George Alvarez is a Cuban-American actor known for his work on the soap operas General Hospital, Port Charles and Guiding Light.
George Alvarez was born in Cuba. His family emigrated to the United States in the 1950s, and Alvarez grew up in West New York, New Jersey. He graduated from Memorial High School. He subsequently studied advertising at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan but eventually decided that he did not wish to pursue that field solely to make money, preferring something that would allow him to more fully express his artistic side.
Alvarez worked at Studio 54 in its original heyday, and through the connections he made there, he responded to a casting call for a film. He got the part, but the project, and early attempt to adapt the Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire. Nonetheless, Alvarez realized that acting was what he wished to do, saying, “You get to pretend, get to be a kid again, and get paid well to do it.”
After doing some theater work in New York, Alvarez moved to Los Angeles to more easily find film and television work. He also began to develop a passion for writing screenplays.
In the 1990s Alvarez got a two-day part on the soap opera General Hospital, which led to a long-term role on that show’s spinoff, Port Charles. In 1999, when the series Guiding Light, which films in New York, sought to develop the role of Ray Santos, Alvarez, who was eager to return to New York to be with his growing sons, took the part.
Alvarez has two sons. As of 2000, he lives in his childhood home, a brownstone on Boulevard East in West New York, New Jersey, that he had renovated when he returned to the East Coast in 1999.
|1998||Interlocked: Thrilled to Death||Sly|
|1991||Beverly Hills, 90210||Ramon||Episode: “Ashes to Ashes”|
|1992||Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel||Juan Campos||TV mini-series|
|1992||Santa Barbara||Jaime||Episode: “Episode #1.2012”|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Nando Cepeda||Episode: “Zeppo Marks Brothers”|
|1995||OP Center||Capt. Rodriguez||TV mini-series|
|1995||Cagney & Lacey: Together Again||Miguel||TV Movie|
|1995||The West Side Waltz||Construction Worker||TV Movie|
|1995||General Hospital||Detective Garcia||Episode: “Episode #1.8361”|
|1996||Innocent Victims||Deputy Archer||TV Movie|
|1996–1997||The Bold and the Beautiful||Enrique Alvarez||42 episodes|
|1997||Pacific Blue||Alejandro Cruz||Episode: “Rumplestiltskin”|
|1997–1999||Port Charles||Det. Alexander Garcia #1||114 episodes|
|1999–2009||Guiding Light||Father Ray Santos||35 episodes|
|2005||Miracle’s Boys||Discipio||6 episodes|