Ricardo Antonio Chavira

Ricardo Antonio Chavira


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

Birth Name

Ricardo Antonio Chavira



Also Known As

Ricardo S. Chavira, Richard Antonio Chavira, Ricardo A. Chavira
out of 10
User Rating
127 votes


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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Ricardo received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the highly regarded UC San Diego's Professional Actor Training Program in 2000.

    • Ricardo was prominently featured in the "50 Most Beautiful" issue of People En Espanol in May 2006.

    • Between seasons of Desperate Housewives, Ricardo took part of the annual European Press Tour for the show.

    • Ricardo was the National Team Captain for the "Race for the Cure" campaign in Washington DC on June 4th, 2006.

    • The Latino Commission on AIDS presented Ricardo with the ILKA Award at their 10th Annual Cielo Latino benefit gala in May 2006.

    • As of 2006, Ricardo's father is a Judge in Bexar County, Texas, and oversees all child support cases.

    • Ricardo began acting in his senior year at Robert E. Lee High School, initially as a way to meet girls. It soon became evident that it also helped him cope with the death of his mother from breast & ovarian cancer when she was only 43, and he was 15.

    • Ricardo and fellow Desperate Housewives star, James Denton, joined forces to help raise $10 million to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Lee National Denim Day. Ricardo and James called on fans and workers nationwide to join them October 7, 2005 in wearing denim to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They raised millions of dollars for research and education on the disease.

    • Ricardo was a guest on the tv-show Joan of Arcadia in 2003 in the episode, The Boat.

    • Chavira is nothing like his charactor: he is very nice and laid back.

    • Ricardo will be the first male ever to be featured on the cover of Catalina Magazene, the largest lifestyle magazine among Hispanic women.

    • Ricardo has been in numerous plays in many theaters including Jack and Jill and Bandido.

    • He attended the 2006 ALMA awards hosted by his t.v. wife on Desperate Housewives (Eva Logoria).

    • Rocardo starred in a production of Tracers at the Odessey Theater in L.A.

    • His mother had three masters- in public health, anthropology, and theology.

    • His father was the first in his family to go to colledge and was a judge.

    • He was introduced to acting in his senior year of high school.

    • He has been in many movies including The Alamo (2004) and Barstow 2008 (2001).

    • Ricardo has also been in the Spanish movies Así sucede en los pueblos (1987) and De Vaqueros, aventuras y mas cosas (1987).

    • He was in the Mexican movie (in Spanish) Video de Rock (1987).

    • Curently he is working on the movie Chasing 3000 (2006) where he played Dr. Boogie and Rockaway (2007) where he plays Dave.

    • He and castmate (on Desperate Housewives) James Denton raised 10 million dollars for breast cancer.

    • Last June he served as the National Team Captain for the "Race for the Cure" in Washington DC.

    • His mother died of breast cancer when he was 15.

    • He is helping the fight against breast cancer.

    • He has worked in film, television, and theatre.

    • He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School.

    • Date of birth (location)1 September 1971
      San Antonio, Texas, USA.

    • He will be the guest speaker at the 2005 Warren College Commencement at his alma mater, UCSD.

    • Ricardo received his undergraduate degree at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

    • Has a son named Tomas Antonio Chavira eas born in 2003.

    • He is of Mexican, German and Irish descent.

    • He holds an MFA in Acting from University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

    • His birth name is Ricardo Antonio Chavira.

    • The producers of Desperate Housewives believed Ricardo was too young and not suave enough to play Carlos Solis, and as a result, he almost did not get the role.

  • Quotes

    • 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.'

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira: I'm getting paid to work around beautiful women. I don't have to work too hard. It's the women on the show who are really working. I have an easy schedule.
      At the In Style party, I was thinking, 'Oh my Gosh, these are the people you watch on TV.' Then I thought, 'No, these are your peers.' And that made me feel really good. Then I had a big stiff drink.

    • Ricardo (on the off-screen relationships with the Desperate Housewives cast): Eva and I get along great. We work together 90, 95 per cent of the time. The other five or 10 per cent, I run into the other women in hair or make-up or passing in the corridors moving from one scene to the next and when I work with them, they're nice and charming and sweet with me.

    • Ricardo A. Chavira(talking about his costar Eva Longoria): You know what? It's all good. It's all gravy. She's a great lady and I'm real happy for her and Tony. You know, if her being a huge Spurs fan gives them a little more attention, well, that's awesome.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:You know, she and I get along very well. We're both from south Texas and the chemistry just kind of existed naturally. You know, I just feel very blessed.(talking about his costar on Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:(Laughs) If they would allow him to have more balls.(what he'd change about his character on desperate housewives)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira: The show is no longer on, but the father from 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' God, that is a good character. He has all those nice zingers and it is all effortless. Peter Boyle is a wonderful actor. I had the opportunity to meet him and he is a real gentleman.(talking about a character he'd like to be one day)

    • Ricardo A. Chavira: wasn't really involved in at all, but the whole nun fight scene was great. And there was also this scene when my character and Eva's character were trying to convince Xiao-Mei, played by Gwendoline Yeo, to be the surrogate of our child. That whole situation was funny. We had a great time shooting it.(talking about his favourite moment from season 2 on desperate housewives)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:I didn't realize that people were going to react so strongly to the plot about Carlos tampering with Gabrielle's birth control. I put the fear of God into women around the world. You hear stories about women who stop taking it and then the husbend get blindsided, so I think it's hilarious that it's reversing the perspective.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:It was amazing to see someone who looks like Eva pigging out camera. We get to see a beautiful woman eating junk food. On camera-hell, off camera-that's all she does is eat. She's just like a little furnace. I have no idea how she stays in shape because all she does is eat. If I ate thatmuch I'd be 240 pounds.(talking about Eva Longoria)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:When the cable guy first comes in the house he makes a comment about the candles Gavrielle is burning. It was a little tip off for later when he turns out to be gay. It's really nice the way the writers plant stuff like that. It's really subtle. They're not slapping you in the face with, "Here's our gay cable guy," but you pick up on something there.(talking about one scene on Desperate Housewives)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:This show is perfect for our times because of all the problems that we have been facing: the socioeconomic issues is our country. There's not a lot of hapiness going on out there in the world. People are struggling. Gas prices are high. Jobs are getting cut. You need something to distract yourself. When you watch Gabrielle and Carlos doing their laundry inthe hot tub, you can at least laugh about it. It distracts you just enough to make things bearable.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:On monday mornings at work people talk about the show and it sparks communication between the sexes.It makes for a better relationship. Maybe the guy really wants to have a baby and the woman's not sure. And then that birth comtrol scene pops up. What kind of conversation happens on that couch? I bet woman who saw that picked a whole new place to keep their birth control.(talking about desperate housewives)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:One of the reasons the show is so popular is because people'd always rather laugh and talk about someone else's dirty laundry then their own. People are gossips, chismosas, as we say in Spanish.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:I had a darker, more macho side when I was younger. From ages 18 to 21 that was pretty much the face that I wore whenever I interacted with the world. Now that I'm older I don't do that. Especially with the birth of my son, I try to make things work out.

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:The other thing that I found great with respect to my character was that, here's this guy who's very powerful,very rich, and very Latino. He's obviously got a macho streak to him. But he's a cuckold. Normally, the Latino guy is the Don Juan. He'd be the one having the affair. So I thought it was really interesting.(talking about Desperate Housewives)

    • Ricardo Antonio Chavira:There was so much that appealed to me about the pilot. Number one, you've got Latinos and they're the richest family on the block. But they don't beat you over the head with the fact that the Solises are Latino. They could have been any race.(talking about his character on Desperate Housewives)

    • Ricardo (talking about realizing his fame): I guess when I had to come up to Chicago to do the Thanksgiving Day parade and just walking down Michigan Avenue and people were saying, 'Oh, my God, that's the guy from Desperate Housewives.'

  • Underappreciated talent

    Like many, I was not familiar with Ricardo Antonio Chavira until he starred in Desperate Housewives. Initally his acting appeared to be a bit stiff in the pilot episode; this is understandable as he was just getting into his character at the point. Over the duration of the first season, though, he just kept getting better and better.

    Ricardo's chemistry with Eva Longoria and the way he carries his character in a way that is alternatively funny, frightening or sympthathetic, is marvelous.

    I am am looking forward to watching his career progress and I believe he deserves more recognition.moreless
  • Good Actor!

    The first time I saw Ricardo was on Desperate Housewives. His character Carlos was meant to be an asshole. He didn't play it very well and was very one noted. But then slowly he started to become great at the character. He has a great chemistry with Eva Longoria more than Jesse Metcalfe does with her. At the end of the season Ricardo was one of the best male actor on the show besides maybe Steven Culp and Mark Moses. What too bad for Ricardo is he doesn't get much attention as his extremely overrated costar Jesse Metcalfe. He's doing a great job on the show and hopefully, he has some more to the show off his acting talent to us on the show.moreless