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Elvis Nolasco stars in "American Crime" on ABC as Carter Nix.

Elvis Nolasco was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of New York City. From a young age, he was drawn to entertainment. In his early years he would spend evenings dancing to Latin music in his family home. His love of salsa music led to an interest in break dancing, and he spent nights dancing with the break dancing group, Soul Sonic Rockers. His dance ability and style would later help open doors to establish a solid career that spans film, theater and television. His high school acting teacher, Robert Stonebridge, believed in Nolasco's raw talent and encouraged him to explore acting as a possible career path.

Soon after arriving in Philadelphia to study acting, Nolasco began winning a succession of leading roles in local theaters including the Arden Theatre, Freedom Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre and American Musical Theatre Festival. It was not long before he was picked to co-star in the hit comedy "I Like It Like That" with Lauren Valez and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winning actress Rita Moreno. Soon, Nolasco was cast by Spike Lee for the film "Clockers" with Mekhi Phifer and Delroy Lindo. Nolasco began building a line of great performances in several independent hits, including his critically acclaimed role in the film "In Search of a Dream," the first all-Spanish speaking cast sanctioned by the Screen Actors Guild and the number one grossing independent Latino film.

Nolasco has generated a stream of memorable film characters including roles in "The Kitchen," "Rock Steady," "Vodka Rocks," "Inconsolable Memories," "I'm Not Rappaport," "Prison Song," "Philadelphia," "Secuestro" and "Oldboy." He recently worked with Danny Trejo, Michael K. Williams and Fat Joe in the film "179th Street." Nolasco also played the lead in the film "White," which debuted on PBS for Futurestates.tv in spring 2011.

Nolasco has guest starred in several television series including "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Third Watch." He also played the recurring role of Abe in the Spike Lee series "Miracle Boys." Nolasco continues to work on stage, both in off-Broadway and regional theater venues, including New York Theatre Works, Baltimore Center Stage, Young Playwrights Festival and INTAR. He was also in the smash hit NYC off-Broadway production, "Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz," at New World Stages. Nolasco currently tours a one man show, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," based on the 2007 Pulitzer prize winning novel by Junot Diaz. Nolasco played the role of Pito in the play "Firehouse" at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles, where his performance earned him rave reviews.

Nolasco was last seen on stage as the character Crooks in the classic play "Of Mice and Men" at The Missing Piece Theatre in Los Angeles. His most recent screen credits include the film "Low Hanging Juicy Fruit (Mango Bajito)" with Danny Trejo, and the HBO television movie "Da Brick," directed by Spike Lee and executive produced and written by John Ridley. Nolasco also has a memorable role in Spike Lee's feature film "The Sweet Blood of Jesus."

Throughout the years, Nolasco has utilized his love for the arts and talent as an educator to work with young minds everywhere. He has worked with Family Services of Philadelphia's Plays for Living program and the Young Playwrights Festival of Philadelphia to help high school students develop their playwriting skills. In New York, he has worked with The Nite Star Theatre Company to help develop educational theater pieces that deal with family and domestic violence. He also worked with the Manhattan Theatre Club to guide high school students in the structure and development of playwriting. One of his most rewarding experiences was mentoring and teaching drama to children ages 7-14 at the Children's Aid Society.

Nolasco recently wrote and directed the short film, "Invisible Wounds."

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Birthday: December 19
Birthplace: New York, NY

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