Why did Jon Seda leave Chicago PD? Net Worth, Wife, Children

March 22, 2024
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Who is Jon Seda?

American actor and screenwriter Jonathan ‘Jon’ Seda was born in Manhattan, New York City USA, on 14 October 1970, making his zodiac sign Libra. He’s had roles in nearly 60 movies and TV series, and is probably best known for his playing of Antonio Dawson (2014-2019) in the popular action crime series “Chicago P. D.”, which Derek Haas and Michael Brandt created, and which today stars Marina Squerciati, Patrick John Flueger and Jason Beghe. It follows the police officers who are working at the Chicago Police Department’s District 21, the series has been airing since 2014 and has won four of its 11 award nominations.

Although this hasn’t been confirmed by Jon, it’s widely believed that he didn’t quit “Chicago P. D.” because he wanted to, but because the show’s writers believed that there were ‘creative differences’ between them, thus choosing to write Jon out of the show.


Education and early life

Jon and his sister Sofia Seda were raised in Manhattan by their Puerto Rican parents Hector L. Seda and Dharma Marrero Seda; Hector was a pastor, while Dharma was a housewife.

He studied at Clifton High School, and was mostly interested in playing sports during his four years there, excelling at football, and also enjoying wrestling, basketball and running track. He matriculated in 1989, and was then convinced by his friends to start working out at the gym, and to take on boxing.

Jon moved to New Jersey and entered many boxing competitions, and eventually finished second in the race for the New Jersey Golden Gloves; he fought in a total of 22 amateur boxing matches, losing only one.


Roles in movies

Jon’s debut film appearance was in the 1992 romantic drama “Zebrahead”, and he gained recognition in the following year with his portrayal of Dominican in the crime thriller drama “Carlito’s Way”. Brian De Palma directed the movie, which starred Penelope Ann Miller, Sean Penn and Al Pacino, and follows a former convict who’s just been released from jail, and is now planning to leave New York City and a life of crime behind him; the movie won two of its 11 award nominations.

A couple of Jon’s notable performances in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1994 romantic comedy drama “I Like It Like That”, the 1995 mystery science fiction thriller “12 Monkeys”, and the 1997 biographical musical drama “Selena”.

In 2001, Jon portrayed Charlie, one of the main characters in the romantic crime drama “Love the Hard Way”, written and directed by Peter Sehr, and which also starred Charlotte Ayanna and Adrien Brody. It follows a thief who’s introduced a young woman to his world, and the movie won four of its five award nominations. Jon then played Jesus ‘Chuy’ Campos in the 2002 action crime drama “Undisputed”, and Roberto in the popular 2003 action crime comedy “Bad Boys II”.

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In 2007, he was cast as Richard in the comedy thriller drama “One Long Night”, written and directed by David Siqueiros, and which starred Sophie Alexander-Katz, Adrian Alonso and Victor Hugo Arana; it follows the life of Mexican-American businessman Richard Macedo. Some of Jon’s following roles were in the 2009 comedy “One Hot Summer”, and the 2010 dramas “Legally Mad” and “Cutthroat”.

The year 2012 saw him play Louis Blanchard in the action crime thriller “Bullet to the Head”, directed by Walter Hill, and which starred Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa and Christian Slater. It follows a detective and a hitman who’ve teamed up against their common enemy – the film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actor (Sylvester).

Jon’s since been focused on appearing in TV series, and has had only a single film role: he played Detective Mike Watts in the 2018 thriller drama “Canal Street”, which failed to attract any attention.


Roles in TV series

Jon’s debut TV series role was his playing of Sal Molina in the 1994 episode “You Bet Your Life” of the mystery crime drama “NYPD Blue”, and he could then have been seen appearing in single episodes of the crime drama “New York Undercover”, the drama “Under Fire”, and the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”.

Between 1997 and 1999, he portrayed Paul Falsone in the popular mystery crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Street”, created by Paul Attanasio, and which starred Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson and Yaphet Kotto. It follows the work of Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide Unit, and the series won 29 of its 111 award nominations.

In 1999 and 2000, Jon played the supporting character Matty Caffey in the award-winning action crime drama “Third Watch”, and some of his following roles were in an episode or two of the action drama “UC: Undercover”, the crime thriller drama “Oz” and the crime drama “Hack”. In 2006 and 2007, he starred as Ray Blackwell in the mystery crime drama “Close to Home”, which Jim Leonard created, and which also starred Kimberly Elise and Jennifer Finnigan. It follows prosecutor Annabeth Chase who’s just returned to work after having given birth to her first child, and the series won one of its four award nominations.

Between 2012 and 2019, Jon portrayed Antonio Dawson in the action drama “Chicago Fire”, which Derek Haas and Michael Brandt created, and which stars Eamonn Walker, Christian Stolte and Taylor Kinney. The series follows the lives of Chicago paramedics and firefighters, has been airing since 2012, and has won six of its 29 award nominations.

Jon’s most recent TV series role has been his playing of Sam Velez in the mystery science fiction drama “La Brea” since 2021.

Other credits

Jon’s been featured in several documentaries, including the 2002 series “Intimate Portrait”, the 2007 short video “Making of Selena: 10 Years Later”, and the 2012 movie “The Latino List: Volume 2”.

He received special thanks for the 2016 short drama movie “Muscle”.

Jon’s made a guest appearance in talk-shows “Steve Harvey”, “Home & Family” and “Entertainment Tonight Canada”, amongst others.


Awards and nominations

Jon’s won three of his 15 award nominations. He won a Margo Albert Award for Most Promising Actor at the 2000 Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards, and an Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor – Television in 2014 and 2019, both for his performance in “Chicago P. D.”.

Wife and children

Not a lot is known about Jon’s love life, as he prefers to keep these details to himself, however, it’s still widely known that he’s today a husband, as well as a father of four. He married his long-term girlfriend, American professional photographer Lisa Gomez in a private ceremony on 4 July 2000, attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. Their first son was born in 1994, and it’s believed that Jon and Lisa already had three children by the time they exchanged vows.

They are keeping their children away from media, and their birthdates thus remain undisclosed.

Jon hasn’t spoken about other women whom he’s perhaps dated; he’s married to Lisa Gomez as of October 2022, and they have four children together.


Interesting facts and hobbies

Jon’s portrayed Detective Antonio Dawson in four TV series, including “Chicago Justice”, “Chicago P. D.”, and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.

He’s posted over 220 pictures and videos onto his official Instagram account, and today there are more than 300,000 people following him on the social media network.

Jon still occasionally practices boxing, although he no longer competes; he works out at the gym nearly every day, wanting to stay in shape.

Jon’s a lover of animals, and has featured his pet dog in some of his Instagram pictures.

One of his favorite musicians is Elvis Presley.

Jon’s favorite actors are Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and some of his favorite movies include “Life on the Line”, “Pulp Fiction”, and “From Paris with Love”.


Height, eyes and wealth

Jon’s age is 52. He has brown eyes and hair, weighs around 155lbs (70kgs) and is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall.

Jon’s net worth’s been estimated at over $5 million, as of October 2022.

Martha Clifford

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