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Adam Rodriguez

  • Gender: Male
  • High School: Clarkstown North Senior High School
  • State: New York
  • Position Title: Actor, Writer, Director
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Board of Directors

Adam was born and raised in New York, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. His family root s are in Cuba and Puerto Rico. His mother was an airline ticket agent, and his father, an executive with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the US Air Force and then an Army reservist for 27 years. His family emphasized the importance of hard work, education, and reaching for the stars.

His dreams of being a professional baseball player ended after suffering injuries to his back and shoulder. But the setback ultimately led him to the career he has today. "I knew I had to love the career I would choose as much as I loved playing baseball, and acting gave me that same feeling," he said.  He studied acting at various studios in NY and worked as an extra in dozens of movies and TV shows. As he describes the early part of his journey, he “began to learn the craft and the business of acting, by acting.”

Within months of arriving in LA, he got his first big break on Steven Bochco's TV show "Brooklyn South."  A few years and several jobs later, he was cast as Detective Eric Delko on the CBS drama, “CSI Miami,” which for a number of years was the most viewed TV show in the world.  

On the big screen, Adam appeared in Warner Brothers’ critical and commercial success, “Magic Mike,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, as well as its sequel, “Magic Mike XXL.” He also starred in Tyler Perry’s, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself" and numerous TV shows, like "Roswell," “Empire,"  "Jane the Virgin," “Criminal Minds,” and more recently, “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.” He is also a director and a writer.

Adam is a passionate advocate for education. In his own words:

“The only way to grow is by making sure you are educated—educated in EVERY aspect of your life; your health, your finances, your community. Education/information regarding all of these things will determine the quality of the life you live. The better the education/information, the better your life will be.  We must ALWAYS continue the quest for knowledge. We must strive to grow.”

His advocacy ultimately led him to become a member of HSF’s Board of Directors. In addition to participating in various HSF Programs, he also volunteered to be featured in a major HSF-Ad Council campaign. The ads reminded Latino parents about the important role they play in helping their children through college—and that HSF is here to help.

Adam sees HSF’s mission as long-term strategy. “It’s about giving our youth a support system and the best guidance we can, as they begin to build the future they will leave to the generations behind them.”