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      Laz Alonso

      Laz Alonso

      Highest Rated: 82% Detroit (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Battle of the Year (2013)

      Birthday: Mar 25, 1974

      Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

      Before launching a successful acting career, Laz Alonso worked on Wall Street, before becoming a TV host, and then having his pop culture moment in the famous Budweiser "Wassup" ad campaign. Then he broke through as an actor, including a featured role in the biggest movie of all time, "Avatar" (2009). Laz Alonso, who is of Latin and African-American descent, was born on March 25, 1974, in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Howard University School of Business, Alonso got a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and went to work as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. Then Alonso formed his own marketing business, which gave him a freer schedule to study acting at night and look for gigs. Alonso won roles in commercials and music videos, including the promo for Toni Braxton's single "Hit the Freeway." for Toni Braxton, then he became an overnight pop culture sensation co-starring in Budweiser's "Wassup" ad campaign, which debuted during the Super Bowl in 1999. Alonso won an Emmy for his performance in the series of commercials, which spawned a temporarily unavoidable catchphrase. After hosting the morning news and talk show "A.M.@BET" (BET 2000-01), Alonso began working steadily in small TV and film roles. His first high-profile film role came in the Chris Rock comedy "Down to Earth" (2001), followed by appearances in films like the Iraq War drama "Jarhead" (2005), dance-off competition "Stomp the Yard" (2007), and the action sequel "Fast & Furious" (2009). He played the key role of alien warrior Tsu'Tey in the biggest box-office success of all time, James Cameron's lavish fantasy "Avatar" (2009). His next major film, the romantic comedy-drama "Jumping the Broom" (2011), found him playing his first leading-man role. Alonso then returned to the small screen with a supporting role on the short-lived soapy drama "Deception" (NBC 2013). After that series was canceled, he moved to a co-starring role on the comedy-drama "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC 2014-16) as police detective Billy Soto, partner of the headstrong title character Laura Diamond (Debra Messing).

      Highest rated movies

      Detroit Wrath of Man Jarhead Jumping the Broom This Christmas
      Straw Dogs
      Miracle at St. Anna
      The Tenants

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      Laz Alonso MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, from left: Matteo Sciabordi, Laz Alonso, 2008. ©Walt Disney Co. JUMPING THE BROOM, from left: Laz Alonso, Paula Patton, 2011. Ph: Jonathan Wenk/©TriStar Pictures MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, Omero Antonutti (back, second from left), Valentina Cervi (back, third from left), Laz Alonso (back, center with machine gun), Omar Benson Miller (right, with helmet), Matteo Sciabordi (front right), 2008. ©Walt Disney Co. MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, Omar Benson Miller (back left), Omero Antonutti (left of center in vest), Derek Luke (back center), Valentina Cervi (front, center, leaning), Matteo Sciabordi (laying down), Laz Alonso (back right), 2008. ©Walt Disney Co. MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, from left: Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Derek Luke, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, 2008. ©Walt Disney Co. MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, from left: Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Derek Luke, Omar Benson Miller, 2008. ©Walt Disney Co. MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, starting second from left: Omar Benson Miller, Michael Ealy, Derek Luke, Laz Alonso, 2008. ©Walt Disney Co. Deception, Laz Alonso (L), Meagan Good (R), 'One, Two, Three...One, Two, Three', Season 1, Ep. #4, 01/28/2013, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Convict Mentor', Season 2, Ep. #4, 10/14/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Josh Lucas (C), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Convict Mentor', Season 2, Ep. #4, 10/14/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Convict Mentor', Season 2, Ep. #4, 10/14/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Laz Alonso, 'The Mystery of the Cure for Loneliness', Season 2, Ep. #2, 09/30/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Max Jenkins (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery of the Exsanguinated Ex', Season 1, Ep. #16, 02/25/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Laz Alonso, 'The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine', Season 2, Ep. #8, 11/18/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Laz Alonso (L), Josh Lucas (R), 'The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine', Season 2, Ep. #8, 11/18/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Josh Lucas (L), Laz Alonso (C), Janina Gavankar (R), 'The Mystery of the Dead Heat', Season 2, Ep. #6, 10/28/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Debra Messing (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Biker Bar', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/01/2014, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Debra Messing (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Biker Bar', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/01/2014, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Biker Bar', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/01/2014, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Detained Unknown (Character) - 2024
      67% 90% Wrath of Man Carlos (Character) $27.5M 2021
      27% 45% Traffik Darren Cole (Character) $9.2M 2018
      82% 79% Detroit Congressman Conyers (Character) $16.8M 2017
      6% 49% Battle of the Year Dante Graham (Character) $8.8M 2013
      42% 34% Straw Dogs John Burke (Character) - 2011
      57% 58% Jumping the Broom Jason Taylor (Character) $37.3M 2011
      No Score Yet 96% Down for Life Officer Barber (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2009
      82% 82% Avatar Tsu'tey (Voice) $23.5M 2009
      28% 67% Fast & Furious Fenix (Character) $155.0M 2009
      33% 51% Miracle at St. Anna Corporal Hector Negron (Character) $7.9M 2008
      No Score Yet 43% Divine Intervention Deacon Wells (Character) - 2007
      55% 81% This Christmas Malcome Moore (Character) $49.1M 2007
      9% 23% Captivity DiSantos (Character) $2.6M 2007
      27% 81% Stomp the Yard Zeke (Character) $61.4M 2007
      No Score Yet 19% Bunny Whipped Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 64% The Last Stand Wesley (Character) - 2006
      32% 30% The Tenants Jacob 32 (Character) $2.0K 2006
      No Score Yet 12% Issues Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 15% All Souls Day Tyler (Character) - 2005
      60% 68% Jarhead Ramon Escobar (Character) $62.6M 2005
      No Score Yet 57% Hittin' It! Chris B. (Character) - 2004
      20% 30% Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood Rory (Character) - 2003

      TV

      Credit
      93% 83% The Boys Mother's Milk (Character) 2019-2020 2022 2024
      100% 86% My Dad the Bounty Hunter Terry, aka Sabo Brok (Voice) 2023
      24% 59% L.A.'s Finest Warren Hendriz (Guest Star) 2019
      100% 88% The Bobby Brown Story Louil Salas (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Card Revoked Guest 2018
      24% 78% The Mysteries of Laura Billy Soto (Character) 2014-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011 2013-2014
      92% 78% Person of Interest Paul Carter (Guest Star) 2013
      37% 73% Deception Will Moreno (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet 80% Breakout Kings Charlie Duchamp (Character) 2011-2012
      90% 98% Southland Detective Gil Puente (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      84% 72% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One on One Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004 2006
      90% 83% Bones George Warren (Guest Star) 2005
      65% 82% Entourage Snoop's Assistant (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eyes Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 66% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Staff Sgt. Steven Washington (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2002