Otto Sanchez

Otto Sanchez is an American actor best known for playing Carmen Guerra in the HBO prison drama Oz. He also played the role of Otto in the short-lived drama Kidnapped. He appeared as a supporting character in Bad Boys II. He played the lead role of Paul in the film Push which won awards at The Long Island Film Festival. He has also been seen in NBC's Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, Burn Notice and most recently Blue Bloods.

Early life

Sanchez, a native New Yorker, was raised by his mother, Violeta Zoila Carbajal, in Jackson Heights, Queens. He was the youngest of 2 boys and 2 girls.

Otto's passion for painting was his first connection into the arts. After pursuing Advertising Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, 1987 to 1989, then fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio, on a scholarship, his passion shifted into theater. Returning to New York City in 1991, he studied acting under Jeanne Kaplan and Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. In 1996 he landed his breakthrough role Carmen "Chico" Guerra on the HBO series Oz.

Credits

Other film credits include Negrito in Kill the Poor. "Ping Pong" in Double Whammy by Tom DiCillo.

TV credits: Danny Santos in "Canterbury's Law (with Julianna Margulies), Deputy Sheriff Rick Silo opposite Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo The Fighter in Criminal Minds.

Sanchez made a guest appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm and 100 Centre Street.

TV pilots: Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's NBC police dramedy Fort Pit as Tommy Cruz, and Mark Rosner's TNT TV drama The Line as Christian Diaz.

Sanchez has also appeared on stage. His last part was in November 2008, in the world premiere of Beau Willimon's political play Farragut North (now adapted into the film Ides of March) directed by Doug Hughes (Doubt) at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in the dual role of Frank/Waiter opposite John Gallagher, Jr.

"In one of the play's sharpest moments a waiter played by Otto Sanchez earnestly tells Stephen about his hard-luck American life, and you can see Stephen (John Gallagher, Jr.) translating it into a stump-speech anecdote in his head." — Ben Brantley, NY Times.

In 2004 he co-starred opposite John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos in the role of Wallace, in the Off-Broadway play Ponies, produced by Emmy award-winner Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante in New York City.

Otto's recent film projects include The Moment I Died with Colleen Divincentis and Jocelyn Druyan, directed and written by Vincent Zambrano.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1998-2003OzChico GuerraTV series, 40 episodes
1999Mute LoveRichardfeature film
1999-2000Third WatchMikeyTV series, 3 episodes
2000Overnight SensationYucca Sanchezfeature film
2000Law & OrderDet. Hector DiazTV series, 1 episode
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDelfino MelendezTV series, 1 episode
2001Double WhammyPing Pongfeature film
2001Dregs of SocietyMattyfeature film
2001100 Centre StreetTV series, 1 episode
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEddie FuenteTV series, 1 episode
2003Kill the PoorNegritofeature film
2003Bad Boys IICarlosfeature film
2003Law & OrderReynaldo CelayaTV series, 1 episode
2006PushPaulfeature film
2006-2007KidnappedOttoTV series, 10 episodes
2007Criminal MindsDeputy Rick SiglockTV series, 1 episode
2007Manhunt 2Perv (voice)Video game
2008Canterbury's LawDanny SantosTV series, 1 episode
2009Law & OrderWestside Express EmployeeTV series, 1 episode
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentDet. Gonzo RuizTV series, 1 episode
2009Burn NoticeDiego GarzaTV series, 4 episodes
2011Blue BloodsDiegoTV series, 2 episodes
2011Curb Your EnthusiasmMuggerTV series, 1 episode
2012Person of InterestOchoaTV series, Episode: "Triggerman"
2014UnforgettableDudekTV series, 1 episode
2015GirlsJoralemonTV series, 1 episode
2015Terminator GenisysDetective Timmonsfeature film
2015GothamOdgen BarkerTV series, Episode: "Damned If You Do..."
2015The BlacklistMichael CarpusTV series, 1 episode
2015My Name Is Davidfeature film
2016Shades of BlueRaul MendezTV series, 2 episodes
2016ElementaryRenny TrautmanTV series, 1 episode
2016The PearlLouis RiveraTV movie
2018Red Dead Redemption 2Del Lobos GangVideo game
2018Luke CageArturo Rey "El Ray" IIITV series, Episode: "Soul Brother #1"
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