biography

A native of South Texas, Ricardo Antonio Chavira was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, now the Performing Arts School, and Incarnate Word College. Chavira received his MFA from the highly regarded UC-San Diego’s Professional Actor Training Program in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter.

Since that time, he has worked consistently in all areas of the entertainment industry – film, television and theatre. He was most recently seen in “Piranha 3D”. His additional film credits include Touchstone’s “The Alamo” and several independent films. His television credits include a series regular role on “The Grubbs,” recurring roles on “Six Feet Under” and “The Division,” and guest starring roles on “Monk,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Kingpin,” “24,” “George Lopez Show” and “JAG,” as well as “NYPD Blue” and two other Steven Bochco series, “Philly” and “City of Angels.” He also co-starred in the A&E film, “Kings of South Beach.” He is currently working on his seventh season of “Desperate Housewives”.

He starred in a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” this summer at The Guthrie Theater. He has also starred in “Tracers” at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and has worked at some of the country’s top regional theatres, including the La Jolla Playhouse in “Dogeaters,” the San Diego Rep in “Bandido,” and the Seattle Rep & Missouri Rep, where he starred in a co-production of “Living Out.” He is a well known advocate in the fight against Breast Cancer, a cause that became highly personal to him at the age of 15, when he lost his own mother to breast and ovarian cancer. He has worked closely with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Support Community to raise awareness of the effects of the disease and importance of finding a cure. His greatest achievement and honor, however, were the births of his son, Tomas Antonio, in 2003, and daughter, Belen Elysabeth, in 2008.