Emilio Rivera guest stars as “Marcus Alvarez,” El Padrino and founder of Mayans M.C. Marcus left his kutte behind to use his ruthlessness as a shot caller for the Galindo empire.
Growing up in a rough and impoverished neighborhood, Rivera turned to wild and reckless behavior during his teen and young adult years. However, he found discipline and true passion through the art of acting. After years of hard work and perseverance, he has become a well-known name in the industry, and his resume continues to grow.
A few of Rivera's most notable films include Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning film Traffic and David Ayer’s Street Kings with Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie. Rivera also played “Paco the Hitman” in Michael Mann’s Collateral, opposite Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. Additional credits include F. Gary Gray’s A Man Apart, opposite Vin Diesel, High Crimes opposite Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, and Nick Lyon’s Bullet opposite Danny Trejo. More recently, he can also be seen in the film Venom and in El Chicano.
In television, he has recurred heavily on the FOX series Gang Related and on Showtime’s Weeds. Rivera recently wrapped his recurring role on the new hit Netflix series On My Block for a second season.
Rivera’s hard work and dedication to his career have allowed him to juggle recurring roles on both Amazon’s Hand of God and the SyFy channel’s zombie apocalypse series, Z Nation, in which he plays “Hector ‘Escorpion’ Alvarez.” He can also be seen on the second season of Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners and in the films 48 Hours to Live with James Maslow and Tommy Flanagan, Badsville opposite Robert Knepper and Loca with Danay Garcia. In addition, Rivera has begun developing one of his own feature film projects.