Huertas at the 2012 PaleyFest honoring ABC's Castle
Jonathan William Scott Hofstedt
October 23, 1969
New York City, U.S.
Jon Huertas (born October 23, 1969) is an American actor. Huertas is best known for his role as witch hunter Brad Alcerro in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sergeant Antonio 'Poke' Espera in HBO's Generation Kill, Joe Negroni in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle and Miguel Rivas in This Is Us.
Huertas (birth name: Jon William Hofstedt) was born in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican father and a Caucasian mother. He was raised by his grandparents. Huertas studied at the 'John Handley High School' in Winchester, Va. By 10 years of age, he began taking part in the school plays. Once he had to sing a solo and his performance seemed to have moved a nun (who had given him that role as a punishment) in that strict Catholic Convent school. This helped him make up his mind to pursue acting.
Huertas's acting career started in 1993 when he played an uncredited part in 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. From 2009 to 2016, 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".
In October 2019, Huertas appeared on The Rookie. He played as Alejandro Mejia/Cesar Ojeda in the episode "The Bet" and he reunites with former co-stars from Castle are Nathan Fillion and Seamus Dever as part of ABC's Cast from the Past Week.
Huertas, is of Puerto Rican descent. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and served for 8 years as an aircraft nuclear/conventional weapons specialist. He participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.
|1996||Executive Decision||Sammy, Terrorist|
|South Bureau Homicide||Officer #2|
|1998||Why Do Fools Fall in Love?||Joe Negroni|
|Stealth Fighter||Lt. Bradley Elias|
|Auggie Rose||Paramedic #1|
|Picking Up the Pieces||Paulo||Credited as John Huertas|
|A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story||Rafael|
|2001||Green Diggity Dog||Tim Porter|
|Right at Your Door||Rick|
|Making it Legal||Mike Carlton|
|2008||The Objective||Sergeant Vincent Degetau|
|2010||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Alberto|
|2012||Stash House||Ray Jaffe|
|1993||The Webbers||Pimp - Uncredited||1 episode|
|1995||Beverly Hills, 90210||Peter Manguson||1 episode|
|1997||JAG||Cayuga Helmsman and Ramirez||2 episodes|
|1998||Nash Bridges||Hustler||1 episode|
|1999||St. Michael's Crossing|
|Time of Your Life||Unknown||1 episode|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Brad Alcerro||12 episodes|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Warren||1 episode|
|2001||Resurrection Blvd.||Unknown||1 episode|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Juan||Episode: "Less is Morte"|
|The Shield||Robbie Villanueva||2 episodes|
|2004||The Division||Juan||1 episode|
|The Joe Schmo Show||T.J. "The Playah"||9 episodes|
|Crossing Jordan||Manuel Rios||1 episode|
|2005||Without a Trace||Luis Alvarez||1 episode|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Psych Tech Leon Madera||1 episode|
|Cold Case||Carlos||1 episode|
|2006||Invasion||National Guardsman||1 episode|
|2007||Prison Break||DeJesus||1 episode|
|2008||Generation Kill||Sergeant Antonio "Poke" Espera||Miniseries; 7 episides|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Trevor||1 episode|
|NCIS||Sergeant Jack Kale||2 episodes|
|2009||Dark Blue||Chavez||1 episode|
|Castle||Javier Esposito||Main role; 173 episodes|
|2012||Chelsea Lately||Javier Esposito in Castle||1 episode|
|2016||Con Man||Diego Alfonso||2 episodes|
|2016-present||This Is Us||Miguel||Recurring (Season 1); Main Cast (Season 2-present)|
|2019||The Rookie||Alejandro Mejia/Cesar Ojeda||1 episode|