Amaury Nolasco Garrido

Amaury Nolasco

Amaury Nolasco is a celebrated actor and producer hailing from Puerto Rico, predominantly featured in action thrillers that often typecast him as a resilient protagonist. Contrary to many of his contemporaries, he didn’t nurture cinematic ambitions from an early age. Initially, Amaury aimed to delve into the field of biology. He garnered widespread recognition for his performances in the television drama “Prison Break” and the action-packed movie “Transformers.” Over the years, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with industry giants like Keanu Reeves, Bob Schneider, and Takeshi Kitano.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Amaury Nolasco Garrido

Date of birth:

December 24, 1970

Zodiac sign:



San Juan, Puerto Rico





Marital status:



5' 10" (1.79 m)


actor, film producer

Early life

Born Amaury Nolasco Garrido on the eve of Christmas in 1970, he is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city. Although Puerto Rico falls under U.S. jurisdiction, it isn’t fully incorporated into the United States. His unique last name is a blend of his paternal and maternal lineages, and his parents are of Dominican descent.

Nolasco spent his formative years in the scenic city of San Juan, a locale where modernity coexists with historical landmarks. The city’s beaches are a haven for water sports enthusiasts, including surfers and kite surfers. When he later had to travel to Texas for a film project, he humorously dismissed warnings about the state’s intense heat, claiming that Puerto Ricans are well-acquainted with real heat. While not much is publicly known about his family life, the loss of his sister Deborah in 2010 profoundly affected him. He often speaks about the emotional vacuum her passing created, emphasizing the importance of daily expressions of love to close family members.

Early career

Amaury Nolasco initially envisioned a future in the medical field, aspiring to don a white lab coat in a reputable healthcare institution. After completing high school, he joined the biology department at the University of Puerto Rico. However, a sudden change of heart or perhaps an irresistible allure led him to accept a minor role in a television series. Consequently, he abandoned his academic pursuits, relocated to New York City, and enrolled in a prestigious drama school.

His foray into acting began with small roles in a variety of American television productions. Starting at the age of 27, he secured roles in series such as the crime narrative “New York Undercover,” the comedic venture “Arli$$,” the fantastical “Early Edition,” and the action-packed “Pacific Blue.” His feature film debut occurred in the year 2000 with a minor role in “The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood.” Shortly after, he landed a significant role in Takeshi Kitano’s crime thriller “Brother.”

In 2003, fortune smiled upon Amaury when he was cast in John Singleton’s blockbuster “2 Fast 2 Furious,” portraying the character of Orange Julius, a skilled street racer. The film was a commercial triumph, significantly elevating Nolasco’s career and providing him the chance to work alongside stars like Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, and Tyrese Gibson.


Amaury Nolasco in Transformers

Best roles

Amaury Nolasco’s career trajectory took a dramatic upturn with his involvement in the hit TV series “Prison Break,” which enjoyed a successful run from 2005 to 2017. The show consistently dominated television ratings, with the 2005 premiere alone attracting a staggering 10.5 million viewers. The series was highly praised for its captivating storytelling, exceptional acting, and riveting soundtracks. Amaury portrayed Fernando Sucre, the cellmate of the lead character, a role that significantly boosted his industry profile.

This newfound fame led to roles in high-profile films alongside A-list actors. In 2007, he featured in Michael Bay’s sci-fi blockbuster “Transformers,” sharing the screen with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel. He also starred in thrillers like “Max Payne” and “Street Kings,” working with renowned actors like Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Keanu Reeves, and Hugh Laurie.

In 2013, he took on the lead role in the comedy series “Work It,” which unfortunately didn’t gain traction and was short-lived. However, he redeemed himself the same year with a compelling performance in the drama “El Teniente Amado,” inspired by a real-life figure.


Amaury Nolasco (right) in Benchwarmers

Amaury Nolasco Garrido Movies and TV Shows

  • 2015


    Esteban Ruiza

  • 2013

    A Good Day to Die Hard


  • 2010

    The Rum Diary


  • 2008

    Street Kings

    Detective Cosmo Santos

  • 2008

    Max Payne

    Jack Lupino

  • 2007



  • 2005–2017

    Prison Break

    Fernando Sucre

  • 2003

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    Orange Julius

  • 2000–2015

    CSI: Miami (episode “Bone Voyage”)

    Nathan Cole

  • 1994–2009


    Ricky (episode: “Dead Again”)

Amaury Nolasco’s personal life and family

Amaury Nolasco remains one of the industry’s most eligible bachelors, with no publicly disclosed information about a wife or children. He was romantically involved with actress Jennifer Morrison for three years before their separation. He maintains friendships with several celebrities, including Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Robert Knepper, and Sarah Wayne Callies.


Amaury Nolasco and Eva Longoria at Global Gift Celebrity Golf Tournament in Marbella

Amaury Nolasco now

Amaury Nolasco boasts an impressive filmography, featuring 24 roles in movies and 25 in television productions. He even lent his voice to a video game adaptation of his “Prison Break” character, Fernando Sucre. His most recent role was in the 2018 drama series “Deception,” which unfortunately was not renewed for a second season.

Published: August 28, 2023
Updated: July 22, 2024