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Washington, D.C., USA
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Stomp The Yard
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Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be a successful actor. He remembers at a very early age, entertaining his family by playing different characters and imitating relatives and family friends. Laz attended and graduated college from the prestigious Howard University School of Business with a BBA in Marketing. After college, he worked on Wall Street as an investment banker. He eventually started his own marketing business with some partners. The company promoted mainstream products to the urban/trend-setting market. Owning and operating his own successful business freed up Laz`s time to finally explore his passion for acting. Laz began taking classes in the evening to hone his craft, and it didn`t take him long to begin landing roles in commercials and videos.
From D.C. to New York, Laz feels his upbringing not only taught him how to deal with the school of hard knocks, but also prepared him for his biggest goal, his acting career. Laz credits the move to NYC as his move into manhood and the city holds many great memories for him. He also credits his acting ability to these life experiences, as he able to bring a little of what he knows or has dealt with into his characters.
A star on the rise, Laz was most recently seen in the Sony Screen Gems box office hit Stomp The Yard. In the movie Laz plays "Zeke" leader of the Mu Gamma Xi fraternity. In addition, Laz can be seen later in 2007 in a starring role in the independent psychological thriller Captivity, directed by Roland Joffe. In the movie, Laz plays Detective Desantos, whom along with his partner are on the path of a serial killer that strikes once a year. The movie was shot on location in Moscow. Most recently he just landed a co-starring role in Avatar starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana, and This Christmas starring opposite Regina King, His past movie, credits an ensemble lead role in the 2005 hit Jarhead, opposite Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in a cast that included Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard and was directed by Sam Mendes. Some of Laz`s past TV credits include guest-starring roles on "The Unit", "Bones", "CSI: Miami," "The Practice," "Navy: NCIS" and "Eyes."
When Laz isn`t acting, he works on his other passion, music! He loves to create music and can spend all hours of the night producing. Having studied classical piano for seven years, he feels he has been blessed with an ear for music.
Laz currently resides in Los Angeles.
Howard university school of business
Full Name at Birth
Lazaro "Laz" Alonso (born March 25, 1974) is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Tsu'tey in James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar and Fenix "Rise" Calderon in the film Fast & Furious. Alonso has had roles in other films such as Jarhead, This Christmas, Miracle at St. Anna and Jumping the Broom.
Actor, Singer, Producer
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Active - 2002 - 2013 | Born - Mar 25, 1974 in Washington, DC | Genres - Drama, Comedy, Horror, Romance, War
Biography by Nathan Southern
Born to a first-generation Cuban immigrant couple and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Laz Alonso gravitated to acting interests at an early age, but temporarily forsook the arts in favor of a more practical and well-grounded education, studying business at nearby Howard University's marketing program. After graduation, Alonso left the District of Columbia and took off for the Big Apple, where he worked as an investment banker, but footlights and soundstages beckoned, and with the encouragement of friends, Alonso began auditioning for acting assignments and soon landed appearances in a string of commercials, then guest roles on series programs including CSI, The Practice, and Navy: NCIS, before gracing the casts of theatrically released features. Meanwhile, the young performer -- who had studied classical piano formally for nearly a decade -- parlayed his melodic interests into reggaeton performances and also involved himself in a big way with altruism, launching a nonprofit group for children of single-parent households.
Alonso's big-screen projects included the 2003 urban horror comedy Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood; the 2005 Constantine (with a role as a security guard in a morgue), and the 2005 Jarhead (as a soldier stationed in the Gulf War). He worked for Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) as a detective hot on the trail of a serial killer, in that filmmaker's critically despised torture porn outing Captivity (2007), then essayed a small supporting turn in the same year's Dirty Sexy Money on ABC. Also in 2007, Alonso played a frat boy at an African American college in Atlanta in director Sylvain White's teen comedy-cum-dance film Stomp the Yard. At about the same time, the young actor worked under the aegis of Spike Lee in that helmer's World War II-era period drama Miracle at St. Anna (2008), and signed to act in director James Cameron's hotly anticipated, mega-budgeted science fiction epic Avatar (2009).
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