JW CORTES is an award-winning Marine-combat-veteran-turned-actor, singer, filmmaker and activist. As an actor he trained in New York City at the world renowned William Esper Studio under highly regarded teacher Terry Knickerbocker. He is best known for his work as an Operative on NBC’s fierce reality television show “STARS EARN STRIPES.” During season one he had the pleasure of training, mentoring & executing training missions with celebrities Terry Crews, Laila Ali, Dean Cain and Todd Palin.
An avid activist, he helps to not only raise awareness but much needed funding for various charities & organizations to include Autism Speaks (his youngest son is on the spectrum) and the Wounded Warrior Project. He joined the legendary Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on stage at Madison Square Garden (in partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation) to help raise nearly six million dollars giving a performance Rolling Stone magazine reported “He sounded like a mixture of Marvin Gaye and John Legend, absolutely stunning most everyone in the room.”
He can be seen in various other projects to include NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn (dir. Olivier Megaton), AMORAL a new webseries, Blue Caprice (Isaiah Washington), As Good As Dead (Andie MacDowell), Latin mega-star Yovanny Polanco’s music video “Como Funciona El Amor” and in Sarah Fimms newest music video “Killing Machine.”
He is the proud father of two boys, a lucky husband and loving owner of an American-Bulldog named Blue.
Follow him on twitter & instagram @jwcortes and visit him at JWCortes.com
J.W. Cortes a Marine-combat-veteran-turned-actor has been featured in Humans of New York, acted in musicals, television shows, films and music videos. He is best known for his role as an Operative on the NBC reality series Stars Earn Stripes. He has just completed his directorial debut titled ‘Conscientious Objector’.
You can find it on Vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/conscientiousobjector/19851474