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For some actors, being consistently cast as a police officer, detective or security guard would start to feel troublesome and limiting. But for veteran character actor Geoffrey Rivas, who played dozens of such authoritative figures in everything from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15) to "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), his naturally gruff demeanor and imposing physique made him a natural fit for characters on the enforcement side of the law. And while he often played tough guys in projects such as the gang drama "Blood In, Blood Out" (1993), Rivas also drew on his Latino heritage in a number of smaller roles. Aside from his TV debut in "Glory Years" (HBO, 1987), the UCLA graduate portrayed a bandleader in the Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" (1987) and a gay theater director's flamboyant confidant in "Moe" (2008), which he also co-produced. His name may not have been all that familiar, but Geoffrey Rivas' under-the-radar talent was. As an outgoing child, Rivas grew up entertaining his family with impressions and original characters. He was so committed to his dream of becoming an actor that in 1985 he graduated from the prestigious UCLA drama school with an MFA. He landed his...

For some actors, being consistently cast as a police officer, detective or security guard would start to feel troublesome and limiting. But for veteran character actor Geoffrey Rivas, who played dozens of such authoritative figures in everything from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15) to "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), his naturally gruff demeanor and imposing physique made him a natural fit for characters on the enforcement side of the law. And while he often played tough guys in projects such as the gang drama "Blood In, Blood Out" (1993), Rivas also drew on his Latino heritage in a number of smaller roles. Aside from his TV debut in "Glory Years" (HBO, 1987), the UCLA graduate portrayed a bandleader in the Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" (1987) and a gay theater director's flamboyant confidant in "Moe" (2008), which he also co-produced. His name may not have been all that familiar, but Geoffrey Rivas' under-the-radar talent was.

As an outgoing child, Rivas grew up entertaining his family with impressions and original characters. He was so committed to his dream of becoming an actor that in 1985 he graduated from the prestigious UCLA drama school with an MFA. He landed his first acting job, the HBO gambling comedy "Glory Years," just two years later, and began working steadily on both the big and small screens. In 1987 he played a fictional bandleader in the well-received "La Bamba," which chronicled the tragically short life of singer Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips), and spent the next several years in supporting roles on shows such as the cop drama "Jake and the Fatman" (CBS, 1987-1992) and the glittery nighttime soap "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993).

After being cast as a low-level gang member in the brother-against-brother drama "Blood In, Blood Out," Rivas became even more in demand, appearing in four or five projects a year. Beginning in 2001, he portrayed Sam Vega, a gang unit detective turned forensic foot soldier, on the popular CBS procedural "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." When he wasn't busy chasing criminals in Las Vegas, Rivas was cornering them in Washington, D.C. on "The District" (CBS, 2000-04) and in Albuquerque on "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). In 2008 Rivas branched out into producing with the musical drama "Moe," an adaptation of a play focused on the last days and delusions of a theater director dying of AIDS. He later returned to the familiar blue uniform with a two-episode stint as a wary detective on the first blood-soaked season of FX's critically-acclaimed "American Horror Story."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Walk of Shame (2014)
3.
 Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Head Mover
4.
 My Sister's Keeper (2002) Jay
5.
 Running Red (2000) Diaz
6.
 My Little Assassin (1999) Camilo Cienfuegos
7.
 Luminarias (1999) Carlos/ Carmela
8.
 Thirteenth Floor, The (1999) Security Guard
9.
 Lake, The (1998) Chief Ramirez
10.
 Eye for An Eye (1996) Hispanic Housewife'S Husband
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1987:
Made TV debut in the network movie "Glory Years"
1987:
Cast as a bandleader in "La Bamba"
1993:
Featured in "Blood In, Blood Out"
2001:
Cast as a forensic detective on CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
2008:
Produced and starred in the musical drama "Moe"
2011:
Featured on FX's "American Horror Story"
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Education

University of California (UCLA): -

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