stars as "Dr. Neven Bell
" in the USA Network original series Monk
Award-winning actor Elizondo has a successful career spanning 40 years that includes film, television, theater and radio. In 1997, Elizondo won an Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
for his portrayal of Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS series Chicago Hope
, where he also earned four Emmy
nominations. Elizondo was also nominated for both a Golden Globe
and American Comedy Award
for his portrayal of the hotel manager in Pretty Woman
. Most recently, he starred with Jimmy Smits in the CBS series Cane
. Elizondo is one of those rare actors who continue to move back and forth freely between starring roles on Broadway, television and feature films.
Elizondo's other film credits include Love In The Time of Cholera
, The Music Within
, Young Doctors in Love
, The Flamingo Kid
, Nothing in Common
, Runaway Bride
, American Gigolo
, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
, Tortilla Soup
and both Princess Diaries I & II
A native New Yorker, Elizondo first gained recognition on the New York stage for his portrayal of God in "Steambath," which earned him an Obie Award
. High praise followed for his Broadway roles in Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue," "The Great White Hope," "Sly Fox," for which he received a Drama Desk Award
nomination, and the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price" alongside Eli Wallach at the Roundabout Theatre.
Elizondo's numerous television appearances began with guest starring roles on Columbo
, All in the Family
. He quickly moved on to star opposite such leading ladies as Michelle Pffeifer, Sophia Loren and Anne Bancroft. He received another Best Supporting Actor nomination for his riveting performance opposite Bancroft in the two-character drama Mrs. Cage
for PBS's acclaimed series American Playhouse
. He has also done many voice-overs, including Ken Burn's critically acclaimed PBS documentary series, The West
and served as the host of the CBS special, Mysterious Man of the Shroud
. Elizondo is involved in the prestigious LA Theatre Works, a group of 40 top actors who are devoting their time and talent to reinstating classic radio drama as a contemporary art form for National Public Radio (NPR).
Elizondo recently received the Diversity Award's prestigious Integrity Award
as well as Nosotros' Lifetime Achievement Award
for the quality of roles he has chosen during his career. He is often asked to be a guest speaker and serve as a role model for children, and is an avid supporter of several charitable organizations including The Alzheimer's Association, Amnesty International, The American Cancer Society and Pediatric Aids.
Elizondo is an accomplished musician and singer, performing on the conga, flute and guitar. He and his wife Carolee Campbell, an Emmy-Award
winning actress, photographer and celebrated publisher, live in Sherman Oaks, CA.