Ricardo Antonio Chavira


Date Of Birth

September 1, 1971


Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis

Born on September 1, 1971 and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Ricardo Antonio Chavira attended the Robert E. Lee High School (now known as the Performing Arts School). Upon graduating, he pursued his tertiary education at the University of the Incarnate Word, and then earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the UC San Diego's Professional Actor Training Program.

He relocated to Los Angeles shortly after completing his academics, and since then, has worked steadily in the film, television and theater industries. He began his movie career by working on several student films, three of which were directed by Hector Negrete, a UCLA film student at the time. The three films, I Ain't Mad at You, The Ex-Factor and Still Down, showcased Chavira's acting prowess in both comedy and drama. From there, he embarked on a series of independent movies, as well as on The Alamo by Touchstone Pictures.

As for his stage experience, Chavira has worked with a variety of well-known theaters in and out of Los Angeles, including the Odyssey Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Guthrie, the San Diego Rep, the Seattle Rep and the Missouri Rep. Among his theater projects are Tracers, Dogeaters, Bandido and Living Out.

Before he started appearing as Carlos Solis on the hit television drama/comedy series, Desperate Housewives, Chavira had worked on many different shows, including The Grubbs, Six Feet Under , The Division, Joan of Arcadia, Kingpin, 24 , JAG, NYPD Blue, Philly and City of Angels. He used his popularity from the show to further advocate the fight against breast cancer. Chavira has been involved in the cause since he was 15 years old, the time when his mother, Elizabeth Ries Chavira, lost her own battle with breast and ovarian cancer. Additionally, Chavira is the spokesperson (from San Antonio) for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and was a co-spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day breast cancer fundraiser in 2005.

Place of Birth

San Antonio, Texas

Birth Name

Ricardo Antonio Chavira



Fun Facts

- He and his wife Marcea Dietzel married in September 2007. They have a son named Tomas Antonio and a daughter named Belen Elysabeth.

- He was educated at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

- His father, Juan Antonio Chavira, is a judge.

- He is left-handed.

- He received his MFA in acting from the University of California, San Diego.



2006: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "Desperate Housewives". Shared.
2005: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "Desperate Housewives". Shared.


2004-2011: Desperate Housewives (TV series) - Carlos Solis
2011: Dead Space: Aftermath (video) - Alejandro Borges
2010: Piranha - Sam
2010: Chasing 3000 - Dr. Boogie
2009: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (video) - Major Force (voice)
2009: Don't Let Me Drown - Dionisio
2008: Saving God - Rev. Danny Christopher
2008: Days of Wrath - Detective Romeros
2007-2008: Monk (TV series) - Jimmy Belmont
2008: Ball Don't Lie - Ruben
2007: Rockaway - Dave
2007: Kings of South Beach (TV movie) - Enrique
2007: Cosmic Radio - Vasquez
2005: George Lopez (TV series) - Victor
2004: The Alamo - Private Gregorio Esparza
2001-2003: JAG (TV series) - Capt. Rapaport
2003: Joan of Arcadia (TV series) - Sgt. Eddie Fosberg
2002: The Division (TV series) - Bernard/Bernard - DEA Agent
2002: Six Feet Under (TV series) - Ramon
2002: 24 (TV series) - Bundy
2002: Boris (short) - Frank
2002: The Grubbs (TV series) - Coach Garra
2001: Philly (TV series) - A.D.A. Eddie Price
2001: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Customs Off. Kenny Sotomayor
2001: Barstow 2008 - Guaco
1987: De Vaqueros, aventuras y mas cosas (short)
1987: Así sucede en los pueblos (short)


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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