Manny Jacinto is a Philippine-born television star who is immensely popular for his role in the 2016 Michael Schur comedy-drama TV series, The Good Place, where he portrayed the character of Jason Mendoza. He started his acting career by starring as Kenji in the 2012 short Canadian action film, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Blade. The University of British Columbia trained civil engineer has made his mark not only in the Canadian entertainment industry but has also secured a spot in Hollywood.
Other remarkable films and TV series Manny Jacinto has graced with his talent include Supernatural, The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, Dead Rising: Watchtower, and The Romeo Section. He was also cast in the action-drama film, Top Gun: Maverick featuring alongside Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly. Read on to know more about the biography and some juicy facts about the amazing actor.
Manny Jacinto’s Biography
The amazing actor was born on 19th August 1987 in the city of Manila, capital of the Philippines. He was christened Manuel Luis Jacinto by his parents whose identities have not been revealed to the media by the actor. At the age of 3, his family relocated to Canada and he experienced his childhood in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Regarding his ethnicity and nationality, Manny Jacinto is an Asian-Canadian of Filipino descent.
He was highly energetic while growing up as he was very active in playing basketball and baseball that he even considered pursuing either of the two as a career. Regarding his educational achievements, Manny Jacinto is an alumnus of Vancouver College, an independent university-preparatory Catholic school for boys in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Soon after he completed his high school education, he enrolled at the University of British Columbia where he graduated with an Applied Science Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
His Movies And TV Shows
While trying his luck at acting during his internship, Manny Jacinto made his big-screen appearance by starring as Kenji alongside Andrew Fudge, Owen Kwong, Ludi Lin and Henry Mah in the 2012 Canadian action movie, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Blade. 2013 was a busy year for the young actor as he made his first TV appearance as Quon in one episode of the multiple award-winning TV series, Once Upon a Time. He further went on to feature in three films – Tele, John Apple Jack, and #Fix, and two TV series – Supernatural, and Untold Stories of the ER that same year.
However, Manny got his first shot to fame with his outstanding portrayal of Wing Lei in the 2015 award-winning TV drama series, The Romeo Section. His performance in the show greatly acclaimed.
Although a few years old in showbiz, Manny Jacinto rose to prominence, garnering mainstream attention after playing Jason Mendoza in the critically acclaimed American comedy-drama series, The Good Place starring alongside Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, and D’Arcy Carden. The series, which debuted on NBC on 26th September 2016, has earned many awards and nominations including winning 2016 Critics Choice Television Awards, 2018 AFI TV program of the Year, and bagging two Golden Globe nominations, two Primetime Emmy nominations, among others.
Manny Jacinto has also appeared in Bad Times at the El Royale, Brittney Grabill: Goodnight, iZombie, Dead Rising: Watchtower and many others.
Facts You Need To Know About Manny Jacinto.
1. Manny Jacinto Studied Hip-Hop
When he was 19 years old, Manny Jacinto attended Fresh Groove productions situated in Richmond, British Columbia where he learned hip-hop.
2. His Dance Show Participations
Manny Jacinto is a skilled freestyle dancer who has participated in many dancing tournaments for which he emerged victoriously. He participated in the 2012 Artist Emerge National Street Dance Competition held in Edmonton and finished second runner-up in the 2011 World of Dance Tour Vancouver. He is also one of the participants that represented Canada in the 2013 Hip Hop International World Championships held in Las Vegas, Nevada where they clinched the 10th position.
3. Manny Jacinto’s Modeling Career
In addition to his endeavors, Jacinto is also a runway model that has walked for many top brands including Ark and Handihood clothing labels.
4. His Career Achievements
So far, Manny Jacinto has not won any award but his wonderful performance as Wing Lei in the 2015 film, The Romeo Section earned him Leo Award nomination.
5. Manny Jacinto’s Height
Manny Jacinto is 5 feet 10 inches (1.8 m) tall and has a body mass of 71 kg (156.5 lb).