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Jon William “Scott” Hofstedt ’87

Jon Huertas is an American actor well known for his roles as homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle and Miguel Rivas in This Is Us.

While at Handley, Scott Hofstedt played football, studied martial arts, and worked at Sears.  After spending a year attending college, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 8 years as an aircraft nuclear/conventional weapons specialist. He participated in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue the childhood dream of becoming an actor.  

Huertas was born in New York City and is of Puerto Rican descent. He began taking part in school plays, his first inspiration to pursue acting, at the age of 10. His professional acting career started in 1993 when he played an uncredited part in The Webbers. He played the role of Antonio in the television series Moesha in 1998. From 1999 to 2000, he played Brad, a witch hunter, in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Huertas starred in the role of Detective Esposito in the police series Castle from 2009 to 2016. In 2012, he and his Castle co-star Stana Katic received the award for Best Performance in a Drama Episode at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards.

Jon Huertas (Class of 1987), Kevin Covert (Class of 1988, Broadway performer and fellow Handley Notable) and Norman Shankle (Class of 1988, internationally known opera singer and Alumni Music Series presenter) were together as guests of the 2009 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Huertas joined the cast of This Is Us in 2016. He was a part of the series until its final season in 2022.

He currently serves on the National and Local Board of Directors for Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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