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Erik Estrada
(March 16, 1949 - living) U.S.A.

Erik Estrada

Actor, voice actor, police officer

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Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada, born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, the son of Carmen Moreno, a seamstress, and Renildo Estrada, in a family of Puerto Rican descent. He is known for his co-starring lead role in the police drama television series CHiPs, which ran from 1977 to 1983. He later became known for his work in Spanish-language telenovelas, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Adult Swim series Sealab 2021 as well as the movie Cool Cat Saves The Kids .

Starting in 1977, Erik co-starred as Frank "Ponch" Poncharello in the TV series CHiPs. In 1978, he began training in martial arts with SeishinDo Kenpo instructor Frank Argelander (Frank Landers), to prepare for a two-part episode of the series. The two appeared on the cover of Fighting Stars Magazine that same year, discussing Estrada's training regimen. On Monday, August 6, 1979, Erik was seriously injured while filming a scene on the set of CHiPs, fracturing several ribs and breaking both wrists after he was thrown from his 600-pound (270 kg) motorcycle.

Later in 1979, Erik was voted one of "The 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World" by People magazine and was featured on the cover of the November issue.[2] Following a salary dispute with NBC in the fall of 1981, Erik was briefly replaced by Olympic Gold Medalist and actor Bruce Jenner. CHiPs was eventually canceled in 1983. In the 1980s, Erik appeared in a string of low-budget films. He made a return to series television in a 1987 three-part episode of the police drama Hunter .

In the 1990s, Erik played the role of Johnny, a Tijuana trucker, in the Televisa telenovela Dos mujeres, un camino ("Two women, one road"). Originally slated for 100 episodes, the show went to 400-plus episodes and became the biggest telenovela in Latin American history.[2] He was reportedly paid 1 million pesos for that role.

In 1994, Erik began co-hosting the syndicated outdoor adventure show American Adventurer , which ran until 2004. In 1995, he made a special guest appearance as Ponch in punk rock band Bad Religion's music video Infected , as well as in the video for the Butthole Surfers's video for "Pepper". He has also been seen on a few episodes of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch as himself, seen in a daydream cloud in Hilda's mind and driving a car as Hilda zapped herself in his car.

In 1997, Erik wrote his autobiography, Erik Estrada: My Road from Harlem to Hollywood . In 1998, he returned as the character Francis "Ponch" Poncherello in the TNT made-for-TV movie CHiPs '99, along with the rest of the original cast.

In 2001, Erik landed a role on the daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful , as Eduardo Dominguez. In 2002, he played a game-show host on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire with Hilary Duff. He has also had a regular role doing voiceovers for the Cartoon Network show Sealab 2021 , where he would parody himself. He also appeared in an episode of another Cartoon Network show, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast , which features a character named Moltar who has an obsession with Estrada and CHiPS , as a guest. Estrada has also guest-starred on the children's cartoon Maya and Miguel.

In 2000, Erik was named the international "Face" of D.A.R.E. which is a campaign against drugs. He also speaks out for the American Heart Association, the United Way, and the C.H.P. 11-99 Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides benefits and scholarships to California Highway Patrol family members, as well as funeral expenses for fallen officers. Estrada's experience in CHiPs led him to become a reserve officer for the Muncie Police Department in Muncie, Indiana. Erik became spokesperson for the C.H.P.'s "car seat inspection and installation" program.

He has made numerous appearances supporting automobile child-seat safety checks across the country. He appeared in Española, New Mexico, on May 28, 2009, to promote the "100 Days and Nights of Summer" traffic safety and anti-DWI campaign that involves the New Mexico State police. In 2009, Erik was a full-time deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Virginia. As of July 1, 2016, he was a reserve police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho. In the course of his duties, Erik has been filmed patrolling on a police motorcycle.

Erik was married to Joyce Miller in November 1979; the couple divorced in 1980 and had no children. Erik was married to Peggy Lynn Rowe, an entertainment executive, songwriter, and producer from 1985 until 1990, when they divorced. The couple had two sons, Anthony Erik Estrada (born 1986), and pole-vaulter Brandon Michael-paul Estrada (born 1987). In 1997, Erik married film sound technician Nanette Mirkovich. They have one daughter, Francesca Natalia (born 2000), an aspiring actress. Erik endorsed Republican John McCain in the 2008 United States Presidential election.

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Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & http://www.erikestrada.com

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