Mario López

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Mario López
Birth name Mario Lopez, Jr.
Born October 10, 1973 in San Diego, California, USA
Sometimes credited as Mario Lopez
Notable Roles A.C. Slater in Saved by the Bell
Notable Episodes
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Mario López is an American actor and host.




Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Saved by the Bell A.C. Slater 1989-1993 1 2 3 4
Saved by the Bell: The College Years A.C. Slater 1993-1994 1
Candy Crush Host 2017 1
Saved by the Bell Principal A.C. Slater 2020–2021 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Simon & Simon Roberto 3x22 - Corpus Delecti March 22, 1984
The Golden Girls
(credited as Mario Lopez)
Mario Sanchez 2x21 - Dorothy's Prized Pupil March 14, 1987
Eve Roberto 1x08 - Hi Mom November 17, 2003

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style A.C. Slater November 27, 1992 Saved by the Bell
Wedding in Las Vegas A.C. Slater October 7, 1994 Saved by the Bell: The College Years
The Soluna Project Antonio 2004
Holiday in Handcuffs David Martin December 9, 2007 ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas
Eight Days a Week Peter Lee 2007
Husband for Hire Marco January 2008 Oxygen Channel Original
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Voice of Zeus November 29, 2009 ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Voice of Zeus November 28, 2010 ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas
Grease Live! Vince Fontaine January 31, 2016 Fox Night at the Movies
A Very Merry Toy Store Will DiNova November 26, 2017 Lifetime Original
Feliz NaviDAD David November 21, 2020 Lifetime Original

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Hollywood Squares February 24-28, 2003
Hollywood Squares May 26-30, 2003
Hollywood Squares November 24-28, 2003
Hollywood Squares May 10-14, 2004

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

ALMA Awards

(3 Nominations)


  • Raised in a large Catholic family
  • Is of Mexican descent
  • His mother, Elvia was a telephone company clerk and his father, Mario Sr., worked for the municipality of National City
  • Has a younger sister, Marissa
  • Began dancing when he was 3 years old
  • Was discovered by a talent agent when he was 10 years old at a dance recital
  • Is skilled in wrestling, karate and tumbling
  • Attended Chula Vista High School where he was an amateur wrestler on the school wrestling team; he graduated in 1991
  • Married his first wife, Ali Landry in April of 2004, but they annulled their marriage two weeks later after Landry discovered that Lopez cheated on her at his bachelor party
  • Married his second wife, Courtney Mazza in 2008; they have two children: daughter Gia (born in September of 2010) and son Dominic (born in September of 2013)