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Arlen Escarpeta

Arlen Escarpeta

Escarpeta is a native of Belize (formerly British Honduras) in Central America who came to the United States after his father, a construction worker, died when he was 3. His mother, a manager for a dental office, settled in Los Angeles where her young son began to sing and dance in the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation. At 9, Escarpeta was cast in the title role of his elementary school's stylized production of Hamlet and was won over by the applause he received at the final curtain.

From there, Escarpeta attended several arts magnet schools in Los Angeles until he arrived at Hollywood High, where he honed his skills in dance, technical and music theater, and drama. He has since attended Pasadena City College for more than two years while studying sociology. Despite swift times of 21.8 seconds running the 200-yard dash and a personal best of 47'- 2 ½ in the triple jump -- he opted to concentrate on acting rather than dedicate the necessary amount of time to the junior college's track team.

Escarpeta's career has skyrocketed recently with guest-starring roles on the TV series Boston Public, Judging Amy and in the recent season finale of The Shield. His feature-film work includes High Crimes (starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman) and the upcoming independent work, The Court. On his new series, Escarpeta portrays a teenager – who also runs track – at a private Catholic high school during the social turmoil of the 1960s.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Arlen Escarpeta Facts

Birth Name Arlen Alexander Escarpeta
OccupationActor, Athlete
BirthdayApril 9, 1980 (43)

Selected Filmography

Into The Storm
Final Destination 5
Blowing the Whistle
American Dreams
The Ten
We Are Marshall
American Gun
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