Clifton Collins Jr.

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Clifton Collins Jr.
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Other namesClifton Gonzalez Gonzalez
Years active1990–present
Relatives Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez

Clifton Craig Collins Jr. is an American actor. [1] After starting in 1990, with small roles in film and on television, Collins gained attention for his performance as Cpl. Ramon Aguilar, a prisoner "serving" under an imprisoned general played by Robert Redford in the 2001 film The Last Castle . His extensive work includes featured roles in films such as One Eight Seven (1997), Traffic (2000), Capote (2005), Star Trek (2009) and Pacific Rim (2013). Collins extensive work on television series includes Crisis Center (1997), Thief (2006), which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, The Event (2010–2011), and Westworld (2016–2020).


Early life

Collins was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the grandson of actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez. He is sometimes credited as Clifton Gonzalez-Gonzalez in honor of his grandfather. His father is of German descent and his mother is of Mexican ancestry. [2]


He first broke through the mainstream in 1997 with a performance as tagger César Sánchez in the film One Eight Seven . In 1998, he was in Ray Bradbury's cult film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit . He next portrayed a gay hitman named Francisco "Frankie Flowers" Flores for the Mexican drug cartels in Steven Soderbergh's 2000 ensemble drama Traffic . [3]

For his portrayal of a USMC prisoner in the 2001 film The Last Castle Collins was nominated for the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture. In 2002, he played the role of Buddy in the film American Girl .

In 2005, Collins won rave reviews for his subtle portrayal of killer Perry Smith in the fact-based film Capote , which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006.

He starred in the 2005 film Dirty alongside Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Collins starred on FX Networks' series Thief and received an Emmy nomination. [4] Collins also played a supporting role on FX Networks' series The Shield as undercover ICE agent Hernan. He also has a small role in 2006's Babel , directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

In 2007, Collins took the lead role in the indie feature The Perfect Game , playing former baseball player Cesar Faz, who coaches a local Mexican youth league team, leading them all the way to the Little League World Series. [5]

In 2008, Collins directed two music videos for the country music group Zac Brown Band: "Chicken Fried" and "Whatever It Is". Chicken Fried won the 2009 CMT breakthrough music video of the year award.

Collins starred in the comedy Sunshine Cleaning with Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin. He played Winston, the owner of a cleaning supply shop who builds meticulously detailed model airplanes with only one arm. Collins played the role with one arm bound tightly behind his back. [6] In 2009's Star Trek, Collins plays Ayel, a Romulan, second in command to the villain Nero.

In 2009, Collins joined Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker in the psychological thriller The Experiment . [7] Collins starred in Extract , a 2009 film by director Mike Judge. He co-produced the film National Lampoon's TV: The Movie in which he played Officer Sanchez alongside Jacob Vargas. He also voiced the fictional video game character Cesar Vialpando in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas . In 2009, he played Romeo in the film The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day . [8]

In 2010, Collins joined the cast of NBC's drama The Event as Thomas. [9] The following year, he guests on two episodes of CSI: NY as a man named Raymond Harris, an ex-convict who seeks revenge against Mac Taylor and his partner to get some answers regarding a 17-year grudge against them. The episodes also guest-starred the now late Peter Fonda, who Collins previously worked with in San Andreas, as Taylor's ex-partner, who ends up getting killed by Harris. In 2014, Collins portrayed a law enforcement official, Franco Rodriguez, alongside Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet in Triple 9 . [10]

In 2015, HBO's science fiction drama Westworld added Collins as Lawrence / El Lazo, a charming but lethal outlaw, with a knack for maneuvering and negotiating the various criminal elements. [11]

In 2019, Collins Jr. filmed Jockey , which won the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for best acting. [12]


In 2019, Collins was awarded an Impact Award by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for his "Outstanding Performance in Film and Television". [13] On October 29, 2021, he will receive the Distinguished Performance Award at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival. [14]


He wrote his first book, Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars with Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez, in 2015. [15]



1991 Grand Canyon Carlos' Friend #2
1992 For Richer, for Poorer Co-WorkerTV Movie
Fortress Nino Gomez
1993Sworn to Vengeance-TV Movie
Menace II Society Vato #2
Poetic Justice Mailroom Supervisor
1994 The Stoned Age Tack
Witch Hunt TyroneTV Movie
Dead Presidents Betancourt
One Tough Bastard Jarhead #2
1996 Sgt. Bilko Soldier #2
1997 One Eight Seven Cesar Sanchez
The Bad Pack Townsman 1
1998 The Replacement Killers Loco
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Martinez
The Defenders: Taking the FirstNelson RodriguezTV Movie
Light It Up Robert "Rivers" Tresmont
My Sweet KillerHorton
Mi abuela-Short
2000 Price of Glory Jimmy Ortega
Tigerland Private Miter
Traffic Francisco "Frankie Flowers" Flores
Lessons Learned-TV Movie
2001 The Last Castle Corporal Ramon Aguilar
2002Road DogzRaymo Serrano
Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool-
The Rules of Attraction Rupert
American Girl Buddy
2003 I Witness Claudio Castillo
Undefeated LocoTV Movie
2004 Mindhunters Vince Sherman
2005 Capote Perry Smith
Dirty Officer Armando Sancho
Life of the Party Kipp
Bounty HuntersMouseTV Movie
2006 Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders Kenneth Bianchi
Babel Officer At Border Crossing
Little Chenier "T-Boy" Trahan
TV: The Movie Tijuana Cop #1/ Minion/Miranda
2008 Sunshine Cleaning Winston
Under Still WatersJacob
2009 Horsemen "Stingray"
The Perfect Game Cesar Faz
Star Trek Ayel
Crank: High Voltage Jesus "El Huron" Verona
Extract "Step"
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Romeo
Brothers Major Cavazos
Tom CoolTom Picasso
The Experiment Nix
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Vegan Police
2011 The FP C.C. Jam
Machine Gun JusticeJack GrizzlyShort
GottenGun DealerShort
Hellbenders Lawrence
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter: The Great CalamityEdgar Allan Poe (voice)Short
Freeloaders Vic
2013 Parker Ross
Pacific Rim Ops Tendo Choi
2014 Transcendence Martin
2015 Knight of Cups Jordan
Stung Sydney
Man Down Charles
Evil MenLazlo KirkTV Movie
2016 Triple 9 Detective Franco Rodriguez
Transpecos Hobbs
Punching Henry Dramatic Actor
Hacker Zed
2017 Small Town Crime Mood
M.F.A. Kennedy
A Crooked Somebody Nathan
The Vault Detective Iger
Cabeza MadreJohn
2018 Super Troopers 2 Bus Driver
The Mule Gustavo
2019 Honey Boy Tom
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Ernesto "The Mexican" Vaquero
Waves Bobby
Running with the Devil The Farmer
Lucky Day DPO Ernesto Sanchez
2021 Breaking News in Yuba County Ray
Jockey Jackson Silva [16]
After Yang George
Nightmare Alley Funhouse Jack
Painted BeautyPeter
TBA Landscape with Invisible Hand Dave Reilly


1990 Freddy's Nightmares MickeyEpisode: "Interior Loft"
The Flash Javier O'HaraEpisode: "Double Vision"
1991 Adam-12 Kid in ClassEpisode: "D.A.R.E."
Veronica Clare Latino ManagerEpisode: "Slow Violence"
Jake and the Fatman RobertoEpisode: "Street of Dreams"
1993 Acapulco H.E.A.T. David KernEpisode: "Code Name: Desert Dragon"
1995 Madman of the People JorgeEpisode: "Notes from the Underground"
Live Shot Carlos SandovalEpisode: "For Whom the Stinkin' Bell Tolls"
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger FitoEpisode: "El Coyote: Part 1 & 2"
Land's End -Episode: "Red Cadillac"
1997 Crisis Center Nando TaylorMain Cast
ER Mr. BrownEpisode: "Tribes"
NYPD Blue Jimmy CortezEpisode: "I Love Lucy"
1998 Diagnosis Murder Boyd HarcourtEpisode: "Rear Windows '98"
1999 Martial Law -Episode: "Friendly Skies"
2000–01 Resurrection Blvd. James GarciaRecurring Cast: Season 1
2002 The Twilight Zone Andy PerezEpisode: "Last Lap"
2003 Alias Javiar ParezRecurring Cast: Season 3
2006 Thief Jack "Bump" HillMain Cast
2007 The Shield HernanEpisode: "Haunts" & "Exiled"
Masters of Science Fiction Frendon BlytheEpisode: "Little Brother"
2008 Fear Itself Richard "Family Man" BrautiganEpisode: "Family Man"
2010 Southland Detective Ray SuarezEpisode: "The Runner"
2010–11 The Event ThomasMain Cast
2011 CSI: NY Raymond HarrisEpisode: "Nothing for Something" & "Life Sentence"
Pound Puppies Scar/Weasel (voice)Episode: "Rebel Without a Collar"
2013 Red Widow James RamosMain Cast
Cleaners JulianMain Cast: Season 1
The Blacklist Hector LorcaEpisode: "The Stewmaker (No. 161)"
2015–17 Ballers Maximo GomezRecurring Cast: Season 1-3
2016–20 Westworld Lawrence/"El Lazo"Main Cast: Season 1–2, Guest: Season 3
2019 Veronica Mars Alonzo LozanoMain Cast: Season 4
2020 The Stand Bobby TerryEpisode: "The Vigil"

Video Games

YearTitleVoice role
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Cesar Vialpando

Awards and nominations

2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture "Traffic"Won
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture "Capote"Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie "Thief"Nominated
2007 Phoenix Film Festival Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Cast "Little Chenier"Won
2010 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast "Star Trek"Won

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