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Jon Seda (1970)

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Jonathan Seda is an American actor, possibly best known for his role as Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street.

Seda was an amateur boxer who in 1992, auditioned for and was given a role in the film Gladiator. He became interested in acting and appeared in various films. He portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena and became widely known to both the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities. He has made numerous television appearances, and appeared as legendary Marine John Basilone in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific. Seda currently stars in the HBO series, Treme.

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 early life
Seda's parents moved from Puerto Rico to Manhattan, New York where he was born. They moved to a neighborhood in Clifton, New Jersey shortly after his birth. There, he received his primary and secondary education; after graduating from high school, Seda started to work out in a gym after two friends convinced him that he should take up boxing. He boxed in several gyms in New Jersey and soon was a runner up in the New Jersey Golden Gloves competition. As an amateur boxer, Seda had a record of 21 wins and one loss.

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Seda's film debut was in 1992, in the boxing film Gladiator in which he played the role of "Romano," a Cuban pugilist. He has since worked in various films and TV series.

In 1995, Seda was nominated Best Male Lead at the Spirit Awards for his role the 1994 movie I Like It Like That opposite Rita Moreno and Lauren Vélez. In 1996, he was nominated Best Actor for his role as "Blue" in the film The Sunchaser opposite actor Woody Harrelson at the Cannes Film Festival.

Seda became widely known to the Hispanic film audience when he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena, a 1997 film based on the true story of the Tejano singer, Selena, who was murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda portrayed her husband.

Also in 1997, Seda landed the role of Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street. The writers took advantage of his boxing background, writing a shirtless practice bout into an episode which established his character's attractiveness to fellow detective Laura Ballard. He also boxed opposite Jimmy Smits in the 2000 movie, Price of Glory.

His first leading role on the large screen was as the protagonist in 2002's King Rikki, a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Richard III in East L.A.. Seda has appeared in over two dozen movies, including Bad Boys II as "Roberto."

He has had numerous television appearances. Aside from his well-known Homicide role, among the most notable have been as Dino Ortolani in Oz, Matty Caffey in Third Watch, Paul Falsone in a Homicide crossover with Law & Order, House, The Closer, and CSI: Miami. He is featured as one of the three leads in the HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific released on March 14, 2010, playing the part of Marine John Basilone. He was also part of the cast of CBS's show Close to Home.

It was announced in June 2010 that Seda will appear as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice.

He appears in the second season of Treme as Nelson Hidalgo, a politically connected land developer from Dallas who helps out with the relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans.

He appeared in the 2011 film Larry Crowne, which starred, and was co-written and directed by, Tom Hanks. Hanks served as an executive producer on "The Pacific", in which Seda starred.

 personal life
Seda established "The Jon Seda Foundation" to fund the research into the causes and cures of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome after his sister, Sofia, was diagnosed with the disorder. Seda lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and their three children.

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