Lopez was born in San Diego, the son of Elvira, a telephone clerk, and Mario Lopez, Sr., who worked for the municipality of National City. His parents were born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Lopez was a high school wrestler. During his senior season, he captured a 7th place finish at the California State High School championships. He attended Chula Vista High School: School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Chula Vista, California.
Lopez's professional career began in 1985 when he appeared as younger brother yup Tomás in the short-lived ABC comedy series "a.k.a. Pablo". In that same year, he was cast as a drummer and dancer on "Kids Incorporated". Mario is a capable drummer and has been seen in his many television roles playing the instrument.
Also, he appeared on The Golden Girls as a student of Dorothy's, preparing for deportation. In 1989, Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater in the popular television sitcom "Saved by the Bell", a role which lasted five years. Lopez's character was a masculine, athletic student, helping to garner the actor a sizeable teenage-girl fan base. He maintains a close friendship with castmate Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
Since his stint on "Saved by the Bell", Lopez has enjoyed a career as host of a variety of television contest shows. He hosted "Pet Star" on the Animal Planet channel and was co-host of ESPN2's "ESPN Hollywood". He is the captain of the L.A. Armed Response team on GSN's "Extreme Dodgeball". Like fellow "Saved by the Bell" actor Dustin Diamond, he was featured as a celebrity guest on "The Weakest Link".
In 1991, Lopez was on American Gladiators, where he survived the 3 round competition winning $20,000. He then emceed the second season of the Family Channel game show "Masters of the Maze".
He was also one of the co-hosts of the syndicated talk show "The Other Half", which aired from 2001-2003. It was a male version of the female ensemble talk show "The View", featuring four male co-hosts, including Danny Bonaduce and executive producer, Dick Clark.
As late as 2001, Lopez' likeness was featured in the Disneyland attraction Space Mountain in Anaheim. He played a space captain that informed guests of the adventure-to-come while they waited in queue for the ride.
In March 2006, he joined the cast of the daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" playing the role of Dr. Christian Ramirez. On July 18 2006, Lopez was released from his B&B contract. He guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives Christian Troy to jealousy when he sees him naked in the shower in an episode of FX Network's "Nip/Tuck" during the show's fourth season, which began in Fall 2006.
In the fall of 2006, Lopez appeared as a celebrity contestant for the third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars", partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, who made her series debut. Lopez's strong start in the program left some viewers wondering whether he had received dance training prior to joining the series. Initially, he said that he had not received any formal training, but he later revealed that, though he hasn't had formal ballroom training, he has studied tap and hip hop styles. He finished second to Emmitt Smith.
He was announced as a celebrity guest host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show "Extra" on January 12, 2006. His first assignment was covering the Golden Globes.
Lopez was scheduled to be color commentator for the first EliteXC mixed martial arts event alongside pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg, but was inexplicably replaced at the last minute.
Lopez is both the host with Carmen Palumbo and co-executive producer of Sí TV's "Dating Factory".
On March 122007, Lopez auditioned in a not-for-air episode of "The Price is Right" to take over for the retiring Bob Barker.
Lopez has hosted prime time television pageants; Miss Teen USA in 1998, 2003 and August 2007; Miss America in January 2007; and Miss Universe in May 2007, giving him the distinction of being the only individual to have served in hosting capacity for both of the major pageant system organizations.
Lopez is currently hosting the MTV reality show America's Best Dance Crew and MTV's Top Pop Group.
Lopez was featured in the third season of Mind of Mencia. After appearing on Nip/Tuck the nude shots from the shower appeared on the internet, but only his buttocks are exposed.
In 2007, Lopez- became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC.
In 2008, he appeared in the made for television movie Husband for Hire. On June 20, 2008 Lopez was named People's Hottest Bachelor.
Lopez will take over as weekday host of the syndicated news show `Extra` beginning on September 15, 2008. he graduated out of highschool in the year 1990 and continued his career as an actor and host.
Lopez made his Broadway debut on April 15, 2008 in the revival of A Chorus Line in the role of Zach. he graduated out of highschool in the year 1990 and continued his career as an actor and host.
Lopez was married to Ali Landry for 2 weeks but the marriage ended on May 15, 2004. The marriage was annulled over alleged infidelities committed by Lopez during the relationship, and particularly the week leading up to the wedding. There have been rumors that Lopez is gay, to which he responded on "Mind of Mencia" by doing a "Brokeback Mountain" parody as well as a monologue about how it is not true.
Lopez was recently dating Karina Smirnoff. However, on June 4, 2008 Smirnoff confirmed that she and Lopez are no longer an item.
He is an avid boxing fan. Was seen on camera during the Floyd Mayweather vs Ricky Hatton fight. He also commentates for Top Rank on overseas broadcasts of Manny Pacquiao fights.
Mario has a sister named Marissa, who is married to former NFL linebacker Kailee Wong.
He is still very good friends with fellow "Saved by the Bell" star and on-screen girlfriend Elizabeth Berkley, who came to support him while he was taking part in "Dancing with the Stars".
"Simon & Simon" (1984) (TV series)
"Kids Incorporated" (1984) (TV series) (1984-1986)
"The Golden Girls" (1986) (TV series)
"Colors" (1988) (Film)
"Saved by the Bell" (1989) (TV series)
"Masters of the Maze" (1994-1996) (TV series) Season 2 host
"Name Your Adventure" (1993) (TV series)
"Killing Mr. Griffin" (1997) (TV)
"Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" (1997)
"Miss Teen USA 1998"
"Pacific Blue" (1996) (TV series) (1998-2000)
"A Crack in the Floor" (2000)
"Big Brother Trouble" (2000) (Family Film)
"Popular" (2000) (Cameo)
"Ripleys Believe It Or Not " (2002)(TV series)
"King Rikki" (2002)
"Outta Time" (2002)
"Pet Star" (2002-2005) (TV series)
"Eve" (2003) (TV series)
"America's Most Talented Kid" (2003) (TV series)
"Miss Teen USA 2003"
"The Bold and the Beautiful" (2006) (TV series)
"Nip/Tuck" (2006) (TV series)
"Dancing with the Stars" (2006) (TV series)
"Mind of Mencia" (2007) (TV series) Season 3 episode 4
"The George Lopez Show" (2007)
"Eight Days a Week" (2007)
Miss America 2007
Miss Universe 2007
Miss Teen USA 2007
"Holiday in Handcuffs" (2007) (TV film for ABC Family)
"Husband for Hire" (2008) (TV film for Oxygen)
"America's Best Dance Crew" (2008) (TV series)
"Hannah Montana" (2008) TV Series
"MTV's Top Pop Group" (2008) (TV series)