Emilio Rivera aka “El Padrino” Role



Handsome Emilio Rivera, Jr.

Emilio Rivera, Jr.

Early Life

Handsome 5’ 11’ Rivera was born February 24, 1961 in San Antonio, Texas. He is the oldest child of four brothers and three sisters. His family moved to an area of LA called Frog Town when he was young. His first experience with acting was in third grade in “Rumpelstiltskin.” According to Emilio, it was not easy growing up a minority in a poor section of town. However, he discovered that turning your life around is the key to making dreams come true, so he did just that!

The Acting Bug

After much soul-searching, he decided to take a huge risk and pursue acting. Most importantly, the training, discipline and long hours of studying changed his life. His family and friends were amazed at the radical change in Emilio. They realized that he had found his true passion. While studying acting Emilio worked as a mechanical engineer. Most importantly, he is married to the love of his life, actress Yadi Valerio.

Feature Roles

Emilio’s first feature role was in the TV series Renegade (1992) with Lorenzo Lamas. Emilio has appeared in countless commercials, television programs and feature films.   Emilio’s credits include roles in NYPD Blue (1993), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), JAG (1995), ER (1994), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1995), X-Files (2000), Kojak (2005), My Name is Earl (2006, Weeds (2008), CSI: NY (2009), The Mentalist (2011), Law & Order SVU (2013), Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014), Z Nation (2016) and now, Mayans MC (2018).

Acting Credentials

Emilio’s acting credentials have placed him at the top the list of successful Latino actors. Therefore,  left his day job when he landed a role in the feature film Con Air (1997). His resume has grown to include roles in films such as The Cable Guy (1996), Traffic (2000), High Crimes (2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), Fun With Dick and Jane (2005), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Delta Farce (2007), Street Kings (2008), Act of Valor (2012) just to name a few.

Even more, Emilio has been in three music videos and is also a stand-up comedian.

Let’s Meet El Padrino

Marcus Álvarez “El Padrino” is a fictional character on the FX TV series Sons of Anarchy and its spin-off Mayans MC. The role is played by Emilio Rivera. As a result, initially he was an antagonist on the show.

Alvarez has gradually come to a much less hostile relationship with the Sons of Anarchy. He is the leader of the Mayans, a Mexican-American outlaw motorcycle club.  Álvarez, who is of Mexican descent, is the President of the Mayans Motorcycle Club’s Oakland, California chapter. Consequentially, he may even be their national president.

Mayans MC dealings

Alvarez has a son, Esai, who was also a member of the club. However, in 2008 Marcus put out a hit on him as punishment for failing a mission. Consequently, most of Alvarez and his club’s income is made through dealing heroin, methamphetamine, and through prostitution. He was a prisoner in Chino for a long period, but was released prior to the beginning of Season One of Sons of Anarchy.

Alvarez’s Role in Mayans MC

On his “cut” he wears patches reading “Los Asesinos de Dios” (Spanish for “God’s Assassins”) and “Mayans Oakland”. However, his “President” patch is later changed to “El Padrino”. He also has the Mayan Calendar tattooed on his chest.