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Erik Estrada battles Chupacabras in Texas in Syfy flick

Erik Estrada battles Chupacabras in Texas in Syfy flick

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Erik Estrada will play a motorcycle-riding U.S. federal agent battling deadly beasts in Texas in the TV movie "Chupacabra vs. The Alamo," Syfy announced.

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Estrada, Ferrigno star in Web comic book

Estrada, Ferrigno star in Web comic book

GLENDALE, Calif., July 28 (UPI) -- The makers of Butterfinger candy bars have unveiled an online, interactive comic book starring U.S. actors Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno and Charisma Carpenter.
Stars line up for 'Jim' season finale

Stars line up for 'Jim' season finale

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (UPI) -- Dan Aykroyd, Lee Majors, Erik Estrada and Kimberly Williams-Paisley have signed up to guest star on the eighth season finale of "According to Jim," ABC said.

Celeb cop Erik Estrada shouts at victim

MUNCIE, Ind., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Celebrity cop Erik Estrada was involved in a shouting match with a stabbing victim during the taping of CBS' "Armed & Famous" in Muncie, Ind., a report says.

Estrada happy to revisit 'CHiPs' territory

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada says he hasn't been asked, but he would like a cameo in the upcoming U.S. film version of the series.

'CHiPs' star impresses in cop show prep

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Erik Estrada, who was never a cop but played one on TV, is among the celebrities trying to make it as a reserve police officer in Muncie, Ind.

Erik Estrada in liver health PSAs

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Former 1970s "CHiPS" star Erik Estrada is among several celebrities to be featured in a series of U.S. public service announcements on liver health.
Erik Estrada
Actor Erik Estrada attends the premiere of the film "The Fighter" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on December 6, 2010. UPI/Phil McCarten

Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada (born March 16, 1949) is an American actor, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 United States police television series CHiPs. He later became known for his work in Spanish language telenovelas, and in more recent years, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Cartoon Network show Sealab 2021.

Estrada was born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, the son of Carmen, a seamstress, and Renildo Estrada. He is of Puerto Rican descent. When Estrada was just a young boy, he had a dream of being one of the most popular Latino actors. He first began his acting career by starring in a Fritos commercial as the Mexican "Frito Bandito". Due to determination and the encouragement of his stepfather Pancho Dostela, he became a well-known Latino actor of the 1970s and early 1980s

In the 1970 film version of The Cross and the Switchblade, Estrada made his film debut in the role of Nicky Cruz alongside Pat Boone who played the role of David Wilkerson. In 1974, Estrada landed a big break in the successful disaster film, Airport 1975, where he played a featured role as the flight engineer on a Boeing 747. His character was killed in a midair collision. Two years later, he was a featured player in the military historical epic Midway, as a fictional airman Ens. "Chili Bean" Ramos.

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