Erik Estrada Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 March 1949New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameHenry Enrique Estrada
Nickname Ponch
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Erik Estrada was born on March 16, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA as Henry Enrique Estrada. He is an actor and producer, known for CHiPs (1977), Sealab 2021 (2000) and Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002). He has been married to Nanette Mirkovich since September 20, 1997. They have one child. He was previously married to Peggy Rowe and Joyce Miller.

Spouse (3)

Nanette Mirkovich (20 September 1997 - present) (1 child)
Peggy Rowe (19 August 1985 - 1990) (divorced) (2 children)
Joyce Miller (25 November 1979 - 1980) (divorced)

Trivia (19)

Played in a Mexican "telenovela" (soap opera) in the early '90s. Unlike many characters he's played, Estrada doesn't speak Spanish, so his lines were fed to him over an earphone during production.
Daughter, Francesca Natalia, born 5 January 2000 in Burbank, California.
Has his own Official Website that he and his wife answer all their fans emails and talk with them on the forum.
Is the face of D.A.R.E., an organization for a drug-free America.
Left CHiPs (1977) in the fall of 1981 over a contract salary dispute with NBC and was briefly replaced by 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner.
Once went to Thailand to attempt to circumvent the Screen Actors Guild and secure a sub-union job, the only work he could find.
Puerto Rican by ethnicity.
When he landed Johnny in Two Women, One Road (1993) he had to take 30 straight eight-hour days of Berlitz Spanish lessons before he could begin. Originally slated for 100 episodes, the show went to 400-plus episodes, became the biggest telenovela in Latin-American history and revived Estrada's almost non-existent career.
Was the original choice to play 'Carlos' in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
Was a reserve police officer with Muncie, Indiana police department from 2007-2010, completed full training in 2007. This was seen on the TV series Armed & Famous (2007).
Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ranked 15th on the TV Guide's Network, "TV's 25 Sexiest Men of All Time." (2008).
He has joined forces with the Safe Surfin' Foundation & Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces around the country to protect children from sexual predators on the Internet.
Ranked #1 on the TV Guide's Network, "TV's 25 Sexiest Men In Uniform." (2009).
Father of Anthony Eric Estrada and Brandon Michael-Paul Estrada.
Was engaged to Beverly Adams.
Best known by the public for his starring role as Off. Francis "Ponch" Poncherello on CHiPs (1977).
Charleston, WV, USA: In capacity with the Safe Surfin' Foundation/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces spent most of December 2011 working with West Virginia State Police cyber crimes task force. [December 2011]
Comedian George Lopez has had an ongoing feud for years with him, because Estrada wouldn't sign an autograph nor shake Lopez's hand when Lopez was a kid while Estrada was filming an episode of CHiPs near Lopez's neighborhood. Since then, Lopez vowed to make Estrada pay.

In 2011, Estrada told a Miami radio show, The Enrique Santos Show, that he didn't remember ignoring Lopez, but that he was tired of Lopez thrashing his name and that he had seen Lopez at a church event and challenged him to a fight and that Lopez backed down, stating, "I'm a comedian, not a fighter".

In 2015, with regards to Estrada, Lopez told the Huffington Post during an interview, "I'll fuck that motherfucker up.".

Personal Quotes (3)

[in 1994 interview about CHiPs (1977)] We never drew guns on our show. Ours was a more informational type of show with a lot of kids in it. It was a totally different show than what they do today.
How are you going to believe a guy who got the gift of life from his wife, got a kidney, and she's divorced him because he's out banging hookers.

[2011 - on his feud with comedian George Lopez and Lopez constantly badmouthing him because he refused to sign an autograph and to shake his hand when Lopez was a kid]
[2011, as a guest on The Enrique Santos Show, on running into comedian George Lopez and challenging him to a fight after Lopez had been constantly badmouthing him in his stand up routines because Estrada wouldn't sign an autograph nor shake his hand when Lopez was a kid]

I extended an olive branch in my hand and he wouldn't take it, so then I said, then the street came out in me, then I said, "But look, if you want to settle your beef with me, let's me and you go behind that truck right now, mutual agreement" - because, you know, I carry a gun and a badge, but I would've given it to the other cops that were working security- and I said, "Let's go behind the truck and settle it, man, you know. If you really hate me that much, wouldn't you just like to take a shot? Let's do it" and he says, "I'm a comedian, not a fighter" and I said, "No, you're not, you're a bully with a microphone" and it stayed like that and that was it... No, I'm done with him, man. He's doomed anyway. He's got a lot of karma to pay for. You don't take a kidney from your wife and pull that on her (cheating with prostitutes). That's karma, the hand of God is going to get him.

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