"He's tougher than Denzel with the poise of Sidney Poitier annd stealth like Jackie Chan. Don't mess with this guy, he'll shank you with a smile. All the best qualities of Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Wright, and Al Pacino."
Elvis Nolasco was born in New York City, the second of three sons. From a young age Elvis was drawn to entertainment, when as a young boy he would spend evenings dancing to Latin music in his family home. His love of salsa led to an interest in break dancing, where he spent nights dancing with legendary break dancers, Soul Sonic Rockers and Rock Steady Crew. His dance ability and style would later help to open doors to establish a solid career that spans film, theatre and television.
The acting bug bit him in high school where he took his first theatre class. He soon moved to Philadelphia to study acting where he began winning a succession of leading roles in theatres around Philadelphia including the Arden, Freedom Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre and American Musical Theatre Festival. It was not long before Elvis was picked to co-star in the hit comedy I Like It Like That with Lauren Valez and Academy, Grammy Tony and Emmy winning actress Rita Morena. Soon Elvis was cast by Spike Lee for the cast of Clockers with Meki Phiffer and Del Roy Lindo. Elvis began building a line of great performances in several independent hits. Including his critically acclaimed role in the film In Search of a Dream, the first all Spanish speaking cast sanctioned by the Screen Actors Guild and the number one grossing independent Latino film.
Elvis has generated a stream of memorable film characters including roles in The Kitchen, Rock Steady, Vodka Rocks, Inconsolable Memories, I’m Not Rappaport, Prison Song, Philadelphia, and Secuestro on the Showtime network.
Elvis has guest starred in several television series including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU and Third Watch. He appeared in the recurring role as Abe in the Spike Lee series, Miracle Boys. Elvis continues to appear on stage, working both off Broadway and regional theatre including New York Theatre Works, Baltimore Center Stage, Young Playwright Festival and INTAR. He was last seen in the smash hit NYC off-Broadway production, “Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.”