Harvard graduate Nestor Carbonell first struck gold on television when he costarred as staff photographer Luis Rivera on the hit NBC sitcom starring Brooke Shields, "Suddenly Susan" (1996-2000), which won him two ALMA Awards in 1998 and 1999, both for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Afterward, he had the recurring role of Peter Terrano (2000) in the Showtime dramatic series "Resurrection Blvd," costarred as Batmanuel in the Fox comic book-based live action series "The Tick" (2001), and starred as Tom Montero in the CBS science fiction legal drama "Century City" (2004).
Carbonell also played Jonas Rey (2004-2006), a self-made billionaire and the husband to Rosa Blasi's Dr. Luisa "Lu" Magdalena Delgado, in the Lifetime medical drama "Strong Medicine," provided the voice of Señor Senior Jr. (2002-2007) in Disney Channel’s Emmy Award winning animated series "Kim Possible," and costarred as Frank Duque, Hector Elizondo's impulsive firstborn son, in the CBS serial drama "Cane" (2007). He now plays Dr. Richard Alpert in the critically acclaimed ABC survivor drama "Lost."
On the wide screen, moviegoers could catch him starring in such films as "Jack the Dog" (2001), "The Laramie Project" (2002), "Manhood" (2003), "The Lost City" (2005), "Smokin' Aces" (2006) and "Killer Movie" (2008). He then appeared in the Batman sequel, "The Dark Knight," and will provide his voice to the animated movie "Noah's Ark: The New Beginning."
The 5' 11" actor has been married to Australian actress Shannon Kenny since 2001 and is the proud father of two sons.
Childhood and Family:
Born in New York, New York, on December 1, 1967, Nestor Gaston Carbonell was raised in more than a dozen places, including Mexico, Venezuela, England, Florida, Connecticut, and the Bahamas and Spanish was actually his first language. His father worked for an international company and frequently had to move the family. He is active in the Cuban-American community and has held senior positions at Pepsi. He also fought in the Bay of Pigs and his brother was assassinated by Fidel Castro's forces. Nestor himself is one of many Overseers for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a leading non-sectarian international relief and humanitarian aid organization based in the U.S.
After attending prep school, Nestor enrolled as an English major at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelors degree in 1990.
While working in the movie “Attention Shoppers” (2000), Nestor met Australian actress Shannon Kenny (born on May 26, 1971). They were married on January 3, 2001, in Sydney, Australia, and have two sons, Rafael and Marco. Nestor and his family currently reside in Los Angeles.
Jack the Dog
Bitten by the acting bug at Harvard, Nestor Carbonell starred in the Harvard production of William Mastrosimone's “Extremities,” Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge,” “House of Games,” and William Shakespeare's “The Tempest.” He later starred in the off Broadway world premier of the two character play “A Silent Thunder and The Doctor is Out” at San Diego's Old Globe theater.
After receiving his degree from Harvard, Carbonell made his primetime TV acting debut with a guest spot in a November 1991 episode of NBC's series "Law & Order." He then appeared in guest roles in an episode of FOX’s hit primetime soap opera "Melrose Place" and two episodes of NBC’s sitcom "A Different World." He also appeared in the mystery TV movie "Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice" (1994), starring Louis Gossett Jr. Carbonell then starred as Gianni, a gigolo kept by older wealthy women, in the short-lived WB sitcom "Muscle" (1995; with Amy Pietz, Wendy Benson, Alan Ruck, and Michael Boatman) and appeared in the 30 minute romantic comedy directed by Jeff Fisher, "Garage Sale" (1996), alongside Claire Forlani.
In 1996, Carbonell scored his first big break when he snagged the regular role of Luis Rivera, the staff photographer, on the hit NBC sitcom starring Brooke Shields, "Suddenly Susan." He stayed on the show from the premiere on September 19, 1996, until the finale episode on December 26, 2000. For his performance in the show, Carbonell won two ALMA Awards in 1998 and 1999, both for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. While on the series, he also guest starred in an episode of the NBC sitcoms "The John Larroquette Show," "Veronica's Closet," and "Encore! Encore!"
Entering the new millennium, Carbonell portrayed Panamanian military commander Giroldi in the dramatic TV movie "Noriega: God's Favorite," and had a recurring role as Peter Terrano in the Showtime dramatic series "Resurrection Blvd," starring Michael DeLorenzo and Nicholas Gonzalez. He also co-wrote and starred in the Philip Charles MacKenzie directed independent comedy film "Attention Shoppers," where he met his wife, Shannon Kenny.
2001 saw Carbonell return to series TV as a costar of the Fox live action series based on the popular comic book "The Tick." In the show that stars Patrick Warburton in the title role, Carbonell portrayed Batmanuel, a parody of Batman. The series only lasted 9 episodes.
Carbonell then starred in Edgar Pablos' 22 minute short "Agua Dulce," played the title role in Bobby Roth's Sundance screened indie "Jack the Dog," and costarred with Tony Perez in Regina Don's short "New Suits." He also supported Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, and Elizabeth Taylor in the TV movie "These Old Broads."
From 2002 to 2007, Carbonell provided the voice of Señor Senior Jr. in the Disney Channel Emmy Award winning animated television series "Kim Possible." During this time, he also continued acting in films and portrayed playwright and director Moisés Kaufman in Kaufman's film adaptation of his own play, "The Laramie Project" (2002), and reprised his "Jack the Dog" role in its follow-up movie, "Manhood" (2003; with John Ritter and Janeane Garofalo).
Carbonell received a President Award-Star on the Horizon at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival in 2003. Afterward, he starred in the CBS television series "Century City" (2004), alongside Viola Davis and Ioan Gruffudd, and costarred as Jonas Rey, a local self-made billionaire and the husband to Rosa Blasi's Dr. Luisa "Lu" Magdalena Delgado, in the Lifetime medical drama "Strong Medicine," (2004 to 2006). Carbonell was also spotted as a guest in ‘’Static Shock," "Ally McBeal," "The Division," "Monk," "Scrubs," "Justice League," "House M.D.," "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers," "Commander in Chief," ‘’Cold Case," "Day Break," "Andy Barker, P.I.," "American Dragon: Jake Long" (voice), and "Queens Supreme," and starred in the dramatic made-for-television movie "Fertile Ground" (2005). On the wide screen, he could be seen in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut, "The Lost City" (2005), a drama set in Havana, Cuba, in the late 1950's in which he costarred as Luis, the brother of a prominent nightclub owner (played by Garcia) who joins the democratic opposition. The film also featured Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. The following year, he was reunited with Garcia in writer/director Joe Carnahan's film "Smokin' Aces," starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Piven.
About the movie, Carbonell commented, "I think that the reason the movie works so well is because the violence is so well balanced with the comedy. On my first day, I got to take a blow torch to a man's genitals, which was only funny when I saw it on screen. But I mean, how often do you get to play something as dark as that and still make it funny? So, for me, it was just a dream to get this job and to be able to work with this phenomenal cast."
Carbonell then played Frank Duque in the serial drama about a Latino family working together to operate a rum business in South Florida, "Cane," which aired on CBS from September 25 to December 18, 2007. He also played Dr. Richard Alpert, Ben's (played by Michael Emerson) advisor, in the third and fourth seasons (2007-2008) of the acclaimed ABC survivor drama, "Lost." Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch him in writer/director Jeff Fisher's film "Killer Movie" (2008; starring Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco, Torrey DeVitto, and Leighton Meester), which premiered during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Carbonell was seen in the successful film "The Dark Knight," a sequel to 2005's “Batman Begins.” He will soon wrap up "Noah's Ark: The New Beginning," an animated film featuring a voice cast that includes Michael Keaton, Ben Kingsley, and Elliott Gould.
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: President Award-Star on the Horizon, 2003
ALMA: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, "Suddenly Susan," 1999
ALMA: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, "Suddenly Susan," 1998