Robert is best known for his role as Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager. However, most Trek fans probably didn't know that he has been appearing rather steadily since 1979 in both theater and in films.
Robert is the seventh son of first generation Mexican-American parents, and has seven brothers and two sisters. He was born in Bakersfield, California where he attended East Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College. He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Theater Arts and moved on to Los Angeles to begin his acting career.
Robert founded and co-directed the East LA Classic Theater Group. He is also a member of the Classical Theater Lab, an ensemble of professional actors who co-produced his production of Hamlet in 1997, which he directed as well as starred in.
Currently, Robert has been keeping very busy with his poetry readings, appearances in various television projects, and onstage - which is his first love.
Robert is single (according to the last interview that was available), and hasn't any children.