Celebrity Guest Announcement: We are happy to announce that Erik Estrada will be joining us all 3 days at South Texas Comic Con. Erik Estrada was one of the few Latinos in a leading role on television in the 70’s & 80’s and was also one of the leading heartthrobs of the era as well, scoring a place on People magazine’s “10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World” list in 1979.
In September 1977, Estrada first appeared as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello on the new police show, CHiPs, which followed members of the California Highway Patrol. His partner on the show, Jon Baker, was played by Larry Wilcox, and the two had a rocky relationship during the series’ run. Initially Wilcox was intended to be the show’s star, but Estrada soon became the program’s most popular performer.
He went through a career renaissance in the early 1993 when he took a leading role in the telenovela Dos Mujeres, Un Camino, a Spanish-language soap opera.
Estrada has been a popular figure on reality television. He joined, rapper Vanilla Ice, former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, and others in the second season of The Surreal Life.
In addition to his on-camera performances, Estrada has done a lot of voice work for cartoons, including Maya & Miguel, JoJo’s Circus, and Sealab 2021. He also does a lot of public service work, serving as the face of D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education).
In 2016, he announced via Twitter that he’d been sworn in as a real-life police officer. In this new role, he is a reserve officer with the St. Anthony Police Department in Idaho and plans to put his attention toward protecting kids from internet predators. Not his first foray into law enforcement, Estrada previously had been made a deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Virginia and a reserve officer in Muncie, Indiana, where he’d been cast in the reality series Armed & Famous.
Courtesy of Biography.com