Ricardo Antonio Chavira (born September 1, 1971 in Austin, Texas) is a Mexican American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Carlos Solis on Desperate Housewives.
Raised in San Antonio, Texas, he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School (San Antonio, Texas), now the Performing Arts School, and the University of the Incarnate Word. He is a '00 UC, San Diego Alumnus and received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the UC San Diego's Professional Actor Training Program in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. Since that time, he has worked in film, television and theatre.
Film credits include Touchstone's The Alamo
. Television credits prior to Desperate Housewives
include a series regular role on The Grubbs
, recurring roles on Six Feet Under
and The Division
, and guest star roles on Joan of Arcadia
, as well as NYPD Blue
and two other Steven Bochco
and City of Angels
. He also guest starred on ABC
's The George Lopez Show
Chavira starred in a production of Tracers at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and also starred in a co-production of Living Out.
In 2004, Chavira started to star in Desperate Housewives. He plays Carlos Solis.
Breast cancer advocate
Chavira is a supporter of breast cancer research, his mother, Elizabeth Ries Chavira died of breast and ovarian cancer when she was 43 years old.
Chavira is San Antonio's honorary spokesman for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and last June served as the National Team Captain for the Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C..
Chavira was the 2005 co-spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day breast cancer fundraiser.
Chavira has one son, Tomas Antonio Chavira, born in 2003, with Marcea Dietzel, whom he married September 22, 2007. Ricardo's wife, Marcea gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Belen Elysabeth Chavira, Monday, July 28, 2008 in San Antonio. Belen was born at 5:59pm and weighed 7 pounds 12 oz. The couple have been together for a long time but only married in 2007 in an ultra low-key ceremony in their Texas home, wearing pajamas. .
Son of Bexar County's Judge Juan Antonio Chavira.