• Jacob Vargas was born in 1971 in Michoacan, Mexico and is an actor.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $3 million.
• He moved from Mexico to Los Angeles, California as a baby.
• He got his first role when he was 15, and has worked consistently since.
• His most recent projects include “Sons of Anarchy”, “Tarantula”, “Luke Cage”, “Heaven is for Real”, and “Princess of the Row”.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 18, 1971
SpouseSylvia Arzate
FactBorn in Mexico, but moved to California at age 1.

Who is Jacob Vargas?

Jacob Vargas was born on 18 August 1971, in Michoacan, Mexico, and is an actor, known for his work in numerous films as well as television programs. Some of his most recent projects include “Sons of Anarchy”, “Tarantula”, “Luke Cage”, “Heaven is for Real”, and “Princess of the Row”.

The Net Worth of Jacob Vargas

As of mid-2020, Jacob Vargas’ net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting in the profession since 1986. He’s worked on numerous box office hits, but mostly plays supporting roles, though his skills have led to consistent work.

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Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

While Jacob was born in Michoacan, his parents wanted a better future for the family, and so moved to the US in pursuit of that dream, settling in Los Angeles, California before he was even a year old. He recalls few details about Mexico during his youth, and while his parents retained some traditions, he mainly grew up in US culture. His family was devout Roman Catholic, and he attended the nearby San Fernando High School which serves areas within Los Angeles.

Growing up, he showed skills in performance and was a good dancer, while he also had the potential to be an actor.

He got his first professional role when he was cast as a street dancer for the television show “Diff’rent Strokes”, starring Garry Coleman and Todd Bridges as two African-American boys who are adopted by a rich white businessman. The show helped make stars of numerous of the cast members, though many of them would suffer numerous troubles as they grew up, including drug addiction.

Rise to Prominence

Jacob continued to work in the entertainment industry, mainly focused on film projects, while he still did regular television appearances. Some of her earliest projects included “Crack House”, “Little Nikita”, “Hunter” and “The Children of Times Square”.

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In 1993, he was cast as the character Snake in the film “Airborne”, starring alongside Seth Green, Brittney Powell and Chris Conrad. It tells the story of a group of teenage friends as they eventually become involved in various inline skating activities.

He took very few breaks during his career, appearing in a string of projects in the early 1990s, including in “Fatal Instinct”, “Crimson Tide”, and “Get Shorty”. In 1997, he portrayed AB Quintanilla in the film “Selena”, a biographical film on the life of the late singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was murdered at the peak of her career; the film starred Jennifer Lopez, and  is considered her breakout role, but Jacob attracyted a lot of attention for his role too.

In 2000, he worked on the film “Traffic”, directed by Steven Soderbergh and was highly successful, becoming a hit during the Academy Awards in which it won in four categories.

Continued Acting Work

Following “Traffic”, Jacob tried voice acting, as he worked on the series “Max Steel” in which he voiced the character Dr. Roberto Martinez for its entire run; the show is based on the action figure of the same name. Other projects he had included “RFK”, “Greetings from Tucson”, “and “Kingpin”. He also appeared in the films “National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie”, “Are We Done Yet?” and “Flight of the Phoenix”.

In 2005, he played the role of Juan Cortez in “Jarhead”; starring Jake Gyllenhaal, it’s based on the memoir of the same name written by US Marine Anthony Swofford, and tells of his life during the Gulf War. Other stars of the film includes Peter Sarsgaard and Jamie Foxx. In 2007, he worked on the horror film “The Hills Have Eyes 2”, a sequel to 2006’s “The Hills Have Eyes”, and the film series is a remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name. It tells the story of US Army Guardsmen who begin to fight with mutants living in New Mexico.

Recent Projects

In recent years, Vargas has had more regular roles on television.

He was a part of the series “Moonlight”, portraying the character, Guillermo Gasol in the series which tells the story of a private investigator who lives as a vampire, but tries to do good despite his nature, however, fifty five years after he turned, he meets and starts to fall in love with a mortal. In 2013, Jacob became a part of the show “Sons of Anarchy”, about a group of motorcycle outlets who are a part of a close-knight club. To make the show, real members of motorcycle clubs were consulted; the show explored various issues such as corruption and vigilantism.

He also played Domingo Colon in the 2016 series “Luke Cage”, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. In 2019 he appeared in “Mr. Iglesias”, a Netflix series starring Gabriel Iglesias, and was in other films such as “Heaven is for Real” which is based on the book of the same name written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent; the film was successful at the box office despite mixed reviews. One of his latest films is “Princess of the Row” which was released in 2019.

Personal Life

Jacob is married to Sylvia Zarate and they have two children together.

He prefers to keep his family out of the spotlight,t not sharing many details about them. He is known to be close friends with Hugh Laurie, even helping him film his audition reel that would land him the main role in “House” – the two filmed the audition tape while working on “Flight of the Phoenix”. Aside from his acting, Jacob is also very interested in behind-the-scenes production, hoping to make several film projects in the future. He spends a lot of his free time with family, and he’s also made appearances in the social media profiles of his children.

General Info

Full NameJacob Vargas
Date Of BirthAugust 18, 1971
Height1.71 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor


SpouseSylvia Arzate
ChildrenAva Victoria Vargas, Rose Vargas


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, ALMA Award for Emerging Artist of the Year
NominationsCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in Made for Television Movie or Mini-Series
MoviesThe Hills Have Eyes 2, Next Friday, The 33, Death Race, Devil, Jarhead, Flight of the Phoenix, Selena, Heaven Is for Real, Mi Vida Loca, Traffic, Sleep Dealer, Get Shorty, The Wendell Baker Story, Gas Food Lodging, Road Dogz, Dr. Dolittle 2, Ernest Goes to Camp, Crimson Tide, Come and Take it Day, A...
TV ShowsGreetings from Tucson, Max Steel, Malibu Shores

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1While working on "Flight of the Phoenix", Jacob Vargas operated the camera to shoot Hugh Laurie's audition tape for "House".
2Born in Mexico, but moved to California at age 1.




Beyond Skyline2017completedGarcia
Mosaic2017TV Movie post-production
The Road Home2017pre-productionAmigo
Crushed2016TV Movie completedJose Alturo
King of LA2016TV Short completedIgnacio
In Between the Gutter and the Stars2014Short completedDaniel
Tarantula2017TV SeriesPaja
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life2016Animation Voice (voice)
Luke Cage2016TV SeriesDomingo Colon
Crossing Point2016Jesus
The Tell-Tale Heart2016Adams
Colony2016TV SeriesCarlos
Hand of God2015TV SeriesJulio Farkas
The 332015Edison Peña
Complications2015TV SeriesRamon
Sons of Anarchy2013-2014TV SeriesAllesandro Montez Montez
Heaven Is for Real2014Michael
Blue2013-2014TV SeriesRoy
Red Sky2014/IJorge 'P-Dawg' Vasquez
Cesar Chavez2014Richard Chavez
Water & Power2013Asuncion Garcia
Go for Sisters2013Navajas
The Mentalist2013TV SeriesChief Rick Anaya
Kroll Show2013TV Series
Christine2012TV SeriesRoy
El cocodrilo2012ShortEduardo
Gotten2012Video shortPimp
Filmmaker Intervention2012Short
Machine Gun Justice2011ShortJ. J. Magnum
Reunion2011/VIShortMale Lead
CSI: Miami2011TV SeriesFelix Medina
Medium2011TV SeriesEduardo Garcia
Psych2010TV SeriesJuan Lava
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesTico
Burn Notice2010TV SeriesOmar Hernandez
The Odds2010TV MovieSergio Vargas
Cold Case2009TV SeriesAngelo Rivera '09
Tom Cool2009
Death Race2008Gunner
Moonlight2007-2008TV SeriesGuillermo
Sleep Dealer2008Rudy Ramirez
Love Lies Bleeding2008VideoDet. Billy Jones
Finnegan2008TV MovieSmash
The Death and Life of Bobby Z2007Jorge Escobar
Are We Done Yet?2007Mike the Plumber
The Hills Have Eyes II2007Crank
The Virgin of Juarez2006Detective Lauro
Numb3rs2006TV SeriesVictor Borrego
TV: The Movie2006Tijuana Cop #2 / Announcer / Charlotte
Jarhead2005Juan Cortez
The Wendell Baker Story2005Reyes Morales
Flight of the Phoenix2004Sammi
CSI: NY2004TV SeriesLuis Torres
Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother2004ShortVincent Enano
E.D.N.Y.2003TV Movie
Greetings from Tucson2002-2003TV SeriesErnesto Tiant Ernesto
Kingpin2003TV Mini-SeriesErnesto 'El Huevudo' Romo
RFK2002TV MovieCesar Chavez
The Proud Family2002TV SeriesBig Alto
Watching Ellie2002TV SeriesMiguel
The Brothers Garcia2002TV SeriesChuey
Max Steel2001TV SeriesDr. Roberto Martinez Berto Martinez
Six Feet Under2001TV SeriesManuel 'Paco' Bolin
Dr. Dolittle 22001Pepito (voice)
Come and Take It Day2001Miguel
Off Limits2001TV SeriesCast
Road Dogz2000Danny Pacheco
Traffic2000Manolo Sanchez
Wall to Wall Records2000TV Movie
Next Friday2000Joker
USMA West Point1998TV Movie
The Hi-Lo Country1998Delfino Mondragon
Clueless1997TV SeriesRicardo
Santa Fe1997Jesus
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion1997Ramon
Selena1997Abie Quintanilla
The Pretender1996TV SeriesJavi Padillo
Malibu Shores1996TV SeriesBenny
ER1995TV SeriesDiablo
JAG1995TV SeriesCorporal Cortez
Get Shorty1995Yayo Portillo
Hotel Oasis1995ShortYoung Book Salesman
Crimson Tide1995Sonarman #2
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV SeriesPrince Luis
My Family1995Young Jose
Huck and the King of Hearts1994Pedro
Fatal Instinct1993Flower Delivery Man
Silent Rain1993ShortDave Alvers
Mi vida loca1993Ernesto
Full House1992TV SeriesEnrique
Judgement1992Hispanic Boy
Steel Justice1992TV MovieArturo Gomez
American Me1992Paulito - age 15
Gas, Food Lodging1992Javier
Seeds of Tragedy1991TV MovieCholo #2
Never Forget1991TV MovieStudent
The New Adam-121991TV SeriesCollins
The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake1990TV MovieMiguel
Crack House1989Danny
Hard Time on Planet Earth1989TV SeriesBilly
Little Nikita1988Miguel
The Tracey Ullman Show1987TV SeriesTaco Place Manager
The Principal1987Arturo Diego
Ernest Goes to Camp1987Butch 'Bubba' Vargas
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesStudent #2
Last Resort1986Carlos
Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story1986TV MovieEnrique Mendoza
The Children of Times Square1986TV MovieAlberto
Hunter1986TV SeriesEmilio Morales


Crossing Point2016co-producer
TV: The Movie2006co-producer
Road Dogz2000executive producer


Journey of a Female Comic2014DocumentaryHimself
Behind the Scenes of Gotten2012Documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Jarhead Diaries2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Drop2005TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Phoenix Diaries2005Video documentary shortHimself
5th Annual Prism Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2001 ALMA Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
¡Mi Gente! My People!1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lives in Hazard1994TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The Pretender1998TV SeriesJavi Padillo


Won Awards

2015Broad Humor AwardBroad HumorBest ActorIn Between the Gutter and the Stars (2014)
2006Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearBobby (2006)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureTraffic (2000)
1995NCLR Bravo AwardNCLR Bravo AwardsEmerging Artist of the Year

Nominated Awards

2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleBobby (2006)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobby (2006)
2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or MiniseriesRoad Dogz (2000)
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or SpecialHard Time on Planet Earth (1989)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy SeriesThe Tracey Ullman Show (1987)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Principal (1987)
1987Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actor, Guest Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama SeriesHunter (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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