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Mexican American Actor – Mario Lopez

Mario López, Jr. , born October 10, 1973, in San Diego, California, is a Mexican American actor who has appeared on several television series, but is best known for the teenaged character he played on the show Saved by the Bell.

His first role at the age of 13 was as the drummer and dancer on Kids Incorporated in 1984. López is a capable drummer and has been seen in his many television roles playing the instrument. López became known in the early 1990s as A.C. Slater in the popular television sitcom Saved by the Bell. López’s character was a masculine, athletic student, which helped garner the actor a sizeable teenage-girl fan base. He also maintains a close friendship with fellow castmate Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

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Since his stint on Saved by the Bell and the show’s spin-offs, Lopez has enjoyed a career as host of a variety of television contest shows. He hosted Pet Star on the Animal Planet channel and was co-host of ESPN2’s ESPN Hollywood. He is the captain of the L.A. Armed Response team on GSN’s Extreme Dodgeball. Like fellow Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond, he was also featured as a celebrity guest on The Weakest Link.

At least as late as 2001, Lopez’ likeness was featured in the Disneyland attraction Space Mountain in Anaheim. He played a space captain that informed guests of the adventure-to-come while they waited in queue for the ride.

López played the role of Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis in the made-for-television movie Breaking the Surface, based on Louganis’s autobiography.He also apeared in the TV series Pacific Blue as Bobby Lopez.

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In March 2006, he joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful playing the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. On July 18, 2006, Lopez was released from his B&B contract.

He guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives Christian Troy to jealousy over his good looks in an episode of FX Network’s Nip/Tuck during the show’s fourth season, which began in Fall 2006.

Starting in September 2006 López has been appearing as a dancer on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff.