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Juan Javier Cárdenas

Alejandro Usteves

Juan Javier Cárdenas plays “Alejandro Usteves,” a Nicaraguan Contra soldier and pilot fighting to reclaim the life that was taken from him by the Sandinistas. Alejandro's quest to help his cause leads him to Teddy, and the two of them embark upon the thorny path of financing an off-the-books revolution.

The first American-born son of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Florida native Juan Javier Cárdenas has amassed a diverse body of work in television, film, regional theatre and New York City Off-Off-Broadway plays. Cárdenas has played varied roles on NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Frequency, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Blue Bloods among other programs.

In theatre, Cárdenas starred in Melinda Lopez's Becoming Cuba and Jose Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted, both at The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, as well as Eduardo Machado's Havana Journal, 2004 in New York City.

Cárdenas received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Florida State University Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He is an avid musician, having played and recorded music with numerous bands for many years in Florida, New York and California, playing electric and upright bass, guitar and ukulele. Outside of work, Cárdenas continues to enjoy living in Southern California, reading on the life and death of cities (and other subjects), watching classic films, photography and studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.