Last Man Stand­ing

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At 79, ac­tor Hec­tor El­i­zondo has seen and done it all, which makes play­ing busi­ness­man Ed Alzate on sit­com Last Man Stand­ing (2011-cur­rent) a plea­sure. And like his young-at-heart char­ac­ter, Hec­tor loves a good laugh: “What do I love about Ed? You never know when there’s go­ing to be frontal nu­dity…”

De­spite a 53-year ca­reer, Hec­tor 1

wasn’t go­ing to be an ac­tor. As a teen, he was scouted by Amer­i­can football team the New York Gi­ants and mi­nor league baseball team the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates. He tore lig­a­ments in his knee danc­ing and was forced to give up sports. So he took up theatre.

He went to the City Col­lege Of 2

New York in 1954 and wanted to be­come a his­tory teacher, but he had to drop out and find work to sup­port his baby son Rodd af­ter his girl­friend at the time aban­doned them both.

Hec­tor’s act­ing jobs started com3

ing in by 1964 but he re­fused to play stereo­typ­i­cal Mex­i­can druglo­rds and hit­men. “I didn’t be­come an ac­tor to be pi­geon-holed,” he says. “For­tu­nately, I have a neu­tral-look­ing face and can play any na­tion­al­ity.”

His shiny ca­reer hid a trou­bled 4

per­sonal life in the late ’60s when he had to care for his ail­ing mom and dad Car­men Medina Reyes and Martín Echevar­ría, who both suf­fered from Alzheimer’s dis­ease. “I was tak­ing care of my fa­ther, who was tak­ing care of my mother. I watched him start to sink, so I started to give him more at­ten­tion.” They passed away in the mid-’70s.

That suf­fer­ing helped him per­fect 5

his “sad man” roles, like Dr Phillip Wat­ters in med­i­cal drama Chicago Hope (1994-2000). And while he loves play­ing up­beat Ed, Hec­tor adds, “I’m at­tracted to pathos, I’ve had a lot of it.”

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