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Mario Lopez Biography

Mario Lopez


Name: Mario Lopez
Profession: Actor, Producer
Birth Date: October 10, 1973
Height: 5' 10"

Mario Lopez was born in San Diego, Calif. and attended Chula Vista High School, where he starred as a wrestler. Lopez landed his first professional role in 1984 on the television series "A.K.A. Pablo." He then appeared as a regular on the syndicated song-and-dance show "Kids Incorporated," in which he starred alongside Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson.

Lopez shot to fame in the role of high school jock A.C. Slater on the popular television show "Saved By The Bell," an NBC series that ran from 1989 to 1993, which later proved even more popular in syndication.

Following his breakout role, Lopez had a number of high-profile acting credits, including his portrayal of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis in the 1997 TV movie, "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story." He also starred on the USA Network’s "Pacific Blue" for three seasons from 1998 to 2000.

Lopez's career got another boost in 2006 when he appeared as a celebrity contestant on the third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Lopez and his professional dance partner, Karina Smirnoff (whom he later dated), finished second in the competition.

In addition to his acting, Lopez has also become a popular red carpet and television host.