Mario Lopez. biography
Mario Michael Lopez Jr. was born on October 10, 1973, in San Diego, California and started his acting career in the TV variety show Kids Incorporated (1984) at the age of 10.
Ensuing his brief role on Kids Incorporated, Mario quickly turned into a teen superstar when he landed a role as a jock on the hit TV series Saved by the Bell (1989) and the short-lived spinoffs The New Class (1993) and The College Years (1993).
Following his time as a teen sensation, Mario's career hit a small drought with performances in faceless productions, such as his portrayal of the Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis in Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997). He soon transitioned to the role of a host on various projects, including The Other Half (2001), Pet Star (2002) and the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant in which he met his future wife Ali Landry.
Mario's choice to pursue a career as a host paid off in 2006, when he found himself competing on the reality competition show Dancing with the Stars, starring as Dr. Mike Hamoui in the hit series Nip/Tuck (2006 - 2009) and becoming a co-host for the entertainment TV program Extra. In 2008, Mario made his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line, released his debut book Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness and was crowned "Hottest Bachelor" by People magazine. He went on to release the children's book Mud Tacos (2009), the New York Times bestseller cookbook Extra Lean (2010) and its sequel Extra Lean Family (2011).
Mario's most recent projects include, cameo appearances in the TV comedy series Are You There, Chelsea? (2012), episode "Dee Dee's Pillow," in Sesame Street (2012) episode "Me Am What Me Am" and a co-host position on the reality competition show The X-Factor (2012).
Mario Lopez Ex-Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1984 – 1984
While working together on the show Kids Incorporated, Mario and singer Fergie developed a small romance. Mario later admitted that she was his first kiss.
1991 – 1993
According to Saved by the Bell co-star Dustin Diamond’s memoir, Mario and Tiffani Thiessen briefly dated while shooting the sitcom.
1997 – 1998
Aside from their sensual love scene in Journey Absolution (1997), Mario and Jaime Pressly were reportedly performing love scenes off screen.
2003 – 2004
Mario and Ali Landry first met on the set of the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant when he was a host and she was a contestant. Mario immediately proposed in 2003 and the two married in April 2004. Due to rumors of Mario cheating on Ali at his bachelor party, Ali got the marriage annulled two weeks after the wedding.
2006 – 2008
Following their runner-up effort on Dancing with the Stars, Mario and dance expert Karina Smirnoff briefly dated. Her reps later said, “The relationship wasn’t heading in the right direction.”
2008 – Present
Mario and Courtney Laine Mazza first met while performing in the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. On September 11, 2010, Gia Francesca Lopez was born in Burbank, California, weighing in at 6 lb. 4 oz.