J.W. Cortes is an award-winning Marine-combat-veteran-turned-actor, singer, filmmaker and activist. As an actor, he trained in New York City at the world renowned William Esper Studio under highly regarded teacher Terry Knickerbocker. He is best known for originating his recurring role as "Detective Carlos Alvarez" on the FOX prime-time hit-series GOTHAM.
In 2012 he worked as an Operative on NBC's fierce reality television show, "Stars Earn Stripes" alongside Chris Kyle (American Sniper), Grady Powell (Ultimate Survival Alaska), Dale Comstock (American Badass), Tom Stroup (SWAT Commander), Andrew McLaren (Chrome Underground), Talon Smith (Force Recon) and Brent Gleeson (Navy Seal). During the run of the show he had the pleasure of training, mentoring, and executing training missions with celebrities, the likes of Terry Crews, Laila Ali, Dean Cain and Todd Palin.
As an avid activist, he helps to not only raise awareness but also much needed funding for various charities and organizations that include Autism Speaks, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. In partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, J.W. Cortes joined legendary Pink Floyd's Roger Waters on stage at Madison Square Garden to help raise over six million dollars. Rolling Stone Magazine described his performance as "Stunning!" saying he sounded like a mixture of a young Marvin Gaye and John Legend.
He is the proud father of two boys, a lucky husband and loving owner of an American-Bulldog named Blue.
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