PROFILE
Name:
Walter Perez
Birth Date:
South Gate, California, USA
Birth Place:
July 12, 1982
BIOGRAPHY
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August Evening

Background:

“Being an actor in Hollywood is hard work, but being a 'Latino' actor in Hollywood is even harder. Suck it up and keep hustlin'.” Walter Perez

American actor Walter Perez is known to television audiences for his guest appearances in “The District,” “Judging Amy,” “CSI: Miami,” “Free Radio,” “The Closer” and “Grey's Anatomy,” among other shows, as well as for playing Bobby 'Bull' Reyes in five episodes of “Friday Night Lights” (2006). He is also recognized for his appearances in feature film like “Walkout” (HBO, 2006), the winner of the John Cassavetes award, “August Evening” (2007), from which he shared a Los Angeles Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance, “Emilio” (2008),” A Beautiful Life” (2008), “Fame” (2009), “Road to Juarez” (2011) and the box office hit “The Avengers” (2012).

Perez's admirers should look forward to seeing his performances in the upcoming movies “California Winter” (2012) and  “Mission Park” (2012).            

Perez is friends with Peruvian heartthrob, Peter Pasco. He is also a long time fried of “Sleeper Cells” star Luis Chavez.     


Walt Dizzle

Childhood and Family:

Walter Perez was born on July 12, 1982, in South Gate, California, to working class parents. As a child, he frequently directed and starred in homemade movies in which he mimicked his idols like Charlie Chaplin. While in high school, he joined the performing arts group Colors United, with which  he honed his acting, dancing and singing abilities. Walter Perez, whose nicknames are Chunt and Walt   Dizzle, holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Cal State University of Fullerton (CSUF) in Fullerton, California.        


Friday Night Lights

Career:

Walter Perez made his professional screen debut in “Rivals,” a 2003 drama film directed by Miguel M. Espinoza and Selvin G. Tambito and starring Cassie Benavidez, David Boller and Alex Castillo. In the following year, he landed a recurring role on the final season of the CBS police drama series “The District,” playing Tico Rodriguez.  

After a guest spot in “Judging Amy” and appearances in the short films “Before Jackie” and “For Them” (all 2005), Perez  revisited features by playing the supporting role of Anthony Lopez on  the horror/thriller movie  “The 7” (2006), by director Adam Schlachter, and a small part in anotehr horror flick, “Big Bad Wolf” (2006), which won a Silver Award at WorldFest Houston for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Film. He also was featured as a construction worker in the Sundnace Film Festival premiere “Friends with Money” (2006), which was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starred Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan, Simon McBurney, Greg Germann, Ty Burrell and Bobby Coleman. Still in 2006, Perez made his television movie debut in “Walkout,”a HBO drama adapted from a true story of the 1968 East L.A. walkouts. The film was directed by Edward James Olmos and starred Alexa Vega, Efren Ramirez, Michael Peña and Tonantzin Esparza. Additionally, he played the recurring role of Bobby 'Bull' Reyes on the acclaimed prime time drama “Friday Night Lights” (2006).       

Perez was cast as Luis in the Spanish languaged, small budgeted film “August Evening” (2007), by Chris Eska, which won various awards including an Independent Spirit for Cassavetes Award, a Maverick for Best Film at the Woodstock Film Festival, an Ashland Independent Film Festival for Best Film, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Awards (2005 and 2006). Along with other cast members like Veronica Loren, Abel Becerra, Pedro Castaneda and Cesar Flores, Perez jointly nabbed a Los Angeles Film Festival in the category of Best Acting Ensemble.

The South Gate, California native performer continued to guest star in television shows such as  “CSI: Miami” (2007, as Jorge Zamareno), “Free Radio” (2008, as George), “The Closer” (2008, as Oscar Sanchez), “Cold Case” (2010, as Carlos Espinosa),“NCIS: Los Angeles” (2010, as Omar Alvares), “In Plain Sight” (2010, as Leo Olarte) and “Grey's Anatomy” (2010, as Russ). Perez played the title role on the drama film “Emilio” (2008), the story of a kid who took on LA, which was helmed and written by Kim Jorgensen, portrayed Enrico in “A Beautiful Life” (2008), a drama film directed by Alejandro Chomski and starring Debi Mazar, Dana Delany and Bai Ling, co-starred as Victor Tavares on the remake of “Fame” (2009), directed by Kevin Tancharoen, and was featured along with Mia Stallard, Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Sam Shepard, Jordi Mollà, Vincent Perez and Rosanna Arquette in the drama/thriller film “Inhale” (2010), helmed by Baltasar Kormákur. He also appeared in two shorts, “Eliza” (2008) and “Coup de Grace” (2009).    

2011 saw Perez in four films. He first starred with William Forsythe and Pepe Serna in David De Leon's drama, “Road to Juarez,” in which he also served as an associate producer, then appeared with Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell and Spencer Locke in Joseph Kahn's comedy/horror, “Detention,” and supported Christian Serratos, Ross Thomas and Rachele Brooke Smith in Carlos Portugal's romance, “Lip Service.” He also played Tony in the direct to video “Born to Race,” starring Joseph Cross, John Pyper-Ferguson and Brando Eaton. ON the small screen, he made guest appearances in such shows as “Off the Map” (as Roberto), “Chaos” (as Felipe), “The Protector” (as Danny Casas) and “Prime Suspect” (as Ward Foster).

Recently, in 2012, Perez appeared as young shield pilot in a live-action film about the team of Marvel superheroes, “The Avengers,” directed and scripted by Joss Whedon. Premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California., the film received rave reviews from critics and was a huge box office success. Besides, he reunited with “Walkout” co-star Alexa Vega for the Lifetime TV film “The Pregnancy Project” (2012), where he played the role of Jorge, and appeared in episodes of “The River” and “Castle” (both 2012).

Perez has completed filming a supporting role as Carlos on Odin Ozdil's drama film, “California Winter” (2012), starring  opposite Michael Ironside, Rutina Wesley and Erick Avari. He also is scheduled to star as Jason in the forthcoming crime/thriller movie “Mission Park” (2012), by director/writer Bryan Ramirez.     
    
Awards:

Los Angeles Film Festival: Outstanding Performance, “August Evening,” 2007
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