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Jonathan Del Arco
Star Trek: Picard marks Jonathan Del Caro's return to the role of Hugh, an iconic fan favorite from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Television audiences most recently saw him as Dr. Fernando Morales, a role that spanned ten years over the course of two series The Closer and Major Crimes on TNT. Other memorable appearances on film and television include Nip/Tuck, The DA, The Sopranos, 24, Doll House, American Dreams, Crossing Jordan, Huff, The Division, First Monday, Sisters, Grosse Pointe, Star Trek: Voyager, Pearl, The Mommies, The Wonder Years, Blossom, Boy Meets World, Miami Vice, NCIS, and The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams.
Del Arco was born in Uruguay and came to the United States at the age of 10 where his family settled in Port Chester, a suburb of New York City. He learned English by watching TV sometimes deep into the night dozing off to Star Trek (Original Series) reruns. With the dream of becoming an actor as a kid he would ride the trains to the city and spend his days in acting classes and at Broadway shows. Foregoing college at 18 he joined the company of the Broadway hit Torch Song Trilogy and toured the country along with Golden Girls' Estelle Getty. Many other Broadway and off Broadway plays followed before Del Arco settled in Los Angeles to pursue work on television and film.
As a passionate activist on behalf of LGBT rights, immigrant's rights, anti-bullying efforts, and the environment, he served as a campaign surrogate for President Barack Obama and Sec. Hillary Clinton and is a sought after public speaker. He has shared his coming out story and childhood as an immigrant and survivor of bullying and discrimination at the first pride event at FBI Headquarters, the 2012 Democratic Convention, The Human Rights Campaign, and throughout corporate America.
Del Arco has an upcoming podcast called Hollywood Caucus where he will interview actors and industry insiders on their work, political leanings, and activism.