Avalos, Luis 1946–

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Avalos, Luis 1946-


Surname is pronounced "Ah-va-los"; born September 2, 1946, in Havana, Cuba; immigrated to the United States, 1946; son of Jose Antonio (a sugar refiner) and Estrella (a dressmaker; maiden name, De Leon) Avalos. Education: New York University, B.F.A., 1969. Avocational Interests: Swimming, tennis.


Agent—SDB Partners, Inc., 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 902, Los Angeles, CA 90067-5981.


Actor. Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, New York City, member of company, 1969-73.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Named best actor in theatre productions, Association of Hispanic Critics, 1974; named Hispanic of the year, Caminos magazine, 1984; Bravo Award nomination, outstanding performance by a male in a variety or music series or special, National Council of La Raza, 1996, for Latino Laugh Festival; ALMA Award, outstanding supporting actor in a television series, American Latin Media Arts awards, 2002, for Resurrection Blvd.


Television Appearances; Series:

Various characters, including Roberto, Dr. Doolats, and Pedro, The Electric Company (also known as The Reading Program), PBS, 1972-77.

Dr. Sanchez, Highcliffe Manor, NBC, 1979.

Jesse Rodriguez, Condo, ABC, 1983.

Dr. Thomas Esquivel, E/R, CBS, 1984-85.

Lieutenant Gomez, I Had Three Wives, CBS, 1985.

Crescencio Salas, Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life & Times, CBS, 1993.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Juan, Fresno, CBS, 1986.

Ray Collins, Changes (also known as Danielle Steel's "Changes"), NBC, 1991.

Werkauf, OP Center (also known as Tom Clancy's "OP Center" and Countdown des Schreckens), ABC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dr. Rojas, Long Journey Back (also known as Ein langer Weg zuerueck), ABC, 1978.

The Ghost of Flight 401 (also known as Der Geist von Flug 401, Kummitus lennolla 401, and Le fantome du vol 401), NBC, 1978.

Dr. Compos, Not Just Another Affair (also known as Perfect Affair), 1982.

Cab driver, The Fantastic World of D. C. Collins, NBC, 1984.

Judge Robert Morano, Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder, NBC, 1989.

Mr. Riley, The Story Lady, NBC, 1991.

Crescencio Salas, Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (also known as Lone Justice and Ned Blessing), CBS, 1992.

Colonel Fernandez, Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, CBS, 1994.

Alvin Sudakis, The Rockford Files: If It BleedsIt Leads, CBS, 1999.

Antonio, Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes, ABC, 2000.

President Nicky Barletta, Noriega: God's Favorite (also known as Noriega, Diktaattori vailla vertaa, Noriega—Gottes Liebling oder Monster?, Noriega: l'elu de Dieu, and Noriega, prediletto da Dio o mostro), Showtime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Various characters, Out to Lunch, ABC, 1974.

Lieutenant, Slickers, NBC, 1985.

Himself, Latino Laugh Festival, c. 1996.

The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits, PBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Antonio Mione, "Chase," Barney Miller, ABC, 1977.

Victor Morales, "The Condemned," Kojak, CBS, 1977.

"Death in a Toy Balloon," The Andros Targets, CBS, 1977.

The doctor, Soap, ABC, 1978.

Boxer, "Joltin' George," The Jeffersons, CBS, 1979.

Cab driver, "I Do," A New Kind of Family, ABC, 1979.

General Primero, "The Lottery," The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 1980.

(Uncredited) Revolutionary clown, "Masquerade," Benson, ABC, 1980.

Mr. Viatoro, "Up in Arms (a.k.a. Clap Trap)," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1981.

Mr. Viatoro, "Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1981.

Skippy, "Boys of Summer," It's a Living (also known as Making a Living), ABC, 1981.

General Sandia, Soap, ABC, 1981 (multiple episodes).

John Hernandez, "West Side Astoria," Archie Bunker's Place, CBS, 1982.

Jorge Jesus Maria Sanchez, "Bones," Barney Miller, ABC, 1982.

Mr. Melendez, "Tomorrow's Farewell," Fame, NBC, c. 1982.

Allan, "Jennifer: The Movie," Jennifer Slept Here, NBC, 1983.

Detective Rubio, "Grand Illusion," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1983.

Mr. Costa, "Alien Marriage," Mama's Family, NBC, 1983.

Sheik Mamee, "It Ain't Sheik," Benson, ABC, 1983.

Dr. Lyman, "The Dynamite Girl," George Burns Comedy Week, CBS, 1985.

Louis, "The Grad," You Again? (also known as Pere et impair), NBC, 1986.

Louis, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Traffic Lights," You Again? (also known as Pere et impair), NBC, 1986.

Louis, "Personals," You Again? (also known as Pere et impair), NBC, 1986.

Louis, "Where the Sun Don't Shine," You Again? (also known as Pere et impair), NBC, 1986.

Juan Caballero, "Button Your Beau," Marblehead Manor, syndicated, 1988.

Mr. Luzano, Trial and Error, CBS, 1988.

Lieutenant Valdez, "Rambo of Nieman Marcus," Empty Nest, NBC, 1989.

Mr. Santana, "Luck Be a Lady: Parts 1 & 2," Full House, ABC, 1989.

Principal Rivas, "Cheers," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1992.

Principal Rivas, "Miracle in Oaktown," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1992.

Principal Rivas, "Please Pass the Jock," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1992.

Helgado Vargas, "War Cries," JAG, CBS, 1995.

Private practice physician, "Hell and High Water," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995.

Oswaldo Mendoza, "Where's 'Swaldo," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1996.

"Pieces of 8 Is Enough," Land's End, syndicated, 1996.

"Red Cadillac," Land's End, syndicated, 1996.

Carl, "There's an Old Flame: Part 2," The Good News (also known as Good News), UPN, 1997.

Hector Hernandez, "Brotherly Love," Sparks (also known as Sparks & Sparks, Sparks & Co., and Sparks, Sparks, Sparks), UPN, 1997.

Dr. Castillo, Head over Heels, UPN, 1997.

Detective, "Manifesto Destiny," Working, USA Network, 1999.

Pastor Chavez, "A Matter of Faith," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999.

Father Mario Reyes, "Compadres," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2001.

Father Mario Reyes, "La gran pelea," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2001.

Father Mario Reyes, "Aniversario," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2002.

Father Mario Reyes, "El Gato, el Vato, la Cena y el Padre," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2002.

"The Masked Eagle," American Family (also known as American Family: Journey of Dreams), PBS, 2002.

Mr. Luis, "The Kindness of Strangers," Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2004.

Mr. Luis, "Querida Grace," Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2005.

Luis, "BEEEEES!," Come On Over, 2006.

Luis, "Surprise It's Your Birthday," Come On Over, 2007.

Appeared as Detective Maldonado, The Second Family Tree (also known as Second Family Tree), CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Luis Rivera, Side by Side, CBS, 1976.

Captain Duarte (some sources cite Captain Durange), Pals, NBC, 1981.

Jesse Rodriguez, Condo, ABC, 1983.

Sergeant Hernandez, The Boys in Blue, CBS, 1984.

Felix Orlando, Camp California, ABC, 1989.

Jerry, Belles of Bleeker Street, ABC, 1991.

Manuel, Hacienda Heights, NBC, 1996.

Gabriel, Comfort, Texas (also known as The Untitled Brian Benben Project), ABC, 1997.

Hector, Early Bird, NBC, 2005.

Film Appearances:

Chico, Badge 373, Paramount, 1973.

Ramon Saverdera, Hot Stuff, Columbia, 1979.

Chico the cab driver, Stir Crazy, Columbia, 1980.

Poker player, The Hunter, Paramount, 1980.

"Skippy" segment, Sunday Lovers (also known as An Englishman's Home, I seduttori della domenica, and Les seducteurs), United Artists, 1980.

Tony, Love Child, 1982.

Benny Alvarez, Ghost Fever, Miramax, 1987.

Coroner, Criminal Act (also known as Tunnels), 1989.

Luis, The Butcher's Wife, Paramount, 1991.

Victor Hernandez, Fires Within (also known as Little Havana), 1991.

Crescencio, Lone Justice 2, Triboro Entertainment Group, 1995.

Abe, Jungle 2 Jungle (also known as Jungle to Jungle, Aus dem Dschungel in den Dschungel, Da giungla a giungla, De jungla a jungla, De jungle en jungle, Din jungla in jungla, Djungel till djungel, Dzsungelboel dzsungelbe, En indianer I New York, Meu filho das selvas, Um indio na metropole, Un indien a New York, and Viidakosta toiseen), Buena Vista, 1997.

Judge, Love Stinks (also known as Allergique a l'amour, As aflicoes do amor, El amor apesta, Liebe? Lieber nicht!, and Rakkaus haisee), Independent Artists, 1999.

Mayor Phelan, Wishcraft, MC-One (Media Cooperation One), 2002.

Detective Willie Palmero, Hollywood Homicide (also known as Hollywood Cops, Two Cops, Untitled Harrison Ford Starrer, Brottsplats Hollywood, Divisao de homicidios, Hollywood: Departamento de homicidios, Hollywood Mordkommission, Homicide a Hollywood, and Murha Hollywoodissa), Columbia, 2003.

Stavi, The Ringer (also known as Aelyvapaa veto, Dabei sein ist alles, El farsante, and O trapaceiro), Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2005.

Film Director:

Always Roses, 1990.

Stage Appearances:

King of Hearts, Never Jam Today, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Abdullah, Camino Real, Lincoln Center, Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, New York City, 1969.

Gentleman, waiter, and understudy, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, 1970.

Beggar on Horseback, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, 1970.

The stage manager, Narrow Road to the Deep North, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, 1972.

Pepe, El Grande de Coca-Cola, Plaza Nine Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Jacques de Boys, As You Like It, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1976.

Also appeared as Jerry, The Zoo Story, and in productions of Antigone, Armedians, Don Juan in Hell, Kool Aid, Marco Polo, Payment as Pledged, Save Grand Central, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Twelve Angry Men, all Lincoln Center Repertory Company.



(With others) Ghost Fever, Miramax, 1986.

Cabaret Tijuana, Cinestar, 1987.

(With Julio Vera) Diplomatic Ties, 1987.

Also wrote Ay Caramba.