Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Laz Alonso's Main TV Roles
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Laz Alonso was born and raised in Washington DC, Alonso 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. Alonso 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 Alonso's time to finally explore his passion for acting. Alonso 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, Alonso 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. Alonso 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, Alonso 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, Alonso can be seen later in 2007 in a starring role in the independent psychological thriller Captivity, directed by Roland Joffe. In the movie, Alonso 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 Alonso's past TV credits include guest-starring roles on The Unit, Bones, CSI: Miami, The Practice, Navy: NCIS and Eyes.
When Alonso 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.
Alonso currently resides in Los Angeles.
- Appeared in the 2003 Alayé calendar.
- Is bilingual in English & Spanish.
- Appeared in Toni Braxton's video "Hit the Freeway".
- Made a cameo appearance in Aaliyah's video & tribute "Miss You".
- Won an Emmy Award for his participation in Budweiser's "Wassup" commercials.