Jesse Rodriguez
2008 Bottle Shock Gustavo Brambila
2007 Planet Terror El Wray
2007 Grindhouse El Wray
2006 Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Rupert Garcia
2006 Bobby Jose
2006 Lady in the Water Reggie
2006 Poseidon Marco Valentin
2005 Harsh Times Mike Alonzo
2005 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Manolin
2005 Havoc Hector
2004 ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico El Silver Mask Jr., El Portero direct to video
2003 Dallas 362 Rubin
2003 Victor and Eddie Eddie
2003 Chasing Papi Victor
2003 Pledge of Allegiance Sean Macintyre
2001 Beyond the City Limits Topo
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Leonel
1999 Payback Valet
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Jock
1998 Shock Television Eddie
1998 Joseph's Gift Joseph Keller
1998 My Brother Jack Joey Casale
1997 The Pest Ninja
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Michael Maldonado
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Pedro Aragon, Jr.
1995 Dead Presidents Jose
1994 The Fence Young Terry Griff

Other Media

Year Title Role Notes
2013 LocoCycle Pablo Video Game
2007 Glamorous - Fergie - Music Video Flight Attendant Music Video
2007 Into the Night - Santana - Music Video Suicidal man Music Video
2006 Saints Row Angelo Lopez Video Game

See also


  1. "Freddy Rodriguez Biography (1975-)". Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  2. "''Chicago Tribune'' article". Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  3. San Diego Film Festival Archived October 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Kozlowski, Carl. "Freddy Rodriguez". Relevant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-25. While speaking about his upbringing in a Puerto Rican Catholic family,...
  6. "In Step With: Freddy Rodriguez". Parade Magazine. March 30, 2004.
  7. Gap press release:
  8. "From Zap2it (July 13, 2007)". 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
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