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A handsome, sexy New Jersey-born leading man of Puerto Rican extraction, Jon Seda was trying to become a professional boxer when his mother suggested he take acting lessons "as a back-up." As a result, he was cast as Romano, the Cuban boxer, in the 1992 feature "Gladiators." His breakthrough role was as the cheating husband of Lauren Velez in Darnell Martin's "I Like It Like That" (1994). Seda went on to play Chris Perez, the musician-husband of "Selena" (1997). Raised in Clifton, New Jersey, Seda was the second oldest of six children. His first expectations about acting were that he might get a part as an extra. An instinctive actor who oozes masculinity that creates the sexual danger of which male movie stars are made, but also possessing just the right dash of sensitivity, Seda won the role in "Gladiators." From there, he played a tough street kid in "Zebrahead" (1992) and a Dominican hoodlum in Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way" (1993). More recently, he was Jose, one of the tortured inmates, in Terry Gilliam's futuristic "12 Monkeys" (1995). He won further critical applause for his work as a gangbanger with a brain tumor who takes a doctor hostage in Michael Cimino's little-seen "Sunchaser"...

A handsome, sexy New Jersey-born leading man of Puerto Rican extraction, Jon Seda was trying to become a professional boxer when his mother suggested he take acting lessons "as a back-up." As a result, he was cast as Romano, the Cuban boxer, in the 1992 feature "Gladiators." His breakthrough role was as the cheating husband of Lauren Velez in Darnell Martin's "I Like It Like That" (1994). Seda went on to play Chris Perez, the musician-husband of "Selena" (1997).

Raised in Clifton, New Jersey, Seda was the second oldest of six children. His first expectations about acting were that he might get a part as an extra. An instinctive actor who oozes masculinity that creates the sexual danger of which male movie stars are made, but also possessing just the right dash of sensitivity, Seda won the role in "Gladiators." From there, he played a tough street kid in "Zebrahead" (1992) and a Dominican hoodlum in Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way" (1993). More recently, he was Jose, one of the tortured inmates, in Terry Gilliam's futuristic "12 Monkeys" (1995). He won further critical applause for his work as a gangbanger with a brain tumor who takes a doctor hostage in Michael Cimino's little-seen "Sunchaser" (1996) and as a co-worker and rival in love to Leon in "The Price of Kissing" (1997).

Seda's early TV credits included episodes of "NYPD Blue" and "New York Undercover," on which he played a boxer. (According to some sources, he allegedly auditioned for the role series regular Michael DeLorenzo won). He was a cop killer whose trial is disrupted in "Mistrial" (HBO, 1996). Seda made guest appearances as an undercover detective on NBC's acclaimed drama series "Homicide: Life in the Street" (NBC) in 1996 and joined the series as a regular in the fall of 1997. Seda reteamed with director Darnell Martin for the premiere episode of the HBO drama series "Oz" (1997). As hotheaded Dino Ortolani, the actor delivered a mesmerizing portrayal of a tough lifer in a brutal prison environment who meets a gruesome death.

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 Silk Stockings (1957) Stage manager
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 The Birds and the Bees (1956) Cabin steward
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 So This Is Paris (1955) Cab driver
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 Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) LeBon
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 April in Paris (1953) Waiter
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 The Mississippi Gambler (1953) Tailor
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 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Waiter
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Tony Scott ( 2006-03-15 )

Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever

Born: January 20, 1896 New York, NY
Died: September 16, 1981 Pacific Palisades, CA
Son of a Broadway couturier and a symphony conductor, Sedan started his career as a nightclub performer. He was planning on studying scientific agriculture when he went to work on the stage in New York. He later worked at the Hal Roach Studios and played with the likes of Laurel & Hardy and Harold Lloyd.

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