Mario Lopez Jr. is an American television presenter and actor known for his portrayal of A. C. Slater in Saved by the Bell. He has appeared in many television series, films, and on Broadway. Mario currently works as a presenter for the news magazine Extra. His first professional role was in the series, alias Pablo.
The multi-talented father of two children has also appeared on other shows, including Dancing with the Stars, America’s Best Dance Crew, The X Factor, and Pacific Blue. In addition to his work as a TV show host, Mario dances acts and writes books. He has been working in the entertainment industry since 1984 from the age of eleven until today.
In 2012 he hosted the second season of the American version of The X Factor together with Khloé Kardashian-Odom and was the sole host of the third and final season. He also directed a reality show with his wife Courtney Mazza.
Mario was born on October 10, 1973, in San Diego, California, the son of Mario Michael Lopez Sr. and Elvia Lopez. His mother was an employee of a telephone company, and his father worked for the National City district. Lopez grew up in a large Catholic family of Mexican descent. He attended Chula Vista High School and graduated in 1991.
The sensational star began his career in the entertainment industry when he appeared as Tomas’s younger brother in the ABC comedy series, alias Pablo. It didn’t last very long, and in the same year, he played the role of drummer and dancer for Kids Incorporated. Since then, Mario has followed a path in his career and explored the industry as best he could. From movies to series to hosting reality shows, Mario has clearly not let up. He started his own radio show ON with Mario Lopez in 2012 for Premiere Radio. Mario has published three non-fiction books, one of which portrays him and his little daughter Gia.
Mario Lopez Net Worth
Mario has been in the entertainment industry for a long time, basically, since he was a child, and not only is he very popular, but he’s also accumulated a great deal of wealth. Mario Lopez is said to have net assets of $16 million. He earns $3.5 million a year.
Luxury is not an issue, as Mario owns a beautiful and expensive house, the cost of which is estimated at $1.9 million. The house has a swimming pool, four bedrooms, and six bathrooms. It is considered one of the best celebrity homes.
Family – Wife, Daughter
So far Lopez has been married twice. His first marriage was to Ali Landry, with whom he was for six years. They were married in a Catholic ceremony in Mexico, and the marriage was annulled about two weeks later. In an interview, Lopez admitted that the separation between the two became significant when Ali found out that he had cheated on her the days before their wedding, during his bachelor party. He had a few dates after her and remarried Courtney Mazza, Broadway dancer, actress, and producer, in 2012. Their dates had begun in the fall of 2008. Together they have a daughter and a son, Gia Francesca, born in September 2010, and Dominic, born in September 2013.
On 27 September 2011, Mario published a children’s book called Mario and Baby Gia. The book is non-fiction and is about Mario and his little daughter Gia.
Is Mario Lopez Gay?
There have been several speculations about Mario Lopez’s sexuality, and this has been attributed to the fact that despite his religious beliefs, he is clearly a fervent defender of gay rights. He has thrown his weight behind gay movements and has tons of LGBT fans. He was the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Gay Pride parade in Miami Beach along Ocean Drive.
In 1997, he played the film role of an HIV-positive gay Olympic diver. This happened despite warnings from some of his friends that this was not a wise career move. However, he had stated that his family was firmly behind him. This sparked speculation that he might be gay after all, but Lopez made no such admissions. He explained that he had homosexual family members and that he simply had to be there for them. He says: “I have the feeling that when you come from a place of love, you can’t go wrong at the end of the day. I always try to come from a place of love with people and treat all people with respect. That’s exactly my approach to people.”
Mario is certainly not the biggest guy out there. Some would say he’s average for a man who stands at a proud 5’8″ or 6’10”.