• Jon-Michael William Ecker is an actor born in San Marcos, Texas, USA on 16 March 198•
• He is both Mexican and American and is known for his role as El Guero in the series “Queen of the South”.
• His father is the popular actor Guy Ecker and he studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
• He has appeared in more than 20 films and TV series, including “Nina de mi Corazon”, “El Equipo”, “The Power of Destiny” and “Gossip Girl: Acapulco”.
• He is currently engaged to the American actress and model Laura James and his net worth is estimated to be over $1 million.
Who is Jon-Michael Ecker?
Jon-Michael William Ecker was born in San Marcos, Texas USA, on 16 March 1983 – his zodiac sign is Pisces, and he holds both Mexican and American nationality. He’s an actor who has appeared in more than 20 movies and TV series, perhaps known best for his portrayal of El Guero in the popular action crime series “Queen of the South”. It was created by M. A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, starred Alice Braga, Hemky Madera and Peter Gadiot, and follows Teresa who has moved away from Mexico now that her boyfriend has been killed, and is planning to become the wealthiest drug smuggler in Dallas; the series aired from 2016 to 2021, and won three of the 22 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life, family and education
Jon-Michael was raised in San Marcos alongside his three half-siblings, by their Brazilian father Guy Ecker who’s a popular actor, and his American mother who prefers to stay away from media.
Jon-Michael became interested in acting at a quite an early age, mostly because he looked up to his father, who also occasionally took Jon-Michael with him while he was shooting for his movies and TV series. However, Guy still urged his son to focus on his education, and to pursue acting only after he had graduated from college.
Jon-Michael studied at a local high school, and was interested in various activities during his four years there, including playing soccer for the school’s team, practicing acting with the school’s drama club, and dancing.
Upon matriculating in 2001, Jon-Michael enrolled at University of California, Santa Barbara, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology in 2005; he then worked a couple of jobs in the following five years, prior to moving to Mexico City to focus on acting.
Roles in TV series
Jon-Michael made his debut TV series appearance in the 2010 drama “Nina de mi Corazon”, while the following year saw him appear in both the action drama “El Equpo”, and the romantic drama “The Power of Destiny”.
Jon-Michael gained some recognition when cast to star as Ari Morales in the 2011 romantic drama “Popland!”, then in 2012 and 2013, he played the main character Pablo Peralta in the action crime drama “Fearless Heart”. The series also starred Jose Luis Resendez and Ayling Mujica, and follows the friendship between two girls living in Valle de Bravo, Mexico; it won an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series.
The year 2013 also saw Jon-Michael play Nicolas ‘Nico’ de la Vega in the romantic drama “Gossip Girl: Acapulco”, and in 2015, he played Jake in the episode “Blackout” of the action crime drama “Major Crimes”.
Three of Jon-Michael’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2018 episode “Hard Maybe” of the comedy “Sideswiped”, nine episodes of the 2021 romantic drama “Firefly Lane”, and seven episodes of the action drama “Chicago Fire”.
Roles in movies
Jon-Michael made his debut film appearance in the 2014 biographical comedy drama “Cantinflas”, written and directed by Sebastian del Amo, and which starred Oscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli and Ilse Salas. The movie follows the life of one of the most popular comedians in the history of Mexico, and won 30 of the 41 awards for which it was nominated.
Jon-Michael then starred in the 2014 short comedy “ABC Discovers: Los Angeles Talent Showcase”, and his following role came in 2021, when he was cast to play the lead character Alex Casillas in the romantic drama “Gingerbread Miracle”. It was directed by Michael M. Scott, also starred Merritt Patterson and Jorge Montesi, and follows the freelance lawyer Maya, who has been asked to help her childhood friend sell his bakery.
Jon-Michael is currently shooting for two upcoming movies: the short horror comedy “Listless” and the comedy “Benny’s Lament (or the Man in Apartment 2C)”.
Awards and nominations
Jon-Michael was nominated for a 2018 Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television, for his performance in the series “Queen of the South”.
Wife and divorce
Jon-Michael prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but has still allowed his fans to have a glimpse into it. Between 2006 and 2010, Jon-Michael was in a relationship with Ingrid Martz, a famous Mexican actress who has appeared in close to 40 movies and TV series.
In 2012, Jon-Michael began dating the Mexican actress and model Barbara Mori, and they exchanged vows in 2014 in a private ceremony attended by only their closest friends and family members, but the two divorced a couple of years later.
Sometime in the second half of the decade, Jon-Michael began dating the American actress and model Laura James, and in July 2021 the two became engaged; it’s believed that their wedding has been planned for the summer of 2022, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
As of March 2022, Jon-Michael is engaged to Laura James, had previously been married to Barbara Mori, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Jon-Michael is highly active on Instagram, as he’s uploaded over 1,000 pictures onto the network, while he’s today followed by more than 200,000 people; most of his pictures feature him during his everyday life.
Jon-Michael’s favorite season is summer, as he enjoys swimming in the ocean, going yachting and playing beach sports.
Jon-Michael is into travelling, and his acting career has taken him to a couple of US states, while it’s believed by some that he’s yet to travel to Europe; his dream travel destination is Los Angeles, California.
Jon-Michael’s physically quite active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body.
Jon-Michael has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Catch Me If You Can”, “The Sleepers” and “The Irishman”.
Age, height and net worth
Jon-Michael’s age is 38. He has medium long brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.85m) and he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).
As of March 2022, Jon-Michael’s net worth has been estimated at more than $1 million.