Jon Seda

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Jon Seda
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Seda at the 2014 Imagen Awards
Born (1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 50)
Years active1991–present
Lisa Gomez
(m. 2000)

Jonathan Seda (born October 14, 1970) is an American actor. Seda was an amateur boxer who auditioned for and was given a role in the 1992 boxing film Gladiator . He played the role of Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in the movie Selena and Detective Antonio Dawson in NBC's Chicago PD . He also played the role of Paul Falsone in the show Homicide: Life on the Street . He also played the role of U.S. Marine John Basilone, recipient of the Medal of Honor, in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow-up to Band of Brothers , The Pacific .


Early life

Seda was born in Manhattan to parents of Puerto Rican descent [1] and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. [2] [3] After graduating from Clifton High School, [4] Seda was convinced by two friends that he should take up boxing, so he began working out in a gym.

He boxed in several gyms in New Jersey and soon was a runner up in the New Jersey Golden Gloves competition. As an amateur boxer, Seda had a record of 21 wins and one loss. [5]


Seda's film debut was in the boxing film Gladiator (1992), in which he played the role of Romano, a Cuban boxer. He has since worked in various films and TV series. In 1995, Seda was nominated Best Male Lead at the Spirit Awards for his role in the movie I Like It Like That (1994), opposite Rita Moreno and Lauren Vélez. [6] In 1996, he was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Best Actor Award) at the Cannes Film Festival, for his role as Blue in the film The Sunchaser, opposite actor Woody Harrelson. [7]

Seda became widely known to the Hispanic film audience when he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena (1997), a film based on the true story of the Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda played Selena's husband.

Also in 1997, Seda landed the role of Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street. The writers, taking advantage of his boxing background, wrote a shirtless practice bout into an episode, which established his character's attractiveness to fellow detective Laura Ballard. Seda also boxed opposite Jimmy Smits in the film Price of Glory (2000). [8]

Seda (left) with Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale at a screening for The Pacific The Pacific miniseries stars attend HBO screening.jpg
Seda (left) with Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale at a screening for The Pacific

His first leading role on the large screen was as the protagonist in 2002's King Rikki, a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Richard III in East L.A. [8] [9]

Seda has appeared in more than two dozen movies, including Bad Boys II (2003) as Roberto, as well as numerous television appearances. Aside from Homicide, he has had notable roles as Dino Ortolani in Oz , Matty Caffey in Third Watch , Paul Falsone (in a Homicide crossover with Law & Order ), House , and CSI: Miami . He is featured as one of the three leads in the HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific (released on March 14, 2010), portraying Marine John Basilone. [10] Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice , [11] and in 2007 he made a cameo appearance in Ludacris' song "Runaway Love", as an abusive, alcoholic stepfather.

Seda appeared in Treme seasons 2-4 as Nelson Hidalgo, a politically connected land developer from Dallas who helps out with the relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. He appeared in the film Larry Crowne (2011), which starred and was co-written and directed by Tom Hanks. Hanks also served as an executive producer on The Pacific, in which Seda starred. [12] In 2013, Seda starred alongside Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater, and Jason Momoa in the Walter Hill-directed action thriller Bullet to the Head .

In 2012, Seda began portraying Detective Antonio Dawson in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, first starring in Chicago Fire in a recurring role and then, in 2014, as part of the main cast of the spin-off Chicago P.D. In 2017, Seda carried his role over into another spin-off, Chicago Justice , which was canceled after its first season. His daughter Haley made a guest appearance on Chicago P.D. as a key witness in a bombing. [13] In July 2017, it was announced that Seda would return to Chicago P.D. following the cancellation of Chicago Justice. [14] On April 19, 2019, it was reported that NBC/Wolf Entertainment officials informed Seda that they would not be renewing his contract, which led to his leaving the series shortly after six seasons. [15]

In 2020, Seda will play the lead role of Dr. Benjamine Glass in the NBC apocalyptic drama series La Brea which was written by David Appelbaum, [16] however Seda would return and will portray Dr. Sam Velez after the series was picked up. [17]

Personal life

Seda married his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Gomez, in 2000. [18] The couple have four children.



1992 Gladiator Romano Essadro
Zebrahead Vinnie
1993 Carlito's Way Dominican
New York CopMario
1994 I Like It Like That Chino Linares
1995 12 Monkeys Jose
Boys on the Side Pete
1996 Dear God Handsome
Sunchaser Brandon 'Blue' Monroe
Primal Fear Alex
1997 The Price of Kissing Billy
Selena Chris Pérez
2000 Price of Glory Sonny Ortega
Little PiecesKyle
2001 Double Bang Sally 'Fish' Pescatore
Love the Hard Way Charlie
2002 Undisputed Jesus 'Chuy' Campos
King Rikki Rikki Ortega
2003 Bad Boys II Roberto
2007One Long NightRichard
2011 Larry Crowne Officer Diamond
2012 Bullet to the Head Louie Blanchard
2018Canal StreetDetective Mike Watts


1993 Daybreak PayneTV Movie
1994 NYPD Blue Sal MolinaEpisode: "You Bet Your Life"
1995Under FireUnknown roleUnknown episodes
New York Undercover Bobby LunasEpisode: "Knock You Out"
1996 Mistrial Eddie RiosTV Movie
1997 Law & Order Detective Paul FalsoneEpisode: "Baby, It's You"
1997 Oz Dino Ortolani
1997–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Paul Falsone46 episodes
1999–2000 Third Watch Matty Caffey7 episodes
2000 Thin Air Luis DeLeonTV Movie
Homicide: The Movie Detective Paul FalsoneTV Movie
Good Guys/Bad GuysTV Movie
2001–2002 UC: Undercover Jake Shaw13 episodes
2003 Hack Nick DuarteEpisode: "Dial 'O' for Murder"
Oz Dino Ortolani3 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Junior GomezEpisode: "Die Fast, Die Furious"
The Jury Victor TorresEpisode: "Last Rites"
2004–2005 Kevin Hill Damian 'Dame' Ruiz22 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer John Gregory2 episodes
2006–2007 Close to Home Ray Blackwell20 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Hector SalazarEpisode: "Tipping Point"
2009 House DonnyEpisode: "Brave Heart"
One Hot SummerAriel SilvaTV Movie
Legally MadJoe Matty unaired pilot [19]
2010CutthroatFrankieTV Movie
Numb3rs Lonnie MosesEpisode: "Arm in Arms"
The Pacific Sergeant John BasiloneTV Mini-series
Burn Notice ColeEpisode: "Center of the Storm"
The Closer Detective Frank VericoEpisode: "Off the Hook"
Hawaii Five-0 Sergeant CageEpisode: "Mana'o"
2011–2013 Treme Nelson HidalgoMain role (Seasons 2-4);
26 episodes
2012–2019 Chicago Fire Antonio Dawson Recurring
2014–2019 Chicago P.D. Main role (Season 1-6)
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode: "Nationwide Manhunt"
2017 Chicago Justice Main role
2021 La Brea Dr. Sam VelezMain role

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