J.W. Cortes is an officer with the New York MTA Police Department. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and rose to the level of Gunnery Sergeant during his 13-year stint. Staying true to his childhood dream, he pursued acting and even tried his hand in writing and directing. Some of his acting credits include The Last Airbender, Hot Tamales Live: Spicy, Hot and Hilarious, As Good as Dead, Conscientious Objector, which also marked his directorial debut.
In 2012, Cortes joined the cast of NBC's reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes as an operative.
-He served two years in Canberra, Australia as an Embassy Guard as well at the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
2012 Stars Earn Stripes (TV series)
2012 I'm Okay (short)
2011/I Paper Weight (short)
2011 Gun Hill Road
2010 The Last Airbender
2010 As Good as Dead
2009 Mercy (TV series)
2009 A Kiss of Chaos
2009 Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Video Game)
2009 Cloud Gazing (video)
2008 Sandman's Box (short)
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game)
2008 Guiding Light (TV series)
2007 American Gangster
2007 We Own the Night
2003 Hot Tamales Live: Spicy, Hot and Hilarious (video)