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J.W. Cortes

J.W. Cortes is an award-winning Marine-combat-veteran-turned-actor, singer, filmmaker and activist. As an actor, he trained in New York City at the world renowned William Esper Studio under highly regarded teacher Terry Knickerbocker. He is best known for originating his recurring role as Detective Alvarez on the FOX hit-series Gotham. In 2012 he ... See full bio »

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 2015 Three from the Block (post-production)
Detective Rodriguez
 2014-2015 Gotham (TV Series)
Detective Alvarez
- Red Hood (2015) ... Detective Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- The Blind Fortune Teller (2015) ... Detective Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- Welcome Back, Jim Gordon (2015) ... Detective Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- What the Little Bird Told Him (2015) ... Detective Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
- Rogues' Gallery (2015) ... Detective Alvarez (as JW Cortes)
 2015 Eye Candy (TV Series)
Police Officer
- Unaired Original Pilot ... Police Officer
 2014/III Stop (Short)
Officer Caceres
 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)
 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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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.'


On November 3, 2014, J.W. Cortes was featured in the popular "Humans of New York" project by photographer Brandon Stanton while still working as NYPD officer in Penn Station. In the interview, he told how he just received word that he was cast as Detective Alvarez on Gotham, and spoke of how he hopes he won't have to be a cop much longer. See more »



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