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Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

American television host and actor
Mario Lopez
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American television host and actor
A.K.A. Mario López
Is Actor Television actor Sports commentator Voice actor Film producer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Journalism Sports
Gender male
Birth 10 October 1973, San Diego, USA
Age 47 years
Star sign Libra
Family
Spouse: Ali Landry
The details

Biography

Mario Lopez Jr. (born October 10, 1973) is an American actor and entertainment journalist. He has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show Extra. He has also hosted America's Best Dance Crew for MTV. In 2012, he co-hosted the second season of American version of The X Factor with Khloé Kardashian, and was the sole host for the third and final season.


Early life

Lopez was born on October 10, 1973, in San Diego, California, to Elvira, a telephone company clerk, and Mario Sr., who worked for the municipality of National City. He has a younger sister named Marissa, who is married to NFL Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans linbacker Kailee Wong. Lopez was raised in a large Catholic family of Mexican descent (from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico). Lopez was a child prodigy and started to learn dance at the age of three, training in tap and jazz. He also did tumbling, karate and wrestling at his local Boys and Girls Club when he was 7 years old, which he excelled at as well as other things his mother put him in. During his acting career, he was an amateur wrestler for Chula Vista at the weight class of 160 lbs, and was also in his high school wrestling team, placing 2nd in the San Diego Section and 7th in the state of California in his senior year while attending Chula Vista High School, where he graduated in 1991.

Career

Early career

Lopez was discovered by a talent agent when he was 10 years at his dance recital, and got into local ads and commercials before hitting the TV screen.

Acting

Lopez began acting in 1984 when he appeared as younger brother Tomás in the short-lived ABC comedy series a.k.a. Pablo. That same year, he was cast as a drummer and dancer on Kids Incorporated from three seasons. In March 1987, he was cast as a guest star on the sitcom The Golden Girls as a Latino boy named Mario who faces deportation. He was cast in a small part in the movie Colors (1988) as Felipe's friend. In 1989, Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater in the television Saturday-morning series sitcom Saved by the Bell, a role which lasted five years (1989–1993).

In 1997, Lopez starred as Olympic diver Greg Louganis in the television movie Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story. The following year, he was cast as Bobby Cruz in the USA Network series Pacific Blue for two seasons before it was cancelled after the fifth season; he then went on to guest star on Resurrection Blvd., Eve, and The Bad Girl's Guide. In March 2006, Lopez joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful playing the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. On July 18, 2006, he was released from his B&B contract. Later that year, Mario guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives Christian Troy to jealousy when he sees him naked in the shower in an episode of FX Network's Nip/Tuck during the show's fourth season, which began in Fall 2006. He also made an appearance on George Lopez as a police officer in late 2006. Lopez also guest-starred as a reporter for Extra Sesame Street in the Sesame Street episode "The Veggie Monster" in 2012.

Lopez and Courtney Mazza have a reality show on VH1 called Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby which premiered on November 1, 2010.

On February 4, 2015, Lopez reunited with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Tiffani Thiessen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they appeared in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon.

Dancing with the Stars

In the fall of 2006, Lopez signed on as a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars on ABC with professional partner and then-girlfriend Karina Smirnoff who was making her series debut. They finished in second place, losing to the team of Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.

Hosting duties

In 1992, he hosted his first series on NBC, called Name Your Adventure. He hosts the serial tabloid Extra, as well as the MTV reality shows America's Best Dance Crew and MTV's Top Pop Group. In the 1995–96 season, he hosted the second season of Masters of the Maze on what was then The Family Channel. Lopez is both the host (with Carmen Palumbo) and co-executive producer of Sí TV's Dating Factory. From October to December 2012, he co-hosted the Fox singing competition The X Factor along with Khloe Kardashian. In September 2013, Lopez returned to the show as sole host for season 3 after Kardashian was not asked back as co-host. The X Factor was cancelled on February 7, 2014. From 2002 to 2005, he was the host of the Animal Planet show Pet Star, despite some difficulty with an allergy to cats. Lopez hosted the Miss America pageant in 2007, 2009, and 2010.

Lopez has also guest co-hosted The Wendy Williams Show, and MCed the gala benefit for the 2010 Pageant of the Masters arts festival in Laguna Beach, California.

Starting in 2012, Lopez began hosting his own nationally syndicated radio show, ON With Mario Lopez, for Premiere Radio. It streams online daily on iHeartRadio and airs on selected CHR and Hot AC stations (particularly on KBIG-FM/Los Angeles) throughout the U.S.

In August 2014, Lopez began hosting the Hot AC edition of the iHeartRadio Countdown.

In July 2019 it was reported that Lopez would be leaving his duties hosting Extra in order to host rival program Access. Come November, he'll be the Grand Marshal of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Stage career

Outside of TV, Lopez made his Broadway debut on April 15, 2008, in the revival of the musical A Chorus Line in the role of Zach.

Books

Lopez has published three non-fiction books. The first, Mario Lopez Knockout Fitness, was published in 2008 and written together with Jeff O'Connell (who had previously written a fitness book with LL Cool J). His book Extra Lean followed in early 2010 and became a New York Times bestseller. Extra Lean Family was published in May 2012. He released a children's book entitled Mario and Baby Gia by Celebra Children's Books (a division of Penguin Books), on September 27, 2011. The book is about Lopez and his daughter.

Personal life

According to Mario Lopez, Fergie was his first kiss and the two were involved briefly while they were both on the show Kids Incorporated.

In 1993, Lopez was accused of date rape, but prosecutors found no evidence to support the allegation, and multiple witnesses "contradicted the woman's account of her encounter" with Mario.

After six years of dating, Lopez married actress Ali Landry on April 24, 2004 in a Catholic ceremony at the Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but their marriage was annulled two weeks later. In a 2011 interview Lopez admitted that the parting transpired after Landry discovered Lopez had been unfaithful to her days before the wedding at his bachelor party. Lopez subsequently dated professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, his Dancing with the Stars partner, from 2006 to June 2008.

In the fall of 2008, Lopez met Broadway dancer, actress and producer Courtney Mazza on A Chorus Line on Broadway in New York. They married in Punta Mita, Mexico on December 1, 2012. They have a daughter (born in 2010), and a son (born in 2013). In January 2019, they announced her pregnancy with their third child; in July 2019, Lopez announced the birth of a son on social media.

He has stated that he is Catholic and goes to church every week. In March 2018, he underwent baptism by immersion at the Jordan River, which was administered by a Catholic priest.

He is a proponent of health and fitness, and was the cover feature for the November 2013 issue of FitnessRX For Men magazine. To complement his fitness regime, Lopez is a boxer and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he began training in early 2017 and received his blue belt in February 2018 under Professor Robert Hill of Gracie Barra Glendale.

Awards

Year Group Award Role Result Refs
1990 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast Saved by the Bell Nominated
1991 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime Series Saved by the Bell Nominated
1992 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series Saved by the Bell Nominated
1993 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Hosts for a Youth Magazine, News or Game Show Name Your Adventure Won
1993 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Series Saved by the Bell Won
1994 Young Artist Awards Best Youth Actor in a TV Mini-Series, M.O.W. or Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
1994 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Youth Host in a TV Magazine, News or Variety Show Name Your Adventure Won
1998 ALMA Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story Nominated
1999 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Pacific Blue Nominated
2006 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Personality Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Personality Himself Nominated
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Mickey Rooney Award Himself Won
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