S.W.A.T. Cast Bios & Photos

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson

Shemar Moore is an award-winning actor, model, and philanthropist best known to audiences for his role as Derek Morgan for 11 seasons on the hit crime series Criminal Minds.

Prior to Criminal Minds, Moore starred as Malcolm Winters for 11 years on Global’s daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000; Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in a Drama Series in 1996 and 1997; and a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1999.

Moore’s additional television credits include starring in the series Birds of Prey and the Television movie Reversible Errors, alongside William H. Macy and Tom Selleck. His guest roles include appearances on the series Chicago Hope, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, Arli$$, Moesha, For Your Love, Malcolm & Eddie, and Half & Half. Additionally, he served as the host of the acclaimed music series Soul Train for four seasons.

Most recently, Moore produced and starred in the 2016 independent feature film The Bounce Back. His additional film credits include The Brothers, opposite Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley and Bill Bellamy, Motives, alongside Vivica Fox, Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opposite Kimberly Elise, and The Seat Filler, with Kelly Rowland.

Moore is the recipient of eight NAACP Image Awards, most recently in 2015 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Criminal Minds. Additionally, he won the award six times in the Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category for his role on Global’s The Young and the Restless.

Moore’s mother, Marilyn Wilson, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. Since then, he has become committed to raising awareness about the disease and is a spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For the last nine years, Moore has participated in the organization’s annual charity Bike MS ride from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. Also, Moore donates a portion of the proceeds from his “Baby Girl” clothing line, named after the popular phrase he coined on Criminal Minds, to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Moore is a graduate of Santa Clara University located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Awarded a sports scholarship to attend, Moore played varsity baseball as both a pitcher and an outfielder all four years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Theater Arts.

Stephanie Sigman

Stephanie Sigman

as Jessica Cortez

Stephanie Sigman is a Mexican-American model turned actress who first garnered attention for her breakout role as Laura Guerrero in the independent feature film Miss Bala.

Named one of Variety’s “10 Latinos to Watch in 2015,” Sigman most recently appeared on television in the critically acclaimed series Narcos as Valeria Velez. Her additional television credits include recurring roles in the series American Crime and The Bridge.

Sigman has amassed a number of feature film credits, including her landmark role as the first Mexican “Bond Girl” in the 2015 release Spectre, opposite Daniel Craig. Most recently, she starred in ShimmerLake, opposite Ron Livingston, Rainn Wilson, Rob Cordrry and Adam Pally, and Once Upon a Time inVenice, opposite Bruce Willis, John Goodman and Jason Mamoa. Later this year, she can be seen in the horror sequel Annabelle: Creation.

Her additional film credits include the dark comedy War on Everyone, opposite Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña, and the Norwegian independent thriller Pioneer, opposite Wes Bentley, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Sigman is an avid dog lover and sports fan who trains in boxing during her free time. She is a huge baseball enthusiast and grew up in the industry due to her father, Lee Sigman, a former professional baseball player, team manager and current talent scout for the New York Yankees.

Born in Ciudad Obregón in the state of Sonora, Mexico, Sigman received her professional training at State Center of Artistic and Cultural Education, part of the Querétaro Institute for Culture and the Arts in Querétaro, Mexico.

Currently, Sigman resides in Los Angeles with her dog Paloma. Her birthday is Feb. 28. Follow her on Twitter @sigmanstephanie and on Instagram @stephaniesigman.

Jay Harrington

Jay Harrington

as David “Deacon” Kay

Jay Harrington is a television, film and theater actor who was most recently on television in a recurring role on Code Black, and the television movie Jim Henson’s Turkey Hallow, opposite Mary Steenburgen.

Additionally, Harrington held series regular roles on Better Off Ted, Benched, The Inside and Coupling. He has recurred on the series Private Practice, Hot in Cleveland, Desperate Housewives and Summerland. Also, he guest starred on Harry’s Law, Burn Notice, Las Vegas, The Division, The Shield, and Without a Trace and The Ghost Whisperer. Also, he appeared in the television movie Why I Wore Lipstick to MyMastectomy.

Harrington’s feature film credits include American Reunion, The Love Guide, opposite Parker Posey, Y/N: You Lie, You Die and Partner(s), opposite Julie Bowen. Also, Harrington lent his voice to the 2011 animated feature A Monster in Paris, alongside Adam Goldberg and Catherine O’Hara.

Harrington was raised in Massachusetts, in Wellesley and Cape Cod, where he developed an immense love for theater. He is a proud graduate of the Syracuse University theater program and spent several years on stage in New York City before pursuing his career in Los Angeles.

An avid sports fan, Harrington currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife. His birthday is Nov. 15.

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jayharrington3.

Lina Esco

Lina Esco

as Christina “Chris” Alonso

Lina Esco is an actress, filmmaker and activist. She began her acting career with a role in the 2005 independent feature film London, opposite Chris Evans, Jason Statham and Jessica Biel. Her additional film credits include the coming-of-age feature LOL, opposite Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore; Kingshighway, alongside Clayne Crawford; Where the Road Meets the Sun with Eric Mabius; and Low Fidelity, directed by Devon Gummersall. She can next be seen in Saman Kesh’s 2018 release Doors.

Eso’s first starring role on television was as Jimmy Smits’ daughter in the drama series Cane. Additionally, she starred in the series Kingdom with Frank Grillo and Jonathan Tucker and Flaked, opposite Will Arnett. Her guest roles for television include Drop Dead Diva as well as CSI: Crime SceneInvestigation and CSI: NY. Also, she appeared in Heroes: Destiny, a 2008 companion web series to the hit sci-fi series Heroes. In 2016 Esco starred in the 30-minute Tove Lo music video/short film “Fairy Dust,” as the performer’s alter ego. The video has received over 3 million views on YouTube to date.

In addition to her acting career, Esco is a rising film producer and director. In 2009, after becoming aware of Japan’s dolphin-hunting industry, she partnered with actor/producer Fisher Stevens and former dolphin trainer/activist Ric O’Barry to campaign for their documentary The Cove. The film, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, provided an in-depth look at the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in the region.

Esco produced and directed two PSAs for the film The Cove that analyzed and questioned dolphin hunting practices in Japan. The first was a celebrity call to action with appearances by Robin Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts, James Gandolfini, Woody Harrelson, Paul Rudd and Hayden Panetierre. The second, titled My Friend Is…, featured children asking for an end to dolphin captivity in sea parks.

Esco is the creator of Free the Nipple, a global movement to bring women and men together to effect gender equality. After raising one million dollars in 2012 to shoot her first feature film of the same name, Esco created the Free the Nipple campaign when the film’s title left her unable to secure distribution. She considers the nipple a Trojan horse to start a real dialogue on equality. The campaign went on to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

To date, the movement has over 2.5 billion impressions, has achieved over 800 million in true reach and has around four million tags for #freethenipple. Esco and Free the Nipple have been featured in Time, Variety, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Huffington Post and CNN. The campaign’s success led to Esco’s sale of the film to IFC/Sundance Selects for theatrical distribution in 2014, and it was acquired by Netflix in 2015.

Alex Russell

Alex Russell

as Jim Street

Alex Russell is making his television debut with his role in S.W.A.T.

Russell has starred in a number of feature films, beginning with his debut in the Australian independent film Wasted on the Young, which garnered praise at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2011 SXSW Festival. In 2012 he played the lead role in the science fiction thriller Chronicle, which went on to gross over $126 million dollars worldwide. In 2013 he starred in the remake of the supernatural horror classic Carrie, alongside Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Additionally, Russell starred in Andrew Niccol’s The Host, the feature film adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same name; the Australian drama Cut Snake; and Angelina Jolie’s Academy Award-nominated film Unbroken, opposite Jai Courtney.

Most recently, Russell appeared in Christian Papierniak’s Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town and Ivan Sen’s Australian outback western Goldstone, opposite Jacki Weaver and David Wenham.

He will next appear in Rabbit, and Jungle alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Only the Brave, opposite Miles Teller and Josh Brolin, and Brampton’s Own, with Jean Smart and Rose McIver.

Russell is an Australian native who was born in Brisbane, Queensland and raised in Rockhampton, Queensland. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, located in Sydney, Australia, a school called one of the top 10 performing arts schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter.

In Russell’s free time, he enjoys skateboarding, writing, singing and doing impressions. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles.

His birthday is Dec. 11. Follow him on Twitter @Alex_Russell and Instagram @alexrussell.

Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson

Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson

as Dominique Luca

Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson is a film and television actor well known to audiences for his role as Detective Curtis “Lemonhead” Lemansky on the Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning series The Shield.

On television, most recently Johnson starred in Bates Motel as Caleb Calhoun, opposite Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. His additional series regular roles include starring as Ham Dewey in the series Saving Grace, opposite Holly Hunter; as Danny Voss on the crime drama Secrets and Lies, with Juliette Lewis; and as Matt Webb on the American remake of the acclaimed British crime series Prime Suspect, alongside Maria Bello.

Johnson’s guest roles on television include playing Herman Kozik for two seasons on Sons of Anarchy, firefighter Lt. Tommy Welch on Global’s Chicago Fire, James Decker in Covert Affairs, U.S. Marshal Max Clayton on Dexter, and CIA operative Tyler Gray on Burn Notice.

Johnson began his acting career by amassing a number of roles in feature films, such as Blade, opposite Wesley Snipes, Major League: Back to the Minors, with Scott Bakula, and At Home with the Webbers, alongside Jennifer Tilly. His most recent feature film role was in Afonso Poyart’s thriller Solace, opposite Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish. Additionally, he appeared in the 2016 film Run the Tide, opposite Taylor Lautner and Constance Zimmer.

In addition to acting, Johnson was a top contender in the world of competitive arm wrestling. He was initiated into the sport and mentored by Neil Bell, an Australian arm wrestling champion and actor Heath Ledger’s uncle. Johnson went on to rank in the top five arm wrestlers globally in his weight class and won the 2012 World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship.

Johnson was born in New Haven, Conn. and raised in Vermont on a 30-acre farm where he had a pet raccoon. He attended Central Connecticut State University, where he played football and baseball on scholarship. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles.

His birthday is July 13. Follow him on Twitter @TheKennyJohnson and on Instagram @thekennethjohnson.

Peter Onorati

Peter Onorati

as Mumford

Peter Onorati is a veteran actor of theater, film and television. Most recently, on television he appeared as a guest star on the series This Is Us. Onorati’s breakout television role was a recurring role as Lou Carello on the hit comedy Kate & Allie.

His additional television credits include starring roles on the drama series Civil Wars and MurderOne. His guest roles include Sons of Anarchy, How to Get Away with Murder, Castle, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles, DesperateHousewives, 24, Everybody Hates Chris, Boston Legal, NYPDBlue, UnderSuspicion, Sex and the City, In Plain Sight, Chuck, American Dreams, ER, Monk, Crossing Jordan, QuantumLeap and the cult favorite series Cop Rock

He has appeared on Global’s NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Elementary, Blue Bloods, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, Battle Creek, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, Numb3rs, JAG, Touched by an Angel, Walk, Texas Ranger and Nash Bridges

Onorati has starred in a number of critically acclaimed feature films, including Goodfellas, Postcardsfrom the Edge, Fire Birds and CampNowhere

A former performer with the Port Authority Theatre Ensemble in New York City, Onorati’s theater credits include “Talk Radio,” a production opposite Eric Bogosian, which marked another notable milestone in his early career. 

Onorati got his acting start when a former girlfriend dared him to take a class in improvisational comedy. Soon after, he met Jeanette Collins, an actress/writer/producer and his wife of almost 30 years.

Committed to philanthropy, Onorati volunteers with a number of charitable organizations, including Project Mercy, a non-profit he’s worked with for over 20 years that builds houses for the homeless in Mexico; Water Health International, a global leader in providing access to safe, affordable drinking water in underserved communities; and the Jennie Edmundson Foundation, in support of cancer survivors and research. 

Onorati attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, Penn. where he played varsity football. Following graduation, he was signed as a free agent to the World Football League’s Philadelphia Bell team. After his professional sports career ended, he worked for the Ford Motor Company before pursuing a graduate degree at Fairleigh Dickenson University, from which he holds a master’s degree in Business Administration. He earned his graduate degree while simultaneously coaching football. Upon graduation, he worked for McCall’s magazine as the director of marketing and research for numerous publications. 

In his free time, Onorati builds furniture, enjoys architecture and writes his own poetry and children’s novels. He is fluent in Spanish and plays the accordion.

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