Cortés is an award-winning actor, Marine combat veteran, singer, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Sunset Park Brooklyn, to inspiring Puerto Rican parents, he developed an interest in the arts along with a desire to serve his community and country. Currently Cortés plays the recurring role of Detective Carlos Alvarez on FOXs hit prime-time series Gotham. Cortés is the first actor in history to portray the iconic comic book character in television and film. Detective Alvarez was originally created by Judd Winicks for his hit DC Comics The New 52 Catwoman series. In addition to Gotham, he has had various roles on: Starzs Power, NBCs The Night Shift, The Blacklist, The Mysteries of Laura and CBS Blue Bloods. Previously, Cortés starred as an Operative on NBCs reality television show, Stars Earn Stripes alongside Navy Seal Chris Kyle and other Special Operations Operators and appeared in feature films including the soon-to-be released A Momentary Lapse of Reasoning with The Big Bang Theorys Kunal Nayyer, As Good As Dead from Andie MacDowell, Blue Caprice with Isaiah Washington and Monsters and Men based on the multi-award winning short film Stop produced by the Sundance Film Festival.