Although his upbringing was one of privilege, Nestor Carbonell persevered and pursued his heart's desire to become an actor. Although born in NYC, he and family traveled frequently during his formative years and Spanish was actually his first language. After attending prep school, Carbonell enrolled as an English major at Harvard, where he first was exposed to performing as a freshman. After graduating, he embarked on a career, landing bit roles on daytime TV and making his primetime debut on an episode of "Law & Order." Frequently cast as Europeans or Hispanics, he went on to make guest appearances on "Melrose Place" and "A Different World" before he landed the regular role of Gianni, a handsome gigolo, on the short-lived sitcom "Muscle" (The WB, 1995). Later that year, he made his screen debut in the little-seen "Love & Happiness," which played at one theater in Los Angeles. Having proven his comedic abilities, he soon landed the role of Luis Rivera, the too suave staff photographer, supporting Brooke Shields in the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan" (1996-2000). Carbonell added screenwriter to his credits with the dark comedy "Blue Light Special" (lensed 1998), in which he plays a successful TV actor whose life unravels after he agrees to a public appearance at a Texas department store.
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Made his primetime TV acting debut on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order"
Landed regular role of Gianni, a gigolo kept by older wealthy women, on The WB sitcom "Muscle"
Appeared in the feature "Love & Happiness"
Played Luis Rivera, the staff photographer on the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan"
Cast in a recurring role on the Showtime series "Resurrection Blvd."
Co-starred and co-wrote "Attention Shoppers"
Starred in the Sundance-screened indie "Jack the Dog"
Returned to series TV as co-star of the Fox series "The Tick"
Portrayed filmaker Moisés Kaufman in "The Laramie Project," the true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard
Appeared as assassin Pasquale Acosta in the film "Smokin' Aces"
Cast in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut "The Lost City"
Cast as Frank Duque on the short-lived "Cane" (CBS)
Joined the third season of "Lost" (ABC) playing Richard Alpert, a mysterious non-aging Island-dweller; resumed role at the end of the fourth season
Cast as the mayor of Gotham City in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight"
Co-starred opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar on The CW mystery drama "Ringer"
Cast as the Mayor of Gotham in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"