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Erik Estrada

Officier Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello in CHiPs

Photos Erik Estrada Birth name: Henry Enrique Estrada
Birth date: 1949/03/16 (73 years old)
Birth place : New-York (USA)
Height: 1.79 m

French Traduire

Biography for Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada (born March 16, 1949) is a Puerto Rican actor who reached considerable fame as Francis "Ponch" Poncherello, a California Highway Patrol cop, on the 1977-1983 US television series CHiPs.

Estrada became a teen idol during the era, appearing on the cover of Tiger Beat and other publications. This allegedly caused the jealousy of one of his CHiPs co-workers, and the series was cancelled after six seasons.

In the 1970 Hollywood production of "The Cross and The Switchblade", Erik played the role of Nicky Cruz alongside actor/singer Pat Boone who played the role of David Wilkerson.

In the 1980s, Estrada had little luck trying to get back into television or movies, but in the 1990s he made a comeback: He played Johnny, a Tijuana trucker, in the Televisa telenovela Dos Mujeres, un Camino. He earned one million dollars for that work and became famous again.

In 2001 he made a brief comeback, playing a principal in Hilary Duff's tv show, Lizzie McGuire. He has also had a regular role doing voice work for the Cartoon Network show Sealab 2021, which also gave him the opportunity to parody himself. The show has featured several CHiPs homages and his character, First Mate Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is played as a stereotypical Latin macho-man. Estrada also appears in a long-running series of infomercials, selling property in Siskiyou County, California.

He has also often been seen in music videos and most recently appeared 2004 in Eminem's music video Just Lose it


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Title Role
Code Black (2005) (announced)
Taylor Made (2005) (TV) William Santos
Maya & Miguel (2004) TV Series (voice) Senor Felipe
Destroying America (2001) (V)
UP, Michigan! (2001) Edward Manchester
Sealab 2021 (2000) TV Series (voice) Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Diego Garcia Marquez
Oliver Twisted (2000) Dr. Castaneda
King Cobra (1999) Bernie Alvarez
CHiPs '99 (1998) (TV) Officer Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello
Lost In Hollywood (1998) (V)
The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1998) Joe
Shattered Dreams (1998) Fredrick
Noi siamo angeli (1997) (mini) TV Series Graciano
Panic in the Skies! (1996) (TV) Ethan Walker
Visions (1996) Detctive Francisco Moreno
The Final Goal (1995) Rameriez
The Misery Brothers (1995) Erik Estrada
American Adventure (1994) TV Series Host
Juana la Cubana (1994)
Dos mujeres, un camino (1993) TV Series Juan Daniel Villegas 'Johnny'
Angel Eyes (1993) Johnny Ventura
Extralarge: Gonzales' Revenge (1993) (TV) Gonzales
Tuesday Never Comes (1993) Mecelli
Spirits (1992) Father Anthony Vicci
The Naked Truth (1992) Gonzales
The Sounds of Silence (1992)
Noleul bola america (1991) Billy's Father
Earth Angel (1991) (TV) Duke
The Divine Enforcer (1991)
Do or Die (1991) Richard Estaban
Extralarge: Cannonball (1991) (TV) Gonzales
The Image Workshop (1991) TV Series Host
The Last Riders (1991) Johnny
Night of the Wilding (1990) Joseph
Twisted Justice (1990) Commander Gage
A Show of Force (1990) Machado
Guns (1990) Juan Degas/Jack of Diamonds
The Lost Idol (1990)
She Knows Too Much (1989) (TV) Jimmy Alvarez
Alien Seed (1989) Dr. Stone
Caged Fury (1989) Victor
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988) (TV) Carmine D'Agostino
Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure (1988)
Hour of the Assassin (1987) Martin Fierro
Rosa salvaje (1987) TV Series
Pentito, Il (1985) Lercara
Colpi di luce (1985)
Grandpa, Will You Run with Me? (1983) (TV)
Solo corazón, Un (1983) TV Series Luis
Where Is Parsifal? (1983) Henry Board II
Honeyboy (1982) (TV) Rico 'Honeyboy' Ramirez
The Line (1980) Chico
CHiPs (1977) TV Series Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello
Fire! (1977) (TV) Frank
Midway (1976) (uncredited) Pilot Ramos
Trackdown (1976) Chucho
The Demon and the Mummy (1976) Pepe Torres
The Quest: The Longest Drive (1976) (TV) Santos
Airport 1975 (1974) Julio
The New Centurions (1972) Sergio
Parades (1972) Chicano
The Ballad of Billie Blue (1972) Justin
The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) Nicky Cruz


Played in a Mexican "telenovela" (soap opera) in the early '90's. Unlike many characters he's played, Estrada doesn't speak Spanish, so his lines were fed to him over an earphone during production.

Has his own Official Website that he and his wife answer all their fans emails and talk with them on the forum.

Is the face of D.A.R.E. an organization for a drug-free america.

Is a spokesperson for Smoke Signals Communications.

Left "CHiPs" in the fall of 1981 over a contract salary dispute with NBC & was briefly replaced by 1976 Olympic Decathalon Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner.

appears as a motorist stopped by 2 chimpanzee motorcycle highway cops in "CHimPs", a Diet Dr. Pepper ad which is a send-up of his signature TV show "CHiPs" (NBC 1977-1983). [March 2002]

Once went to Thailand to attempt to circumvent the Screen Actors Guild and secure a sub-union job, the only work he could find.

Puerto Rican by ethnicity.

When he landed Johnny in "Dos Mujertes, Un Camino," he had to take 30 straight 8-hour days of Berlitz Spanish lessons before he could begin. Originally slated for 100 episodes, the show went to 400-plus episodes, became the biggest telenovela in Latin American history and revived Estrada's nowhere career.


Spouse : Nanette Mirkovich (20 September 1997 - present), Peggy Rowe (1985 - 1990) (divorced) 2 sons, Joyce Miller (1979 - 1980) (divorced) 1 stepson.

Daughter, Francesca Natalia, born 5 January 2000 in Burbank, CA

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest

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