Jon Huertas

(Acting and a fine shirtless man.)

Re-run today of a Castle episode — S3 Ep12 “Poof! You’re Dead” from 1/10/11 — prominently featuring supporting actor Jon Huertas, playing homicide detective Javier Esposito on Capt. Kate Beckett’s team. The show is an ensemble cop drama with plenty of comic and romantic touches, well directed and well acted.

The Esposito character is both solid and amiable, with lots of interaction between him and homicide detective Kevin Ryan, played by Seamus Dever. Dever and Huertas:

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But in the “Poof!” episode, we see the character Esposito’s romance with Dr. Lanie Parish, a medical examiner and a friend of Beckett’s (played by Tamala Jones), including a really steamy bedroom scene (with carefully composed nudity in a darkened room) in which we get a nice shirtless sequence of Huertas, incuding this shot:

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He’s solidly built and really fit, but with a “natural” look rather than a gym-rat, killer-abs look. In combination with his handsome face, the persona he projects in his Esposito character, and his easy, unflashy acting skills, that makes Huertas a really attractive guy in my book.

From Wikipedia:

Jon Huertas is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent. He is best known for his role as Sergeant Antonio ‘Poke’ Espera in HBO’s Generation Kill, Joe Negroni in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and homicide detective Javier Esposito in Castle.

… Huertas, born Jon William Hofstedt [on October 23, 1969], enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and served  as a pararescue jumper and nuclear weapons technician. He participated in Operation Just Cause [in Panama] and Operation Desert Storm.

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