You know that heavily tattooed actor with a shaved head who almost always plays a Hispanic criminal in so many different television shows and movies? After seeing this guy over and over and over, I finally decided to look him up and see who he was. He’s Robert LaSardo: a very accomplished actor with plenty of work, despite having seemingly been pigeonholed as a criminal – typically a Hispanic thug!
Specifically, I’ve seen Mr. LaSardo in Last Stand, one of the better episodes of CSI Miami – the episode that aired on CBS tonight (Sunday evening, July 10, 2011). I’ve also seen Robert LaSardo in such movies as Autopsy, a 2008 horror movie; Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999), Last Man Standing (1996), Leon: The Professional (1994), which also just happens to be Natalie Portman’s first film (another mention, so another photo!); and a few other films – and probably even more often in television shows.
I was surprised to learn that LaSardo is actually of Italian descent; it seems I’ve always thought he was Hispanic. To Robert’s credit, that’s obviously due to how wonderfully and perfectly he fits his roles and works his craft; he’s one hell of a convincing character. In fact – and I hope Mr. LaSardo won’t be offended – he portrays his bad guys so incredibly well, I’ve more than once wondered whether he actually was a career criminal in real life! To be sure, Robert LaSardo would be an interesting person to talk to.
In short, LaSardo rocks! For Robert LaSardo himself to leave a comment here would be amazing…
In addition to appearing in dozens and dozens of movies and television show episodes, he’s featured on numerous celebrity tattoo websites.
Postscript: Sunday, July 17, 2011
This post about bad-guy actor Robert LaSardo was originally published only a week ago, but it is already one of the most popular articles on this blog; for example, today this post was viewed 3.5 times more often than the next most-viewed post! Google searches like “tattooed actor on CSI,” “heavily tattooed Hispanic actor,” “bald tattooed bad guy,” etc. are far more popular than I’d have guessed; on the other hand, that’s exactly how I found out about Robert LaSardo last week.
I’ve noticed similar searches for another popular actor, also a heavily tattooed dude who almost always plays a Hispanic criminal in modern movies and older TV shows: Danny Trejo. A notable difference: Danny’s head isn’t shaved like mine and Robert’s.
Resources: Robert LaSardo
- Robert LaSardo – IMDb
- Robert LaSardo – wiki
- Official website of Robert LaSardo
- Last Stand – episode of CSI Miami – IMDb (7.7)
- Leon: The Professional – IMDb (8.6)
- Nightwatch (1997) – IMDb (6.2)
Afterthoughts: Potential brushes with greatness
I wonder if Robert LaSardo might ever happen to stumble upon this post? It would be fun to have a famous actor actually read and respond to something I’ve posted.
One of my quirkier projects is to get the attention of Les Claypool via my writings about his music on this blog; however, the cheesiness and rather lame appearance of publicly making such a geeky wish has prevented me from going any further than writing these afterthoughts – so far, at least.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Robert LaSardo, should you ever happen to run across this web page, let me tell you – you’re one of the main reasons this blog is visited (usually via Google search results, not from links on other sites). I originally wrote this short, simple post just to satisfy my own curiosity regarding your identity – not because I thought it would necessarily be popular.
Yet, this post has remained in the top five or six most popular posts since shortly after its publication. In the last month or so, this page has been viewed about 30 times per day; however, yesterday this page was hit about 235 times!
Your popularity appears to be on the rise, Mr. LaSardo! Congratulations, and best of luck to you.