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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who is Mario Lopez. Jr.?

Who is Mario Lopez, Jr.? The entertainment and acting world knows him as Mario Lopez, heis an American television host and actor who has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved By The Bell, who he also portrayed as a regular on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as a celebrity guest host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show Extra. He has also hosted America's Best Dance Crew for MTV, and as of 2012, he hosts the reality show of the U.S. version of the singing competition The X Factor, previously with Khloe Kardashian until 2013. Mario was brought back to host a 2nd season of the show slated to debut September 2013.

Early life

Mario Lopez was born October 10, 1973) in San Diego, California in 1973 to Elvia, a telephone clerk, and Mario Sr., who worked for the municipality of National City.[3] He graduated Chula Vista High School in 1991, he wrestled for Chula Vista at the weight class of 160 lbs placing 2nd in the San Diego Section and 7th in the state of California in 1991 as well. He was raised in a large Catholic family, of Filipino descent (Cebu City, Philippines) and Mexican descent (from Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico).[4]

Acting career

Lopez's professional career began in 1984 when he appeared as younger brother Tomás in the short-lived ABC comedy series a.k.a. Pablo.[5] That same year, he was cast as a drummer and dancer on Kids Incorporated. In March 1987, he was cast as a guest star on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls as a Cuban boy named Mario who faces deportation. In 1989, Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater in the popular television sitcom Saved by the Bell, a role which lasted five years
In 1997, Lopez starred as Olympic diver Greg Louganis in the television movie Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story. The following year, he was cast as Bobby Cruz in the USA Network series Pacific Blue. Lopez left the series after two seasons and went on to guest star on Resurrection Blvd., Eve, and The Bad Girl's Guide. In March 2006, Lopez joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful playing the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. On July 18, 2006, he was released from his B&B contract.[6] Later that year, he guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives Christian Troy to jealousy when he sees him naked in the shower in an episode of FX Network's Nip/Tuck during the show's fourth season, which began in Fall 2006. He also made an appearance on George Lopez as a police officer in late 2006. Lopez also guest-starred as a reporter for Extra Sesame Street in the Sesame Street episode "The Veggie Monster" in 2012.
Lopez and Courtney Mazza have a reality show on VH1 called Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby which premiered on November 1, 2010.[7]

Dancing with the Stars

Karina Smirnoff
In the fall of 2006, Lopez signed on as a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars on ABC with professional partner and then-girlfriend Karina Smirnoff who was making her series debut.Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
They finished in second place, losing to the team of

Hosting duties

In 1992, he hosted his first series on NBC called Name Your Adventure. He hosts the serial tabloid Extra, as well as the MTV reality shows America's Best Dance Crew and MTV's Top Pop Group. Lopez is both the host (with Carmen Palumbo) and co-executive producer of Sí TV's Dating Factory. In November 2012, he co-hosted the Fox singing competition The X Factor along with Khloe Kardashian.[8] He will return to the show as host in the new season which begins in September, but Kardashian was confirmed not to be returning.[9] From 2002 – 2005, he was the host of the Animal Planet show Pet Star, despite some difficulty with an allergy to cats.[10]
Lopez has also guest co-hosted The Wendy Williams Show,[11] and MC'ed the gala benefit for the 2010 Pageant of the Masters arts festival in Laguna Beach, California.[12] Starting in 2012 Mario Lopez began hosting his own Nationally Syndicated Radio Show 'ON With Mario Lopez' for Premiere Radio. It streams online daily on iHeartRadio.

Stage career

Lopez made his Broadway debut on April 15, 2008, in the revival of the musical A Chorus Line in the role of Zach.[13][14]


Lopez has published three non-fiction books. The first, Mario Lopez Knockout Fitness, was published in 2008 and written together with Jeff O'Connell (who had previously written a fitness book with LL Cool J).[15] A cookbook, Extra Lean, with various recipes followed in early 2010 and became a New York Times bestseller.[16] A third book, Extra Lean Family, was published in May 2012.[17] He released a children's book entitled Mario and Baby Gia by Celebra Children’s Books (a division of Penguin Books), on September 27, 2011. The book is about Lopez and his infant daughter Gia.[18][19]

Personal life

In 1993, Lopez was accused of date raping an 18-year-old woman,[20] but prosecutors found no evidence to support the allegation, and indeed, multiple witnesses "contradicted the woman's account of her encounter" with Lopez.[21]
Ali Landry 
After six years of dating, Lopez married actress Ali Landry on April 24, 2004, in a Catholic ceremony at the Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.[22] Two weeks later, their marriage was annulled.[22] In a 2011 interview, Lopez admitted that the split occurred after Landry discovered Lopez had been unfaithful to her days before the wedding at his bachelor party.[23] Lopez subsequently dated professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, his Dancing with the Stars partner, from 2006 to June 2008.[24]
In the fall of 2008, Lopez began dating Broadway dancer Courtney Mazza. Lopez and Mazza became engaged over the 2011-2012 New Year's weekend,[25] and married in Mexico on December 1, 2012.[26] They have a daughter, Gia Francesca (born September 2010),[27][28] and a son, Dominic (born September 2013).[29]
In a 2009 interview, Lopez stated that he is Catholic and goes to church every week.[30]
Lopez is a big proponent of health and fitness and was the cover feature for the November 2013 issue of FitnessRX For Men magazine.


Year Film Role Notes
1984–1986 Kids Incorporated Himself (Dancer/Drummer) (Seasons 1-3) TV Show
1986 Chartbusters
Direct-to-video release
The Deacon Street Deer Hector TV movie
1987 The Golden Girls Mario 1987 (1 episode)
1987 Superman the return of the boy wonder TV movie
1988 Colors Felipe's Friend
1989 Saved by the Bell A.C. Slater 1989–1993 (87 episodes)
1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style A.C. Slater TV movie
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years A.C. Slater 1993–1994 (19 episodes)
1994 Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas A.C. Slater TV movie
1995 Saved by the Bell: The New Class A.C. Slater "Goodbye, Bayside Part 2"
1996 Depraved Jessie Mata
Fever Lake Steve Direct-to-video release
Saved by the Bell: The New Class A.C. Slater "Fire at the Max Part 2"
El Cóndor de oro Bodyguard 2
1997 Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story Greg Louganis TV movie
The Journey: Absolution Ryan Murphy
Killing Mr. Griffin Dave Ruggles TV movie
1999 Eastside Antonio Lopez
2000 A Crack in the Floor Lehman
Big Brother Trouble Coach
2002 Outta Time David Morales Alternative titles: The Courier
Out of Time
King Rikki Juan Vallejo Alternative title: The Street King
2002–2005 Pet Star Host
2004 The Soluna Project Antonio TV movie
2005 Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Manu Tuiama/Mainland Surfer (Voice) Direct to video release
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Substitute Minors watcher Film
2006–2010 Nip/Tuck Dr. Mike Hamoui TV
2007 George Lopez (TV series) Police Officer Sanchez 2007 (1 episode)
2007 Holiday in Handcuffs David Martin TV movie
2008 Husband for Hire Marco TV movie
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Zeus the Dog (voice) TV movie
2008–2012 America's Best Dance Crew Himself MTV
2008 Robot Chicken (episode: Boo Cocky) A.C Slater (voice) Television series (voice)
2010 Get Him to the Greek Himself
2010–2011 Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby Himself VH1 (reality show)
2010 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Zeus the Dog (voice)[31] ABC Family TV Film, Sequel to The Dog Who Saved Christmas
2011 Honey 2 Himself Film
H8R Himself Host
The Talk Himself Guest
2011–present Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Himself Host
Extra Himself Host
2012 Sesame Street Himself Extra Sesame Street reporter ("The Veggie Monster")
Are You There, Chelsea? Himself Episode: "Dee Dee's Pillow"
2012 – Present The X Factor Himself Host
2013 The Smurfs 2 Social Smurf (voice)[32] Film

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