Born in San Diego, California, on October 10th, 1973, to Mario Sr. and Elvira, Mario Lopez's first professional role was on the series, "a.k.a. Pablo" (1984). Mario is probably best known to youngsters, however, as A.C. Slater from NBC's popular 1980s teen comedy series "Saved by the Bell" (1989).
Among Mario's other credits are several other popular television series, such as "Pacific Blue" (1996) and the movies Colors (1988), Depraved (1996) and Eastside (1999). Mario has also proven himself as a talented presenter and has already hosted such series as "Name Your Adventure" (1993), "The Other Half" (2001) and "Pet Star" (2002).
|Courtney Mazza||(1 December 2012 - present) 1 child|
|Ali Landry||(24 April 2004 - 12 May 2004) (annulled)|
1991 graduate of Chula Vista High School.
Was an amateur wrestler while in high school, and was on his high school wrestling team.
Has a younger sister, Marissa, who is married to ex-Houston Texans linebacker Kailee Wong.
Mario Lopez was a state placewinner in California at 189 pounds in 1990, contrary to popular belief, he was not a state champion. He ended up taking 7th Place at the California State High School tournament as a senior.
Athletics aside, his true passion in life is dancing. He has aspirations of one day dancing at Radio City music hall in New York City.
Proposed to actress/model Ali Landry in summer 2003.
Before being cast in "Saved by the Bell" (1989), Lopez was a dancer.
He is a talented drummer and played drums on the 80s show "Kids Incorporated" (1984).
He allegedly cheated on his wife-to-be, actress Ali Landry, one day before the wedding and after the wedding. He was caught by onlookers cheating at his bachelor party. This is why Ali Landry got the marriage annulled.
Briefly worked at Coggin Honda in Orlando, Florida.
Close friend of Eva Longoria since 1992.
Signed a deal with Celsius, a popular calorie-burning drink, to be their spokesman in 2010 [March 10, 2010].
Mario first met Courtney Mazza in 2008 when he was doing the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line".
Mario and his girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, are expecting their first child in the Fall of 2010 [March 10, 2010].
Engaged to Courtney Mazza [January 18, 2012].
Ran in the 2011 New York City Marathon.
Mario and his wife, Courtney Mazza, are expecting their second child [April 13, 2013].
I love talking about women because they are a constant study and you're always learning.
[Who already admitted that his steamy spread in the magazine has brought him no shortage of female admirers]: People come up to me and ask me to sign it a lot. They say, 'What were you thinking?' And 'how did it feel?' And 'you're naked!' And 'oh my gosh!' And 'my mother and my grandmother, they put it up in their room.' And it's funny. I didn't think it was going to cause such a big stir.
[on the "Saved by the Bell" (1989) 20-year Anniversary Special]: Everybody knew the 20-year anniversary was coming up. This People story has been in the works for over a year, long before [late night host] Jimmy Fallon started talking about it. We were all excited about it.
I wouldn't make it past the first round! These kids are extremely talented and athletic.
[on his book, Mud Tacos]: It's stories about my sister Marisa and me growing up. My grandmother was always cooking, and she never let us in the house. So in the backyard, we made taco shells out of leaves and meat out of mud. The book encourages kids to use their imagination ... plus you learn a little Spanish. I think kids are going to dig it.
[Of Stacy Ferguson]: I wrote her a note and, as she likes to point out, I was very smooth at 10 because I bought her perfume. I think the gesture was pretty good for a kid.
|"Saved by the Bell" (1989)||$3,500 per episode|
(May 2005) Currently works as a Morning DJ for Hot 92 Jamz Radio Station in Southern California.
(May 2005) Currently working on the project "The Mangina Monologues" the male version of the famous "Vagina Monologues".
(November 2005) Currently celebrity team captain of the "LA Riot" on American TV Show "Extreme Dodgeball" (2004).
(May 2008) Currently starring in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line", in the role of "Zach"; at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater
(May 2008) Release of his book, "Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness" by Mario with Jeff O'Connell.
(June 2008) Became the 2008 bachelor of the year.
(October 2009) Release of his book, "Mud Tacos" by Mario and his sister, Marissa Lopez Wong.
(May 2010) Release of his book, "Extra Lean".
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