Rick Gonzales has created many memorable roles both on the silver screen and on television, including a leading role in the thriller Illegal Tender from producer John Singleton, as well as Dimension Films’ supernatural thriller Pulse. Gonzalez received critical acclaim for his star-making performance as Timo Cruz in Paramount’s Coach Carter, opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Based on a true story, this inspirational film stars Jackson as a high school basketball coach who benched his undefeated team due to their collective poor academic record. Gonzalez’s Cruz is the heart of the film; he portrayed a young man torn between his roots and a burning desire to achieve, both in basketball and in the classroom. In Roll Bounce, a 1970s roller skating coming-of-age comedy from 20th Century Fox, Gonzalez played the role of Naps, a young Latino who takes part in the annual Roller Jam competition on the more affluent side of the tracks. Gonzalez was seen in Steven Spielberg’s updated version of the H.G. Wells’ classic War of the Worlds, in which he starred opposite Tom Cruise.
Hollywood first took notice when Gonzalez won the role of Primo, opposite Laurence Fishburne, in the motorcycle actioner Biker Boyz for DreamWorks. He followed this memorable role by winning a spot as a member of Dennis Quaid’s struggling baseball team in Disney’s box-office hit, The Rookie. Additional big screen credits include Guilt Trip alongside Seth Rogen, Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah, New Line’s drama Pride and Glory, Dimension Films’ Quebec, the ensemble comedy Old School, with Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn, For Your Consideration with Christopher Guest and the independent films: Victor, November Rule, Commencement, Flying Lessons, Emergo, First Snow, What We Do is Secret, Oranges, and Laurel Canyon, with Frances McDormand and Kate Beckinsale.
In the television realm, Rick starred on the CW hit Reaper and had recurring roles on Boston Public, Rush, and most recently Mr. Robot. He stays busy with guest turns on a number of popular shows, including Rosewood, NCIS, Blue Bloods, Bones, The Closer, The Protector, Castle, Medium, CSI Miami, CSI, The Shield, ER, and Law & Order: SVU. Currently he can be seen as Wild Dog in The CW’s hit series Arrow.
Of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, Gonzalez was trained at New York’s High School of the Performing Arts, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. While in the city, he appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions at the Harold Clurman Theatre.
Gonzalez currently resides in Los Angeles.