Ricardo Antonio Chavira

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Miguel Hernandez on Welcome to the Family


9/1/1971, San Antonio, Texas, United States

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  • A native of San Antonio, TX, Ricardo Antonio Chavira has worked consistently in all areas of the entertainment industry - film, television and theatre - since arriving in Los Angeles. Film credits include Touchstone's "The Alamo" and several independent films. Television credits include a series regular role on "The Grubbs," recurring roles on "Six Feet Under" and "The Division," and guest star roles on "Joan of Arcadia," "Kingpin," "24" and "JAG," as well as "NYPD Blue" and two other Steven Bocho series, "Philly" and "City of Angels." Chavira starred in a production of "Tracers" at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and has worked at some of the country's top regional theatres, including the La Jolla Playhouse in "Dogeaters"; The Guthrie, in "Jack and Jill"; the San Diego Rep, in "Bandido"; and most recently, the Seattle Rep & Missouri Rep, where he starred in a co-production of "Living Out." Chavira received his Master of Fine Arts degree from UC-San Diego in 2000 and his "D-A-D" degree in 2003, upon the birth of his son Tomas.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Ricardo Antonio Chavira



    Birth Place:

    San Antonio, Texas, United States

    Also Known As

    Ricardo A. Chavira, Richard Antonio Chavira, Ricardo S. Chavira

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    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira (on the birth of his son): The birth of my son completely changed me for the better," he said. "He made me realize I wasn't the most important thing out there. I still sometimes get angry, but it's different now that I'm a parent. I've learned it's just wasted energy.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira (on path of destruction after his mother & best friend died): Alcohol and drug abuse, some gang-related stuff; I delved into some very interesting territory for a while. I got arrested a few times for assault and battery because of bar fights. I would have these huge surges of anger; I once did $900 worth of damage to my car with my bare hands.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira (on the connectivity of Desperate Housewives): It's like the band that comes out with first album and the first album rocks and now it's the sophomore year. I have a sneaky suspicion that that could happen with us because when you start out of the gate that strong, you have nowhere to go but down. Hopefully that doesn't happen. That's why we're about to shoot a new episode and we still don't have a script or schedule because the writers are being meticulous and trying to put out the best product possible.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira (on the reaction from Latinos): I think for the most part that the reaction that I've been getting from a lot of Latinos back in south Texas is just a great amount of pride. I think one of the greatest things about it, which is addressed in the show, is just the fact that both of us are from south Texas. We're both Mexican-American. And more often than not within the entertainment industry, Latinos are Cuban or Puerto Rican. Seldom do you see the Mexican-Americans represented. So, in that respect, I think this is a great opportunity. And I know south Texas is swelling with pride.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira (on his on-screen wife’s affair on Desperate Housewives): Latin women are like, 'Shame on Gabrielle for doing what she's doing. She doesn't know what she's missing!' The men are all, 'Hey, you know your wife's sleeping with your gardener?' And I'm like, 'No s--t, guys.'

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    • Ricardo was nominated in 2008 for a SAG Award along with his Desparate Housewives castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    • Ricardo and wife Marcea Dietzel have a son together, Tomas Antonio Chavira, who was born in 2003.

    • Ricardo married long-time girlfriend Marcea Dietzel in a private ceremony on September 22, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.

    • A year and a half after Ricardo’s mother died, his best friend died in a car accident, after drink driving and crashing into a traffic light pole.

    • Ricardo is San Antonio's honorary spokesman for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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