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Jacob Vargas

Biography

Most widely known for using the function of Joker in the 2000 humor movie Next Fri, this Mexican-American display screen professional also appeared in the Sam Mendes-directed battle film Jarhead, and in the Wes Craven-produced horror film The Hills Have got Eye 2. He produced his on-screen debut within an bout of the NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. His early film credits consist of FINAL RESORT and Ernest Would go to Camp. He performed the function of Manolo Sanchez in Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 film, Visitors. Though blessed in Michoacan, Mexico, he transferred to LA, California as a child and grew up in the city’s Pacoima community (situated in the north San Fernando Valley). He and his wife, Sylvia Arzate, welcomed daughters Rose and Ava Victoria in 2004 and 2011, respectively. He portrayed musician Abraham Quintanilla, the sibling from the murdered Mexican-American vocalist Selena, within a 1997 film entitled Selena.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jacob Vargas
Date Of Birth August 18, 1971
Place Of Birth Mexico
Height 1.71 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Mexican
Spouse Sylvia Arzate
Children Ava Victoria Vargas, Rose Vargas
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, ALMA Award for Emerging Artist of the Year
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in Made for Television Movie or Mini-Series
Movies Next Friday, The Hills Have Eyes 2, The 33, Death Race, Devil, Jarhead, Flight of the Phoenix, Selena, Mi Vida Loca, Heaven Is for Real, Traffic, Get Shorty, Sleep Dealer, Gas Food Lodging, The Wendell Baker Story, Road Dogz, Dr. Dolittle 2, Ernest Goes to Camp, American Me, Are We Done Yet?, Crimson Tide, Bobby, Come and Take it Day, The Principal, The Hi-Lo Country, My Family, The Virgin of Juarez, National Lampoon's TV: The Movie, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Cesar Chavez, Airborne, Little Nikita, Red Sky, Love Lies Bleeding, Crossing Point, RFK, Huck & the King of Hearts, The Tell-Tale Heart, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Dragonfly, Steel Justice, Memoirs Of An Evil Stepmother, Wall to Wall Records, Latinologues: Vol. 2, Latinologues: Vol. 1, Finnegan, The Odds
TV Shows Greetings from Tucson, Max Steel, Malibu Shores
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1While working on "Flight of the Phoenix", Jacob Vargas operated the camera to shoot Hugh Laurie's audition tape for "House".
2Born in Mexico, but moved to California at age 1.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beyond Skyline2017completedGarcia
Mosaic2017TV Movie post-production
The Road Home2017pre-productionAmigo
Crushed2016TV Movie completedJose Alturo
King of LA2016TV Short completedIgnacio
In Between the Gutter and the Stars2014Short completedDaniel
Tarantula2017TV SeriesPaja
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life2016Animation Voice (voice)
Luke Cage2016TV SeriesDomingo Colon
Crossing Point2016Jesus
The Tell-Tale Heart2016Adams
Colony2016TV SeriesCarlos
Hand of God2015TV SeriesJulio Farkas
The 332015Edison Peña
Complications2015TV SeriesRamon
Sons of Anarchy2013-2014TV SeriesAllesandro Montez Montez
Heaven Is for Real2014Michael
Blue2013-2014TV SeriesRoy
Red Sky2014/IJorge 'P-Dawg' Vasquez
Cesar Chavez2014Richard Chavez
Water & Power2013Asuncion Garcia
Go for Sisters2013Navajas
The Mentalist2013TV SeriesChief Rick Anaya
Kroll Show2013TV Series
Christine2012TV SeriesRoy
El cocodrilo2012ShortEduardo
Gotten2012Video shortPimp
Filmmaker Intervention2012Short
Machine Gun Justice2011ShortJ. J. Magnum
Reunion2011/VIShortMale Lead
CSI: Miami2011TV SeriesFelix Medina
Medium2011TV SeriesEduardo Garcia
Psych2010TV SeriesJuan Lava
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesTico
Devil2010Ramirez
Burn Notice2010TV SeriesOmar Hernandez
The Odds2010TV MovieSergio Vargas
Cold Case2009TV SeriesAngelo Rivera '09
Tom Cool2009
Death Race2008Gunner
Moonlight2007-2008TV SeriesGuillermo
Sleep Dealer2008Rudy Ramirez
Love Lies Bleeding2008VideoDet. Billy Jones
Finnegan2008TV MovieSmash
The Death and Life of Bobby Z2007Jorge Escobar
Are We Done Yet?2007Mike the Plumber
The Hills Have Eyes II2007Crank
Bobby2006Miguel
The Virgin of Juarez2006Detective Lauro
Numb3rs2006TV SeriesVictor Borrego
TV: The Movie2006Tijuana Cop #2 / Announcer / Charlotte
Jarhead2005Juan Cortez
The Wendell Baker Story2005Reyes Morales
Flight of the Phoenix2004Sammi
CSI: NY2004TV SeriesLuis Torres
Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother2004ShortVincent Enano
E.D.N.Y.2003TV Movie
Greetings from Tucson2002-2003TV SeriesErnesto Tiant Ernesto
Kingpin2003TV Mini-SeriesErnesto 'El Huevudo' Romo
RFK2002TV MovieCesar Chavez
The Proud Family2002TV SeriesBig Alto
Watching Ellie2002TV SeriesMiguel
The Brothers Garcia2002TV SeriesChuey
Dragonfly2002Victor
Turnaround2002Gonzalez
She-Bat2001ShortZer
Max Steel2001TV SeriesDr. Roberto Martinez Berto Martinez
Six Feet Under2001TV SeriesManuel 'Paco' Bolin
Dr. Dolittle 22001Pepito (voice)
Come and Take It Day2001Miguel
Off Limits2001TV SeriesCast
Road Dogz2000Danny Pacheco
Traffic2000Manolo Sanchez
Wall to Wall Records2000TV Movie
Next Friday2000Joker
USMA West Point1998TV Movie
The Hi-Lo Country1998Delfino Mondragon
Clueless1997TV SeriesRicardo
Santa Fe1997Jesus
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion1997Ramon
Selena1997Abie Quintanilla
The Pretender1996TV SeriesJavi Padillo
Malibu Shores1996TV SeriesBenny
ER1995TV SeriesDiablo
JAG1995TV SeriesCorporal Cortez
Get Shorty1995Yayo Portillo
Hotel Oasis1995ShortYoung Book Salesman
Crimson Tide1995Sonarman #2
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV SeriesPrince Luis
My Family1995Young Jose
Huck and the King of Hearts1994Pedro
Fatal Instinct1993Flower Delivery Man
Silent Rain1993ShortDave Alvers
Airborne1993Snake
Mi vida loca1993Ernesto
Full House1992TV SeriesEnrique
Judgement1992Hispanic Boy
Steel Justice1992TV MovieArturo Gomez
American Me1992Paulito - age 15
Gas, Food Lodging1992Javier
Seeds of Tragedy1991TV MovieCholo #2
Never Forget1991TV MovieStudent
The New Adam-121991TV SeriesCollins
The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake1990TV MovieMiguel
Crack House1989Danny
Hard Time on Planet Earth1989TV SeriesBilly
Little Nikita1988Miguel
The Tracey Ullman Show1987TV SeriesTaco Place Manager
The Principal1987Arturo Diego
Ernest Goes to Camp1987Butch 'Bubba' Vargas
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesStudent #2
Last Resort1986Carlos
Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story1986TV MovieEnrique Mendoza
The Children of Times Square1986TV MovieAlberto
Hunter1986TV SeriesEmilio Morales

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crossing Point2016co-producer
TV: The Movie2006co-producer
Road Dogz2000executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Journey of a Female Comic2014DocumentaryHimself
Behind the Scenes of Gotten2012Documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Jarhead Diaries2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Drop2005TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Phoenix Diaries2005Video documentary shortHimself
5th Annual Prism Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2001 ALMA Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
¡Mi Gente! My People!1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lives in Hazard1994TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pretender1998TV SeriesJavi Padillo

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Broad Humor AwardBroad HumorBest ActorIn Between the Gutter and the Stars (2014)
2006Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearBobby (2006)· Harry Belafonte
· Joy Bryant
· Nick Cannon
· Emilio Estevez
· Laurence Fishburne
· Brian Geraghty
· Heather Graham
· Anthony Hopkins
· Helen Hunt
· Joshua Jackson
· David Krumholtz
· Ashton Kutcher
· Shia LaBeouf
· Lindsay Lohan
· William H. Macy
· Svetlana Metkina
· Demi Moore
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Martin Sheen
· Christian Slater
· Sharon Stone
· Mary Elizabeth Winstead
· Elijah Wood
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureTraffic (2000)· Steven Bauer
· Benjamin Bratt
· James Brolin
· Don Cheadle
· Erika Christensen
· Clifton Collins Jr.
· Benicio Del Toro
· Michael Douglas
· Miguel Ferrer
· Albert Finney
· Topher Grace
· Luis Guzmán
· Amy Irving
· Tomas Milian
· D.W. Moffett
· Dennis Quaid
· Peter Riegert
· Catherine Zeta-Jones
1995NCLR Bravo AwardNCLR Bravo AwardsEmerging Artist of the Year

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleBobby (2006)· Demi Moore
· Sharon Stone
· Nick Cannon
· Joy Bryant
· Anthony Hopkins
· Lindsay Lohan
· Elijah Wood
· Helen Hunt
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Ashton Kutcher
· William H. Macy
· Martin Sheen
· Christian Slater
· Shia LaBeouf
· Laurence Fishburne
· Heather Graham
· Mary Elizabeth Winstead
· Svetlana Metkina
· Harry Belafonte
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobby (2006)· Harry Belafonte
· Joy Bryant
· Nick Cannon
· Emilio Estevez
· Laurence Fishburne
· Brian Geraghty
· Heather Graham
· Anthony Hopkins
· Helen Hunt
· Joshua Jackson
· David Krumholtz
· Ashton Kutcher
· Shia LaBeouf
· Lindsay Lohan
· William H. Macy
· Svetlana Metkina
· Demi Moore
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Martin Sheen
· Christian Slater
· Sharon Stone
· Mary Elizabeth Winstead
· Elijah Wood
2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or MiniseriesRoad Dogz (2000)
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or SpecialHard Time on Planet Earth (1989)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy SeriesThe Tracey Ullman Show (1987)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Principal (1987)
1987Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actor, Guest Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama SeriesHunter (1984)


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