Actor Héctor Elizondo

Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is an American character actor. He is known for playing Phillip Watters in the television series Chicago Hope (1994–2000) and Ed Alzate in the television series Last Man Standing (2011–2021). His film roles include The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), American Gigolo (1980), Leviathan (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), and Valentine’s Day (2010).

Elizondo is the recipient of an Obie Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two ALMA Awards. He has also received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Satellite Award, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Early years

Elizondo was born in New York, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes and Martín Echevarría Elizondo, a notary public and accountant. His parents were Puerto Ricans of Spanish descent who moved from Puerto Rico to New York City with the hope of finding a better life. He grew up on the Upper West Side.

At a young age, he demonstrated a talent for sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys’ Choir when he was 10 years old. Upon graduating from junior high school in 1950, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts. He also attended another public high school, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. His baseball skills were good enough for him to be scouted by both the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1954, Elizondo enrolled in City College of New York, intending to become a history teacher. However, during his freshman year, he became a father and dropped out of college, going to work full-time to support his family. Later, he divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd.


From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall. During 1962–63, he also studied acting under Mario Stiletti at Stella Adler Theatre Studio when it was located in the Dryden East Hotel on East 39th St. In 1965, he landed a part in the off-Broadway show Kill the One-Eyed Man.

In 1968, he got a part in the play The Great White Hope. His first major success came when he played “God” in the guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in Steambath, for which he won an Obie Award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend of or sympathizer to the lead character.

In 1974, Elizondo played an ex-mafioso-turned-subway hijacker “Mr. Grey” in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

He starred as a Puerto Rican widower on the CBS television series, Popi (1975–76). The short-lived series, which ran for 11 episodes, was one of the first American network television series to feature a Latino theme and cast. In 1975, he portrayed the murderer in an episode of Columbo, “A Case of Immunity”. He was a member of the cast of the 1985–86 CBS situation comedy Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin.

In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall, who was impressed with his talent. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love, in which Elizondo displays his guitar-playing talent. His role in Pretty Woman lasted only 10 minutes, but led to a Golden Globe nomination. In 1999, he co-starred in Runaway Bride as Fisher, the husband of the male protagonist’s ex. Elizondo has participated in more than 80 movies (18 of which have been Marshall’s). He appeared in every movie that Marshall directed, including a brief but funny appearance as a Portuguese fisherman in Overboard, which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

In 2001, he was featured in the short-lived television drama Kate Brasher and portrayed security head Joe in the movie The Princess Diaries, a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. He may be best known to television audiences as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope created by well-known television creator David E. Kelley. He has won both an Emmy and ALMA award and was nominated for a Satellite Award and several SAG Awards for playing this role. He is one of only two people to remain on the show for its entire run, the other being Adam Arkin.

On April 30, 2008, USA Network announced that Elizondo would be cast on Monk as Dr. Neven Bell, Adrian Monk’s new psychiatrist, following the sudden death of Stanley Kamel, the actor who played Monk’s original psychiatrist, earlier that month.

From 2011 to 2021, Elizondo played Ed Alzate on the Fox (formerly ABC) comedy Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis.

Personal life

Elizondo has been married three times. He became a father at the age of 19 with his first wife. His son Rodd was born on September 5, 1956 and died in 2017 at the age of 60. Since 1969, he has been married to Carolee Campbell, an Emmy Award-winning actress, photographer, and publisher. They live in Sherman Oaks, California.

In April 2013, Elizondo participated in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held at the University of Southern California, promoting children’s reading. Proud of his Latino heritage, Elizondo does not accept roles that he feels are stereotypical and/or demeaning in any way.



Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Fat Black Pussycat
1969 The Vixens Inspector
1970 The Landlord Hector
1971 Valdez Is Coming Mexican Rider
1971 Born to Win Vivian
1972 Deadhead Miles Bad Character
1972 Pocket Money Juan
1972 Stand Up and Be Counted Lou Kellerman
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Mr. Grey
1975 Report to the Commissioner Captain D’Angelo
1976 Diary of the Dead Stan
1977 Thieves Man Below
1979 Cuba Capt. Raphael Ramirez
1980 American Gigolo Det. Sunday
1981 The Fan Police Insp. Raphael Andrews
1982 Young Doctors in Love Angelo/Angela Bonafetti
1984 The Flamingo Kid Arthur Willis
1985 Private Resort The Maestro
1986 Nothing in Common Charlie Gargas
1987 Overboard Garbage Scow Skipper Uncredited
1988 Astronomy Short film
1988 Beaches Judge Uncredited
1989 Leviathan G.P. Cobb
1990 Pretty Woman Barnard Thompson
1990 Taking Care of Business Warden Frank Toolman
1991 Final Approach Dr. Dio Gottlieb
1991 Necessary Roughness Coach Ed Gennero
1991 Frankie and Johnny Nick
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood Norman Rutledge
1992 Samantha Walter
1993 Being Human Dom Paulo
1994 Backstreet Justice Steve Donovan
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Jon Flint
1994 Getting Even with Dad Lt. Romayko
1994 Exit to Eden Dr. Martin Helifax
1995 Perfect Alibi Det. Ryker
1996 Dear God Vladek Vidov
1997 Turbulence Lt. Aldo Hines
1999 The Other Sister Ernie
1999 Entropy The Chairman
1999 Runaway Bride Fisher
2001 Tortilla Soup Martin Naranjo
2001 The Princess Diaries Joe
2001 How High Bill the Crew Coach
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Bane (voice) Direct-to-video release
2004 Raising Helen Mickey Massey Uncredited
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Joe
2004 ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico Narrator, Ring Announcer Voice
2006 I-See-You.Com Greg Rishwain
2006 The Celestine Prophecy Cardinal Sebastian
2007 Music Within Ben Padrow
2007 Georgia Rule Izzy
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera Don Leo
2010 Valentine’s Day Edgar
2010 New York Street Games Himself/narrator Documentary
2011 New Year’s Eve Lester Kominsky
2014 The Book of Life Carlos Sanchez (voice)
2016 Mother’s Day Lance Wallace
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon (voice)
2021 Music George
2021 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It Himself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Edge of Night Dimitri Unknown episodes
1968 The Doctors Waiter 2 episodes
1969 The Jackie Gleason Show Episode: “The Honeymooners: Mexican Hat Trick”
1971 The Impatient Heart Mr. Hernandez Television film
1972 All in the Family Carlos Mendoza Episode: “The Elevator Story”
1973, 1976 Kojak Det. Nick Ferro
Carl Dettrow
Episode: “Web of Death”
Episode: “A Need to Know”
1974 Maude Cop Episode: “Speed Trap”
1975 Baretta Jerry Damon Episode: “The Fire Man”
1975 Columbo: A Case of Immunity Hassan Salah Television film
1975, 1978 The Rockford Files John Micelli
Frank Falcone
Episode: “Say Goodbye to Jennifer”
Episode: “A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights”
1976 Popi Abraham Rodriguez 11 episodes
1976 Wanted: The Sundance Woman Pancho Villa Television film
1978 The Dain Curse Ben Feeney Television film
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries Strickland Episode: “Dying Declaration”
1980 Freebie and the Bean Det. Sgt. Dan “Bean” Delgado 7 episodes
1982 Medal of Honor Rag Television film
1982 Bret Maverick Mr. Gomez Episode: “The Hidalgo Thing”
1982 Honeyboy Emilio Ramirez Television film
1983 Feel the Heat Monkey Moreno Unknown episodes
1983 Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault 5 episodes
1983 Women of San Quentin Capt. Mike Reyes Television film
1984 a.k.a. Pablo Jose Sanchez/Shapiro 6 episodes
1984 Hill Street Blues Insp. Joe Keenan Episode: “Ewe and Me, Babe”
1985 Murder: My Reason of Insanity Ben Haggarty Television film
1985 Out of the Darkness Father George Television film
1985–1986 Foley Square Jesse Steinberg 14 episodes
1986 Courage Nick Miraldo Television film
1986 Amazing Stories Meadows Episode: “Life on Death Row”
1986 Matlock Det. Joe Peters Episode: “The Cop”
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson Morris King Television film
1987 Night Heat Detective Hector Gurvin Episode: “The Kid”
1987 Down and Out in Beverly Hills Dave Whiteman 13 episodes
1988 Addicted to His Love Det. Currigan Television film
1989 Kojak: Ariana Edson Saunders Television film
1989 The Equalizer Ray Quintero Episode: “Past Imperfect”
1989 Your Mother Wears Combat Boots Sergeant Burke Television film
1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion Vic Ramos Television film
1990 Dark Avenger Capt. David Strauss Television pilot
1990 Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files Hasan Demir Television film
1991 Chains of Gold Lt. Ortega Television film
1991 Finding the Way Home Ruben Television film
1991–93 The Pirates of Dark Water Ioz (voice) Season 1 only
1992 The Burden of Proof Alejandro “Sandy” Stern Miniseries
1992 Fish Police Don Calamari (voice) Episode: “Beauty’s Only Fin Deep”
1992 Mrs. Cage Lt. Angel Television film
1993 Jonny’s Golden Quest Atacama (voice) Television film
1993 Tales from the Crypt Leo Burn Episode: “As Ye Sow”
1993 Animaniacs Stradivarius (voice) Segment: “The Cat and the Fiddle”
1993 The Addams Family Ian Thundermane Episode: “Double O Honeymoon”
1994 Picket Fences Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: “Rebels with Causes”
1994–95 Aladdin Malcho (voice) Episodes: “Rain of Terror” & “The Return of Malcho”
1994–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Phillip Watters 141 episodes
1995 Batman: The Animated Series Sheldon Fallbrook (voice) Episode: “The Terrible Trio”
1995 Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects Attacama (voice) Television film
1996 Gargoyles Zafiro (voice) Episode: “The Green”
1997 Murphy Brown Himself Episode: “Blind Date”
1997 Borrowed Hearts Javier Del Campo Television film
1998 Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories from My Childhood Voice Episode: “Ivan and His Magic Pony”
1998 Early Edition Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: “Mum’s the Word”
1998 Safe House Dr. Simon Television film
2001 Kate Brasher Joe Almeida 6 episodes
2001–04 American Experience Narrator Episodes: “Zoot Suit Riots” & “Remember the Alamo”
2002 Fidel Eddie Chibas Miniseries
2002 The West Wing Dr. Dalton Millgate Episode: “Dead Irish Writers”
2002 Street Time Fariz Hammoud Episodes: “No Excuses”, “Betrayal” & “Reversal of Fortune”
2002 What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Dr. Guitirrez Episode: “3-D Struction”
2003 The Dating Experiment Narrator Unknown episodes
2003 Without a Trace Father Henry Stevens Episode: “Revelations”
2003 Miracles Father “Poppi” Calero 4 episodes
2004 Century City Martin Constable 9 episodes
2004 Jack & Bobby Gerald Cruz Episode: “Chess Lessons”
2001–04 Justice League Lt. Kragger (voice) Episodes: “Starcrossed (1–3)”
2004–06 Justice League Unlimited Lt. Kragger (voice)
Hath-Set (voice)
Episodes: “Hunter’s Moon” & “Ancient History”
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Wan Shi Tong (voice) Episode: “The Library”
2006 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America Narrator 10 episodes
2007 Cane Pancho Duque 13 episodes
2007–13 Grey’s Anatomy Carlos Torres 5 episodes
2008–09 Monk Dr. Neven Bell 14 episodes
2010 Dora the Explorer Wishing Wizzle (voice) Episode: “Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure”
2010 Go, Diego! Go! King Vicuna Episode: “Diego Rescues Prince Vicuna”
2011 American Dad! Himself (voice) Episode: “Fartbreak Hotel”
2011 ThunderCats Viragor (voice) Episode: “The Forest of Magi Oar”
2011–21 Last Man Standing Ed Alzate Main character
2013 The Legend of Korra Wan Shi Tong (voice) Episode: “A New Spiritual Age'”
2015 Cristela Ed Alzate Episode: “Last Goose Standing”
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Colossus (voice) Episode: “The Legion of Pirate Villains!”
2016–18 Elena of Avalor Fiero (voice) 6 episodes
2017–20 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Grandpa Beagle (voice) 5 episodes

Awards and nominations

OBIE Award

  • 1971: Won, “Distinguished Performances” – Steambath
  • ALMA Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role” – Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role” – Turbulence
  • 1998: Won, “Outstanding Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series” – Borrowed Hearts
  • 1999: Nominated, “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role” – Chicago Hope
  • 2000: Nominated, “Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film” – Runaway Bride
  • 2000: Won, “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • 2002: Nominated, “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture” – Tortilla Soup
  • Emmy Awards

  • 1992: Nominated, “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special” – Mrs. Cage
  • 1995: Nominated, “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • 1996: Nominated, “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • 1997: Won, “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • 1991: Nominated, “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” – Pretty Woman
  • Imagen Foundation Awards

  • 2005: Nominated, “Best Supporting Actor in a Film” – The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • NCLR Bravo Awards

  • 1996: Nominated, “Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role” – Chicago Hope
  • Satellite Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, “Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • SAG Awards

  • 1995: Nominated, “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • 1997: Nominated, “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • 1998: Nominated, “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” – Chicago Hope
  • Temecula Valley International Film Festival

  • 2006: Won, “Lifetime Achievement Award”
  • External Links

    Actor Héctor Elizondo – Wikipedia

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