Mario Lopez Jr. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾi̯o ˈlopes]; born October 10, 1973) is a Mexican American television host and actor. Lopez has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, whom he also portrayed as a regular on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show Extra. He has also hosted America's Best Dance Crew for MTV. In 2012, he co-hosted the second season of American version of The X Factor with Khloé Kardashian-Odom, and was the sole host for the third and final season.
Mario Lopez was born on October 10, 1973 in San Diego, California, to Elvira, a telephone company clerk, and Mario Sr., who worked for the municipality of National City. He graduated from Chula Vista High School in 1991, where he wrestled for Chula Vista at the weight class of 160 lbs placing 2nd in the San Diego Section and 7th in the state of California in 1991 as well. He was raised in a large Catholic family of Mexican descent (from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico).
Mario Lopez's professional career began in 1984 when he appeared as younger brother Tomás in the short-lived ABC comedy series a.k.a. Pablo. That same year, he was cast as a drummer and dancer on Kids Incorporated. In March 1987, he was cast as a guest star on the sitcom The Golden Girls as a Latino boy named Mario who faces deportation. He was cast in a small part in the movie Colors (1988) as Felipe's friend. In 1989, Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater in the television sitcom Saved by the Bell, a role which lasted five years.
In 1997, Lopez starred as Olympic diver Greg Louganis in the television movie Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story. The following year, he was cast as Bobby Cruz in the USA Network series Pacific Blue. Lopez left the series after two seasons and went on to guest star on Resurrection Blvd., Eve, and The Bad Girl's Guide. In March 2006, Lopez joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful playing the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. On July 18, 2006, he was released from his B&B contract. Later that year, Mario guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives Christian Troy to jealousy when he sees him naked in the shower in an episode of FX Network's Nip/Tuck during the show's fourth season, which began in Fall 2006. He also made an appearance on George Lopez as a police officer in late 2006. Lopez also guest-starred as a reporter for Extra Sesame Street in the Sesame Street episode "The Veggie Monster" in 2012.
On February 4, 2015, Lopez reunited with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Tiffani Thiessen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they appeared in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon.
Dancing with the Stars
In the fall of 2006, Lopez signed on as a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars on ABC with professional partner and then-girlfriend Karina Smirnoff who was making her series debut. They finished in second place, losing to the team of Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
In 1992, he hosted his first series on NBC called Name Your Adventure. He hosts the serial tabloid Extra, as well as the MTV reality shows America's Best Dance Crew and MTV's Top Pop Group. In the 1995-96 season, he would host the second season of Masters of the Maze on what was then The Family Channel. Lopez is both the host (with Carmen Palumbo) and co-executive producer of Sí TV's Dating Factory. From October to December 2012, he co-hosted the Fox singing competition The X Factor along with Khloe Kardashian. In September 2013, Lopez returned to the show as sole host for season 3 after Kardashian was not asked back as co-host. The X Factor was cancelled on February 7, 2014. Despite X factor's cancellation, Simon Cowell stated that he thinks X Factor will come back From 2002 – 2005, he was the host of the Animal Planet show Pet Star, despite some difficulty with an allergy to cats. Lopez hosted the Miss America pageant in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Lopez has also guest co-hosted The Wendy Williams Show, and MC'ed the gala benefit for the 2010 Pageant of the Masters arts festival in Laguna Beach, California. Starting in 2012 Mario Lopez began hosting his own Nationally Syndicated Radio Show 'ON With Mario Lopez' for Premiere Radio. It streams online daily on iHeartRadio and airs in selected CHR and Hot AC stations (particularly on KBIG-FM/Los Angeles) throughout the U.S.
In August 2014, Lopez began hosting the Hot AC edition of the iHeartRadio Countdown.
Lopez has published three non-fiction books. The first, Mario Lopez Knockout Fitness, was published in 2008 and written together with Jeff O'Connell (who had previously written a fitness book with LL Cool J). A cookbook, Extra Lean, with various recipes followed in early 2010 and became a New York Times bestseller. A third book, Extra Lean Family, was published in May 2012. He released a children's book entitled Mario and Baby Gia by Celebra Children’s Books (a division of Penguin Books), on September 27, 2011. The book is about Lopez and his infant daughter Gia.
After six years of dating, Lopez married actress Ali Landry on April 24, 2004, in a Catholic ceremony at the Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but their marriage was annulled two weeks later. In a 2011 interview Lopez admitted that the parting transpired after Landry discovered Lopez had been unfaithful to her days before the wedding at his bachelor party. Lopez subsequently dated professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, his Dancing with the Stars partner, from 2006 to June 2008.
In the fall of 2008 Lopez began dating Broadway dancer, actress and producer Courtney Mazza. Lopez and Mazza became engaged over the 2011–2012 New Year's weekend, and married in Mexico on December 1, 2012. They have a daughter, Gia Francesca (born September 2010), and a son, Dominic (born September 2013).
Lopez stated that he is Catholic and goes to church every week.
Lopez is a proponent of health and fitness, and was the cover feature for the November 2013 issue of FitnessRX For Men magazine.
|1984||a.k.a. Pablo||Tomas Del Gato||Main cast (6 episodes)|
|1984–1986||Kids Incorporated||Himself (Dancer/Drummer)||Seasons 1–3|
|The Deacon Street Deer||Hector||TV movie|
|1987||The Golden Girls||Mario||Episode: "Dorothy's Prized Pupil"|
|1989–1993||Saved by the Bell||A.C. Slater||Main role, 87 episodes|
|1992||Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style||A.C. Slater||TV movie|
|1993–1994||Saved by the Bell: The College Years||A.C. Slater||Main role, 19 episodes|
|1994||Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas||A.C. Slater||TV movie|
|Bill Nye the Science Guy||Himself||Communication Cameo|
|1995–1996||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||A.C. Slater||Episodes: "Goodbye, Bayside Part 2", "Fire at the Max Part 2"|
|1995–1996||Masters of the Maze||Host||Season 2|
|Fever Lake||Steve||Direct-to-video release|
|El Cóndor de oro||Bodyguard 2|
|1997||Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story||Greg Louganis||TV movie|
|The Journey: Absolution||Ryan Murphy|
|Killing Mr. Griffin||Dave Ruggles||TV movie|
|1999||Pacific Blue||Bobby Cruz||Main role (seasons 4–5)|
|2000||A Crack in the Floor||Lehman|
|Big Brother Trouble||Coach|
|2001–2003||The Other Half||Host|
|2002||Outta Time||David Morales||Alternative titles: The Courier|
Out of Time
|King Rikki||Juan Vallejo||Alternative title: The Street King|
|2004||The Soluna Project||Antonio||TV movie|
|2005||Aloha, Scooby-Doo!||Manu Tuiama/Mainland Surfer||Direct to video release; voice role|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Substitute Minors watcher||Film|
|2006||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||Season 3|
|2006–2010||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Mike Hamoui||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2007||George Lopez||Police Officer Sanchez||Episode: "George Can't Let Sleeping Mexicans Lie"|
|2007||Holiday in Handcuffs||David Martin||TV movie|
|2008||Husband for Hire||Marco||TV movie|
|2008||MTV's Top Pop Group||Host||MTV|
|2008–2012||America's Best Dance Crew||Host|
|2008||Robot Chicken||A.C Slater||Voice role; episode: "Boo Cocky"|
|2009||The Dog Who Saved Christmas||Zeus the Dog||TV movie; voice role|
|2009–2010||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Mike Hamoui||Recurring role (season 6)|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Himself|
|2010–2011||Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby||Himself|
|2010||The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||Zeus the Dog||TV film; voice role|
|2011–2012||Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade||Himself||Host|
|2012||Sesame Street||Himself (reporter)||Episode: "The Veggie Monster"|
|Are You There, Chelsea?||Himself||Episode: "Dee Dee's Pillow"|
|2012–2013||The X Factor||Himself||Co-host (Season 2); host|
|The Chica Show||Stitches||Voice role|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Social Smurf||Film; voice role|
|2014||The Dog Who Saved Easter||Zeus the Dog||Video; voice role|
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Zeus the Dog||Video; voice role|
|2015||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||A.C. Slater||Episode: February 4, 2015|
|2015||Repeat After Me||Himself||1 episode|
|2015||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself|
|2015||Dinner at Tiffani's||Himself||Episode: "Come in For Comfort Food"|
|2016||Get Smurfy||Social Smurf||Film; voice role|
|2016||Grease Live||Vince Fontaine||TV film|
|2016||Almost Royal||Himself||1 episode|
|2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Himself||Film|
|2016||NCIS: New Orleans||NOPD Officer Hernandez||Episode: "Man On Fire"|
|1990||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast||Saved by the Bell||Nominated|
|1991||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime Series||Saved by the Bell||Nominated|
|1992||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series||Saved by the Bell||Nominated|
|1993||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Hosts for a Youth Magazine, News or Game Show||Name Your Adventure||Won|
|1993||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Series||Saved by the Bell||Won|
|1994||Young Artist Awards||Best Youth Actor in a TV Mini-Series, M.O.W. or Special||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Nominated|
|1994||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Youth Host in a TV Magazine, News or Variety Show||Name Your Adventure||Won|
|1998||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role||Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story||Nominated|
|1999||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Pacific Blue||Nominated|
|2006||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Personality||Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Personality||Himself||Nominated|
|2011||ALMA Awards||Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act||Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby||Nominated|
|2011||Young Artist Awards||Mickey Rooney Award||Himself||Won|