Jon Huertas is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent. He is best known for his role as Sergeant Antonio 'Poke' Espera in HBO's Generation Kill, Joe Negroni in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle.
Huertas's acting career started in 1993 when he played an uncredited part in the The Webbers.
In 1998, Huertas portrayed Joe Negroni in the romantic drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love alongside such stars as Halle Berry, Paul Mazursky, and Ben Vereen. In 1999, he appeared in two films: the horror movie Cold Hearts and the action movie Stealth Fighter. In the 2000s, he appeared in many films, but his biggest role was in television in 2008 as Sergeant Espera in HBO's miniseries Generation Kill about the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
From 1998 to 1999, Huertas played the role of Antonio in the television series Moesha. From 1999 to 2000, he played Brad, a witch hunter, in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Beginning in 2009, Huertas has starred in the role of Detective Esposito in ABC's police procedural Castle. In 2012, Huertas and his Castle co-star Stana Katic received the award for Performance in a Drama Episode at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards.
Huertas was elected to serve a one-year term, beginning September 25, 2010, as an alternate member of the National Board of Directors and as a member of the Hollywood Division Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild.
In June 2011, Huertas made his debut music video single called "Sex Is the Word".
Huertas, born Jon William Hofstedt, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and served for 8 years as a pararescue jumper and nuclear weapons technician. He participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.
Huertas married his long-term girlfriend, Nicole, in Tulum, Mexico on May 4, 2014.
|1996||Executive Decision||Sammy, Terrorist|
|1996||South Bureau Homicide||Officer #2|
|1998||Why Do Fools Fall in Love?||Joe Negroni|
|1999||Stealth Fighter||Lt. Bradley Elias|
|2000||Auggie Rose||Paramedic #1|
|2000||Picking Up the Pieces||Paulo||Credited as John Huertas|
|2000||A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story||Rafael|
|2001||Green Diggity Dog||Tim Porter|
|2006||Right at Your Door||Rick|
|2007||Making it Legal||Mike Carlton|
|2008||The Objective||Sergeant Vincent Degetau|
|2010||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Alberto|
|2012||Stash House||Ray Jaffe|
|1993||The Webbers||Pimp - Uncredited||One episode|
|1995||Beverly Hills, 90210||Peter Manguson||Episode: "Must Be a Guy Thing"|
|1997||JAG||Cayuga Helmsman and Ramirez||Episodes: "Cowboys & Cossacks" and "Vanished"|
|1998||Nash Bridges||Hustler||Episode: "Impostors"|
|1998–1999||Moesha||Antonio||Episodes: "Homecoming", "Teacher", "A Terrible Thing Happened on My Tour of College", "A Class Act Christmas", "Barking Up the Wrong Tree", "I Love Moesha", "Life Imitating Art", and "The Prom"|
|1999||St. Michael's Crossing||Unknown|
|1999||Time of Your Life||Unknown||Episode: "The Time They Threw That Party"|
|1999–2000||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Brad Alcerro||Episodes: "No Place Like Home", "Dream a Little Dreama Me", "Jealousy", "Spoiled Rotten", "The Phantom Menace", "Ice Station Sabrina", "Super Hero", "Salem's Daughter", "Dreama the Mouse", "The Four Faces of Sabrina", and "The End of an Era"|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Warren||One episode: "The Perfect Game"|
|2001||Resurrection Blvd.||Unknown||Episode: "Secretos, Mentiras, y Expectativas"|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Juan||Episode: "Less is Morte"|
|2002–2003||The Shield||Unknown||Episodes: "Two Days of Blood" (Uncredited) and "Homewrecker"|
|2004||The Division||Juan||Episode: "Bite Me"|
|2004||The Joe Schmo Show||T.J. "The Playah"||Episodes: "On with the Schmo", "A Bottle of Red, a Bottle of White", "The Crisis", vGuess Who's Coming to Dinner", "Porked and Beans", vRequiem for a Frog", "Cruiser", "T.J. Needs T.P" and "Finale"|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Manuel Rios||Episode: "Necessary Risks"|
|2005||Without a Trace||Luis Alvarez||Episode: "Neither Rain Nor Sleet"|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Psych Tech Leon Madera||Episode: "Committed"|
|2005||Cold Case||Carlos||Episode: "Saving Patrick Bubley"|
|2006||Invasion||National Guardsman||Episode: "Round Up"|
|2007||Prison Break||DeJesus||Episode: "Sona"|
|2008||Generation Kill||Sergeant Antonio "Poke" Espera||Episodes: "Get Some", "The Cradle of Civilization", "Screwby", "Combat Jack", "A Burning Dog", "Stay Frosty" and "Bomb in the Garden"|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Trevor||Episode: "Allison from Palmdale"|
|2008–2009||NCIS||Sergeant Jack Kale||Episodes: "Nine Lives" and "Caged" (uncredited)|
|2009||Dark Blue||Chavez||Episode: "O.I.S."|
|2009–2016||Castle||Javier Esposito||PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Episode in 2012.|
|2012||Chelsea Lately||Javier Esposito in Castle||Episode: Episode #6.187 (Himself playing his Castle character)|