Otto Sanchez, a native New Yorker, was raised by his mother, Violeta Zoila Carbajal in Jackson Heights, Queens, in a household of four, an older brother and two older sisters.
Otto’s passion for painting was his first connection into the arts. After pursuing Advertising Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, 1987 to 1989, then fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio, on a scholarship, his passion shifted into theater. Returning to New York City in 1991, he studied acting under Jeanne Kaplan and Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. In 1996, landed his breakthrough role Chico Guerra on the acclaimed HBO series OZ.
Notable film credits include: Carlos in Bad Boys II, Negrito in Kill the Poor. Ping Pong in Double Whammy by Tom Dicillo, and Paul Diaz in Push by David Rodriguez. TV credits: Diego in Blue Blood, Diego Garza a recurring role second season on Burn Notice, Danny Santos in Canterbury’s Law (with Julianna Margulies), Deputy Sheriff Rick Silo opposite Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) in Criminal Minds. Otto also had the recurring role as the kidnapper Otto Sanchez (yes Otto Sanchez!) in Jason Smilovic’s critically acclaimed NBC series Kidnapped! Otto made guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law&Order NY, L&O: SVU, L&O: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, and 100 Centre St. TV pilots: Denis Leary Peter Tolan’s NBC police dramedy Fort Pit as Tommy Cruz, Mark Rosner’s TNT drama The Line as Christian Diaz.
Otto is no stranger to the stage. He was last scene November 2008 in the World Premiere of Beau Willimon’s political play Farragut North (now a major motion picture) directed by 2008 Tony award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) at the Atlantic Theater in New York City in the duel role of Frank/Waiter opposite 2008 Tony winner (Spring Awakening) John Gallagher, Jr.
In 2004 he co-starred opposite John Ventiglimia (The Sopranos) in the role of Wallace in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Ponies, produced by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante in New York City.