Michael Irby: Obispo “Bishop” Losa

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First of all, Michael Irby is a genuinely interesting person! For that reason, I learned so much about him during my research of this character. Maybe, he is the most interesting man on earth!

In the beginning…

First, Michael Irby is an American actor, poet and producer. He was born Michael Clinton Irby on November 16, 1972 in Palm Springs, California USA. His parents are Cindy and Ernie Irby and he has two brothers Ernie and Jason Irby.

As a matter of fact, Irby’s Father is African-American and his Mother is Mexican-American. Also, he grew up in Cabazon, California and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Personal life

Furthermore, Michael Irby married Susan Matus on June 11,  2005. As a result, they have one child, a son named Addison Irby.

Early life and education

In any event, Michael Irby was an outstanding soccer player, who at one time, played in Europe for Team USA. Unfortunately, he was forced to give up competitive soccer due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Following the end of his soccer career, he attended College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. As a matter of fact, it was his drama professor who encouraged him to pursue a career in theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City. Also, it was at AADA NY where he met his wife, Susan Matus. The two later costarred on The Unit.

Interests

Among other things, Irby’s hobbies include cooking, playing guitar and writing poetry. As a matter of fact, Michael Irby has a passion for writing poetry, specifically spoken-word. Consequently,  he grabbed the attention of the producers, and his original poetry has been incorporated into his storylines. As a result, Irby is a supporter of AIDS charities, including the AIDS Walk and the Product Red campaign.

Career

Generally speaking, Michael Irby is most well known for his portrayal of Sergeant First Class Charles Grey in The Unit (2006-2009) and remains good friends with his former Unit costars Dennis Haysbert and Max Martini. Some of his other credits include HBO’s Barry (2108), Seal Team (2017) True Detective (2015), Almost Human (2014), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), Flightplan (2005), and Fast Five (2011) and now he can be seen in the SOA spin-off, Mayans MC.

Other interesting facts

As noted above, he is of Latino and African-American descent, and plays characters from a variety of backgrounds. For example, Irby portrays a Middle Eastern man in Flightplan (2005). For Fast Five (2011), Michael had to learn how to speak some Portuguese. Consequently, Michael Irby also appeared in the 1998 off-Broadway play Corpus Christi opposite Josh Lucas, who eventually became the godfather of his son, Addison.

Filmography

From 2010 to present

  • 2018 Mayans M.C. (TV Series) – Obispo ‘Bishop’ Losa
  • Barry (TV Series) – Cristobal Sifuentes
  • 2017 SEAL Team (TV Series) – Adam
  • Taken (TV Series) – Scott
  • 2015 The Player (TV Series) – Javier Cruz
  • Rosewood (TV Series) – Agent Giordano
  • Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series) – Detective Oscar Acedo
  • Halt and Catch Fire (TV Series) – Bernie
  • True Detective (TV Series) – Detective Elvis Ilinca
  • CSI: Cyber (TV Series) – Navy Cap. David Ortega M.D.
  • The Following (TV Series) – Andrew Sharp
  • State of Affairs (TV Series) – Eric Markey
  • 2014 Stalker (TV Series) – Silas Martin
  • The Lottery (TV Series) – Vanessa’s brother
  • Criminal Minds (TV Series) – Cesar Jones
  • 2013-2014 Almost Human (TV Series) -Detective Richard Paul
  • Breaking Tradition -Josh
  • The Glades (TV Series) -Steven Gomez aka Stefan Szabo
  • Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) -Rafael Salgado
  • Vegas (TV Series) -Eddie Bade
  • Elementary (TV Series) -Xande Diaz
  • Castle (TV Series) – Shane Winters
  • 2012 Widow Detective (TV Movie) -Nelson Lopez
  • Person of Interest (TV Series) -Fermin Ordoñez
  • K-11 -Lieutenant Hernandez
  • The Mentalist (TV Series) -Beltran
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) -Adrian Flores
  • Common Law (TV Series) -Jason
  • The Finder (TV Series)-Detective Quinones
  • Dirty People – Robert
  • 2011 Butterfly (Short) -Niko
  • Prime Suspect (TV Series) – FBI Agent Brazie
  • The Good Wife (TV Series) -Ricky Packer
  • The Protector (TV Series) -Roberto Casas
  • Bones (TV Series) – Police Officer
  • 2011 Fast Five -Zizi
  • The Cape (TV Series) -Tommy Malinari / Poker Face
  • Chase (TV Series) -Agent Felix Perez
  • 2010 Faster -Vaquero
  • Louis -Robichaux
  • Lie to Me (TV Series) -Ronnie Bacca
  • 24 (TV Series) -Adrion Bishop
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series) -Montrell Perez

The 2000’s

  • 2009 Law Abiding Citizen -Detective Garza
  • Raising the Bar (TV Series) -Wilfredo Villamaria
  • 2006-2009 The Unit (TV Series) -Charles Grey
  • 2005 Once Upon a Wedding -Luis
  • Flightplan -Obaid
  • Line of Fire (TV Series) -Amiel Macarthur
  • Klepto -Marco
  • Final Draft -Elijah
  • 2004-2011 CSI: NY (TV Series) -Kenny Hexton / Eduardo
  • 2002 CSI: Miami (TV Series) -Ignatio Paez
  • Haunted (TV Series) -Dante
  • MDs (TV Series) -Jaime Lopez
  • 2001 The Last Castle -Enriquez
  • Piñero – Reinaldo Povod
  • Mourning Glory -Luis

The 90’s

  • 1997-2000 Law & Order (TV Series) – John Acosta / Diego Garza / Boca
  • 1997 F/X: The Series (TV Series) – Assistant D.A. Oniz

Michael Irby, Producer

Noteworthy, In 2014 Michael Irby produced the short film Waiting For You. Likewise, The Short Film was written and directed by Susan Matus. Meanwhile, Waiting for You was an official selection for the Cannes Short Film Corner, IFFWC Berlin, Dances With Films, the California Women’s Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Obispo “Bishop” Losa

Furthermore, Michael Irby stars as “Obispo ‘Bishop’ Losa,” the President of Mayans M.C., Santo Padre Charter. Due to coming from a broken home in the Salton Sea, Bishop was taken in by the family of his cousin Marcus Alvarez, Mayan MC founder and National President.

Therefore, after serving a tour of duty in Iraq and another in Pelican Bay, Bishop was sent by his cousin to set up and run a critical new charter of their MC on the Mexico-California border.

Similarly, Bishop is described as being as deadly as he is loyal, making him a force to be reckoned with. For that reason, this makes him all too perfect a fit for the Mayans who aren’t exactly pushovers in the violence category.

Debut

Hence, Obispo ‘Bishop’ Losa is the President of the Mayans M.C., Santo Padre charter on Mayans MC, a spinoff of the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Likeise, Obispo makes his debut in the series’ premiere episode, “Perro/Oc.”, and is played by American actor Michael Irby.

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