Jon Huertas is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent. He is best known for his role as Sergeant Antonio 'Poke' Espera in HBO's Generation Kill, Joe Negroni in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle.


Huertas's acting career started in 1993 when he played an uncredited part in the The Webbers.

In 1998, Huertas portrayed Joe Negroni in the romantic drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love alongside such stars as Halle Berry, Paul Mazursky, and Ben Vereen. In 1999, he appeared in two films: the horror movie Cold Hearts and the action movie Stealth Fighter. In the 2000s, he appeared in many films, but his biggest role was in television in 2008 as Sergeant Espera in HBO's miniseries Generation Kill about the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

From 1998 to 1999, Huertas played the role of Antonio in the television series Moesha. From 1999 to 2000, he played Brad, a witch hunter, in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Beginning in 2009, Huertas has starred in the role of Detective Esposito in ABC's police procedural Castle. In 2012, Huertas and his Castle co-star Stana Katic received the award for Performance in a Drama Episode at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards.

Huertas was elected to serve a one-year term, beginning September 25, 2010, as an alternate member of the National Board of Directors and as a member of the Hollywood Division Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

In June 2011, Huertas made his debut music video single called "Sex Is the Word".

Personal life

Huertas, born Jon William Hofstedt, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and served for 8 years as a pararescue jumper and nuclear weapons technician. He participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.

Huertas married his long-term girlfriend, Nicole, in Tulum, Mexico on May 4, 2014.



1996Executive DecisionSammy, Terrorist
1996South Bureau HomicideOfficer #2
1998Why Do Fools Fall in Love?Joe Negroni
1999Cold HeartsDarius
1999Stealth FighterLt. Bradley Elias
2000Buddy BoyOmar
2000Auggie RoseParamedic #1
2000Picking Up the PiecesPauloCredited as John Huertas
2000A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales StoryRafael
2001Green Diggity DogTim Porter
2002BorderlineCiro Ruiz
2003El GusanoDan
2005InductionRico Rodriguez
2006The YardsaleChuy
2006Right at Your DoorRick
2006Hot TamaleAlex
2007The InsatiableJavier
2007Making it LegalMike Carlton
2008The ObjectiveSergeant Vincent Degetau
2010Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Alberto
2012Stash HouseRay Jaffe
2014ReparationJerome Keller


1993The WebbersPimp - UncreditedOne episode
1995Beverly Hills, 90210Peter MangusonEpisode: "Must Be a Guy Thing"
1997JAGCayuga Helmsman and RamirezEpisodes: "Cowboys & Cossacks" and "Vanished"
1998Nash BridgesHustlerEpisode: "Impostors"
1998–1999MoeshaAntonioEpisodes: "Homecoming", "Teacher", "A Terrible Thing Happened on My Tour of College", "A Class Act Christmas", "Barking Up the Wrong Tree", "I Love Moesha", "Life Imitating Art", and "The Prom"
1999St. Michael's CrossingUnknown
1999UndressedEvanSeason 1
1999Time of Your LifeUnknownEpisode: "The Time They Threw That Party"
1999–2000Sabrina, the Teenage WitchBrad AlcerroEpisodes: "No Place Like Home", "Dream a Little Dreama Me", "Jealousy", "Spoiled Rotten", "The Phantom Menace", "Ice Station Sabrina", "Super Hero", "Salem's Daughter", "Dreama the Mouse", "The Four Faces of Sabrina", and "The End of an Era"
2000Touched by an AngelWarrenOne episode: "The Perfect Game"
2001Resurrection Blvd.UnknownEpisode: "Secretos, Mentiras, y Expectativas"
2002NYPD BlueJuanEpisode: "Less is Morte"
2002–2003The ShieldUnknownEpisodes: "Two Days of Blood" (Uncredited) and "Homewrecker"
2004The DivisionJuanEpisode: "Bite Me"
2004The Joe Schmo ShowT.J. "The Playah"Episodes: "On with the Schmo", "A Bottle of Red, a Bottle of White", "The Crisis", vGuess Who's Coming to Dinner", "Porked and Beans", vRequiem for a Frog", "Cruiser", "T.J. Needs T.P" and "Finale"
2004Crossing JordanManuel RiosEpisode: "Necessary Risks"
2005Without a TraceLuis AlvarezEpisode: "Neither Rain Nor Sleet"
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPsych Tech Leon MaderaEpisode: "Committed"
2005Cold CaseCarlosEpisode: "Saving Patrick Bubley"
2006InvasionNational GuardsmanEpisode: "Round Up"
2007Prison BreakDeJesusEpisode: "Sona"
2008Generation KillSergeant Antonio "Poke" EsperaEpisodes: "Get Some", "The Cradle of Civilization", "Screwby", "Combat Jack", "A Burning Dog", "Stay Frosty" and "Bomb in the Garden"
2008Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesTrevorEpisode: "Allison from Palmdale"
2008–2009NCISSergeant Jack KaleEpisodes: "Nine Lives" and "Caged" (uncredited)
2009Dark BlueChavezEpisode: "O.I.S."
2009–2016CastleJavier EspositoPRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Episode in 2012.
2012Chelsea LatelyJavier Esposito in CastleEpisode: Episode #6.187 (Himself playing his Castle character)