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J.W. Cortes

Brooklyn-born and raised J.W. Cortés is an award-winning Marine-combat-veteran-NY-cop-turned-actor-singer-activist. He is currently originating the recurring role of "Detective Carlos Alvarez" on FOX's hit prime-time series "GOTHAM." Previously, Cortés starred as an "Operative" on NBC's fierce reality television show, "Stars Earn Stripes" with ... See full bio »
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The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender Fire Lord Attendant
Blue Caprice
Blue Caprice Army Recruiter #1
Gotham Alvarez / Detective Alvarez
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV Person on Street


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 2016 Black Wake (post-production)
Agent Miller
  As Constant as the Northern Star (Short) (post-production)
Officer Quinones
  Sugarfields (pre-production)
Det. Nicolas Lawson
 2014-2016 Gotham (TV Series)
Alvarez / Detective Alvarez
- Wrath of the Villains: Unleashed (2016) ... Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze (2016) ... Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham (2015) ... Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- Rise of the Villains: By Fire (2015) ... Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
 2016 Three from the Block
Detective Rodriguez
 2016 Power (TV Series)
- The Right Direction (2016) ... Raul
 2015 The Mysteries of Laura (TV Series)
FBI Special Agent Lewis
- The Mystery of the Corner Store Crossfire (2015) ... FBI Special Agent Lewis
 2015 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Agent Suarez
- Tom Connolly (No. 11) (2015) ... Agent Suarez
 2015/III Stop (Short)
Officer Caceres
 2015 Eye Candy (TV Series)
Police Officer
- Unaired Original Pilot ... Police Officer
 2014 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Uniformed Officer
- Under the Gun (2014) ... Uniformed Officer
 2014 Believe (TV Series)
EMT / EMT #1
- Bang and Blame (2014) ... EMT
- Origin (2014) ... EMT #1
 2014 Taxi Brooklyn (TV Series)
Agent Ice
- Brooklyn Heights (2014) ... Agent Ice
 2013 Blue Caprice
Army Recruiter #1
 2012 Conscientious Objector (Short)
Jason Cruz
 2012 I'm Okay (Short)
 2012 White Alligator
 2011/I Paper Weight (Short)
 2011 Gun Hill Road
Police Officer
 2010 The Last Airbender
Fire Lord Attendant
 2010 As Good as Dead
 2009 Salud
 2009 Mercy (TV Series)
Police Officer
- You Lost Me with the Cinderblock (2009) ... Police Officer (as JW Cortez)
 2009 A Kiss of Chaos
 2009 Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Video Game) (voice, uncredited)
 2009 Cloud Gazing (Video)
 2008 Sandman's Box (Short)
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game)
Person on Street (voice, as JW Cortes)
 2008 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Police Officer
- Episode #1.15407 (2008) ... Police Officer
 2007 American Gangster
Narc Officer in Hallway (uncredited)
 2007 44
 2007 We Own the Night
Bouncer Cortez (uncredited)
 2003 Hot Tamales Live: Spicy, Hot and Hilarious (Video)
Sketch Comic
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JW Cortes | JW Cortez


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I was in Puerto Rico, celebrating my 39th birthday, when I got a call from my manager. She said: 'I need you to sit down.' I said: 'What's going on?' She said: 'Are you ready for this, Detective Alvarez?' I said: 'What are you talking about?' She said: 'YOU'RE DETECTIVE F*CKING ALVAREZ.'


Trained as an actor at the prestigious William Esper Studio in New York City under Terry Knickerbocker. See more »



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