Amaury Nolasco is a famed ALMA Award-nominated Puerto Rican producer and actor, who gained recognition for his portrayal of Fernando Sucre in the acclaimed Fox series “Prison Break”, and will portray Benny in the upcoming movie “The Valet.”
Age, Early Life, and Educational Background
Amaury Nolasco Garrido was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 24 December 1970, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, so is 51 years old as of mid-2022. His parents, Camelia and Angel Garrido, are of Dominican descent, and they raised him alongside his brother and sister Deborah Garrido – the latter sadly passed away in 2010 aged 33 after suffering a heart attack.
He shared a close relationship with Deborah, and liked posting their photos together, mostly accompanied by heartwarming captions – he considered her his light and revealed that he went through the hardest time of his life dealing with her passing. Nolasco considers the former Puerto Rican baseball catcher Jorge Posada a great childhood friend; they spent a lot of time together when they were growing up.
Nolasco attended a local high school, and matriculated to the University of Puerto Rico, in which he majored in Biology. He aspired to become a doctor, but later developed a strong interest in acting, which led him to move to the mainland US, and joined the New York-based American British Dramatic Arts School to study acting. He also honed his acting skills at Marjorie Ballentine Studio, and was classmates with the American actor James Hiroyuki Liao, who is famous for his roles in “Prison Break,” “Unforgettable” and “Management,” among others.
Amaury is an avid golf player who began playing when he was shooting a movie in New Orleans in the late 2000s, and he eventually fell in love with the sport.
He is a dog lover, and has a Labrador Retriever named Spinee – he recently revealed to his Twitter followers that Spinee had recovered from risky surgery, which was performed at San Juan Veterinary Hospital in April 2022.
He also enjoys traveling, and is fortunate to have visited many destinations around the world, including touring Mexico, Spain, Israel and Greece.
Nolasco has guest-starred in several TV shows, such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Arli$$” and “ER.” He made his feature film debut in the Takeshi Kitano-directed crime-drama “Brother” (2000), and subsequently featured in “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003) and “Mr. 3000” alongside Bennie Mac in 2004.
2005 saw Amaury making his career breakthrough with his recurring role of Fernando in the drama “Prison Break”, and was nominated for various ALMA Awards for his role. Nolasco also appeared in “The Benchwarmers”, before he landed a guest starring role in “Mind of Mencia” in 2007. In the same year, he was cast in the film “Transformers,” directed by Michael Bay, and in 2009 he was seen in Wisin & Yandel reggaeton duo’s music video entitled “Imaginate,” which featured Wilmer Valderrama and T-Pain. He also appeared in the music video “La Perla” by Calle 13.
In 2010, Amaury portrayed Detective Rene Cordero in three episodes of the second season of the show “Southland” in its, and was also seen in the NBC series “Chase” in that and the following year, before he landed a starring role in the ABC show “Work It” in 2012.
Three years later, Nolasco played Rodrigo Suarez in the sitcom “Telenovela,” which starred Eva Longoria, Diana-Maria Riva and Jose Moreno Brooks.
Amaury’s first project as a producer was in the documentary “Ours Is a Future”, which is about twin Latino filmmakers who journey thousands of miles to present a nuanced approach to a marginalized yet powerful American community of over 22.9 million Hispanic-Americans, who are eligible to cast their votes in both the national and local elections.
Although Nolasco hasn’t scooped any awards yet, he has been nominated for three ALMA Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in TV Series (2006, 2008 and 2009) and a Teen Choice Award in 2006, all for his role in “Prison Break.”
Nolasco is active on Instagram (@amaurynolasco), with around a million followers, and on Facebook with over 1.3million followers. He has more than 142,000 followers on Twitter, and is also active on TikTok and YouTube.
Personal Life and Rumors
The “Transformers” star was romantically linked to actress Andrea Pambechy in 2006 and 2007. It’s rumored that he was also in a relationship with the Puerto Rican actress, model, and singer Davanara Torres for a year – they split in 2008. Nolasco met and started dating the American actress, producer, director, and former child model Jennifer Morrison in 2009, but they parted ways after dating for three years.
Nolasco is currently single and doesn’t have any children, but is the godfather of the American producer and actress Eva Longoria Baston’s first-born son, Santiago Enrique Baston; Eva is famous for her role of Isabella Brana in the CBS TV show “The Young and the Restless.” Amaury enjoys spending time with her son, and likes taking him for walks and golfing. He is also an uncle, but hasn’t shared the name of his niece to the public.
Nolasco was a big supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
He hosted the Amaury Nolasco And Friends Golf Classic (celebrity tournament) twice – the event was held at El Conquistador Hotel, situated in Fajardo, Puerto Rico from June 2011.
The profit generated from the event is usually donated to Puerto Rican NGOs and non-profit organizations. In the past, the proceeds went to the Pediatric Hospital of the University of Puerto Rico and the Vive Alegre Luchando (VAL) Foundation, which gives financial support to people suffering from pediatric cancer.
Rumors of Amaury Nolasco’s death gained traction in April 2022 after a Facebook page ‘R.I.P Amaury Nolasco’ attracted close to a million ‘likes.’ The ‘About’ page read: ‘At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (17 April 2022), our beloved actor Amaury Nolasco passed away. Amaury Nolasco was born 24 December 1970 in Puerto Rico. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.’
However, Nolasco’s reps quickly confirmed that he wasn’t dead, terming the rumor as distressing, hurtful, and reckless.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Nolasco is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, weighs approximately 175lbs (80kgs), and his chest size is around 42ins. He is bald and has a set of black eyes.
Amaury has featured in a number of successful projects and earns a decent salary from his acting career. He recently started producing films, which has also contributed to his wealth. According to sources, the “Prison Break” star’s net worth is around $3 million as of mid-2022.