Jon Michael Ecker

Inside Biography

Jon-Michael Ecker is a Brazilian-American actor most known as Ari Morales in Poland!, Nicolás "Nico" de la Vega in Gossip Girl: AcapulcoThe Lion in Narcos, and El Güero in Queen of the South. Among people, he is also known as the son of popular actor Guy Ecker.  

Early Life

Jon-Michael Ecker's full name is Jon-Michael William Ecker. He was born on March 16, 1983, in San Marcos, Texas to actor father Guy Ecker. As of 2022, his age is 64 and he stands at the height of  6 feet or 183 cm tall.

His biological mother's identity has not been revealed, however, he has a stepmom named, Estela Sainz (a Mexican-American actress). His dad was also married to Nia Peeples from 1984 to 1986. He also has three half-siblings. 

Educational Details

Ecker pursued Aquatic Biology and holds a degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, but ultimately found his calling in acting and moved to Mexico City.

There, he began appearing in Spanish-language telenovelas before moving back to the US in 2014. 

Jon-Michael Ecker's Father 

Jon-Michael Ecker is the son of Brazilian-American telenovela actor Guy Frederick Ecker, of La Mentira, Salomé, and Heridas de Amor fame. He is the only to be born of Guy and his relationship with an unnamed American woman.

CAPTION: Ecker is the son of Brazilian-American telenovela actor Guy Frederick Ecker SOURCE: Instagram@guy_ecker

Guy went on to marry twice, first, to the American actress-singer-dancer Nia Peeples (from 1984 to 1986) and to his current wife, Mexican-American actress Estela Sainz, from 2000. They went on to have three children together.      

Popular Movies And TV Roles

Upon his move to Mexico City, Jon-Michael Ecker began appearing on Latin telenovelas like Niña de mi corazón, El Equipo, and The Power of Destiny.   

He landed his first main role as Ari Morales in the telenovela Popland! and subsequently starred as Pablo Peralta in Fearless Heart and Nicolás 'Nico' de la Vega in Gossip Girl: Acapulco. After returning to the US, Ecker began appearing in English-language TV shows like Netflix's Narcos and TNT's Major Crimes

Ecker in Raymundo "Güero" Davila

From 2016 to 2019, Ecker played Raymundo "Güero" Davila in the USA Network crime-drama series Queen of the South, adapted from the Spanish-language telenovela La Reina del Sur.

A recurring character in the first season, Jon-Michael was part of the main cast of the second and third seasons and only guest-appearing in the fourth season.   

CAPTION: Jon-Michael Ecker as Lieutenant Greg Grainger in Chicago Fire SOURCE: Instagram@jonecker

Ecker in NBC's Chicago Fire

In 2021, the 63-year-old portrayed the recurring role of Lieutenant Greg Grainger in Chicago Fire. The NBC television show created by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt stars Jesse SpencerTaylor Kinney, and Monica Raymund.

Most recently, was seen as Max in the Netflix drama series Firefly Lane starring Katherine HeiglSarah Chalke, and Ben Lawson, among others, and as Lieutenant Greg Grainger on NBC's Chicago Fire.

Famous Tv series

Furthermore, his other movies and TV shows include Cantinflas (box office $17.8 million),  La fuerza del Destino, Corazón Valiente, NCIS: New Orleans,  Criminal Minds, and Sideswiped.

Currently, Ecker has completed the shooting of his upcoming movie Listless. He would play the role of Pau alongside Sohm Kapila, Taylor Bracken, and Brad Burkhard in the short film, directed by Noam Tomaschoff and written by Chelsea Frei.

His other movie titled Benny's Lament (or the Man in Apartment 2C) where he would be appearing as Benny Harlowe is also yet to be released.  

Who Is Jon-Michael Ecker Dating?

In late 2020, it was reported that Jon-Michael Ecker had been dating model Laura James. His current girlfriend is the daughter of John James (actor-producer) and Denise Coward (actress).  

Jon-Michael Ecker and his girlfriend Laura James SOURCE: Instagram@jonecker

Both star kids' relationship is going well and stronger as they often upload their lovey-dovey, cute, and adorable pictures on each other's social media.

Before dating James, Ecker was a married man. He exchanged wedding vows with Barbara Mori. His ex-wife actress, model, producer, and writer. As per reports, the former couple started their relationship in 2012. Eventually, the duo married in 2014 but it is not known when the pair separated.

Net Worth 

According to the sources, Jon-Michael Ecker is believed to have a net worth of around $2 million as of March 2022. As per IMDb, the millionaire has so far appeared in 18 movies and television shows.

The average salary of an actor in the US is $25,180 per year with the pay ranging from $25,180 to $58,580 per year. On the other hand, the Brazilian actors' pay rang between BRL 79,563 and BRL 138,723 with a median salary of BRL 111,175 annually.

Salary and Earnings

Since he is the popular face in both countries, he earns more than the average figure. Besides that, he earns through his social media. The retired marine biologist who is currently an actor is active on Instagram with 225k followers and on Facebook with 25k followers as of March 2022. 

According to Influencer Marketing Hub, his verified Instagram profile makes around $675 to $1,125$1,137.5 per sponsor post with an engagement rate of 2.10%.


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by shrijan, 24 Jul, 2022

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