Numb3rs and a soap-opera-handsome hunk

(Mostly about tv and handsome men, rather than language.)

Caught in a re-run of the tv series Numb3rs (season 2, episode 5, “Assassin”, originally aired 10/21/05), the soap-opera-handsome hunk Jordi Vilasuso, playing Colombian Gabriel Ruiz (the target of assassination attempts in Los Angeles):


As it turns out, Vilasuso is a soap opera veteran, and also a muscle hunk.

(In this photo, Vilasuso isn’t quite smiling with his mouth, but he’s definitely “smiling with his eyes” — appparently known as smizing in some circles. The verb smize is of course a portmanteau of smile and eyes.)

Background on the tv show, from Wikipedia:

Numbers (stylized NUMB3RS) is an American crime drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI Special Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his brother [math whiz] Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) who helps Don solve crimes for the FBI.

The show focuses equally on the relationships among Don Eppes, his brother Charlie Eppes, and their father, Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch), and on the brothers’ efforts to fight crime, normally in Los Angeles. A typical episode begins with a crime, which is subsequently investigated by a team of FBI agents led by Don and mathematically modeled by Charlie, with the help of Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) and Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat). The insights provided by Charlie’s mathematics were always in some way crucial to solving the crime.


Hirsch is the older guy, Morrow the besuited guy on the right, Krumholtz the curly-haired dude.And yes, they’re all Jewish, which helps to make them plausible as a family.

The mathematics cited on the show is real, but Charlie’s applications of it to crime-solving are mostly preposterous. The family dynamics are intriguing, however.

(Hirsch, born in 1935, played Alex Rieger on the tv comedy series Taxi; Morrow, born in 1962, played Dr. Joel Fleischman on the tv dramedy series Northern Exposure — two shows that gave me great pleasure. Krumholtz, born in 1978, is perhaps best known for playing Seth Goldstein in the Harold & Kumar movies.)

Back to Vilasuso. From Wikipedia:

Jordi Alejandro Vilasuso (… born June 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida) is a Cuban-American actor best known for originating the role of “Tony Santos” on the CBS soap opera, Guiding Light from August 2000 until August 2003.

… Vilasuso has appeared in the movies The Last Home Run, The Lost City, Heights and La Linea. He also appeared in other television programs such as 8 Simple Rules, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Numb3rs and CSI: Miami. In November 2010 he was signed on to play the contract role of Griffin Castillo on the soap opera All My Children.

And he’s a muscle hunk, happy to display his body. Here he is on the beach, looking seductive:



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