- Anthony Michael Ruivivar
November 04, 1970 (age 50)
- Yvonne Jung
Anthony Michael Ruivivar (born November 4, 1970) is an American actor known for his portrayal of FDNY paramedic Carlos Nieto in the TV series Third Watch, and other law enforcement roles in different TV series.
Ruivivar was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a musician father. In January 1998 he married actress Yvonne Jung, who would later appear in seasons 5 and 6 (2003–2005) of Third Watch as FDNY EMS Paramedic Holly Levine. In the show, Ruivivar and Jung's characters became a couple and got married in the series finale. In real life they have 2 children; son Kainoa was born on August 28, 2002 (age 10) and daughter Levi was born on May 3, 2006 (age 7).
Ruivivar's father is of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent and his mother is of German and Scottish descent. Given his physical appearance, Ruivivar usually portrays Hawaiian, Filipino or Latino characters. Ruivivar also speaks Spanish, and he used it in Third Watch. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University.
Ruivivar's early appearances include the films Race the Sun (1996) and a minor character in Starship Troopers (1997).
Ruivivar's breakthrough role came in 1999 as Carlos Nieto, a paramedic in the action/drama series Third Watch (1999–2005), which centers around the life of Police Officers, Paramedics, and Firemen of a fictional Precinct and Fire Station in New York City. In the show, Carlos was a Hawaiian born Filipino-American who was abandoned by his family and spent his youth in various foster homes. Carlos started as a cocky rookie, often clashing with his superior. Sometimes, he would display a presumptuous and uncaring attitude towards his patients, and other times he would act as a comic relief. He was the only paramedic to stay as a major character for the 6 seasons of the show.