Who is Jon Seda?
He dreamed of a successful boxing career, however, it seems that fate had a different plan for Jon Seda. He became an actor, and although with nearly 60 acting credits to his name, he’s probably still known best for his role as Antonio Dawson a lead investigator for the State’s Attorney’s Office in the series “Chicago P. D.”, which aired from 2014 through 2019, and which brought him the Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor-Television in 2019, among many other nominations and accolades.
To find out more interesting facts about this actor, let us tell you all about his career beginnings, his private life, and what he is up to now.
Wiki-Early life, family, and education
Born Jonathan Seda under the zodiac sign of Libra on 14 October 1970, in Manhattan, New York USA, he holds American nationality. Jonathan ‘Jon’ Seda comes from a family of Puerto Rican descent, and was raised by his parents, Hector and Dharma, in Clifton, New Jersey. Jon has five siblings, two brothers and three sisters, but the only known names are of his elder sisters Sofia Elena and Dharmita, while the others prefer to keep their lives away from the public eye.
Jon was into sports from an early age, and upon matriculating from high school in 1988, he began training in boxing. As an amateur boxer, he held a record of 21 wins and just one loss, and was a runner-up in the Golden Gloves competition held in New Jersey in 1990. Since then, as Jon said, he was obsessed with the idea of becoming a boxing champion, and was hoping to start by competing in the 1992 Olympics.
However, he concurrently launched his acting career, and as he said, it was easier for his face and body.
Roles in movies
Jon made his acting debut portraying Vinnie in the 1992 movie “Zebrahead”, followed by his role as Romano in “Gladiator”, in the same year, co-starring with James Marshall, Brian Dennehy and Cuba Gooding Junior in this cult sports drama, which although having no nominations, was rated as a great boxing movie by the audience.
Next, Jon was seen in the 1993 TV movie “Daybreak”, followed by his roles in “New York Cop” and “Carlito’s Way”, in the same year. In 1994, Jon was cast in his first lead role playing Chino Linares in “I Like It Like That”; for his performance, Jon was nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Award-Best Male Lead.
The following year saw Jon in “Boys on the Side, then “12 Monkeys” starring Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeline Stowe – the movie was nominated for two Oscars (Best Costume Design, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role-B. Pitt).
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Jon’s next role came in the 1996 crime-drama “Primal Fear”, starring Richard Gere, followed by his appearances in “The Sunchaser” and “Dear God”, later that year.
His most notable movie role came in 1997 – Jon was cast to play Chris Perez in the biographical music drama “Selena”, the story of singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the progress of her career. For his portrayal of Selena’s husband Chris, Jon was nominated for the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film.
Next, he was seen as Billy in the 1997 movie “The Price of Kissing”, then in the following years, Jon focused on his television roles. The early 2000s saw him as Sonny Ortega in “Price of Glory”, another boxing movie, in which he starred opposite Jimmy Smits and Maria del Mar.
In 2001, Jon acted in “Love the Hard Way” and “Double Bang”, followed by roles in the 2002 movies “King Rikki” and “Undisputed”. The following year saw him as Roberto in the action comedy “Bad Boys II”, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Jon’s next movie role came in the 2007 comedy-drama “One Long Night”, followed by his role in “Legally Mad” in 2010, then supporting roles in the movies “Larry Crowne” (2011) and “Bullet to the Head” (2012).
His most recent movie role was his portrayal of Detective Mike Watts in the 2018 thriller “Canal Street”, which followed the story of an African- American father who fought to prove his son’s innocence after he was arrested for the murder of his white classmate.
Roles in series
Jon made his first television series appearance as Sal Molina in an episode of the series “NYPD Blue” in 1994. In the following years, he mostly guest-starred in various series, before he was cast to play Paul Falsone in “Homicide: Life on the Street”, appearing in 46 episodes from 1997 through 1999.
Another recurring role as Matty Caffey in the series “Third Watch” (1999-2000) followed, and next Jon was Jake Shaw in the series “UC: Undercover” (2001-2002).
He was seen co-starring in numerous crime-drama series, such as “Hack” (2003) and “Las Vegas” (2004), before from 2004 through 2005, playing Damian ‘Dame’ Ruiz in the romantic drama series “Kevin Hill”;the series followed the story about Kevin, a swinging bachelor who after his cousin dies, is left with his cousin’s 10-month-old daughter, and must deal with parenting her, as well as his job as a top-notch lawyer.
Another of Jon’s notable television roles was his portrayal of Ray Blackwell in “Close to Home” (2006-2007). Worth mentioning is his role as Sergeant John Basilone in the 2010 TV mini-series “The Pacific”, which brought him an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Imagen Foundation Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor – Television (2010) and Best Actor – Television (2011).
From 2011 through 2013, Jon starred as Nelson Hidalgo in “Treme”, a music drama about life after Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters to hit New Orleans, USA. The series had 47 award nominations and won six, including a Primetime Emmy; Jon was nominated for Imagen Award-Best Supporting Actor/Television.
Concurrently, Jon was cast to play Antonio Dawson in “Chicago Fire” (2012-2019), and reprised his role in “Chicago P. D.” (2014-2019), as well as in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2016) and “Chicago Justice” (2017).
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Most recently, Jon was seen playing Sam Velez in the 2021 series “La Brea”, a mystery science-fiction drama; the second season premiered in November 2022, and Jon’s fans can enjoy watching the series on Peacock.
Love life, wife, and children
Jon hasn’t been the subject of any rumors concerning his love life, since it’s widely known that he’s married to his former long-term girlfriend, Lisa Gomez – the two became parents for the first time in 1994 when Liza gave birth to their son Jonathan Junior.
Jon and Lisa exchanged their wedding vows on 4 July 2000, and their second child and first daughter Madison, was born in 2003; they have two more daughters, Jessica and Haley Bella, whose birthdays they haven’t shared.
Both Jon and his wife prefer to keep their children away from the media’s attention, but what we do know is that the family lives in their residence in New York City.
Age, height, and net worth
Many of his fans want to know how tall this 52-year-old actor is – we will tell you that he stands at the height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and that he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
When it comes to his wealth, Jon Seda has a net worth estimated at over $5 million, as of late-2022.