Jon William Scott Hofsted

Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas is a multi-talented American actor, director, and producer, renowned for his transition from military service to a successful creative career. His unique ethnic background, coupled with his artistic talent and perseverance, have garnered him a notable position in the entertainment industry. Huertas has gained international acclaim for his performances in series like “Generation Kill,” “Castle,” “This Is Us,” and “The Rookie.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Jon William Scott Hofsted

Date of birth:

October 23, 1969

Zodiac sign:



New York City, New York, USA





Marital status:

Married to Nicole Bordges




5' 11" (1.8 m)


165lbs (75kg)


actor, director, film producer, screenwriter


Actor Jon Huertas

Early life

Born Jon William Scott Hofsted on October 23, 1969, in New York City, Huertas is of Caucasian and Puerto Rican descent. Raised by his grandparents, he attended John Handley High School in Winchester. A turning point in his young life was being compelled to act in a school play as punishment, which surprisingly ignited his interest in acting.

After graduating from high school in 1987, Huertas enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. He served for eight years as an Air Force nuclear weapons specialist and was part of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. In 1990, he left the military to follow his passion for theater arts and acting.


Jon Huertas in Castle


Huertas embarked on his film industry career in 1993 with a role in the series “The Webbers.” In 1995, he moved from New York to Los Angeles, seeking greater opportunities in the entertainment world. Initially, he took on episodic roles, but his distinct look led him to play a terrorist in the 1996 movie “Executive Decision.”

In 1998, Huertas received his first regular role as Antonio in the not-so-popular series “Moesha.” He also appeared in the musical drama “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” featuring stars like Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Larenz Tate, and Alexis Cruz. His participation in this successful film helped boost his recognition. He then portrayed witch hunter Brad in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

Huertas’ career gained significant traction in the early 2000s. He starred in “Picking Up the Pieces,” alongside Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, followed by a role in “Bug,” a film about a squashed bug leading to a series of unforeseen events. The movie was first shown in 2002 at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina.

In 2006, Huertas featured in the thriller “The Insatiable” with Sean Patrick Flanery, but the project was unsuccessful. He later joined the cast of “Generation Kill,” a series about the early days of the Iraq War, seen through the eyes of foot soldiers, where he portrayed Sergeant Antonio “Poke” Espera. This was a challenging but critically acclaimed role for the former soldier.

Huertas continued to expand his career, appearing in “The Objective,” a film about the war in Afghanistan. From 2009 to 2016, he played the role of Detective Javier Esposito in the police comedy-drama “Castle.” For his outstanding performance in an episode of the series in 2012, he was honored with a PRISM Award, an accolade also awarded to his co-star Stana Katic.

In 2010, Huertas ventured into music, establishing his own record label, and released the hip-hop single and music video “Sex is the Word.” Additionally, he joined the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood division and served as the Vice Chair of the National Actors Council for a year starting in September 2016.

In recent years, Huertas continued his acting career with a role in “This Is Us,” starting in 2016, where he portrayed Miguel Rivas, the family’s best friend and Rebecca’s (played by Mandy Moore) second husband. The series has won numerous awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. In 2018, he appeared in the thriller “Imprisoned” with Laurence Fishburne. The following year, he guest-starred in “The Rookie,” reuniting with former “Castle” co-star Nathan Fillion. In 2020, Huertas played a minor role in the slasher film “Initiation” and served as its co-producer.

Jon William Scott Hofsted Movies and TV Shows

  • 2019

    The Rookie

    Cesar Ojeda / Alejandro Mejia

  • 2016–2019



  • 2016–2017

    This Is Us


  • 2009–2016


    Javier Esposito

  • 2008

    Generation Kill

    Sergeant Antonio “Poke” Espera

  • 2007

    Prison Break


  • 2005

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    Psych Tech Leon Madera

  • 1999–2000

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Brad Alcerro

  • 1995

    Beverly Hills, 90210

    Peter Manguson


Jon Huertas (on the left) with the cast of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Personal life and family

Jon Huertas is a devoted family man. He was in a long-term relationship with Nicole Bordges, and the couple got married in May 2014. The wedding ceremony took place in Tulum, Mexico. Huertas maintains his fitness through regular exercise and a vegetarian lifestyle. As a former military man, he is actively involved in charitable activities supporting war veterans.

Talk Shows

  • 2023

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2022


    Role: Guest

  • 2015

    Home & Family

    Role: Guest

  • 2012

    Top Gear USA

    Role: Guest


Jon Huertas with wife Nicole Bordges

Jon Huertas now

Jon Huertas continues his dynamic involvement in the film industry. In 2022, he starred in the drama “Prisoner’s Daughter” alongside Brian Cox. He is currently working on the TV series “The Rookie: Feds” and is also involved in directing the series “The Company You Keep.”

Published: November 24, 2023
Updated: June 24, 2024