RICK GONZALEZ’s talent and choice of roles have him
poised to arrive as a major leading man in Hollywood.
On the silver screen Gonzalez has a lead role in the
thriller Illegal Tender, from producer John Singleton and
writer/director Franc. Reyes. The movie tracks a young
Latino man (Gonzalez) on the run to clear his family name
and save his mother’s (Wanda De Jesus) life. He also
appeared in Dimension Films’ supernatural thriller Pulse,
a film about a web site hoax that turns deadly when a
supernatural force begins controlling and dominating the
lives of those who log on.
Gonzalez received critical acclaim for his star-making
performance as Timo Cruz in Paramount’s Coach
Carter, opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Based on a true
story, this inspirational film stars Jackson as a high
school basketball coach who benched his undefeated
team due to their collective poor academic record.
Gonzalez’s Cruz is the heart of the film; he portrayed a
young man torn between his roots and a burning desire
to achieve, both in basketball and in the classroom. In
Roll Bounce, a 1970s roller skating coming-of-age
comedy from 20th Century Fox, Gonzalez played the role
of Naps, a young Latino who takes part in the annual
Roller Jam competition on the more affluent side of the
tracks. Gonzalez was seen in Steven Spielberg’s
updated version of the H.G. Wells’ classic War of the
Worlds, in which he starred opposite Tom Cruise.
Hollywood first began to take notice when Gonzalez won
the role of Primo, opposite Laurence Fishburne, in the
motorcycle actioner Biker Boyz for DreamWorks. He
followed this memorable role by winning a spot as a
member of Dennis Quaid’s struggling baseball team in
Disney’s box-office hit, The Rookie. Additional big
screen credits include My Mother’s Curse alongside
Seth Rogen, Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah, New
Line’s drama Pride and Glory, Dimension Films’
Quebec, the ensemble comedy Old School, with Luke
Wilson and Vince Vaughn and the independent films:
Commencement, Flying Lessons, Emergo, First Snow,
What We Do is Secret, Oranges, and Laurel Canyon,
with Frances McDormand and Kate Beckinsale.
In the television realm, Rick most recently starred on the
CW hit Reaper. Rick had a recurring role on the David E.
Kelly drama Boston Public. Additional television credits
include guest turns on Bones, The Closer, The
Protector, Castle, the new NBC show Bent, Medium,
CSI Miami, CSI, The Shield, ER, Law & Order: SVU.
Of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, Gonzalez was
trained at New York’s High School of the Performing
Arts, where he excelled in basketball and baseball.
While in the city, he appeared in numerous off-Broadway
productions at the Harold Clurman Theatre.
Gonzalez currently resides in Los Angeles.