Estrada, Erik 1949–

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Estrada, Erik 1949–


Full name, Henry Enrique Estrada; born March 16, 1949, in New York, NY; son of Renildo and Carmen Estrada (a seamstress); brother of Johnny Estrada (a professional baseball player); married Joyce Miller, 1979 (divorced, 1980); married Peggy Rowe (an entertainment executive, songwriter, and producer), 1985 (divorced, c. 1989); married Nanette Mirkovich (a film sound technician), September 20, 1997; children: (second marriage) Anthony Eric, Brandon Michael Paul; (third marriage) Francesca Natalia. Education: Attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Religion: Roman Catholicism. Avocational Interests: Dancing, working around the house.

Addresses: Manager—The Sterling/Winters Company, 1900 Avenue of the Stars, 16th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Career: Actor and producer. Began his acting career in New York City mayor John Lindsay's cultural program, performing in the city's parks. Appeared in a dance troupe in Los Angeles, 1960s. Appeared in television commercials and infomercials; spokesperson for various companies and organizations, including D.A.R.E. (an anti-drug organization). Worked as a waiter.

Member: Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award nomination, best television actor—drama, 1980, for CHiPs; ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actor in a made-for-television movie or miniseries, American Latin Media Arts awards, 1999, for CHiPs '99; some sources cite a CableACE Award for Dos mujeres, un camino.


Television Appearances; Series:

Officer Francis Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello, CHiPS (also known as CHiPs Patrol), NBC, 1977–83.

Luis, Un solo corazon, [Mexico], beginning 1983.

Rosa salvaje, [Mexico], beginning 1987.

Host, The Image Workshop, beginning c. 1991.

Juan Daniel "Johnny" Villegas, Dos mujeres, un camino (also known as Two Women, One Direction and Two Women, One Road), Univision, c. 1993–97.

Host, American Adventurer (also known as American Adventure), syndicated, beginning 1994.

Cohost, Petersen's American Adventurer, syndicated, beginning 1998.

Walking after Midnight, beginning c. 1999.

Voice of Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Diego Garcia Marquez, Sealab 2021 (animated), Cartoon Network, beginning 2000.

Himself, The Surreal Life, The WB and MuchMoreMusic, 2003.

Himself, Discovery Health Celebrity Body Challenge, Discovery Health Channel, beginning 2004.

Himself, Film Fakers, American Movie Classics, beginning 2004.

Voice of Senor Felipe, Maya & Miguel (animated), PBS, beginning 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Graciano, Noi siamo angeli (also known as We Are Angels), [Italy], 1996.

Himself, I Love the '70s (documentary), VH1, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Hard Day at Blue Nose, ABC, 1974.

Pepe Torres, The Demon and the Mummy (Kolchak: The Night Stalker episodes "Demon in Lace" and "Legacy of Terror (aka Lord of the Smoking Mirror)" re-edited as a movie), 1976.

Frank, Fire!, NBC, 1977.

Rico "Honeyboy" Ramirez (title role), Honeyboy, NBC, 1982.

Carmine D'Agostino, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (also known as Dirty Dozen IV), NBC, 1988.

Detective Francisco "Franc" Moreno, Visions, 1988.

Jimmy Alvarez, She Knows Too Much, NBC, 1989.

Duke, Earth Angel, ABC, 1991.

Gonzales, Extralarge: Cannonball, 1991.

Gonzales, Extralarge: Gonzales' Revenge, 1993.

Gonzales, The Naked Truth (also known as Glitch II: The Naked Truth), c. 1993.

Ethan Walker, Panic in the Skies!, Family Channel, 1996.

Officer Francis Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello, CHiPS '99, TNT, 1998.

Bernie Alvarez, King Cobra (also known as Anaconda 2), Cinemax, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars (also known as NBC Saturday Morning Preview Special), NBC, 1978.

Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars #4, CBS, 1979.

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope on Campus, NBC, 1979.

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1979.

The Donny and Marie Christmas Special, ABC, 1979.

The Television Annual: 1978/1979 (documentary), ABC, 1979.

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars, NBC, 1980.

The Dean Martin Christmas Special, NBC, 1980.

Host, Women Who Rate a 10, NBC, 1981.

Himself, Magic with the Stars, NBC, 1982.

Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway, NBC, 1982.

I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982.

That's TV, NBC, 1982.

Grandpa, Will You Run with Me?, NBC, 1983.

Himself, Cristina Presents: Latin Lovers of the 90s, syndicated, 1994.

Latino Laugh Festival, Showtime, 1996.

Himself, Entertainment Tonight Presents: Whatever Happened to Your Favorite TV Action Heroes? (documentary), syndicated, 2001.

Appeared in The Easter Seal Telethon.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, The Third Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as The Third Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Engaged to Be Buried," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1973.

"Once a Lion," Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC, 1973.

Man with eye injury, "Details," Emergency!, NBC, 1974.

Benny Bates, "Don't Feed the Pigeons," Police Woman, NBC, 1975.

Luis, "Close Cover before Killing," Kojak, CBS, 1975.

Mike, "The High Cost of Winning," Medical Center, CBS, 1975.

Pepe Torres, "Legacy of Terror (aka Lord of the Smoking Mirror)," Kolchak: The Night Stalker (also known as The Night Stalker), ABC, 1975.

Pete Cruz, "Target—Mexican Syndicate," Joe Forrester, NBC, 1975.

Prince Sakari, "The Deadly Test," The Six Million Dollar Man, ABC, 1975.

Tropic, "Man in a Trap," Mannix, CBS, 1975.

Ortiz, "Dead Man Out," Baretta, ABC, 1976.

Ruben, "Shadow of Guilt," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1976.

"The Longest Drive: Parts 1 & 2," The Quest, NBC, 1976.

Sonny Youngfellow, "One Little Indian," Delvecchio, CBS, 1977.

Jim the bandleader, "The Where Is It Written?/Julie's Aunt/The Big Deal," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

True Confessions, syndicated, 1986.

Sergeant Bradley Navarro, "City of Passion: Parts 1, 2, and 3," Hunter, NBC, 1987.

Himself, "Where There's a Will," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Jake Fletcher, "Joyride," Dark Justice, CBS, 1993.

Officer Antonio Ruiz, "Self Defense," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994.

Crash Kramer, "Who Killed the Motor Car Maverick?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995.

Himself, "How Can I Call You My Ex-Husbands If You Won't Go?," Cybill, CBS, 1995.

Himself, "Kindervelt Days," The Nanny, CBS, 1995.

Pedro, "Alice Doesn't Pump Here Anymore," High Society, CBS, 1995.

Himself, "Eating Hollywood," Unhappily Ever After (also known as Unhappily …), The WB, 1996.

Himself, "Risky Bid-ness," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1996.

Captain Huntington, "Search and Rescue," Baywatch, syndicated, 1997.

Chip, "You Play Too Much," Martin, Fox, 1997.

Himself, "Must Kill TV," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1997.

Himself, "Sabrina Gets Her License: Parts 1 & 2," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1997.

Himself, "Through the Ringers," Pauly, Fox, 1997.

Himself, "Untitled," Space Ghost Coast to Coast (live action and animated), Cartoon Network, 1997.

Mr. Dork, "Fantasy Mr. Roarke," Homeboys in Outer Space, UPN, 1997.

Mr. Dork, "How the West Was Lost, or Daddy's Home," Homeboys in Outer Space, UPN, 1997.

Himself, Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends, 1997.

Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997.

Himself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Himself, Talk Soup, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

Himself, Viva Variety, Comedy Central, 1997.

Himself, "Hollywood," Tracey Takes On …, HBO, 1998.

Himself, "Six Degrees of Humiliation: Part 1," Breaker High, UPN, 1998.

Voice of Spanish judge, "Peggy's Pageant Fever," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998.

Brock, "Lynn Sisters," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999.

Himself, "Return of the Owl," V.I.P. (also known as VIP and V.I.P.—Die Bodyguards), syndicated, 1999.

Himself, "Thunder Val," V.I.P. (also known as VIP and V.I.P.—Die Bodyguards), syndicated, 1999.

Julio Constanz, "Stargazer," Pacific Blue, USA Network, 1999.

Voice of Ponch, "I Never Met the Dead Man," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia), Fox, 1999.

Edwardo and himself, "Big Brother," Shasta McNasty (also known as Shasta), UPN, 2000.

Himself, "Two Weddings and a Funeral," Popular, The WB, 2000.

Himself, "We Are Family," Popular, The WB, 2000.

Fred, "The Affair of the Heart," For Your Love, The WB, 2000.

Mexican police officer, "Bachelorette Party," Shasta McNasty (also known as Shasta), UPN, 2000.

Police officer, "Ch-Ch-Changes," Popular, The WB, 2000.

President Seymour Wences, "South of Her Border," Son of the Beach, FX Channel, 2000.

Himself, CHiPs: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Himself, "Classic TV Stars," Weakest Link, NBC, 2001.

Eduardo Dominguez, The Bold and the Beautiful (also known as Glamor, Rags, Top Models, and Belleza y poder), CBS, multiple episodes in 2001.

Alejandro, "El oro de Montezuma," Lizzie McGuire (live action and animated; also known as What's Lizzie Thinking?) The Disney Channel, 2002.

Himself, "Gimme a C," Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Fox, 2002.

Police officer, "The Barber Shop," American Family (also known as American Family: Journey of Dreams), PBS, 2002.

Police officer, "Married … with Children: Weenie Tot Lovers & Other Strangers/Bewitched: A Bunny for Tabitha," The Rerun Show, NBC, 2002.

Himself, Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera (documentary), TV Land, 2002.

Himself, Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs (documentary), TV Land, 2002.

Various roles, Spy TV, NBC, 2002.

Himself, "My Fifteen Seconds," Scrubs, NBC, 2003.

Officer Belizarus, "The Child: Parts 1 & 2," Russkie v Gorode Angelov (also known as A Force of One and Russians in the City of Angels), Channel One Russia, Ren-TV (Russia), and ORT (Russia), 2003.

(Uncredited) Himself, "The Bachelor Party," The Guardian, CBS, 2004.

Himself, "Eminem: Just Lose It," Making the Video, MTV, 2004.

Police officer, "Driver's License," Drake & Josh, Nickelodeon, 2004.

Himself, Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 2004.

Himself, The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004.

Himself, "Crime-Fighters," After They Were Famous, Independent Television, 2005.

Himself, "Perfect 10s the Women," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Himself, "Sexiest Men," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Himself, "You're So Vain," The 70's House (also known as MTV's "The 70's House"), MTV, 2005.

Himself, BSTV, VH1, 2005.

Appeared as a guest in various series, including Dinah! (also known as Dinah! & Friends), syndicated; The Merv Griffin Show, NBC, syndicated, and CBS; The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated; The Test, FX Channel; and The Tonight Show, NBC. Appeared in other programs, including Celebrity Name That Tune.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Officer Francis Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello, CHiPS (also known as CHiPs Patrol), NBC, 1977.

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight, NBC, 1980.

Mitchell and Woods, NBC, 1981.

Host, Interceptor, syndicated, 1989.

William Santos, Taylor Made, 2005.

Television Producer; Movies:

CHiPs '99, TNT, 1998.

Film Appearances:

Cactus Flower, Columbia, 1969.

John and Mary, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.

Nicky Cruz, The Cross and the Switchblade, Gateway Films, c. 1970.

Chrome and Hot Leather, American International Pictures, 1971.

Chicano, Parades, Cinerama, 1972.

Justin, Jailbreakin' (also known as The Ballad of Billie Blue and Star-Crossed Roads), Gateway Films, 1972.

Sergio, The New Centurions (also known as Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police), Columbia, 1972.

Julio, Airport '75 (also known as Airport 1975), Universal, 1974.

Chucho, Trackdown, United Artists, 1976.

Lieutenant "Chilli-Bean" Ramos, Midway (also known as Battle of Midway and The Battle of Midway), Universal, 1976.

Chico, The Line, Astral Films, 1980.

Henry Board II, Where Is Parsifal?, TriStar, 1983.

Ronn Warren, Lightblast (also known as Light Blast and A colpi di luce), LIVE Entertainment, 1985.

Lercara (a gangster), Il pentito (also known as The Repenter), Cecchi Gori Silver Film, 1986.

Martin Fierro, Hour of the Assassin, Concorde/New Horizon, 1987.

Andy and the Airwave Rangers (also known as Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure, Andy Colby's Incredible Video Adventure, and Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure), Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1988.

Dr. Stone, Alien Seed, Action International Pictures, 1989.

The Lost Idol, SGE Home Video, 1989.

Commander Gage, Twisted Justice, Seymour Borde Releasing, 1990.

Father Anthony Vicci, Spirits, American Independent Productions, 1990.

Joseph Gainer, Night of the Wilding, PM Entertainment Group, 1990.

Juan Degas/Jack of Diamonds, Guns, Malibu Bay Films, 1990.

Machado, A Show of Force, Paramount, 1990.

Victor, Caged Fury, 21st Century Releasing, 1990.

Billy's father, Noleul bola america (also known as Gang Justice and Look at Me, America), 1991.

Johnny, The Last Riders (also known as Hermandad de la muerte), PM Entertainment Group, 1991.

Richard Estaban, Do or Die (also known as Girls, Games and Guns), Malibu Bay Films, 1991.

Monsignor, The Divine Enforcer (also known as The Confessional and Deadly Avenger), Prism Entertainment, 1992.

The Sounds of Silence, 1992.

Himself, Boiler Room (also known as Lost in Hollywood), LF Productions, 1993.

Johnny Ventura, Angel Eyes, Atlantic Video, 1993.

Mecelli, Tuesday Never Comes, 3 Star, 1993.

Officer Francis "Ponch" Poncherello, National Lampoon's "Loaded Weapon I" (also known as Loaded Weapon I), New Line Cinema, 1993.

Colonel Peraza, Juana la cubana, Cinematografica Fernandez, 1994.

Erik Estrada, The Misery Brothers, 1995.

Ramierez, The Final Goal, Bullseye Video, 1995.

Frederick, Shattered Dreams, 1998.

Joe, The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A-pix Entertainment, 1998.

Dr. Castaneda, Oliver Twisted, Pathfinder Pictures/RGH/Lions Share Pictures, 2000.

Himself, We Married Margo, KOAN, 2000.

Edward Manchester, UP, Michigan!, Fantastic Films International, 2001.

Police officer, Destroying America, Redline Entertainment, 2001.

Himself, Van Wilder (also known as National Lampoon's "Van Wilder," Van Wilder: Party Liaison, and Party Animals—wilder geht's nicht), Lions Gate Films, 2002.

Morales (Mexican police officer), Border Blues, Shoreline Entertainment, 2003.

Code Black, Audacious Productions, 2005.

Film Associate Producer:

Alien Seed, Action International Pictures, 1989.

(With others) Caged Fury, 21st Century Releasing, 1990.

Stage Appearances:

Austin, True West, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, c. 1984.

Game host, Wheel of Fortune, Branson, MO, 1997.

Major Tours:

Grease (musical), U.S. cities, 1998.



(In archive footage) Officer Francis Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello in scenes from CHiPS, Cathode Fuck (documentary), Film Products/Film Threat, 1986.

(In archive footage) Julio in a scene from Airport '75, The Making of "Midway" (short documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

Music Videos:

Bad Religion, "Stranger Than Fiction," 1994.

Bad Religion, "Infected," 1995.

Butthole Surfers, "Pepper," 1996.

Eminem, "Just Lose It," 2004.

Video Games:

You Don't Know Jack, Volume II, Berkeley Systems, 1996.



(With Davin Seay) Erik Estrada: My Road from Harlem to Hollywood (autobiography), William Morrow, 1997.


His favorite roles include Nicky Cruz in The Cross and the Switchblade.



Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Volume 4, Gale, 2003.

Katz, Susan, The Erik Estrada Scrapbook, A Filmways Company, 1980.


Entertainment Weekly, October 4, 1996, p. 76; April 25, 1997, p. 59.

GQ, October, 1997.

People Weekly, March 15, 1993, p. 97; November 26, 2001, p. 126.

Photoplay, July, 1979, pp. 8-10, 90, 92.

Teen Beat, September, 1979, pp. 12-15.

TV Guide, October 24, 1998, pp. 28-31; July 28, 2001, p. 6; October 31, 2004, p. 15.

USA Today, July 15, 1997.


Erik Estrada: The Official Website,, December 20, 2005.

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