• LaMonica Garrett is an American actor and film producer born in San Francisco, California.
• He was a professional Slamball player and was once a FedEx driver.
• He is best known for his role as Mike Ritter in the action mystery series "Designated Survivor".
• LaMonica is married to Mina Ivanova and they have a baby together.
• As of April 2021, his net worth is estimated at over $2 million.
Who is LaMonica Garrett?
LaMonica Garrett was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 23 May 1975 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and a film producer, who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Mike Ritter in the action mystery series “Designated Survivor”, created by David Guggenheim, and which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci. It follows a Cabinet member who has become President of the USA, only because everyone else above him was killed in a terrorist attack. The movie won three of the six awards for which it was nominated.
LaMonica was once a professional Slamball player – a type of basketball with four large trampolines on the court.
Early life, family and education
LaMonica was raised in San Francisco by his parents, who prefer to stay away from the media’s attention, and as he hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, so is probably an only child.
His parents were huge fans of the former Football Player Daryle Lamonica, which is how LaMonica got his name. He began playing football at a local high school, and after he moved with his family to Los Angeles in California, LaMonica enrolled at Burbank High School from which he matriculated in 1993. He then began going to the gym every day, and enrolled at a junior college in Los Angeles before moving to Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. LaMonica continued playing football there, and wanted to join the National Football League (NFL) however, after he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1998, he wasn’t picked up in the NFL draft, and thus decided to move back to Los Angeles and pursue a career as an actor.
It was around that time that he began playing Slamball, while simultaneously working as a FedEx driver. LaMonica eventually found himself on the All Slamball Team with three others.
Roles in movies
LaMonica made his debut film appearance with his portrayal of Ian in the 2003 comedy “The Blues”, which failed to attract any attention, and received mixed reviews.
He gained recognition in 2011, when he played Morshower’s Aide in the action science fiction adventure “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, written by Ehren Kruger, directed by Michael Bay, and which starred Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson. The movie follows Autobots racing the Decepticons to reach a Cybertronian spaceship on the moon to discover its secrets – it won 10 of the 52 awards for which it was nominated, including three Oscar nominations.
In 2016, LaMonica starred as J. P. Duke in the short comedy drama “The Duke: Based on the Memoir ‘I’m The Duke’ by J.P. Duke”, and in 2016, he played both Richard Lowe in the romantic comedy drama “Be Somebody”, and Jason Spikes in another romantic comedy, “Mouthpiece”. He went on to play Chopper in the popular musical drama “XOXO” written and directed by Christopher Louie, and which starred Sarah Hyland, Graham Phillips and Brett DelBuono. It follows six people whose lives become entangled in a single night.
Three of LaMonica’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2019 drama “Clemency”, the 2019 action thriller “Primal”, and the 2020 action “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.
Roles in TV series
LaMonica made his debut TV series appearance in 2008, with his portrayal of Jerome in the episode “Sympathy for the Devil” of the critically acclaimed romantic sports drama “One Tree Hill”.
The following years saw him appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the 2009 fantasy drama “Eastwick”, the comedy “10 Things I Hate About You”, and the mystery crime drama “Dark Blue”.
He gained recognition in 2013 when cast to play Luke Rogers in four episodes of the romantic comedy drama “The Game”, created by Mara Brock Akil and which starred Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Coby Bell. It follows the girlfriends of professional football players, and won five of the 25 awards for which it was nominated. Between 2011 and 2014, LaMonica played Deputy Sheriff Cane in 17 episodes of the critically acclaimed thriller crime drama “Sons of Anarchy”, created by Kurt Sutter and which starred Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Mark Boone Junior.
The series follows a member of an outlaw motorcycle club who’s struggling to raise his child; it won 11 awards including a Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 56 other awards. LaMonica then guest starred in an episode of various popular series, such as the comedy “The Hotwives of Las Vegas”, the horror comedy “Filthy Preppy Teen$” and the comedy “Now We’re Talking”.
Between 2016 and 2018, he played Lieutenant TAO Cameron Burk in 16 episodes of the action science fiction drama “The Last Ship”, which follows the crew of an American battleship after a pandemic kills nearly the entire human race; it won one of the seven awards for which it was nominated. The following years saw LaMonica play supporting characters in several popular series such as the action adventure drama “Supergirl”, the action adventure “The Flash”, and the crime action “Arrow”.
His most recent appearance in a TV series has been his portrayal of Casey in the 2021 drama “Delilah” while he’s currently shooting for the upcoming comedy “Grand Crew”.
LaMonica received special thanks for the 2008 episode “Season 5 Revisited: Part 1” of the reality TV series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”.
In 2011, he voiced Andre Bishop in the video game “Fight Night Champion”, and both Rival Racer 2 and a Highway Patrolman in the game “Need for Speed: The Run”. In 2019, LaMonica voiced Sergeant Griggs in the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare”.
He produced the 2016 movie “Mouthpiece”.
LaMonica has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Actor’s Entertainment”, “Collider Heroes” and “Crisis Aftermath”.
Awards and nominations
LaMonica has been nominated for four awards for his performance in the movie “The Duke: Based on the Memoir ‘I’m The Duke’ by J.P. Duke” winning two: a 2016 Accolade Competition Award of Excellence for Leading Actor, and a 2016 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor – Student Film – College/ University.
The other awards he has been nominated for were two 2016 Pasadena International Film Festival Awards for Best Actor.
Love life and wife
LaMonica’s quite secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s known that he’s a married man. On 27 April 2017, the popular actor exchanged vows with his long-term girlfriend Mina Ivanova, who’s a realtor and is probably only known for being LaMonica’s wife, while she made an appearance as Chanel in his 2016 movie “Mouthpiece”.
The two have a baby together born in 2019, and LaMonica also has a teenage daughter – it hasn’t been revealed who her mother is.
LaMonica hasn’t spoken of any other women he has perhaps been with, but there are rumors circulating the internet that he has slept with several of his co-stars, however, this hasn’t been confirmed, nor has he commented on the rumors.
As of April 2021, he’s married to Mina Ivanova and they have a baby together.
Hobbies and other interests
LaMonica became interested in working out while still attending a local high school, and since his early college years he’s been having five to six training sessions at the gym each week, thus his muscular body.
He’s keen on reading books, and has read numerous since his early teenage years while LaMonica also likes to read comic books.
#tbthursday #tbtThe moment, almost 3 years ago I found out I got the part on #DesignatedSurvivor 3/1/16 #mikeritter…
He’s a highly religious person who goes to church at least once a week.
LaMonica’s a philanthropist who has worked with various charity organizations, and he’s also a fighter for equal rights of all humans, and today supports the movements Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Angelina Jolie, and his favorite movies are “Pulp Fiction”, “The Terminator” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life”.
Age, height and net worth
LaMonica’s age is 45. He is bald, has brown eyes, his height is 6ft 2ins (1.89m) and he weighs around 190lbs (87kgs).
As of April 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.