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Filmography

Chavez (2012) .... Gilbert Padilla
The Shooting Star Salesman (2012) .... Salesman
Tag (2012) .... Edmund
"Revenge" .... Senator Tom Kingsly
America (2011) .... Correa
Ticking Clock (2011) .... Eddie Becker
Undocumented (2010) .... Alberto Fuentes
Legion (2010) .... Estevez
"Knight Rider" (2009) TV Series .... Alex Torres
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (2009) .... Alvero Cardona
The Deadliest Lesson (2008) .... Daniel
Hotel California (2008) .... Hector Ramos
Fire Bay (2008) .... Ortega
Live Free or Die Hard (2007) .... Agent Johnson
Street Dreams (2007) ....Tim
"Thief" (2006) TV Series .... Gabo
"Walkout" (2006) (TV) .... Panfilo
"American Family" (2004) (mini) TV Series .... Conrado Gonzalez
"The Division" (2004) TV Series .... Gabe (recurring)
"Kingpin" (2003) (mini) TV Series .... Miguel Cadena
The Time Machine (2002) .... Toren
Home Invaders (2001) .... Angel
Crossfire (1998) .... Hernandez
Blade Squad (1998) (TV)
Destination Unknown (1997) .... Rico
Dead Men Can't Dance (1997) .... Sixkiller
Innocent Blood (1992) .... Coroner's Assistant
Guilty Until Proven Innocent (1991) (TV) .... Brad Larosa
Criminal Justice (1990) (TV) .... Raymond Alvarez


TV Guest Appearances

"Elementary" .... Roberto Castillo
"Blue Bloods" .... Detective Juan Cruz in episode "The Life We Chose" (2012)
"Warehouse 13" .... Jim in episode "Past Imperfect" (2011)
"Covert Affairs" .... Delgado in episode "Welcome to the Occupation" (2011)
"Chase" .... Pablo Cordova in episodes "Narco: Part 1 & 2" (2011)
"CSI: NY" .... Rick Devarro in episode "Sangre por Sangre" (2010)
"Burn Notice" .... Jacob in episode "Where There's Smoke (2010)
"NCIS: Los Angeles" .... Special Agent Rick Medina in episode "Hunted" (2010)
"Medium" .... Alberto Torres in episode "Baby Fever" (2009)
"Drop Dead Diva" .... A.D.A. Montez in episode "Dead Model Walking" (2009)
"The Mentalist" .... Victor Castillo in episode "Scarlett Fever" (2/17/09)
"Numb3ers" .... D.J. Rodriguez in episode "Robin Hood" (2007)
"Drive" .... Esteban Masferrer in episode "Let the Games Begin" (2007)
"In Justice" .... Ignacio in episode "Crossing the Line" (3/31/06)
"Night Stalker" .... Carr in episode: "Three" (10/13/05)
"CSI" .... Rafael Salinas in episode "Snakes" (1/13/05)
"Half & Half" .... Carter Del Toro in episodes "The Big My Life & Kids Episode" and "The Big Parent Trap Episode" (11/15, 11/29/04)
"CSI:Miami" .... Ramon Cruz in episode "Blood Brothers" (9/22/03)
"The Shield" .... Jose Garcia in episode "Pilot" (3/12/02)
"NYPD Blue" .... Rafael Mercado in episode "Puppy Love" (12/18/01)
"Charmed" .... Inspector Cortez in episode "Charmed Again Pt. II" (10/4/01)
"Charmed" .... Inspector Cortez in episode "Charmed Again Pt. I" (10/4/01)
"JAG" .... Santos Ramirez in episode "Liberty" (3/27/01)
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Denny Corea in episode: "Legacy" (11/10/00)
"The Sopranos" .... Arnaz in episode "46 Long" (1/17/99)
"Law & Order" .... Paul Sanchez in episode "Stalker" (4/15/98)
"Promised Land" .... Reverend Alvarez in episode "To Everything a Season" (11/27/97)
"NYPD Blue" .... Bobby Rock in episode "Upstairs, Downstairs" (1/21/97)
"Swift Justice" .... Antonio Silvera in episode "Horses" (5/8/96)
"The Education Of Matt Waters"
"New York Undercover"


Theatre

The Wild Party (Broadway).... (April 13 2000- June 11, 2000)
Miss Saigon (Broadway) .... (1994-2000)



Biography

Yancey Arias. Who is he? Born in downtown NYC at Beth Israel Hospital on E. 14th St. on June 27th of a Puertorican mother and Colombian father. His hometowns include, not in order: Main St. Queens, Jamaica Queens, Astoria Queens, Guttenberg N.J, Staten Island N.Y, midtown Manhattan, and the Lower east side of Manhattan. All of these places in one way or another offered so many experiences and people who helped define who Yancey is today.

He always loved baseball. His first dream was to be a major league ball player. He also loved to draw. What ever it was he wanted to do his mother was always there to support him. Even after his freshman year in high school when he came home and said "I was given the lead role in the school Musical. I want to be an actor and a baseball player". Well, the J.V. baseball coach didn't give him much choice. The coach felt he shouldn't do both and called Yancey a movie star. Just because Yancey was wearing a pair of sunglasses on the mound on a sunny day and caught a screaming line drive without flinching after pitching an 80mph fastball, coach didn't want him on the team. Too cocky, he said. Yancey was so heartbroken but in the end he did Yancey a favor. Because once he started acting he never looked back. 17 years later and a career filled with all its ups and downs. He never once felt regret. "I loooooove what I do". Thanks to God, teachers, and family support I have learned so many valuable lessons that will serve as my ammunition to take on any challenge that comes my way.

During his high school years he did his learning with the music teacher and director James Green at Saint Johns Prep and at Moore Catholic HS with Fran Jorin. During the next four years he studied at the summer theater camp Stagedoor Manor under the teachings of Jack Romano on scholarship owned by the great Carl Samuelson. Filled with ambition and hunger to learn more, Yancey went on to study acting and Music Theater at Carnegie Mellon University for the next 2 years. Unable to afford the last 2 years of college, he continued to pursue his career and add more credits to his already growing resume. While Yancey was in High School he had done a few commercials and voice-overs. In college he began to do some film and TV work. It was in 1992 when Miss Saigon the Broadway show offered him a job as an understudy and ensemble member where things really started happening. Over the next 8 years Yancey performed in 27 film, theater, and TV productions. Six of those years he did a large part of his TV work while doing Miss Saigon, where he eventually took over the principal role of Thuy for 4 out of those 6 years. He is forever thankful to the understanding and supportive production team of that show. Some of his credits include guest starring and feature roles in New York Undercover, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Swift Justice, Promised Land, The Sopranos, The Education of Matt Waters, Criminal Justice, Destination Unknown, and much more.

Inspired by what people like Edward James Olmos, John Leguizamo, and Marc Anthony did for themselves in film and music, he coproduced and starred in two of his own films: Destination Unknown- winner for Best Independent at the '97 Hampton Film Festival, and The Home Invaders, which will be released in February 2004. He is also determined to release a single and or album by the end of 2004.

The year 2000 brought a new accomplishment to Yancey's life. After doing two workshops of the new Broadway show The Wild Party, he found himself competing for the leading role of Black, the lover of the show. George Wolf was determined to find a popular Latin performer of the times to fill the part. But no one was available. Then George had to decide on a group of powerful and talented unknowns. Yancey was the chosen one. He thanks his acting mentor and friend Allen Savage, and Neil Semer his singing coach, for all the knowledge they continually give him to aid in these kinds of accomplishments.

In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles. Upon arrival he was cast in the role of "Toren" in the DreamWorks action adventure movie, The Time Machine. Soon after he was seen guest starring in The Shield, JAG, Charmed, NYPD Blue and CSI: Miami. In 2002, he began shooting what is known to be his breakthrough production, Kingpin as "Miguel Cadena." This was by far the biggest break of his career to date. Special thanks to David Mills, Allen Coulter, Dan Sachime, Jim Heimen, Peter O'Fallen, Michael Robyns, the whole production team, and the super talented cast of actors that joined him in the journey of making this one of the best shows on TV in 2003.

In 2004, Yancey worked with another wonderful cast of friends in Gregory Nava's American Family which premiered on April 4th, 2004. Yancey played "Conrado Gonzalez," the oldest son of Jess and Berta Gonzalez played by Edward James Olmos and Sonia Braga. His brothers and sisters were played by Esai Morales, Constance Marie, Rachel Ticotin, and Raquel Welch as his aunt Dora. Conrado is the doctor of the family. He joins the army and is shipped off to Iraq where he is determined to save the lives of his fellow soldiers and those of the Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfires of the war.

In order to sustain himself in such a high intensity schedule and lifestyle, Yancey works out 5 days a week. His workout days includes either martial arts or a weight lifting regiment. He has a 1st Degree in Kung Fu Wu Shu and practices Capoera and a new form called SCRA under the supervision of Harry Castel, and Roberto Gutierrez, which include many different fighting styles. This in large part gives him the edge and fighter's mentality to rise above and beyond his challenges in life. It also gives him the patience, clarity, peace, and focus he needs to survive in this world. He currently teaches acting to friends and students and offers them the opportunity to do scene study every week when he is not on set working on a production. Yancey currently works out with his acting coaches Alan Savage in New York and Catlin Adams in Los Angeles.

Baseball? Yancey found time in the 2003-2005 seasons to play in the Victory Adult Baseball League in Los Angeles and won his first championship at Dodger Stadium with the Hollywood Yankees in 2004.

His mother, Miriam Arias, was a great role model and support system to all and any dream he ever wanted to attain. The death of his grandmother, Matilda Questelle, in 1986 had a deep impact on Yancey's life. She used to say, "There's my little negrito he's going to be on TV." I was 8 years old. I had no clue what she was talking about. I wanted to play ball. She used to carry so many keys on a few little key chains that you could hear her coming from two New York blocks away. 'Til this day I carry them. I call them "My keys to success."

The death of his first acting teacher Jack Romano in 1990 also had a profound affect on Yancey's life. Jack used to say, "You have to be super Human to be in this business, Baby!" Jack is now an angel to all of those whose lives he touched in this world.

His dream? Create many meaningful, entertaining, and beautiful productions, enjoy the rest of his life with his wife Anna Carolina and future children, and help his family and friends whenever he can.

I am very thankful for all the help and support from my family and friends. Special dedications to my dearest and closest friends Jean and Rey Fox, my friends at Paradigm, my old friends at APA, Steve Saba of TAXPRO, Chris Henze, my business manager Jeff Wolman, Alan Savage, Lee Savage, Catlin Adams, my new agents at Global Artist Agency, and my talent manager Matt Luber of Luber Roklin Entertainment.