The director, screenwriter, and actor Adam Michael Rodriguez, was born on 2nd April 1975, in Yonkers, New York City USA. His parents, Janet and Ramon, worked as an airline ticket agent and a US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce executive respectively. Although Janet is wholly Puerto Rican, Ramon is half Puerto Rican and half Cuban.
Upon matriculating from Clarkston High School North, Adam began working at a children’s theater, despite initially hoping to become a professional baseball player – a dream which was dashed following a high school injury. He also worked as a stockbroker until he was able to pursue acting full-time.
Adam has a younger sister named Vanessa, who was born on 23rd October 1977 and has been married to actor Chris Spencer since 2006. The brunette proudly describes herself as an advocate and Bronx girl on social media; unbeknownst to many, she’s linked to the entertainment industry thanks to her work as a casting director and producer.
Prior to his breakthrough role as Eric Delko, Adam did plenty of TV commercial work, and guest-starred as a cop in a 1997 episode of “NYPD Blue”. Shortly afterwards, he was cast in his first recurring role as Officer Hector Villanueva in “Brooklyn South”, which lasted just one season and sparked controversy due to its violent pilot episode being rated TV-MA (Mature Audience Only).
Following guest-starring appearances in “Ryan Caulfield: Year One” and “Law & Order”, Adam made his short film debut with the role as Chris in “Details”, then had minor recurring roles in “Felicity”, “All Souls”, and “Resurrection Blvd”. Some of the many music videos he appeared in during the late 1990s and early 2000s include Jennifer Lopez’s video for “If You Had My Heart”, and Wisin & Yandel’s “No Dejemos Que Se Apague” videoclip.
In 2002, Adam played Alejandro Rojas in the Jon Seda drama film “King Rikki” and was cast as one of the lead characters for the third season of “Roswell”. He also appeared as Eric Delko in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, before joining the original cast of “CSI: Miami” when it premiered in September 2002.
Eric, who was part of the show until its end, was clearly a man of many talents. As the team’s underwater recovery expert and fingerprint and drug identification specialist, Eric soon became a fan favorite, thanks to his kind and caring personality and his protectiveness towards women, especially those in an abusive relationship.
Over the course of the series, Eric suffered the loss of his sister Marisol, and other traumatizing events, and had his own central storyline in season five after being sued $250,000 by an extortionist couple. “CSI: Miami” writers also hinted at him having some sort of problem for which he attended therapy, although this problem was never discussed.
In the ten years that Adam played Eric, he also had a starring role in the 2009 comedy “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”, played Hilda’s love interest in the fourth season of “Ugly Betty”, and co-starred in the low-production romance flick “Love and Debate”. When “CSI: Miami” came to an end, the Cuban-Puerto Rican actor stole the show in the first two “Magic Mike” movies, which were released in 2012 and 2015 respectively, delving into the previously unexplored world of glamorous male strippers. Thanks to a standout performance, Adam was nominated for one of many accolades, namely the Best Musical Moment at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.
Needless to say, Adam has had plenty of TV roles over the years, although many fans feel that none of the characters he’s portrayed have lived up to Eric. In 2015, he played Dr. Chavez in season two of the medical drama “The Night Shift”, then a year later, he replaced Shemar Moore as Luke Alvez for season twelve of “Criminal Minds”. Last but not least, since 2021, the thespian has been playing Bobby Diaz in the NBC drama “Ordinary Joe”.
Adam Rodriguez directed this week's new episode, in which the BAU meets in secret to take an investigation into their own hands. Don't miss it, this Wednesday at 10/9c!
Adam married model Grace Gail in May 2016, after a years-long committed relationship; the attractive couple share three children: Frankie Elle, Georgie Daye, and Bridgemont Bernard. Adam and Grace’s wedding, which took place in Italy, was covered by E Online and other media outlets, and according to reports, she wore a beautiful Eavis & Brown of London gown, whereas he looked dapper in a custom Ermenegildo Zegna suit.
The outdoor ceremony was officiated by “Magic Mike” screenwriter Reid Carolin, and Adam’s co-stars Kevin Nash and Channing Tatum were just some of the famous faces in attendance. The wedding celebrations were a long affair, as Adam and Grace’s guests had brunch on Friday before sightseeing Florence and Siena and reuniting on Sunday night for an al fresco pizza dinner. Finally, the big day came, complete with a lavish reception at the 750-acre hilltop estate of Borgo Pignano.
Although Grace has had a modestly successful career of her own, she’s mostly known as Adam’s wife. According to online sources, the brunette has two siblings named India and Maxwell. Her parents, Max Gail and Nan Harris, divorced in 2000 after eleven years of marriage – and as it happens, Max is a well-known stage, film and TV actor, who has been around since 1970.
Max earned two consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, thanks to his performance as Detective Stan “Wojo” in the 1970s sitcom “Barney Miller”. In 2019 and 2021, he won two Daytime Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category, for playing Mike Corbin in “General Hospital”.
Back to Adam, the “CSI” star is clearly focused on parenthood, as his last Instagram post was a sweet video of himself and his daughter singing together while he played the guitar. “Fatherhood, my dream come true” he captioned the video, which was shared onto the social media platform on 29th March 2023.
Although Adam doesn’t publicize his philanthropical pursuits, in March 2023 he also shared a fundraising appeal for a young boy who appears to be a friend of the family and is currently fighting a life-threatening disease.
Adam is 6ft (183cm) tall; he has a net worth estimated at $16 million, thanks largely to his “CSI: Miami” paychecks.