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East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Claim to Fame
Officer Francis Poncharello on CHiPs
Actor/Actress, Producer, Soundtrack
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Erik Estrada has captured the hearts of millions of fans world-wide as a result of his six year run starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series, "CHiP`s". Also appearing in numerous other television and motion picture roles, the role he most prefers and enjoys is that of a role model to millions of children throughout the world. His success is all the more impressive since he was raised in a section of Manhattan`s Upper East Side known as Spanish Harlem. His parents divorced when Erik was only two years old and since then he rarely saw his father. It was his beloved Grandfather who provided him with parental guidance until he passed away.
Assuming the "man of the house" role at age ten was not easy. Erik had to deal with all normal difficulties of growing up, in addition to financial responsibilities at home and encounters with the world of drugs, street gangs and crime that surrounded his life. Through the influence of a family friend, Erik decided at an early age to become a New York City policeman. However, he enrolled in his high school Drama Club to "get close" to a girl he admired and landed the lead role in a play. "I was hooked on acting from that time on. I experienced emotions I had never felt before. I still don`t understand it all - I only know that I need to perform. It must be my way of giving to others, and giving to myself at the same time."
Erik`s first real acting break came when actor/director Don Murray selected him to star as a streetwise character opposite Pat Boone in the true story, "The Cross and the Switchblade". The movie is still shown every week at about 500 youth centers across the country because of its powerful anti-drug and life-changing message. Following that film, he was convinced that the role of Sergio, a rookie policeman in "The New Centurions" with George C. Scott was perfect for him, but the producers did not agree. Undaunted, Erik borrowed some relentless persistence he finally landed the part. Important roles soon followed in such classic films as "Airport `75" (starring Charlton Heston and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), "Midway" (starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, and Robert Wagner), and "Trackdown", as well as guest starring in virtually every top dramatic television series like "Hawaii Five-O", "Baretta", and "The Six Million Dollar Man".
Then came one of the biggest hit shows of the late 70`s early 80`s, "CHiP`s", and within a short time its popularity made Erik an international household name and the "King of Hunkdom". His dark good looks and a gym-buffed physique made him known worldwide as a Latin Lover and "PEOPLE" Magazine named him one of the sexiest bachelors alive... Erik`s posters sold by the millions, he was a merchandiser`s dream. His face and likeness were on Toys, lunchboxes, collector-cards, puzzles, mugs, t-shirts, towels, teen magazines and Fan Clubs etc. To this day he receives bundles of fan mail from all over the world where audiences love `Ponch` and families enjoy the wholesome police drama.
During a seasonal "CHiP`s" hiatus he starred and produced the NBC Movie of the week "Honey Boy" for his own production company, the story was a ratings knockout and was about boxing, ambition, betrayal, and forbidden love. Estrada played a young fighter who gets discovered by beautiful Morgan Fairchild. And it isn`t long before Erik`s romantically involved with her. (Once again audiences loved Erik and the movie won critical acclaim). The movie was noted for some of the best fight scenes ever on the screen done by Ron Stein, who did the boxing sequences in "Rocky III" and "Raging Bull". When "CHiP`s" completed its six year run, Erik took the opportunity to return to his acting roots in New York to star in a successful limited engagement in the off-Broadway production of "True West" at the famed Cherry Lane Theater.
Off-screen he resides in the lovely Hollywood Hills and is the proud father of two sons, Anthony Erik and Brandon Michael-Paul. Erik enjoys running, tennis, golf and daily workouts at the gym. Erik is now happily married to his third wife and the love of his life, Nanette Mirkovich with whom he has abeautiful daughter named Francesca.
In `99 Estrada and old friend Larry Wilcox returned astride their police motorcycles for a TNT movie reunion of "CHiP`s". "I always loved Ponch", Estrada says. "It was so much fun for me to be him, to put on my duds, get on that bike and bust the bad guys, help out the kids, and to get the babes." In the year 2000, Erik was named the international `Face` of D.A.R.E. which is a campaign against drugs. Erik is devoted to making children see that staying away from drugs is `cool`, and that there really can be `role models` for children of all ages. He also
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Full Name at Birth
Henry Enrique Estrada
Actor, Producer, Voice Artist, Deputy Sheriff
Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada (born March 16, 1949) is an American actor, voice actor, and police officer known for his co-starring lead role in the police drama television series CHiPs, which ran from 1977 to 1983. He later became known for his work in Spanish-language telenovelas, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Adult Swim series Sealab 2021.
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Brandeis High School on Manhattan's Upper East Side
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Creative Talent Group (LA)
TV commercial: Head & Shoulders shampoo, (1998) TV commercial: Smoke Signal Communications, (1999) TV commercial: Jennie-o turkey, (2002) TV commercial: Diet Dr. Pepper soft drink, (2002) TV commercial: McDonald's burger restaurants, (1992) TV commercial: Taco Bell, (2002) TV commercial: Wickes Furniture, (1993) TV commercial: "Kebrina's Psychic Answer" infomercial 2nd Edition, (1992) TV commercial: "Kebrina's Physic Answer" infomercial, (1995) TV commercial: "Psychic Revival Network" infomercial, (2004) TV commercial: Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, (2008) TV commercial: Bloom grocery stores, (2009) TV commercial: Burger King restaurant chain, (March 2002) TV commercial: Diet Dr. Pepper (motorist stopped by two chimpanzee motorcycle highway cops), (2010) TV commercial: Toyota automobiles, (2010) Appeared, with Lou Ferrigno, in a commercial for "Butterfinger, (2009) Appeared, with Tony Stewart and Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson, in a commercial for "Burger King"., (June 2006) Appears in two commercials for Taco Bell advertising the "California Quesidea". He plays either a stranded motorist, or one stopped by CHiPs like motorcycle officers., (June 2006) Is the spokesman for 21st Century Insurance
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