Oct 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mario Lopez

I first saw Mario Lopez on March 14, 1987, on an episode of The Golden Girls.  He played one of Dorothy's students who is in danger of being deported to Mexico.  He was fourteen years old, but he already had the hair, the dimples, and the impish smile that made you want to smile back. It was impossible to be in a bad mood while looking at that smile.




The beefcake came later -- when Mario played A.C. Slater, the sullen working-class athlete who paired with smooth-talking operator Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Goesselaer) on Saved by the Bell and Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1989-1993).

And when he played Ryan in the homoerotic horror movie The Journey: Absolution (1997).










And when he played gay athlete Greg Louganis in Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997).


And when he played Dr. Mike Hamoui on Nip/Tuck (2008-2010), getting naked in the shower room and causing unexplainable longings in the ostensibly heterosexual plastic surgeons.

And lots more.  I could post a thousand beefcake photos of Mario Lopez, but really, there aren't many people in the world who aren't familiar with his physique.  It's the most photographed in Hollywood, and deservedly so. 










But I'm still fixated on that smile.  Has anyone ever seen Mario not smiling, except when he's acting on screen?  He even smiles at the papparazzi who follow him on his morning jogs.

For that matter, has Mario ever said a bad word about anyone?  Has anyone ever said a bad word about him? (Ok, I criticized him for making a heterosexist statement on his website, but he has certainly made up for it by being a long-term gay ally.)

He's on every list of the "Most Beautiful Celebrities," but he should also place high on the list of  the "Nicest Celebrities."




He turned 39 on October 10, 2012.  Hopefully he won't retire until he's 89, so we can have look forward to another 50 years of beefcake and impish grins.