Hector Elizondo is an American actor who has appeared in over eighty films and a number of television shows and plays, but he is best known for his role on the hit series Chicago Hope. He was born on December 22, 1936 in New York City, the son of Puerto Rican immigrants. He attended the High School for the Performing Arts and later the City College of New York, though he dropped out. Ballet captured his interest, and he trained at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall. His acting career began on the stage, and he slowly gained popularity as a supporting actor, eventually winning an Obie award for his role in The Steambath. In the 1970s, he starred in a one season TV series called Popi, which, while not a critical success, was one of the first series to portray the Latin American community in America. He would go on to have a small role in the blockbuster Pretty Woman, and then Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries. He won an Emmy award for his role on Chicago Hope. Elizondo stepped in as Adrian Monk's psychiatrist in the 7th season of the award winning series, Monk, when Stanley Kamel suddenly passed away after the 6th season of the series.