Road to fame as Officer Poncherello on CHiPs and later worked in Spanish language telenovelas.
Inspired by a family friend, he originally wanted to become a New York police officer.
He has worked as a deputy sheriff in Virginia in real life after acting on a Police television series for several years.
He married third wife Nanette Mirkovich in 1997. He has four children: two sons and two daughters.
He starred in the TV series CHiPs, which also briefly featured the one and only Caitlyn Jenner when she was known as Bruce Jenner.