JACOB VARGAS (Pilot) gave a memorable performance as a Tijuana cop in Steven Soderbergh's highly acclaimed thriller Traffic last year, for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award.
His first break came
after he was discovered
break-dancing in a local
schoolyard and was cast as a street dancer on the popular television series Different
strokes. He first registered strongly with movie audiences with his performance as the son of a deaf woman in Gas Food
Lodging. Director Allison Anders cast him again in her controversial film about female gangs,
Mi Vida Loca. Vargas next played opposite Jennifer Lopez in Gregory Nava's
My Family/ Mi Familia, receiving the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Bravo Award for Emerging Artist of the Year". He worked opposite
Jennifer Lopez again in Selena.
Vargas has had memorable cameo roles in such films as Get
Short, Crimson Tide and Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion. He later appeared in Stephen
Frears' The Hi-Lo Country, and the box office hit Next Friday for director Steve Carr. Carr later used Vargas' comedic talent as "Pepito the Lizard" in Dr.
Doolittle 2. Vargas also developed, produced and starred in Road Dogz, an independent film about three childhood
friends in troubled times, directed by Alfredo Ramos. Va rgas also co-produced and starred in
Latinologues, a collection of Latino-themed comedic monologues.
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