Poncherello) Erik was born on March 16, 1949 as Henry Enrique Estrada in NY City. Back around 1968, he was in a dance troupe and earned $38 a week with free lunches and all the acting lessons he could take. In return, he had to perform daily in downtown Los Angeles. He had a 10-day hospital stay in August 1979 caused by on-set accident when he was thrown from his motorcycle and the 900-pound bike landed on him.
At 5’10”, 160 pounds, he was an inch shorter and 15 pounds lighter than Wilcox. But his physical fitness routine helped him rebound from his injury: 240 situps and 120 push ups on a daily basis. He is going through custody disputes about his two boys and he has “a steady girl”. Erik was voted as one of “The 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World” in People Magazine on November 19, 1979. The cover features Erik towering above the other men (Willie Ames included) at the top of the page, cutting into the People sign, with nothing but a big smile and a towel lying across his shoulder. The magazine says, For all his raw physical appearance, Estrada regards himself as “gentle, kind and considerate.” He buys his dates jewelry and treats them to champagne and sushi evenings. But Estrada has grown cunning.
“In the past, women I’ve dated always decided to be actresses. I was just a means to an end for them.” So what does he really look for in a woman? The actor flashes a huge smile. “T&A” Erik lives out in the San Fernando Valley. He’s up in the hills behind the Burbank airport and south of Universal Studios. His house is way at the top of this hill and it’s easy to spot. He did an interview on the Mexican Channel from some show called CONTROL and it shows you where Erik lives and the inside of his house.
He has two “CHiPs” motorcycles (sans the engines) sitting in the middle of the house and old magazines with his picture on the cover (TV Guide, People) plastered all over the walls. He has really unusual wall paper (stripes ; polka dots) and a bunch of trinkets sitting around. He has all sorts of little gumball machines and slot machines sprinkled throughout his residence. The house wasn’t too big, seemed like your average 4-5 bedroom track home actually.
Starring Roles: Where is Parsifal? (?) The Repentant (?) Silver Circle (?) Vengeance of Little Saigon (?) Will You Run With Me? (?) The Ballad of Billie Blue (1971) The Cross and the Switchblade (1972) as Nicky The New Centurions (1972) Airport 1975 (1974) as Julio Trackdown (1976) as Chucho Midway (1976) (aka The Battle of Midway) Fire! (TV-1977) Frank “CHiPs” (TV-1977-83) Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello The Line (1980) The Lost Idol (1980) Jailbreakin’ (1980) Shock Troop (1980) The Bronx, Fort Apache (1981) Honeyboy (TV-1982) Lightblast (1985) Hour of the Assassin (1987) The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (TV-1988) as Carmine D’Agostino She Knows Too Much (TV-1989) as Jimmy Alvarez Alien Seed (1989) Andy and the Airwave Rangers (1989) Twisted Justice (1990) as Commander Gage Spirits (1990) A Show of Force (1990) as Machado Night of the Wilding (1990) as Joseph Guns (1990) Caged Fury (1990) The Last Riders (1991) as Johnny Extralarge: Cannonball (TV-1991) as Gonzales Earth Angel (TV-1991) as Duke Do or Die (1991) aka Girls, Games and Guns as Richard Estaban The Divine Enforcer (1991) “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” (Two Women, One Road) (Mexican Univision Network 1993-94) National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) as “Erik” with Larry Wilcox Angel Eyes (1993) as Johnny The Final Goal (1994) American Adventurer (TV-1996) Host Fight Zone (Pay-Per-View 7/5/1996) Host Visions (Completed) Guest Appearances: Hawaii-Five-0 (TV-1973) “Engaged to Be Buried” Owen Marshall, Counseler At Law (TV-1973) “Once A Lion” Kolchak, The Night Stalker (TV-1975) “Legacy of Terror” Medical Center (TV-1975) “The High Cost of Winning” Police Woman (TV-1975) “Don’t Feed the Pigeons” The Love Boat (TV-1978) “Going By the Book” The Six Million Dollar Man (TV-19??) “The Deadly Test” The Mike Douglas Show (TV-1980) Women Who Rate A 10 (TV-1981) Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV-1988) A Taco Bell commercial (TV-19??) “Excuse me ma’am…do you have a license for that taco?” “Cybil” (CBS-1995) The Nanny (NBC-1994 or 95) as himself Burke’s Law (TV-1994 or 95) Music City Tonight (TV-1995) as himself…
sitting next to Robert Conrad Psychic Revival Network (TV-199?) Hunter “City of Passion” (TV-199?) Mysteries Magic and Miracles (Sci-Fi-1996) High Society (CBS-1996) “Alice Doesn’t Pump Here Anymore” as Pedro the Doorman Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC-5/1/97) guest Home Boys in Outer Space (UPN-5/6/97) Good Morning America (ABC-5/7/97) guest The Carol & Marilyn Show (TV-5/7/97) guest Politically Incorrect (ABC-5/12/97) guest Viva Variety (Comedy Central-5/13/97) as his mother Talk Soup (E!-5/23/97) guest The Rosie O’Donnell Show (TV-5/27(28?)/97) guest The Daily Show (Comedy Central-1997) guest Charles Grodin (CNBC-1997) guest Geraldo (TV-1997) guest Published Works: Erik Estrada: My Road from Harlem to Hollywood; ©1997 Transcripts: Read a transcript of Erik’s 4/30/97 chat on AOL Read a transcript of Erik’s 5/2/97 chat on MSN Although Erik does not have a public e-mail address, you can contact him at the address he supplied in the AOL chat: Erik Estrada 11288 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604