Mauricio Mendoza was born in Davis, California to a Colombian mother from Pasto and father from Bogota. After his birth, his parents returned to Bogotá, and to Cartagena for a few years. In 1982 at the age of 12, his family relocated to Davis, CA where he lived till 1987. Mauricio then moved to San Diego where he got his Bachelors in Musical Theater from the United States International University, his masters from the University of San Diego and the Old Globe Professional Actor Training Program.
Once he graduated, he decided to pursue everything from theater, commercials, television, film, to print and voiceovers. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 where his versatility, and bilingual skills allowed him to maintain constant work in all mediums. Mauricio has been part of four groundbreaking Latino based television shows including being series regular in Sony Tristar/Telemundo’s "Angeles", Showtime’s "Ressurrection Blvd", CineLatino/Netflix "El Desconocido", and Stage 13/Warner Bros "La Quinceanera". His most recent roles include work on Adam Ruins Everything ,The Rookie , East Los High, Hacienda Heights, Criminal Minds, The last Man On Earth, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS, 24, Larceny, Crave The Fast Life, Blow with Johnny Depp, Seized with Scott Adkins.
In 2008 Mauricio became interested in working as producer. In an assertive move to change things up in Hollywood and to be able to create his own opportunities he became the executive producer and producer of the Imagen Award winning 13 episode web series “Encounters” along with Miguel Torres. Mauricio’s production credits include films, music videos, shorts and web series including After School, Fighting Chance, SinVerguenzas, El Contratista, IntoleranceNo More. The Music videos include The Power Of One, Recuperar and Come Get it.He also produced several film shorts, such as It Can Only be Used Once, From Now On, Between the Lights, One, Him and Her, and The Real Faces of Dialysis. He is a part owner of True Form Films, a production company he runs with wife Yeniffer Behrens and DeWayne Cox. His goal is to build True Form Films to be a self-sufficient production company that is able to produce content all year around.
In addition to film, Mauricio has over 50 theater credits including a very successful run of Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire. This stage production ran at the South Coast Repertory Theater for two months and then headed to Chicago at the Goodman. His most notable theater performances include playing Bernardo in West Side Story, Guido in Nine, Juan Julián in Anna In The Tropics, Kevin Rosario in In The Heights, Cinderella's Prince in Into The Woods, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Magaldi in Evita. His charitable work includes fundraising and visits to Casa Hogar orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.
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