Mario López

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Actor • Journalist

Birth Name: Mario Lopez Jr.

Birth Date: October 10, 1973

Age: 50 years old

Birth Place: San Diego, California

Spouses: Ali Landry

Partners: Karina Smirnoff

Mario Lopez is an American actor and entertainment journalist who was best known for starring as the high school jock A.C. Slater on the 90s teen series "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993).

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Lopez was an athletically gifted child. By the age of 3 he was excelling in a number of athletic endeavors, including dance, tumbling, and wrestling. He would later stick to wrestling, and by the time he reached high school Lopez stood out as one the star wrestler on his team. He would eventually go on to earn high rankings in various statewide high school wrestling competitions.

Lopez turned to acting when he was 10 years old. While performing at a school dance recital, the young Mario was discovered by a talent scout, who quickly signed him to an acting contract. Once he had an agent, Mario began going on auditions. His charming demeanor and easy confidence quickly made him a favorite of casting agents. Lopez appeared in a number of commercials, before turning his focus to television. His first big break came in 1984 when he joined the cast of the Norman Lear-created sitcom "a.k.a Pablo" (ABC, 1984). That show, however, was cancelled after 6 episodes. Undeterred, Lopez nabbed a role as a dancer and drummer on the music-themed children's series "Kids Incorporated" (Syndicated/Disney Channel, 1984-1994), as well as a guest spot on the popular 80s sitcom "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992).

Then in 1989 Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater, a high school jock who's popular with the ladies, on the teen sitcom "Saved by the Bell." The show aired on Saturday mornings and was a huge hit with teenagers who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s. "Saved by the Bell" ran for four seasons on NBC, with Lopez and most of the cast reprising their roles on the spin-off series "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC, 1993-94). After "Saved by the Bell" ended, Lopez starred as the Olympic diver Greg Louganis in the TV movie "Breaking the Surface: Greg Louganis Story" (1997), and was a castmember on the crime series "Pacific Blue" (USA Network, 1996-2000).

In 2006 Lopez also appeared as Dr. Christian Ramirez on the long-running CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ), and was a contestant on the third season of ABC's popular reality competition series "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

By the mid-2000s, however, Lopez began shifting his focus to entertainment journalism and hosting. In 2007 he began co-hosting the popular daily entertainment news-focused show "Extra" (Syndication, 1994- ), and would remain as the co-host until the summer of 2019. In 2012 Lopez also co-hosted the singing competition series "The X Factor" (Fox, 2011-13), and was the sole host for the show's third and final season in 2013. After leaving "Extra" in the summer of 2019 after 12 years as the co-host, Lopez began hosting the rival entertainment news program "Access Hollywood" (Syndication, 1996- ) in the fall of 2019. 2019 was also the year that it was announced that Lopez would be reprising his most famous TV role as A.C. Slater on a rebooted version of "Saved by the Bell." The rebooted series, which aired on the network's new streaming service, Peacock, premiered in 2020.

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Ring of Faith

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A Very Merry Toy Store

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Grease

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FABLife

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Cara a Cara con Mario López

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NCIS: New OrleansStream

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The Meredith Vieira Show

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Sesame Street

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Love & Salsa

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The Dog Who Saved Easter

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Dive Olly Dive and the Pirate Treasure

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A Hollywood Christmas Celebration

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The iHeartradio Album Release Party With Katy Perry

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The Queen Latifah Show

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The Real

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Hollywood Game Night

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The Stream

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Paxton's Dad
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Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

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Mario & Courtney's Wedding Fiesta

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Home & Family

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Mario Lopez One-On-One

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Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby

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The TalkStream

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Miss America 2010

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Lopez Tonight

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I Get That a Lot

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Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew

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Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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Second Chance: America's Most Talented Senior

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The Bold and the BeautifulStream

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Schoolbreak

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Simon & Simon

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News aboutMario López

Robert Reed and Florence Henderson in 'The Brady Bunch'; Beeson Carroll and Loretta Swit in 'M*A*S*H'
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MeTV Announces ‘Marry Me’ Marathon: ‘The Brady Bunch’ & More Classic Wedding Episodes

Mario Lopez hosting Blank Slate on Game Show Network

Mario Lopez to Host New Game Show ‘Blank Slate’ Coming to GSN

Mario Lopez in 'Saved by the Bell'

A 50th Birthday Photo Tribute to Mario Lopez

Julian McMahon as Dr. Christian Troy, Dylan Walsh as Dr. Sean McNamara, and Alec Baldwin as Dr. Barrett Moore in 'Nip/Tuck'

‘Nip/Tuck’ Turns 20: 15 Big-Name Guest Stars From the Show

Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Tamberelli, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell attend the ALL THAT Panel at 90’s Con on March 18, 2023 in Hartford, CT

See the Stars of ‘Buffy,’ ‘90210,’ ‘Charmed’ & ‘All That’ Reunite at ’90s Con (PHOTOS)

Golden Globes 2023 arrivals

2023 Golden Globes Red Carpet Arrivals: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Bob Odenkirk, Jennifer Coolidge & More (PHOTOS)

Lifetime Holiday Movies 2022 Keisha Knight Pulliam Brooke Elliott and Mario Lopez

Lifetime Announces ‘A New Orleans Noel’ & More Holiday 2022 Movie Titles

Mario Lopez
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Mario Lopez on Recruiting His Mom & Daughter for ‘Holiday in Santa Fe'(VIDEO)

Saved by the Bell Season 2 cast
Spoiler Alert

‘Saved by the Bell’: How Was the Show’s Tribute to Dustin Diamond? (POLL)

Saved by the Bell Season 2 Peacock cast

‘Saved by the Bell’ Gets Competitive With School Spirit in Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

Saved By the Bell Season 2 Peacock

‘Saved by the Bell’ Tests Students’ Bayside High Spirit in a Season 2 First Look (VIDEO)

Mario Lopez Elizabeth Berkley Lauren Saved by the Bell Revival

‘Saved by the Bell’ Revival Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock

Lifetime's A Recipe for Seduction starring Mario López

Mario Lopez to Star in Lifetime’s ‘A Recipe for Seduction’ Chicken Movie

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Class Is Back in Session! Meet the New ‘Saved by the Bell’ Cast (Video)

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‘Saved by the Bell’ Stars Old & New Preview the Return to Bayside (Video)

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Melissa Joan Hart on Lifetime’s Holiday Movies, & Working with Jason Priestley (VIDEO)

Zack Kelly Saved by the Bell Peacock

‘Saved by the Bell’: Zack & Kelly Are Back in Revival’s Official Trailer (VIDEO)

Steve Kim, Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez on The 3 Knockdown Rule podcast
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Mario Lopez on Why ESPN+’s ‘The 3 Knockdown Rule’ Packs a Punch

Jamie Lee Curtis Lifetime

Lifetime Announces Slate of New Films Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Robin Roberts & More

Jencarlos Canela Paulina Chavez Expanding Universe Ashley Garcia
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‘Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia’s Jencarlos Canela on Breaking Stereotypes, Representation & Robots

Saved by the Bell

The Cast of ‘Saved by the Bell’ — Where Are They Now? (PHOTOS)

Access - Season 24

Mario Lopez Apologizes for Controversial Comments on Transgender Children

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Swipe Right! ‘Candy Crush’ Gets a Game Show Makeover, Hosted by Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez Joins ‘Grease: Live’