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Héctor Elizondo is a Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actor. He was credited with voicing Wan Shi Tong in one episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender and one episode of The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Wan Shi Tong

Character information: Wan Shi Tong

The Legend of Korra credits

Wan Shi Tong

Character information: Wan Shi Tong

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Filmography

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Biographical information

Personal life

Elizondo was born in New York City, the son of Carmen Medina Reyes from Puerto Rico and Martin Echevarria Elizondo of Basque descent. At a young age, Elizondo demonstrated a talent in sports and music. He sang for the Frank Murray Boys' Choir when he was ten years old. Upon graduating from junior high school in 1951, he enrolled in the High School of the Performing Arts; he also attended a regular public high school where he excelled in basketball and baseball and was scouted by both the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1954, Elizondo enrolled in City College of New York with the intention of becoming a history teacher. During his freshman year he became a father, dropping out of college and going to work full-time in order to support his family. He later divorced and gained full custody of his son, Rodd. He and his wife Carolee Campbell, an Emmy-Award winning actress, photographer, and celebrated publisher, live in Sherman Oaks, California.

Career

From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall and in 1963 he landed parts in two Off-Broadway shows, Kill the One-Eyed Man and The Great White Hope. His first major success came when he played God in guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in the play Steambath. He provided the voice of Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall, and their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. In some of the movies in which Elizondo appeared, such as Pretty Woman, he desired to remain uncredited, but Marshall insisted on crediting him; his role in Pretty Woman only lasted ten minutes, but it led to his receiving a Golden Globe nomination. Elizondo has participated in over eighty movies, twelve of which have been Marshall's.

In 2001, he played Renaldi's head of security, Joe, in the movie The Princess Diaries, and he reprised the role in the sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which was made in 2004.

He also provided the voice of Kragger in Justice League and reprised the role in Justice League Unlimited.

Awards

  • 2010: Won a Prism Award for Monk (Performance in a Comedy Series)
  • 2006: Won a Temecula Valley International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2000: Won an ALMA Award for Chicago Hope (Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series)
  • 1998: Won an ALMA Award for Borrowed Hearts (Outstanding Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series)
  • 1997: Won a Primetime Emmy Award for Chicago Hope (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

Trivia

  • He has appeared in so many Garry Marshall films that his credit in the beginning of the 1994 film Exit to Eden was "As Usual... Hector Elizondo".
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