Nestor Gastón Carbonell[1][2] (born December 1, 1967) is an American actor, known for portraying Richard Alpert in ABC's drama Lost and Mayor Anthony Garcia in the film The Dark Knight. He is also known for his role on the sitcom Suddenly Susan.

Early life

Carbonell was born in New York City to Cuban parents of Spanish (Catalan) descent.[3] He was raised Catholic.[4] His family moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where he attended The British School Caracas. Later on, he moved back to the United States, where he attended Deerfield Academy and went on to Harvard University in the late 1980s, graduating with a B.A. in English. His father is a business executive,[5] and is active in the Cuban community. Former professional baseball player Rafael Palmeiro is his cousin.

Acting career

Carbonell had recurring roles on Resurrection Blvd., The Tick, Strong Medicine, Kim Possible (as the voice of Señor Senior, Jr.), and Cold Case. He also guest-starred on Scrubs ("My Moment of Un-Truth"), House ("Cursed"), Day Break, and Monk. He also played the role of Luis Rivera on the show Suddenly Susan for four seasons.

Carbonell played Richard Alpert for seven episodes in the third season of Lost, and the mysteries surrounding his ageless character were heavily discussed among the fan community.[6] While producing the final episodes of the third season, Carbonell was cast in a starring role as Frank Duque on the new CBS series Cane. The writers modified their original story plan for the third season in anticipation for Carbonell's potential unavailability. Despite Carbonell's willingness to return to Lost, CBS president Nina Tassler ruled out another Lost guest appearance.[7] Cane was canceled during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, freeing Carbonell from his contract with CBS.[8] Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse said that Carbonell would reprise his role as Richard Alpert towards the end of the show's fourth season,[9] as a result of Cane's cancellation.[8] Carbonell made appearances in the episodes "Cabin Fever" and "There's No Place Like Home". Executive producer Carlton Cuse cited this as an unintended positive consequence of the strike.[9] Carbonell appeared in nine episodes of Lost's fifth season.[10] He was part of the main cast of Lost for its final Season 6.

In 2006 he appeared alongside Lost costar Matthew Fox as assassin Pasquale Acosta in the film Smokin' Aces. In 2008, he appeared as the mayor of Gotham City, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, the sequel to the 2005 film Batman Begins.[11] His wife, Shannon Kenny, was previously involved in a Batman project, voicing the character Inque in the Batman Beyond TV series.

In June 2010 it was announced that Carbonell would be joining the series Psych for at least several episodes playing Declan Rand, a criminal profiler.[12]

Personal life

Carbonell and his wife, Shannon Kenny, met while both were working on the movie Attention Shoppers.[13]

He is a practising Roman Catholic.[4]

Carbonell's dark eyelashes have been the topic of discussion, but interviews with both Carbonell and the producers of Lost have made it clear they are not enhanced by any form of makeup.[14] A short skit during the Lost panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 featured Carbonell allegedly applying eyeliner before throwing a Christian Bale-esque rant upon receiving the wrong color makeup from an assistant.[15] In addition, in the Psych episode "Shawn 2.0", Shawn makes a comments about Nestor's character as having dark eyelashes.

He is fluent in Spanish, a fact put to use in the sixth season episode of Lost, "Ab Aeterno", in which numerous scenes contain dialog mostly or solely in Spanish.


Year Film Role Notes
1996 Garage Sale Max
2000 Attention Shoppers Enrique Suarez
2001 Agua Dulce Octavio
Jack the Dog Jack the Dog
New Suits Alan
2002 The Laramie Project Moises
2003 Manhood Jack
2005 The Lost City Luis Fellove
2006 Smokin' Aces Pasquale Acosta "S.A. Gerald Diego"
2008 The Dark Knight Mayor Anthony Garcia
2010 Noah's Ark: The New Beginning Leeu
2011 Cristiada
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Stuart Carradine 1 episode
1992 Melrose Place Alex 1 episode
A Different World Malik Velasquez Faith, Hope, and Charity part 1 and part 2
1994 Good Advice Marco 1 episode
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice B.J. TV Movie
1996 The John Larroquette Show Felicio 1 episode
1998 Veronica's Closet Tony Tony 1 episode
Encore! Encore! Marly Morrow 1 episode
2000 Resurrection Blvd. Peter Terrano 6 episodes
Noriega: God's Favorite Major Giroldi TV Movie
1996–2000 Suddenly Susan Luis Rivera 93 episodes
2002 Static Shock Garcia 1 episode
Ally McBeal Miles Josephson 1 episode
2003 The Division Byron Johnson 1 episode
2001–2003 The Tick Batmanuel 9 episodes
2004 Monk Dalton Padron 1 episode
Scrubs Dr. Ramirez 1 episode
Century City Tom Montero 9 episodes
2005 Fertile Ground Gavin TV Movie
Justice League Unlimited El Diablo 1 episode
House Jeffrey Reilich 1 episode
2004–2006 Strong Medicine Jonas Ray 11 episodes
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Tito 1 episode
Commander in Chief Dr. Kyle Brock 1 episode
Cold Case Mike Valens 3 episodes
Day Break Eddie Reyes 1 episode
2007 Me, Eloise 1 episode
American Dragon: Jake Long Cupid 1 episode
Andy Barker, P.I. Dr. Cey 1 episode
2002–2007 Kim Possible Señor Senior Jr. 1 episode
2007 Cane Frank Duque 13 episodes
2007–2010 Lost Richard Alpert 34 episodes
2008–2010 The Penguins of Madagascar Savio the Boa 1 episode
2010 Psych Declan Rand 2 episodes


Use of Template:Ambox is broken, because Module:Message box is broken.

  2. Néstor Carbonell y Ramírez de Arellano
  3. No puedo esperar a poner las manos en el guión del último episodio de Perdidos}
  4. 4.0 4.1 Doyle, Paula (2005-08-19). "Catholic television actor credits faith in helping navigate career/life.". The Tidings. Retrieved 2010-10-7. "It was bizarre to film in a church where I worship every Sunday, Catholicism was what I was raised in," said Carbonell.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. Nestor Carbonell Biography (1967-)
  6. Lachonis, Jon (2007-07-18). "Cane Star Nestor Carbonell Leaves Lost Future in Doubt". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  7. Sepinwall, Alan (2007-07-18). "Lost at CBS". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ausiello, Michael (2008-03-12). "Ausiello on Grey's, Lost, Smallville, Tree Hill and More!". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-07-07. [dead link]
  9. 9.0 9.1 Jensen, Jeff (2008-02-22). "7 Writers' Strike Postscripts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  10. Actor Nestor Carbonell: I'm living a dream, Notiemail. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  11. Dodd, Stacy (May 16, 2007). Eric Roberts and Nestor Carbonell. Variety
  12. "Lost's Nestor Carbonell Joins Psych Cast". 
  13. "Biography for Nestor Carbonell". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  14. "Once more, for the record: Nestor Carbonell does NOT wear eye make-up!". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  15. "Nestor Carbonell applying eyeliner at Comic-Con 2009". 

External links

bg:Нестор Карбонел ca:Nestor Carbonell da:Nestor Carbonell fa:نستر کاربونل it:Nestor Carbonell he:נסטור קרבונל lt:Nestor Carbonell hu:Nestor Carbonell nl:Nestor Carbonell pl:Nestor Carbonell ro:Nestor Carbonell ru:Карбонелл, Нестор fi:Nestor Carbonell sv:Nestor Carbonell th:เนสเตอร์ คาร์โบเนลล์ tr:Nestor Carbonell

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.