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Jacob Vargas

Jacob Vargas' introduction to acting came with a bit part as a breakdancer on the hit television show Diff'rent Strokes. Since then, he has built an impressive résumé in both comedic and dramatic roles. In 1995, he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work in both Allison Anders' Mi vida loca and Gregory Nava's My Family.

He later starred in films such as Selena, Get Shorty, American Me, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and the cult favorite Next Friday, as Ice Cube's nemesis, Joker. He later shined as Tijuana cop Manolo, Benicio Del Toro's partner in Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award-winning film Traffic, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award and another ALMA Award.

Vargas then made us laugh as Sammi the chef in John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix, brought depth to Marine sniper Juan Cortez in Academy Award- winning director Sam Mendes' war drama Jarhead, and joined an all-star cast as a politically charged busboy in Emilio Estevez's historical drama Bobby. Not satisfied with being labeled as just an actor, Vargas focuses his talents on writing and producing through his company, Third Son Productions. In 2001, he executive produced and starred in the independent film Road Dogz. He recently launched a comedy Web channel, thetvfantastic.com, along with actor friend Clifton Collins Jr. Vargas is currently developing several feature film and television projects.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Jacob Vargas Facts

BirthdayAugust 18, 1971 (50)
BirthplaceMichoacan, Mexico

Selected Filmography

Not available.