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Hector Elizondo
Hector Elizondo
Hector Elizondo makes an appearance as Carlos Mendoza, a building manager/janitor in the Season 2 "AITF" episode "The Elevator Story".
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1936-12-22) December 22, 1936 (age 79)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Character/Series involvement
Series: All In The Family
Episodes appeared in
(and/or) involved with:
"The Elevator Story" in Season 2
Character played: Carlos Mendoza
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Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is a Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American stage/film/TV and voice actor. He was credited for voicing Wan Shi Tong in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Hector makes a guest appearance as Carlos Mendoza, a building manager/janitor in the Season 2 episode of All In The Family titled "The Elevator Story".

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Early life and career Edit

Elizondo was born in New York City, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes from Puerto Rico and Martin Echevarria Elizondo of Basque descent. His parents who moved to New York City, like many other Hispanics at the time, with the hope of finding a better way of life. At a young age, Elizondo demonstrated a talent in sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was ten years old. Upon graduating from Junior High School in 1951, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts; he also attended a regular public high school where he excelled in basketball and baseball - his baseball skills were good enough for him to be scouted by both the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1954, Hector enrolled in City College of New York, with the intention of becoming a history teacher. During his freshman year he became a father and dropped out of College and went to work full-time in order to support his family. Later, he was divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd. He and his wife Carolee Campbell, an Emmy-Award winning actress, photographer and celebrated publisher, live in Sherman Oaks, California.

Acting career Edit

From 1962-1963, Hector studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall and in 1963 he landed parts in two Off-Broadway shows: Kill the One-Eyed Man and The Great White Hope. His first major success came when he played "God" in guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in the play Steambath. Elizondo won an Obie Award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend or sympathizer to the lead character. He provided the voice of Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall; Marshall was impressed with his talent and it was to become a lifelong friendship, which would bring benefits for both. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. In some of the movies in which Elizondo appeared, he went uncredited and he would not have minded staying that way for the movie Pretty Woman, however it was Marshall who insisted on crediting him. His role in Pretty Woman only lasted ten minutes, but it led to his receiving a Golden Globe nomination. Elizondo has participated in over eighty movies and twelve of them have been Marshall's.

In 2001, he had the role as Renaldi's head of security "Joe" in the movie, The Princess Diaries, and he reprised the role in the sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which was made in 2004.

He also provided the voice of Kragger in Justice League and reprised the role in Justice League Unlimited.

Trivia Edit

  • The name Elizondo is Basque and means "at the foot of the church."
  • He has appeared in so many Garry Marshall films that his credit in the beginning of Exit to Eden (1994) was "As Usual... Hector Elizondo".

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