Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo


11/27/1974, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Kirk Acevedo


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Played an inmate on Oz.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Acevedo: (his thoughts on theater acting) I would say doing theater by far. I get asked all of the time, "What's harder TV, film or theater?" TV's hard for the hours. Film is hard because you just wait around all day. With film if one take didn't come out the way you wanted it to you've got 50 other takes from different angles. In theater you have one chance every night to get it right.

    • Acevedo: (On his role in "The Thin Red Line") I play a scout who's out to get a regiment of men to the battlefield, and he's a bit scarred by the war. It's a totally different movie.

    • Acevedo: (On his character in "Oz") People are seeing you as a character and not a person doing a character. That's the great thing about being an actor.

    • Kirk Acevedo: (on his 'Oz' and audience reaction to stereotypes) We're talking about a specific group of people who have committed crimes -- whether they be white, black or Hispanic. We're not singling any groups out. In the second season, for instance, Luis Guzman tells my character he's 'too white' to be part of the gang. For me personally, it's happened throughout a large part of my childhood where I went to school, in East Harlem, and everyone thought I was white when I'm Hispanic. We incorporated that into the show. But I don't really think it perpetuates stereotypes. I've never had an experience where someone accused something about the show that they thought was racism.

    • Kirk Acevedo: (on his 'Oz' character Migel Alvarez ) I have to admit, it was fun for the first two or three seasons. Then it got really difficult trying to go to that same place over and over just because the first three seasons he was put into situations that were beyond his control. As an actor, I would say those are the scenes I love to do the most because they're more challenging and I'm able to show the sympathetic side.

    • Kirk Acevedo: (on 'Oz' narrator Augustus Hill) If I could switch roles, I'd probably wanna switch with that.

    • Kirk Acevedo: (on 'Oz', Tom Fontana and the penal system) You would have to say that Tom's views about the penal system definitely weigh toward the left and so do mine. I think there's a theme about rehabilitation throughout the whole thing. I definitely think that in the right facility with the right programs inmates can be rehabilitated to live a normal life in society. I think Tom just leans toward that without knocking you over the head with it.

    • Kirk Acevedo: (on 'Oz' writer and creator Tom Fontana) What I enjoy about Tom's writing is that it's very accessible for the actors emotionally. He allows them to go certain places that you wouldn't normally be able to go on some other TV shows.

    • Kirk Acevedo: (his chances on a scale of 1-to-10 of surviving a real prison) I would have to say a '1' just because I think I'd be someone's cupcake.

    • Kirk: Because I'm seen on Oz, a lot of the urban cats in the city are like, 'Yo, I thought you'd be rolling in a Mercedes?' And I'm just like, 'Not at all!' This is cable money. There is a big difference between that and a network. But still I can't complain. It's better than doing a 9 to 5 any day.

  • He is a talented actor. I hope that episode 16 is a sign that his role on Fringe will be growing. If his role as Charlie Francis isn't convincing enough, watch him in OZ as Miguel Alvarez. He definately deserves more air-time.moreless

    Kirk Acevedo's role (agent Charlie Francis) as Olivia Dunham's superior, and go-between with agent Broyles, is not explored enough. I was happy to see his increased importance in episode 16 of Fringe but it needs to be more consistent. That is not to say he should take over the whole show but I'm hoping his role could be expanded and his character further developed. His relationship with Olivia Dunham seems very solid and they seem to trust each other, even if it sometimes requires a couple of clarifying questions. They will risk their lives for one another as Olivia pointed out just before she went out to find the hybrid creature with Walter and Peter. They provide each other support even beyond their investigations, as can be seen in the episode where John Scott is "buried" and Charlie jokes that John had said he loved him too. In fact, I'd be curious to see a flashback of how their friendship evolved.

    It will be interesting to see if this trust will be tested at a later point as more is uncovered in the Pattern. Perhaps Olivia will have to make a choice as to whether Charlie can still be trusted or if he has been gathering information for the other side. That is, depending on the side Olivia is on when all is said and done.

    My only disappointment was the choice of Kirk Acevedo's wife playing his on-screen wife. I don't know if it was the acting or the writing but the relationship seemed too ideal or easy. How can agent Francis' wife be so non-chalant about her husband's job? She was always so peppy. Wouldn't she be more worried? Perhaps it was the comfort level between them that came across and made it seem contrived. I don't know. Otherwise, Charlie Francis is a great character and I hope all the larvae are gone!moreless