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Theo Rossi

John Theodore “Theo” Rossi was born on June 4, 1975. He is an American model, activist, actor and producer best known for his portrayal of Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He currently portrays Herman “Shades” Alvarez in Luke Cage.

Early life

Rossi was born in Staten Island, New York City, New York. Theo is the son of Mary Jane Holway and Vincent Rossi.

He was mostly raised by his mother Mary Jane Tomasino and her husband, Domenick Tomasino. Theo has two sisters, Dani and Christie.

Rossi attended Monsignor Farrell High School and SUNY Albany. Growing up, he loved to ride dirt bikes. Rossi studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York where he appeared in several theatre productions in the short time he was there.

 

Career

He started out in commercial work for beer, fast food, and cars after moving out to Los Angeles in 1999.  Theo Rossi is known for his portrayal of Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy.

His production company, Dos Dudes Pictures, produced its first feature film in 2014, Bad Hurt, in which Rossi also acted alongside Karen Allen and Michael Harney.

He starred alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, in the 2003 film The Challenge.

Rossi has appeared in television shows such as Law and Order: SVU, Hawaii Five-O, Las Vegas, The Unit, Jericho, Bones, Without a Trace, Malcolm in the Middle,

Veronica Mars, NYPD Blue, CSI:Miami, Lie to Me

and Lost. He has had recurring roles on Heist, American Dreams, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

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His film credits include Cloverfield,

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Code Breakers, House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim, Red Sands, The Informers, Kill Theory, Fencewalker, and Meth Head.

Since 2016, Rossi has played Hernan “Shades” Alvarez in Luke Cage.

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Personal life

In addition to acting and developing other projects, Rossi gets involved with the men and women of the military, with fellow Sons of Anarchy co-actors Kim Coates, Dayton Callie and Ron Perlman.  Since Rossi is an Ambassador to the Boot Campaign, he works with multiple organizations that help raise money for wounded soldiers and those returning with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Throughout the off-season, Rossi often traveled to different bases to visit US military personnel.  He has also helped in organizing the yearly Boot Ride event benefiting the Boot Campaign, giving fans a chance to spend a day riding with the Sons of Anarchy cast while raising money for U.S. military veterans.

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In addition to supporting charities throughout the country and in his home of New York City, shortly after Hurricane Sandy hitting Staten Island, Rossi, with other friends and family, founded Staten Strong, a program administered by the Boot Campaign. Staten Strong rebuilt three homes for Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island.

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Rossi also is a supporter of animal welfare. He launched a campaign with The Humane Society of the United States to protect street dogs. He also appeared in a PETA ad promoting pet adoption.

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Rossi is married to Meghan McDermott, an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

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The couple announced their first pregnancy at the Vanity Fair party during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The couple’s first child, Kane Alexander Rossi, was born on June 8, 2015.

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On May 9, 2017, it was announced that Rossi was expecting a second child with his wife.  Their second son, Arlo Benjamin Rossi, was born on August 3, 2017.

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Filmography

Film

Year       Title       Role       Notes

  • 2001      The Myersons    Montilli
  • 2003      The Challenge    Anthony
  • 2004      Buds for Life       Teddy
  • 2008      Cloverfield          Antonio
  •              Kill Theory           Carlos
  • 2009      The Informers    Spaz
  •              Red Sands           Pfc. Tino Hull
  •              Space    Mike      Short film
  • 2013      Meth Head         Carlos
  • 2016      Bad Hurt    Todd  Also producer; Sunscreen Film Festival West Award for Best Narrative Feature
  •             When the Bough Breaks Mike Mitchell
  • 2017      Lowriders  Francisco “Ghost” Alvarez  Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Actor – Feature Film
  • 2018      Ghosts of War    Kirk        Post-production
  • TBA        Body Cam                          Filming

Television

Year       Title       Role       Notes

  • 2001–02 Boston Public     Brandon Webber
  • 2002      Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie      The Mook        Television film
  •              Malcolm in the Middle    Senior    Episode: “Humilithon”
  • 2004      NYPD Blue           Pete Amici           Episode: “Chatty Chatty Bang Bang”
  •              Medical Investigation     Joe Vasquez        Episode: “Coming Home”
  •              American Dreams            Bobby Santos
  • 2005      Blind Justice       Eric Fitzgerald    Episode: “Rub a Tub Tub”
  •              Veronica Mars   Norris Clayton    Episode: “Weapons of Class Destruction”
  •              House of the Dead 2       Greg Berlin          Television film
  •              Code Breakers    Desantis               Television film
  • 2006      Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well            Antonio Ruiz       Television film
  •              Without A Trace               Corey Williams   Episode: “Odds or Evens”
  •              Lost       Sgt. Buccelli        Episode: “One of Them”
  •              Heist      Vinny Momo
  •              The Unit              Mike      Episode: “Unannounced”
  •              Bones    Nick Arno            Episode: “The Woman in the Sand”
  •              Jericho  Randy Payton
  • 2007      Nurses                  Unsold Pilot
  •              Shark     Danny Vargas     Episode: “Here Comes the Judge”
  •              Las Vegas            Jason Scott
  •              Grey’s Anatomy Stan Giamatti

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  • 2008–14              Sons of Anarchy Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz
  • 2009      Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles              Lieutenant Dietze
  •              CSI: Miami           Jimmy Castigan Episode: “Dissolved”
  • 2010      Lie To Me            Officer Tressler  Episode: “Teacher and Pupils”
  • 2012      Hawaii Five-0     Sal Painter           Episode: “Mai Ka Wa Kahiko”
  •              Alcatraz Sonny Burnett
  • 2013      Law & Order: Special Victims Unit  Enrique Rodriguez   Epi: “Presumed Guilty”
  • 2016–2018          Luke Cage           Hernan “Shades” Alvarez

Print Work

Theo has been featured in the following Magazines: Imagista, People, Vilkan, Unleash’d, Bello, Pasadena, Lapalme and Live Happy Magazine.

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