American actor Yancey Arias was born on June 27, 1971 in New York City. Born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Colombian father, he initially aspired to become a baseball player, until he got the lead role in a school musical during his freshman year at Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island. He started training in drama afterwards, eventually studying theater at Carnegie Mellon University, while taking occasional film and television roles to support his efforts. He never got to finish his studies, but he got his big break nevertheless in 1992, when he was given an understudy job in the Broadway production of critically-acclaimed musical Miss Saigon.
After guest roles in One Life to Live, New York Undercover, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, JAG and NYPD Blue, among others, Arias was finally given a starring role in the 2000 production of The Wild Party. He got his first major film exposure in 2002, when he was cast as Toren in the action-adventure film The Time Machine. It was quickly followed by stints in The Shield, CSI: Miami and The Division. He was cast as the lead character, drug trafficker Miguel Cadena, in the NBC crime miniseries Kingpin. He also played a major supporting role in another mini-series, Thief, where he played claustrophobic ladies’ man Gabo.
Arias more recently made guest appearances in shows like Half & Half, CSI, Night Stalker, In Justice, Drive and Numb3rs. His most recent films include Live Free or Die Hard, Detention and Hotel California. He has also fulfilled his earlier dream of being a baseball player, playing for a local baseball league in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2005. His future projects include the film Fire Bay, and the television series Knight Rider, where he played the supporting role of Alex Torres.