Actor Emilio Rivera grew up in an impoverished neighborhood and struggled with recklessness in his youth. He turned his life around when he found his love for the stage, and he started honing his craft and improv skills on comedy club stages. However, he found discipline and true passion through the art of acting.
A few of his most notable films include Traffic, Street Kings and Collateral starring opposite Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise, A Man Apart starring opposite Vin Diesel and in Nick Lyon’s Bullet opposite Danny Trejo. He also starred in Venom with Tom Hardy; Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara and in Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell. Rivera will next be seen in Flamin’ Hot, the story of how Flamin’ Hot Cheetos became a global phenomenon, starring Tony Shalhoub and directed by Eva Longoria, which will be released this summer.
In television, Rivera is best known for playing the starring role of “Marcus Alvarez” on FX’s smash hit series Sons of Anarchy, and reprised the role as a series regular for its spin-off Mayans M.C.
His recurring roles include Amazon’s Hand of God and SyFy’s zombie apocalypse series Z Nation, where he plays “Hector ‘Escorpion’ Alvarez,” just to name a few. Most recently, he recurred on the hit Netflix series On My Block and BET’s The Family Business. In addition, Rivera has begun developing one of his own feature film projects.