A man of many trades, Mario Lopez has the overwhelming desire to always keep active. Lopez is the host of Premiere Networks’ nationally-syndicated radio programs On with Mario Lopez and the iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez. As host of both programs, Mario can be heard on 75 stations worldwide, as well as iHeartRadio. Mario is also the Emmy Award-winning host of EXTRA, a nationally-syndicated TV entertainment news program. In July 2017, Lopez returned to primetime TV as the host of CBS’ Candy Crush, a live-action game show based on the popular mobile game.
Not only does Lopez have a proclivity for the entertainment industry, he is also an avid sports fan. He has taken his love for sports, specifically boxing, to the next level as a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing. He also co-hosts a boxing podcast called The Three Knockdown Rule with boxing writer Steve Kim. Lopez produced the documentary CHAMPS, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film focuses on the lives of boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. In March 2015, MundoFox premiered the docu-reality series Los Golden Boys, produced by Mario Lopez and Oscar De La Hoya. The series dives into what it takes to become a world boxing champion and the daily struggles that fighters face.
In September 2014, Lopez released his first autobiography, Just Between Us. In his memoir Lopez shares his successes and disappointments, never before-told stories and family values. Lopez became a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. In May 2011, he released the follow up to Extra Lean entitled Extra Lean Family, which features recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children’s’ book he co-authored with his sister Marissa. As a follow up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia, a children’s book he wrote for his daughter, Gia. The book is currently being developed into an animated series.
No stranger to rigorous routines, Lopez danced his way to the finals in the third season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. Shortly after, in summer 2009, Lopez successfully completed his first run on Broadway. He starred in the long running hit musical A Chorus Line as the audience loved character ‘Zach.’
Mario was named the Alumni Ambassador of Fitness by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), while joining the ranks of some 25 other prominent alumni, including Denzel Washington and President Clinton, in the organization’s BE GREAT campaign. Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today’s young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the key role community-based organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs play in the positive development of children.
Even with all his other ventures, Mario is still in love with acting. Lopez reincarnated his guest-starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on the final season of F/X network’s popular show Nip/Tuck. Lopez’s run on the series garnished an instant and well-deserved cult following. He previously starred in the highest-rated program in ABC Family history, Holiday in Handcuffs. He also starred opposite Mark Consuelos in the made for TV movie Husband for Hire, which was the most watched program ever on the Oxygen Network, and he co-starred with Melissa Joan Hart in the 2017 Lifetime holiday movie, A Very Merry Toy Store.
Mario currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Courtney, their daughter, Gia and son, Dominic, and their two French Bulldogs Julio and Juanita. Fans can follow them on their YouTube channel “The Lopez Family,” which offers an insider’s look into the life of the busy family of six.