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.

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