Mario Lopez is an actor and television host, best known for portraying A.C. Slater ins ‘Saved by the Bell’ and for hosting the American version of ‘The X Factor.’ He began his career in 1984, and due to his success, it is now estimated that Mario Lopez’s net worth is now $25 million. Here is how this actor and television host accrued his wealth.
Mario Lopez’ Early Life
According to Wikipedia, Mario Lopez was born in San Diego on October 10, 1973. From a young age, Lopez showed talent as an entertainer, and he began dancing lessons at the age of just three. He also had talents in many other areas and took classes in karate, tumbling, and wrestling. His talents as a wrestler led to him representing his high school wrestling team, and he was also an amateur wrestler for Chula Vista.
His Career in Film and Television
Lopez began his career when he was just ten years old. A talent agent discovered Lopez when he was performing in a dance recital. As a child, he appeared in many television commercials and print advertisements before landing his first role in a television series. His first acting role in a television series was in the comedy ‘a.k.a. Pablo’ in 1984. Later in the same year, he was cast in ‘Kids Incorporated.’ Lopez also had several other small roles in television series and films during the mid-80s. However, it was when Lopez was cast in ‘Saved by the Bell’ in the role of A.C. Slater in 1989 that he rose in prominence. He was in this series from 1989 to 1993, although his run of playing the character continued beyond that period, as he was then in ‘Saved by the Bell: The College Years’ from 1993 to 1994.
While appearing in ‘Save by the Bell,’ Lopez also landed his first television hosting job. In 1992, he hosted ‘Name Your Adventure,’ ‘Top Pop Group,’ and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew.’ He then hosted the second season of ‘Masters of the Maze’ between 1995 and 1996. The following year, Lopez landed the starring role in the television movie ‘Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story.’ He went on to have several small roles in television series throughout the late 1990s. Lopez’s television hosting career continued into the early 2000s when he hosted ‘The Other Half’ and ‘Pet Star.’ He has since hosted multiple television shows, including ‘H8R’ and ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.’
In 2008, Lopez was cast in the American daytime soap opera ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ in the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. However, he was released from his contract with the soap opera later in the same year, although he later guest-starred on the series in a different role. Although he is best known for his television appearances, Lopez has also provided voices for both film and television. For television series, he has provided the voices for Stitches in ‘The Chica Show’ and Cruz in ‘Elena of Avalor.’ In films, he has provided the voices for Social Smurf in both ‘the Smurfs 2’ and ‘Get Smurfy,’ and for various characters in direct-to-video films. Most recently, he provided the voice for Briar in the English version of the 2019 film ‘Fantastica: A Boonie Bears Adventure.’
In addition to his acting roles, Mario Lopez has also appeared as a contestant in the televised dancing competition ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ He took part in the third season of the series in 2006, and he was partnered with Karina Smirnoff. Lopez and Smirnoff finished in second place in the competition. Lopez has also appeared in a reality television series called ‘Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby,’ which aired on VH1 between 2010 and 2011, says IMDb. The series followed him and his daughter as he adapted to fatherhood. One of Lopez’s most recent project is ‘The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia,’ which aired for the first time in 2020. Not only does he play the role of Nico in the series, but he is also the co-creator and executive producer of the series. He is also continuing to host ‘Access Hollywood,’ which he has hosted since 2019, and he has appeared in several television series.
Although he is best known for his film and television acting career, Mario Lopez has also had a role in a stage production. He played Zach in the 2008 Broadway production of ‘A Chorus Line.’ He has also ventured outside the world of entertainment, as he has written three non-fiction books. His first non-fiction book ‘Mario Lopez Knockout Fitness’ was written in collaboration with Jeff O’Connell, and it was released in 2008. Lopez then released another two fitness books, followed by Lopez has also released a children’s book called ‘Mario and Baby Gia.’ It is a book about himself and his daughter, and the book was released in 2011.
Mario Lopez’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mario Lopez’s net worth is $25 million. Mario Lopez has accrued most of his wealth through his acting career in both film and television, and through his work as a television host. However, he has also made money through his stage appearances and writing four books. As his career continues, Lopez has the potential to build his fortune further.
His Personal Life
Mario Lopez has been married twice. His first wife was actress and model Ali Landry. They dated for six years before marrying in 2004. However, their marriage was annulled after just two weeks, and Lopez later admitted that this was because Landry discovered he had cheated on her at his bachelor party. Lopez then dated professional dancer Karina Smirnoff for two years. In 2008, Lopez met dancer Courtney Mazza, and their daughter, Gia, was born two years later. The couple married in Mexico in 2012. They now also have two sons, who were born in 2013 and 2019.
Written by Allen Lee
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