Vargas, Jacob 1970(?)–

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VARGAS, Jacob 1970(?)–


Born August 18, 1970 (some sources cite 1971), in Michoacan, Mexico; immigrated to the United States, c. 1971. Avocational Interests: Gardening, hip hop music, writing.


Agent—Arthur Toretzky, Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Nine Yards Entertainment, 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


Actor and producer.

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award nomination, Young Artist Foundation, exceptional performance by a young actor guest starring in a television comedy or drama series, 1987, for "Fagin 1986," Hunter; Young Artist Award nomination, exceptional performance by a young actor in a television comedy series, 1988, for "Viva Taco," The Tracey Ullman Show; Young Artist Award nomination, best young actor in a motion picture—drama, 1988, for The Principal; Young Artist Award nomination, best young actor starring in a television movie, pilot, or special, 1990, for "The Hot Dog Man," Hard Time on Planet Earth; Bravo Award, National Council of La Raza, emerging artist of the year, 1995; Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, 2001, for Traffic; ALMA Award nomination, American Latin Media Arts awards, outstanding actor or actress in a miniseries or movie made for television, 2002, for Road Dogz.


Film Appearances:

Carlos, Last Resort (also known as She Knew No Other Way), 1986.

Arturo Diego, The Principal, TriStar, 1987.

Butch "Bubba" Vargas, Ernest Goes to Camp, Buena Vista, 1987.

Miguel, Little Nikita (also known as Sleepers), Columbia, 1988.

Danny, Crack House, 21st Century, 1989.

Hispanic boy, Judgement (also known as Hitz), 1989.

Javier, Gas, Food, Lodging, Cine Company, 1992.

Paulito at the age of fifteen, American Me, Universal, 1992.

Dave Alvers, Silent Rain, 1993.

Ernesto, Mi Vida Loca—My Crazy Life (also known as My Crazy Life and Mi vida loca), Sony Pictures Classics, 1993.

Flower delivery person, Fatal Instinct, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1993.

Pedro, Huck and the King of Hearts, 1993.

Snake, Airborne, Warner Bros., 1993.

Second sonar operator, Crimson Tide, Buena Vista, 1995.

Yayo Portillo, Get Shorty, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1995.

Young Jose Sanchez, My Family, Mi Familia (also known as Cafe con leche, East L.A., and My Family), New Line Cinema, 1995.

Abie Quintanilla, Selena, Warner Bros., 1997.

Ramon, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Buena Vista, 1997.

Santa Fe, 1997.

Delfino Mondragon, The Hi–Lo Country (also known as Hi–Lo Country—Im Land der letzten Cowboys), Gramercy, 1998.

Joker, Next Friday, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Manolo Sanchez, Traffic (also known as Traffic—Die Macht des Kartells), USA Films, 2000.

Miguel, Come and Take It Day, ITVS, 2001.

Voice of Pepito the chameleon, Dr. Dolittle 2 (also known as DR2 and DR.2), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2001.

Zer, She–Bat (short film), Design Concepts, 2001.

Pilot, Dragonfly (also known as Im Zeichen der Libelle), MCA/Universal, 2002.

Sammi, Flight of the Phoenix, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Vincent Enano, Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother, Alfrobel Productions, 2004.

Jarhead, Universal, 2005.

Tom 51, Assembly Line Studios, 2005.

The Virgin of Juarez, Las Mujeres, 2005.

The Wendell Baker Story, Franchise Pictures, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Benny, Malibu Shores, NBC, beginning 1996.

Voice of Roberto "Berto" Martinez, Max Steel (animated), The WB, 2000–2002.

Ernesto Tiant, Greetings from Tucson, The WB, 2002–2003.

Ernesto "El huevudo" Romo, Kingpin, NBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jose Zavala, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story, NBC, 1990.

Miguel, The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (also known as The Great Los Angeles Earthquake), NBC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Alberto, The Children of Times Square (also known as Street Wise), ABC, 1986.

Enrique Mendoza, Miracle of the Heart: A Boystown Story, syndicated, 1986.

Second student, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, ABC, 1986.

Second cholo, Seeds of Tragedy, Fox, 1991.

Student, Never Forget, TNT, 1991.

Danny Pacheco, Road Dogz, Cinemax, 2000.

Cesar Chavez, RFK, FX Channel, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Lives in Hazard, 1994.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, 2001 ALMA Awards, ABC, 2001.

Prism Awards 2001, syndicated, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Emilio, "Fagin 1986," Hunter, NBC, 1986.

Enrique, "Oddballs," The New Gidget, syndicated, 1987.

Taco place manager, "4W14," The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox, 1987.

Taco place manager, "Francesca's First Job," The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox, 1987.

Taco place manager, "Viva Taco," The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox, 1987.

Billy, "The Hot Dog Man," Hard Time on Planet Earth, CBS, 1989.

Enrique, "Educating Jesse," Full House, ABC, 1992.

Corporal Cortez, "War Cries," JAG, NBC, 1995.

Diego, "A Miracle Happens Here," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995.

Voice of the prince, "Sleeping Beauty," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995.

Javi Padillo, "Every Picture Tells a Story," The Pretender, NBC, 1996.

Ricardo, "Salsa, Chlorine & Tears," Clueless, ABC, 1997.

Manuel "Paco" Bolin, "Familia," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2001.

Cheuy, "West Side Stories," The Brothers Garcia, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Miguel, "Gift," Watching Ellie, NBC, 2002.

Voice of Punch (the big Alto), "The Altos," The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2002.

Luis, "Outside Man," CSI: NY, CBS, 2004.

Appeared as Luis in an episode of Nurses, NBC; appeared in an episode of Diff'rent Strokes, NBC and ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Arturo Gomez, Steel Justice, NBC, 1992.

Wall to Wall Records, The WB, 2000.

Ernesto "El huevudo" Romo, Kingpin, NBC, 2003.

Freddie Garcia, EDNY, NBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Other:

USMA West Point, 1998.

Television Work; Movies:

Executive producer, Road Dogz, Cinemax, 2000.



Razor, August, 2001, p. 83.

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