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Oscar Nunez From ‘The Office’ Is Using His Name To Help The World One Cause At A Time

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There’s no question that Oscar Martinez, played by Oscar Nunez, is the only character in NBC’s hit show The Office that you’d actually want to be friends with. He played an accountant who wanted to be acknowledged as the intellect of the office but was instead reduced to a gay Mexican token by his boss Michael Scott. While his character was fictional, in a way, it gave insight to so many of us dealing in work environments with ignorant people.

The man behind the character actually has next to nothing in common with the persona he plays. Except for the first name. We think his story will give you life, támbien.

Oscar Nunez is Cuban, not Mexican.

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He was born in Colón, Cuba on November 18, 1958. That’s right. He’s a Scorpio, or can’t you tell?

His parents were classmates wi Fidel Castro.

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They all went to the University of Havana together. During the rise of Castro’s regime, their family fled to Venezuela first, and then to the United States.

First, they moved to Boston when he was 2 years old, and then landed in Union City, New Jersey.

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As a first generation Cuban-American, habla español y ingles. All those bits with Oscar yelling at the camera about what a pendejo Michael is was just pure off the cuff rage at a fictional character.

Nunez went to fashion school.

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He started out at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then went to Parsons School of Design for writing. It seems like he first wanted to make his break as a writer.

He’s a certified dental technician.

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His father was a lawyer and his mother a dentist. After he graduated from Parsons, he went to the Magna Institute of Dental Technology to become a dental tech. This guy is mega educated.

He started up his comedy career in New York and joined The Groundlings.

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While there, he wrote and starred in a production called “Smooth Down There.” Now, he goes back as a famous comedy celebrity alum for special performances.

Nunez was a finalist in the ABC Latino Writers Project.

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I mean, makes sense right? He went to school for writing. I think I speak for all of us in saying that we want to see your written work, Oscar.

He won’t play roles that diminish Latinos.

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While he’s 100 percent condescended to in The Office and treated differently because of his Latinidad, his character has all the integrity around his culture. The whole time Oscar knows he’s better than Michael and the bigots around him and the audience knows it.

He worked in the industry for years before making it on The Office.

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Some of his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, 24 and Malcolm in the Middle. He went on to become the creator and producer of Halfway Home which explains his almost season-long break in The Office Season 3.

He’s not gay.

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When Oscar initially signed onto the show, he assumed his character’s sexuality would be straight. It wasn’t until later on in the show that the writers wrote in this plot twist, which helped account for his absence when Michael Scott sexually harasses him and he gets a company paid vacation.

He has a wife and kid.

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He married his longtime girlfriend Ursula Whittaker, who also happens to be an actress. The two had their first child, August Luce Nunez on October 4, 2012, and they all live together in Los Angeles.

You might remember him as the stripper in The Proposal.

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That’s right. He gyrated on Sandra Bullock. In the 2009 film, he also played the caterer, soda jerk and clergyman who ended up marrying Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. He’s multitalented in life and on screen.

Nunez used his fame to call an end to cosmetic testing on animals.

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He teamed up with Cruelty Free International to call on the U.S. to keep up with the European Union to end cosmetic testing on animals.

He’s also used his celebrity platform to show what a bad chef he is.

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Here’s the plot twist: he signed onto Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity of his choice. So, still selfless and pure.

He played Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Sitcom

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The series is a radio play that tells the story of how the power couple had to navigate the cultural tensions and obstacles to allowing a Latino with an accent on television. Think of it as a podcast reenactment of the true story behind the infamous show, I Love Lucy.

He is State Farm’s latest rep.

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He’s the agent “that gets you,” which means he’ll play rock, paper, scissors with basketball star Chris Paul all night, and will serve the perfect lay up. Yes, please, you actually rep me, Oscar!

He participated in a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the show The Aquabats! Super Show!

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When you’re passionate about comedy, you dress up like this and participate in a punk rock musical comedy show on The Hub Network. It was canceled in 2014, and the cast has to start their own Kickstarter and telethon to raise money for its reboot.

It worked.

He rocked the boat as a judge on the 2010 Miss USA pageant, asking about Arizona’s immigration laws.

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Apparently, the crowd started booing before he finished asking the question about whether laws like SB1070, which allow state law enforcement to check the federal immigration status of individuals, should exist. Miss Oklahoma said she believes the state should have a right to create the laws, and the contestant got second place. Boo-yah.

The reason his parents fled Cuba was because of their Catholic faith.

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Nunez’s parents didn’t want to live in an atheist country and willingly fled for that reason. He grew up super Catholic and came to the U.S. for its freedom of religion.

If you want more Nunez rn, you can tune into People of Earth.

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He’s in ten episodes and plays Father Doug. Yup, he plays a priest. His parents would be proud.


READ: 13 Things That Inevitably Happen When You’re The Only Latino At The Office

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El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a terrorist upended lives when he attacked an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 people. Since then, there has been an outpouring of grief and pain but along with it a community banding together amid an outpouring of support. 

Over the weekend, that cycle of grief and support continued as many of the remaining victims were finally laid to rest. 

One El Paso funeral home director put together the ultimate send off for all 22 victims, organizing a caravan of hearses that convened at the makeshift memorial. 

Twenty-two hearses carried flowers to the makeshift memorial outside Walmart.

Perches, who organized the funeral for an El Paso widower who made headlines when he invited the entire city to his wife’s service, reached out to other area funeral homes to organize 22 hearses — one for each person killed — to deliver flowers to the makeshift memorial at Walmart, which has become a place to mourn and remember. One final procession.

On Sunday, the hearses left La Paz and followed a police escort for the five mile procession to the memorial.

There were so many flowers at La Paz that it took nearly an hour for about 100 volunteers to load the hearses.

The flowers were donated from the El Paso widower made famous when he invited the entire city to his wife’s funeral.

There were 22 hearses, representing the 22 victims of the shooting, that carried more than 1,000 floral arrangements sent by people around the world for Margie Reckard’s funeral service and burial — which were held on Friday night and Saturday.

Salvador Perches told local ABC affiliate KVIA, “I spoke with (Reckard’s) husband about the idea, and he felt this would be a fitting tribute to his wife and to the other victims,” Perches said. “Contact was then made to all of the other participating funeral homes and all of them agreed that this can serve as a gesture of unity and a sense of closure for all of the funerals that happened from this tragedy.”

People who saw the caravan pass by took to social media to share their emotions.

Cars stopped in both directions as the 22 hearses passed. People captured the moment on cell phones. Some held small American flags and removed their hats.

“I just got chills,” Sunset Funeral Homes Director Christopher Lujan told CNN in an interview. “Seeing 22 hearses is just unbelievable.”

The hearses unloaded the flowers at the makeshift memorial site outside the Walmart where the attack took place.

The makeshift memorial at Walmart sprang up a day after the shooting. People have gathered to pray and sing amid the candles, rosaries and white crosses with handwritten names of the dead.

Funeral directors invited mourners at the memorial site to unload the arrangements. They took the flowers and arranged them around the crosses. “Everybody wanted to participate in one way or another,” said Gomez, who runs the social services non-profit Operation H.O.P.E., in an interview with CNN.

Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything

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Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything

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It’s been two weeks to the day since a white supremacist traveled 10 hours to target Latino shoppers at an El Paso Walmart, leaving 22 dead and injured another 25 people. One patient remains in critical condition while another four are stable, but still hospitalized at El Paso’s University Medical Center. A surprise visit from Stand and Deliver star Edward James Olmos and comedian George Lopez certainly caused a positive flurry of emotion in hospital staff and survivors.

El Paso Times reports that there was no live media coverage of their visit, as it was not publicized and took everyone by surprise. The two spent hours just talking to survivors, families of those who did not survive and hospital staff.

“It was a real emotional experience all around,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke told El Paso Times. “They just wanted to meet with patients and staff.”

Olmos posted a photo to his Twitter with one of the survivors and her family.

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“Celebrating life with the survivors of El Paso,” tweeted Mexicano actor Edward J Olmos. “Find a way of helping and uniting with the families of those that lost family members and survivors and their families of Dayton and El Paso.  Find ways of helping!”

Olmos and Lopez were gifted surgical caps signed by all the hospital staff that treated victims that fateful August 3rd.

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“The surgery caps worn by Lopez and Olmos were signed by all the members of UMC’s Emergency Department who were on hand August 3rd after a mass causality shooting in El Paso,” tweeted UMC El Paso. “Their visit today brought smiles and relief to recovering victims and their families.”

Mielke said the Hollywood stars pulled up a chair next to the survivors and listened to them for hours.

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UMC hospital nurse Priscilla Fraire smiled big to get a selfie in with Lopez and Olmos. Her mom even tweeted out her thanks to the actors, saying, “Thanks George and Edward for caring about our community. #ElPasoStrong #ThankYou”

“Thank you for all you do for our Raza,” tweets a fan named Debbie Lopez Contreras. “I truly appreciate you and all your hard work to make this world a better place. Much  to you and yours”

The El Paso Pride is certainly stronger than ever.

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“Put a firmeza en El Chuco Tejas love my town 915 por vida,” one fan responds to Olmos’ tweet. “Let’s hear it for the good guys,” tweets Liz Perez in response to a comment that wonders why “hospitalized victims of the racist GOP terrorist mass murderer welcomed their visits and adamantly refused to see trump and the missus.”

“Thank you for going to my beloved hometown, Mr. Olmos!” tweets another El Pasoan. “A beautiful, compassionate and wonderful city with people on both sides of the border with our Sister City Ciudad Juarez! You are amazing, as always <3” El Paso is strong because of its Latinos, holding up other Latinos, por siempre.

This hospital staffer expressed gratitude for Olmos’ empathy for El Paso.

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“Greatly appreciate you for taking the time to come visit my city #ElPaso,” tweeted Cynthia Martinez. “It was a real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for making time to come and support our city. A community that is grieving, that is hurting.” 

“There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”

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“They were really friendly,” 23-year-old nursing student Oseleonoleme told El Paso Times. “There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”

That chaos led to some staffers missing out on the photo op, and others delighting their daughters who later tweeted the above photo with the caption, “My dad works at UMC El Paso and he sent me this picture today!”

Forever, we honor the victims from the El Paso shooting. 

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  • Jordan Anchondo
  • Andre Anchondo
  • Arturo Benavides
  • Javier Rodriguez
  • Sara Esther Regalado Moriel
  • Adolfo Cerros Hernández 
  • Gloria Irma Marquez
  • María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
  • Ivan Manzano
  • Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez
  • David Johnson
  • Leonardo Campos Jr. 
  • Maribel Campos (Loya)
  • Angelina Silva-Englisbee
  • Maria Flores
  • Raul Flores
  • Jorge Calvillo Garcia
  • Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
  • Teresa Sanchez
  • Margie Reckard
  • Elsa Libera Marquez
  • Luis Alfonzo Juarez

Rest in Power.

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