Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Gustavo El Oso Zapata | Snowfall | FX



Sergio Peris-Mencheta

Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata

Sergio Peris-Mencheta stars as “Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata,” a Mexican wrestler turned enforcer in search of his American dream.

An outsider since birth, he has struggled his whole life to find somewhere to belong. This season, he will find new purpose working alongside Teddy, who needs Gustavo's help finding new routes to bring cocaine into the United States.

Renowned Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta can be seen later this year playing the chief antagonist in the feature Rambo V: Last Blood directed by Adrian Grunberg, starring opposite Sylvester Stallone. Peris-Mencheta previously starred in Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself, opposite Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas and Olivia Wilde, as well as in Love Ranch (directed by Taylor Hackford) opposite Helen Mirren and in the box office smash Resident Evil: Afterlife. In Europe, amongst other projects, he is known for his work in His Majesty Minor directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and The Borgia. Peris-Mencheta is also a passionate theater actor and director who has won a Max Award (the equivalent of a Tony Award® in Spain) for Best Theater Play in 2014.

Peris-Mencheta has slowly become one of Hollywood’s most well-recognized Spanish actors. He began his acting career with the Spanish sleeper hit series Al salir de clase, alongside fellow breakout Spanish stars Elsa Pataky, Alejo Sauras and Hugo Silva. Afterwards, he appeared in several series including Robles, investigador and Lobos while also working on Spanish films such as Jara, The Art of Dying and Less is More. He was also nominated by the Unión de Actores for his roles in Tierra de lobos and Isabel.

All the while, Peris-Mencheta has had a deep passion for directing and acting in theatrical productions, including Romeo and Juliet, Incrementum and Continuidad de los parques. In 2014 he won the Max Award for Best Director for his production of Un trozo invisible de este mundo.