Jacob Vargas started his acting career at the age of 12, after he was discovered breakdancing in a schoolyard. His first stint as an actor was a brief appearance as a breakdancer on the hit TV show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978). In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work in both Allison Anders' Mi vida loca (1993) and Gregory Nava's My Family (1995).
Jacob has starred in films such as Selena (1997), Get Shorty (1995), American Me (1992), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and the cult favorite Next Friday (2000) and Traffic (2000), which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award and another ALMA Award. Jacob has also starred in John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix (2004) and Jarhead (2005).
In 2006, Jacob appeared in 3 other films, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, the historical drama-Bobby, and Alex Rivera's sci-fi political love story, The Sleep Dealer.
In 2001 Jacob starred in the independent film Road Dogz(2000), in which he was also the excutive producer. He also co-produced and starred in the stage play "Latinologues", which ran on Broadway in 2005.
Jacob is not satisfied with being labeled as just an actor. He has also been focusing his talents on writing and producing. Through his Third Son Production company he is currently developing several feature film and television projects.
Jacob is currently married and has 1 child.
Jacob Vargas' Scores
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|Journey of a Female Comic||May 2, 2014||Himself||tbd|
|Heaven Is for Real||Apr 16, 2014||Michael||4.5|
|Cesar Chavez||Mar 28, 2014||Richard Chavez||5.2|
|Devil||Sep 17, 2010||Cast / Ramirez||6.5|
|Sleep Dealer||Apr 17, 2009||Rudy||6.9|
|Death Race||Aug 22, 2008||Gunner||6.8|
|The Wendell Baker Story||May 18, 2007||Reyes Morales||6.8|
|Are We Done Yet?||Apr 4, 2007||Mike The Plumber||3.7|
|The Hills Have Eyes II||Mar 23, 2007||Crank||4.8|
|Flight of the Phoenix||Dec 17, 2004||Sammi||6.4|
|Traffic||Dec 27, 2000||Manolo Sanchez||8.2|
|Next Friday||Jan 12, 2000||Joker||8.0|
|Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Apr 25, 1997||Ramon||8.0|
|Selena||Mar 21, 1997||Abie Quintanilla||8.7|
|Get Shorty||Oct 25, 1995||Yayo Portillo||8.2|