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Also Known As: Mario Lopez Jr. Died:
Born: October 10, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, TV host, dancer

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Despite his successful second career as the host of over a dozen talent, reality and news magazine programs, actor Mario Lopez remained most associated with his starring role as teenager A.C. Slater on the syndicated Saturday morning sitcom, "Saved By the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1994). Lopez never quite segued into a steady career as an adult actor, though he did an outstanding job portraying Olympic diver Greg Louganis in "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" (USA Network, 1997) and spent a year on the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ). He made all new fans when he showcased his six-pack abs and dancing skills on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), which he very nearly won that season. This newfound adult fame helped Lopez find his niche as host of the tabloid show "Extra" (syndicated, 1994- ) and "America's Best Dance Crew" (MTV, 2008- ), among others, where the same dimpled charm that made him an overnight teen sensation translated into success as a witty and personable television host.

Despite his successful second career as the host of over a dozen talent, reality and news magazine programs, actor Mario Lopez remained most associated with his starring role as teenager A.C. Slater on the syndicated Saturday morning sitcom, "Saved By the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1994). Lopez never quite segued into a steady career as an adult actor, though he did an outstanding job portraying Olympic diver Greg Louganis in "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" (USA Network, 1997) and spent a year on the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ). He made all new fans when he showcased his six-pack abs and dancing skills on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), which he very nearly won that season. This newfound adult fame helped Lopez find his niche as host of the tabloid show "Extra" (syndicated, 1994- ) and "America's Best Dance Crew" (MTV, 2008- ), among others, where the same dimpled charm that made him an overnight teen sensation translated into success as a witty and personable television host.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
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 Outta Time (2002) David Morales
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 Eastside (2000) Antonio Lopez
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 Absolution (1999)
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 Killing Mr. Griffin (1997) Dave Ruggles
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Chula Vista, CA
1976:
Began dancing at age three
1983:
Discovered by an agent at a talent competition at age 10 and began an acting career
1984:
Cast as a regular on short-lived ABC sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo"
1984:
Had a featured role as a dancer on syndicated series "Kids Incorporated"
1987:
Guest starred on "The Golden Girls" (NBC) as a promising student of Dorothy's (Bea Arthur)
1988:
Appeared in the East LA-set gang drama "Colors"
1989:
Landed breakthrough role as confident jock A.C. Slater on NBC Saturday morning teen series "Saved By the Bell"
1992:
Reprised Slater in NBC primetime special "Saved By the Bell ¿ Hawaiian Style"
1993:
Again played Slater in NBC movie "Saved By the Bell Graduation Special"
1993:
Hosted NBC Saturday morning series "Name Your Adventure"
1993:
Co-starred as Slater on primetime spin-off "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC)
1994:
Again took on role of Slater in NBC TV-movie "Saved By the Bell ¿ Wedding in Las Vegas"
1994:
Hosted kids game show "Masters of the Maze" on the Family Channel
1997:
Starred as the titular Olympic diver in the biopic "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" (USA Network)
1997:
Featured in NBC thriller "Killing Mr. Griffin"
1998:
Appeared on a two-episode stint on "USA High" (USA Network)
1998:
Played Bobby Cruz, a member of a squad of crime fighting bike patrol officers on USA Network's "Pacific Blue"
1999:
Featured in the sci-fi thriller "Absolution"
2000:
Landed lead role in the independent feature "Eastside"
2001:
Served as co-host of the NBC show "The Other Half"
2005:
Co-anchored "ESPN Hollywood" (ESPN 2), which looked at the intersection between Hollywood and the sports world
2006:
Landed recurring guest role on FX series "Nip/Tuck"
2006:
Joined third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" as a competitor
2007:
Joined "Extra" (NBC) as a weekend-edition co-host and a daily show correspondent; named host for its 15th season (2008)
2008:
Made Broadway debut in "A Chorus Line" as Zach, the demanding director
2008:
Hosted MTV reality competition program "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew"
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality
2011:
Produced and appeared on reality series "H8R" (The CW)
2012:
Announced as co-host of "The X Factor" (Fox) alongside Khloé Kardashian
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Education

Chula Vista High School: Chula Vista , California - 1991

Notes

Olympic diver and author Greg Louganis on Lopez's performance in his USA Network biopic: "I had been a guest on 'Name Your Adventure'. All I'd ever seen was that and 'Saved by the Bell'. Bubblegum fluff. I thought, 'Geez can he handle this?' But I was so impressed. He stepped up to the plate." --quoted in Out, March 1997.

Lopez on the tough parts of starring on the action drama "Pacific Blue": "It's challenging to try to be serious all the time when you're always used to cracking jokes and keeping everything light." --quoted in TV Guide, January 16, 1999.

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wife:
Ali Landry. Businessman.
wife:
Ali Landry. Actor, model. Married April 24, 2004 at an exclusive resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; reportedly spilt after only two weeks of marriage due to infidelity; filed for divorce June 2004.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Emilio Lopez. Born in January 1975.
brother:
Emilio Lopez. Also has son.
sister:
Marissa Lopez. Born in July 1976.
sister:
Marissa Lopez. Magician.
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