Who is Hector Elizondo?
Hector Elizondo was born on 22 December 1936, in New York City, USA, and is an actor, best known for his work in television series’ such as “Last Man Standing” and “Chicago Hope”. He’s also appeared in various popular films, such as “Pretty Woman”, “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”, and “American Gigolo”.
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The Net Worth of Hector Elizondo
As of early-2020, Hector Elizondo’s net worth is estimated to be over $10 million, earned through a successful career in acting which dates back to the 1960s.
He’s received numerous awards thanks to successful performances. He is also known for his charitable endeavors.
Early Life and Education
Hector grew up in New York where his father worked as an accountant. He is of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent, with his family moving to the US to find better opportunities. He grew up in the Upper West Side, and at a young age showed an inclination for athletics. He also had a passion for music, and joined a choir when he was 10 years old. He attended the High School of the Performing Arts which catered to his love for performance.
He later moved to another high school as he wanted to see how far his sports talents would take him. He played for the school’s basketball and baseball team, and right before matriculating, he gained the interest of several teams in Major League Baseball (MLB) including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. However, he opted to discontinue any career in professional sports, opting instead to continue with his college education, and so enrolled at the City College of New York where he took up classes in history, hoping to become a teacher.
Shift to Acting
During his freshman year in college, Elizondo dropped out because he had become a father, and needed to pursue full-time work to support his new family. His marriage was short-lived, however, as he divorced but gained full custody of the child. During this time, he fully committed to acting and wanted to work in theatre, taking lessons at the Ballet Arts Company, leading him to land his first role in a production of “Kill the One-Eyed Man”. In 1968, he became a part of the play “The Great White Hope”, which would later become a film adaptation of the same name.
He started to get a lot of success in theatre, which started with his performance in “Steambath” in which he played a steam room attendant who was God in disguise. He won an Obie Award thanks to his work, and he then set his attention towards doing film projects. In 1974 he gained one of his first notable roles in film, as the villain Mr. Grey in “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Morton Freedgood, telling the story of criminals who take hostages in a subway car in New York City.
Continued Acting Success
The following year, Hector was cast as a regular in the television series “Popi”, playing the role of a widower in the sitcom. However, the show was short-lived, only airing 11 episodes before being canceled as it failed to gain the same amount of attention as the original film on which it was based; the show was the first to feature a full Latin cast and theme. He then worked as a guest in “Columbo” before being cast in the sitcom “Foley Square”, alongside Margaret Colin.
In 1980 he started a friendship with director Garry Marshall, which would lead to many collaborations between the two. The first film they worked on was “Young Doctors in Love”, which featured Demi Moore, Sean Young and Michael McKean. He also had a small role in the film “Pretty Woman”, but despite only being in the film for 10 minutes, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. In 1999, he became one of the stars in “Runaway Bride”, playing the husband of the ex- of Richard Gere’s character. He continued working with Marshall, appearing in varied roles in his film projects.
In 2001, Elizondo appeared in the short-lived “Kate Brasher” before being cast in “The Princess Diaries”, a highly successful film that elevated the career of Anne Hathaway; he later reprised his role in a sequel. Afterward, he ventured into voice acting, working on “Batman: Mystery of Batwoman” voicing the villain Bane. Eventually, he gained one of his most prominent roles in the television show “Chicago Hope”, in which he portrayed Dr. Phillip Watters, a performance which earned him numerous awards, including an Emmy and ALMA.
He was one of only two people who were a part of the show during its entire run.
In 2008, he was then announced as the replacement of the psychologist of Adrian Monk in the show “Monk”, as the actor who previously held the role passed away. Three years later, he was cast in another notable role in “Last Man Standing” as Ed Alzate, which follows the story of an executive of a sporting goods store in his professional and personal endeavors. The show has been running for eight seasons, and shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
Hector Elizondo voices Commissioner Gordon in #LEGOBatmanMovie.
After his short-lived first marriage, Hector later met actress and photographer Carolee Campbell. They married in 1969 after being in a relationship for some time; there have been no reports that they had any children, but his first child passed away sometime in 2017 at the age of 60. The couple lives in Sherman, Oaks California. He is a big supporter of Latin heritage, and only chooses roles that don’t demean his race or portray them as stereotypical. He is also a big promoter of children’s reading, and has participated in the Festival of Books event held by the “Los Angeles Times”.