Jon Seda


Date Of Birth

14 October, 1970


Actor Jonathan Seda was born on October 14, 1970 in New York City. Born to Puerto Rican parents, he spent his childhood growing up in Clifton, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he decided to pursue a career as a boxer, eventually participating in numerous competitions. Throughout his career, he won all but one of 22 bouts.

Seda later decided to shift to acting, staging his debut in the 1992 boxing film Gladiator. From there, he starred in numerous other features. He first made his name as an actor in 1994, when he appeared in the film I Like It Like That; he later earned a nomination from the following year’s Independent Spirit Awards. In 1996, his performance in the film The Sunchaser gave him another nomination, this time from that year’s Cannes Film Festival. However, he became further known to audiences for his role in the 1997 biopic Selena, which starred Jennifer Lopez as the murdered Mexican pop superstar; he played her wife, Chris Perez.

Seda jumped to television in the same year, taking a role in the crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street. Upon its cancellation in 1999, he immediately jumped to another series, Third Watch, where he stayed for seven episodes. He took prominent roles in other television series such as UC: Undercover and Kevin Hill, before taking a role in the second season of the legal drama Close to Home. During the time, he continued pursuing roles in film; he appeared in releases such as Love the Hard Way, Undisputed, Bad Boys II and One Long Night.

In 2010l, Seda joined the cast of the mini-series The Pacific as Sgt. John Basilone. The following year, he landed the role of Nelson Hidalgo on the HBO series Treme. In 2014, he became part of the cast of the TV series Chicago PD.

Place of Birth

New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Jonathan Seda



Fun Facts

-He has three children with wife Lisa Gomez. -As a boxer, he as a record of 21-1 and was runner up in NJ Golden Gloves competition.


1 win & 4 nominations.

2000: (won) Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards - Margo Albert Award

Most Promising Actor


2014 Chicago PD (TV series)
2011 Treme (TV series)
2011 Larry Crowne
2011 A Day Without Rain (short)
2010 Hawaii Five-0 (TV series)
2010 The Closer (TV series)
2010 Burn Notice (TV series)
2010 The Pacific (TV mini-series)
2010 Numb3rs (TV series)
2010 Cutthroat (TV movie)
2010 Legally Mad (TV movie)
2009 House M.D. (TV series)
2009 One Hot Summer (TV movie)
2008 CSI: Miami (TV series)
2006-2007 Close to Home (TV series)
2006 Ghost Whisperer (TV series)
2004-2005 Kevin Hill (TV series)
2004 The Jury (TV series)
2004 Las Vegas (TV series)
2003 Hack (TV series)
2003 Bad Boys II
1997-2003 Oz (TV series)
2002 Undisputed
2002 King Rikki
2001-2002 UC: Undercover (TV series)
2001 Double Bang
2001 Love the Hard Way
2000 Thin Air (TV movie)
2000 Price of Glory
2000 Homicide: The Movie (TV movie)
1999-2000 Third Watch (TV series)
2000 Good Guys/Bad Guys (TV movie)
2000 Little Pieces
1997-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV series)
1997 Law & Order (TV series)
1997 The Price of Kissing
1997 Selena
1996 Mistrial (TV movie)
1996 Dear God
1996 The Sunchaser
1996 Primal Fear
1995 Under Fire (TV series)
1995 Twelve Monkeys
1995 Boys on the Side
1995 New York Undercover (TV series)
1994 NYPD Blue (TV series)
1994 I Like It Like That
1993 Carlito's Way
1993 New York Cop
1993 Daybreak (TV movie)
1992 Gladiator
1992 Zebrahead


5' 7" (1.70 m)


"I ran into a couple of guys who were boxers. They talked me into working out at their gym. I became obsessed with boxing and the idea of becoming a champion. I was hoping to compete in the 1992 Olympics...But I got a lead [acting]. Suddenly I was making more money than I ever dreamed possible, so I decided to pursue the acting route. It certainly was easier on my face and body."

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