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Erik Estrada (1949)

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Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada is an American police officer and actor, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 United States police television series CHiPs. He later became known for his work in Spanish language telenovelas, and in more recent years, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Adult Swim series Sealab 2021.


 early life
Estrada was born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, the son of Carmen, a seamstress, and Renildo Estrada. He is of Puerto Rican descent.

In the 1970 film version of The Cross and the Switchblade, Estrada made his film debut in the role of Nicky Cruz alongside Pat Boone who played the role of David Wilkerson. In 1974, Estrada took part in the disaster film, Airport 1975, where he played a role as the flight engineer on a Boeing 747. His character was killed in a midair collision. Two years later, he was a player in the military historical epic Midway, as a fictional airman Ens. "Chili Bean" Ramos.

In 1978, Estrada began training in martial arts with SeishinDo Kenpo instructor Frank Argelander , to prepare for a two part episode of CHiPs. The two of them appear on the cover of Fighting Stars Magazine that same year, discussing Estrada's training regime. On August 6, 1979, Estrada was seriously injured while filming a scene on the set of CHiPs, fracturing several ribs and breaking both wrists after he was thrown from his motorcycle.

Later that year, Estrada was voted one of "The 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World" by People magazine and was featured on the cover of the November issue. Following a salary dispute with NBC in the fall of 1981, Estrada was briefly replaced by Olympic Gold Medalist and actor Bruce Jenner. CHiPs was eventually canceled in 1983. In the 1980s, Estrada appeared in a string of low-budget films. He made a return to series television in a 1987 three-part episode of the police drama Hunter.

In the 1990s, Estrada played the role of Johnny, a Tijuana trucker, in the Televisa telenovela Dos mujeres, un camino ("Two women, one road"). Originally slated for 100 episodes, the show went to 400-plus episodes and became the biggest telenovela in Latin American history. He was reportedly paid one million dollars for that role.

In 1994, Estrada began co-hosting the syndicated outdoor adventure show American Adventurer which ran until 2004. In 1995, he made a special guest appearance as Ponch in punk rock band Bad Religion's music video Infected as well as in the video for the Butthole Surfers's video for Pepper. He has also been seen on a few episodes of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch as himself, seen in a daydream cloud in Hilda's Mind and driving a car as Hilda zapped herself in his car.

In 1997, Estrada wrote his autobiography, Erik Estrada: My Road from Harlem to Hollywood. In 1998, he returned as the character Francis "Ponch" Poncherello in the TNT made-for-TV movie CHiPs '99, along with the rest of the original cast.


In 2001, Estrada landed a role on the daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful as Eduardo Dominguez. In 2002, he played a Hispanic game show host on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire with Hilary Duff.

He has also had a regular role doing voiceovers for the Cartoon Network show Sealab 2021, where he would parody himself. He also appeared in an episode of another Cartoon Network show, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, which features a character named Moltar who has an obsession with Estrada and CHiPS, as a guest. Estrada has also guest-starred on the children's cartoon Maya and Miguel.

Estrada has appeared in music videos, such as Eminem's music video "Just Lose it". There is a band named after him based in Santa Cruz, California. Estrada also made guest appearances on The Wayans Bros., Unhappily Ever After, the Nickelodeon comedy Drake & Josh, NBC's Scrubs and ABC's According to Jim.

Estrada has done a long-running series of infomercials as a national spokesman for National Recreational Properties, selling real estate property in such locations as Siskiyou County, California; Lake Shastina, California; California City, California; Ocean Shores, Washington; Colorado; and recently, Tellico Village, Tennessee and Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Estrada began appearing in Burger King TV commercials in September 2009 where he attended a class on endorsing products led by Tony Stewart. During the spoof, Estrada seeks to understand why American consumers were not interested in purchasing his "Estrada" sunglasses that noticeably had his last name written boldly across the lens.

Estrada has appeared in recent years in a number of reality television shows. In 2004 he starred in both the second season of The Surreal Life and in Discovery Health Body Challenge. He also starred in the short-lived CBS reality show, Armed & Famous.

In 2008, Estrada appeared in Husband for Hire, a television movie starring Nadine Velazquez and Mario López.

After a series of specials, in 2010 Estrada and Laura McKenzie began co-hosting a weekly series, The World's Funniest Moments, which began as a myNetworkTV series hosted by Arsenio Hall.

Erik Estrada is chosen to be a contestant on the second season of the spanish reality show of Univision- "Mira Quien Baila", where 10 contestants are chosen to perform different styles of dancing and each sunday one of them is eliminated. Erik Estrada became one of the top 3 of the show and is currently going to be dancing on the last show of the 2nd season.

 personal life
As of 2009, Estrada was a full-time deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Virginia.

Estrada endorsed Republican John McCain in the 2008 United States Presidential election.

 television work
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Emergency!
  • Kojak
  • Mannix
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Medical Center
  • Police Woman
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Baretta
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Big Time Rush
  • The Quest: The Longest Drive
  • Fire!
  • CHiPs (1977–1983)
  • The Love Boat
  • Honeyboy
  • Un Solo corazón
  • ''Hunter
  • Rosa salvaje
  • The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission
  • ''The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • She Knows Too Much
  • Extralarge: Cannonball
  • Earth Angel
  • Extralarge: Gonzales' Revenge
  • Dos mujeres, un camino (1993–1994)
  • American Adventurer
  • The Wayans Bros
  • The Nanny Kindervelt Days
  • Panic in the Skies!
  • Pauly
  • Sabrina The Teenage Witch
  • Over the Top
  • We Are Angels
  • Baywatch
  • Martin
  • Homeboys in Outer Space
  • CHiPs '99
  • King of the Hill
  • Family Guy "I Never Met the Dead Man"
  • Walker, Texas Ranger
  • Family Guy
  • Pacific Blue
  • Walking After Midnight (1999–2000)
  • Son of the Beach
  • Sealab 2021 (2000–2005)
  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Shasta McNasty
  • American Family
  • Scrubs "My Fifteen Seconds"
  • Drake & Josh
  • According to Jim
  • The Surreal Life
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Taylor Made
  • Back to the Grind
  • Armed & Famous
  • Life
  • My Name Is Earl
  • According To Jim
  • Meet the Browns
  • ''"Burger King" Commercial
  • ''Cop Talk
  • Big Time Rush
  • World's Funniest Moments
  • Adventure Time "Evicted"
  • Mira Quien Baila, Univision

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