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Rick's is half Puerto Rican and half Dominican. His parents met in New York City where they married. They settled down in the borough of Brooklyn where they raised Rick. There, he attended elementary and Jr. high school. Ever since he was a young child, Rick would put on improvised "shows" for his family and participate in all of his school's plays. His teachers were instrumental in convincing Rick to apply and try out for the High School of the Performing Arts, of which the movie Fame was based on, in Manhattan. He did as suggested and was accepted. In 1997, he graduated and began to pursue a career in acting.
Rick started his acting career in New York where he landed a small role in the made for television movie "Thicker Than Blood" (1998) as "Sanchez". In 1999, he made his feature movie debut as "Ricky" in the movie "Mambo Cafe", which was released in the year 2000. He followed that by participating in the film "Prince of Central Park" (2000) before heading for Los Angeles, California.
In Hollywood, he landed a small part as a gangbanger in the 2001 film "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles". His reputation as an actor started to grow with the roles of "Rudy Bonilla" in "The Rookie", starring Dennis Quaid and as the sex-crazed "Primo" in the 2003 movie "Biker Boyz". In 2005, he played the role of "Timo Cruz" in the movie Coach Carter. Rick also appeared in Twista's video "Hope", which is the lead single off the Coach Carter movie soundtrack.
Among the other movies in which Rick has participated in are the 2003 comedy "Old School", alongside Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. "Laurel Canyon" (2003) as "Wyett" and "Subway Cafe" (2004) as "Vincent Young".
Rick Gonzalez is currently in the productions of "Roll Bounce" and "War of the Worlds".
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