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Jonathan Medina

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Jonathan Medina
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BornNew York City, New York
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2002–present
Known forJay Gonzales in Primo
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Jonathan Jordan Medina is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Jay Gonzales as a series regular on the Amazon Freevee comedy Primo.[1][2][3]

He has also appeared on a number of programs including Fear The Walking Dead[4], Our Flag Means Death, Law & Order: SVU, The Terminal List, and had recurring roles on both The Purge and Walker: Independence.

Life and Career[edit]

Jonathan Medina was born in New York City.

He booked his first network television role in the spin-off series, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, where he played Antonio Cayetan. This was followed by an appearance on Shameless as Dr. Ruiz, a guest star on the long running procedural, NCIS, where he portrayed Navy Commander Ted Morgan, and his first major recurring role on season 2 of The Purge, where he portrayed Tommy Ortiz, a team member of Ryan Grant (played by Max Martini).

In 2022, Medina was cast as a series regular on Amazon Freevee's comedy, Primo.[5][6][7] Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation) executive produced the show based loosely on the life of Shea Serrano.

Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone[8] magazine said, "The series operates along two tracks that frequently intersect. One is a sweet and charming coming-of-age story...The other is a broad and silly comedy about the antics of the five uncles...Everyone is likely to have one uncle they like best — for me, it was Jay (Jonathan Medina), whose intense seriousness can be deployed to both scold his brothers and to point out the many ways he’s just as bad as them — even as the whole ensemble gels quickly."

He played a small supporting role in the independent feature, I'm Beginning To See The Light, opposite Jack Huston in 2023.

Personal Life[edit]

Jonathan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jennifer Lee Laks.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Duel at the Mound Mel
The Class Analysis Field Reporter
Alone Narrator
Dirges in the Dark George
2015 Avengers Grimm Jack
Penance Diego
2017 ReWrite Daniel
2018 Box Frankie
2019 Bolero Reader 8
The Laundromat Paramedic (uncredited)
2020 Immersion Wayne
2021 Offseason Mr. Clayton, Esq.
Bingo Hell Eric
2022 Kin Peter
The Bond Officer Ambrogi
The Blue Drum Ruben
2023 The Stratum Edgar Bane Producer
Tesla[9] Geo
Take Me Back Nurse Writer / Producer / Director
2024 Ba Brad Post-Production
Remember Us The Journalist Post-Production
I'm Beginning To See The Light Man in Vest Post-Production
Good Guys with Guns Miles Post-Production
Spellcaster Max Post-Production
Red Dirt Executive Producer, Co-Writer


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Shameless Dr. Ruiz Episode: "NSFW"
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Antonio Cayten Episode: "Love Interrupted"
2017 NCIS Navy Commander Ted Morgan Episode: "Keep Going"
Colony Chuy Episode: "The Garden of Beasts"
General Hospital Lopez Recurring (2 episodes)
2018 Westworld QA Responder #1 Episode: "Les Escorches"
The Brave Lalo Mahecha Episode: "Grounded"
2019 NCIS: New Orleans CGIS Agent Michael Martin Episode: "A House Divided"
The Young and the Restless Jared Season 5, Episode 19
Kingpin Katie Joey Recurring (3 episodes)
The Purge (TV series) Tommy Ortiz Recurring (Season 2; 7 episodes)
2020 SEAL Team Cmdr. Tim Algren Episode: "Shockwave"
2022 The Cleaning Lady Julio Recurring (Season1; 2 episodes)
Our Flag Means Death Papa Jimenez Episode: "This is Happening"
The Terminal List Aaron Santiago De Leon Episode: "Detachment"
The Villains of Valley View Middle Aged Colby Episode: "Battle for My Brother"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Antonio Campos Episode: "Dead Ball"
Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion Hypnotico Episode: "Ultra Violet vs. Black Scorpion"
Leverage: Redemption Paul Orozco Episode: "The Walk in the Woods Job"
2023 Walker: Independence Otis Clay Recurring Role
Fear the Walking Dead Adrian Episode: "Blue Jay"
Primo Jay[10][11] Main Cast
2024 Chicago Fire Detective Navarro Episode "Inside Man"


  1. Rosario, Alexandra Del (2022-05-12). "'Primo': Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Martin Martinez, Carlos Santos Among 10 Cast In Amazon Freevee Comedy From Shea Serrano". Deadline. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  2. Richmond, Ray (2023-06-16). "Efrain Villa and Jonathan Medina ('Primo'): 'We were given a lot of room for playing and exploring' [Exclusive Video Interview]". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  3. Phillipps, Tracey (2023-06-13). "Primo: Interview with 'Uncle Jay' actor Jonathan Medina". So Many Shows!. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  4. "Fear the Walking Dead actor Jonathan Medina stars in Primo on Freevee". Undead Walking. 2023-06-11. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  5. "182. PRIMO's Jonathan Medina, Johnny Rey Diaz, Efrain Villa - Actors With Issues". 2023-05-27. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  6. VanArendonk, Kathryn (2023-05-19). "Let Primo Fill the Feel-Good Comedy Void in Your Life". Vulture. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  7. Fienberg, Daniel (2023-05-17). "'Primo' Review: Shea Serrano's Family Comedy Is Another Low-Key Winner for Freevee". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  8. Sepinwall, Alan (2023-05-18). "'Primo' Is a Feel-Good, Coming-of-Age Comedy for the Whole Family". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  9. Souter, Collin. "Short Films in Focus: TESLA Features Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  10. "JONATHAN MEDINA". Bitesize Breakdown. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  11. "'Primo' mixed and matched uncles in cast -". UPI. Retrieved 2024-03-29.

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