My name is Mariano Mendoza, I was born on September 17th, 1968 in Los Angeles General Hospital.
I am the oldest of 9 brothers and sisters. Growing up in Compton, California, I spent a majority of my life in and out of foster care as well as a few homes for boys.
I was always very active athletic as a kid and competed in track and field as well. I became the first Mexican MMA Cage Fighter to fight Bare Knuckles for two world Valletudo Belts and had been declared the Mexican Debo kid/Jean Claude Van Damme. I have been trained by many professional MMA fighters, including Bas Rutton, Marcus of Beverly Hills Jujitsu, Krava Maga Pioneer Amir Perets, Eric Pulson of C.S.W. MMA Gym, and Muay Thai legend Kru Vut. I've fought for the co-creator of the UFC and World Valle Tudo Organization. I was once considered the World Strongest Mexican with over 40 weight lifting competitions and have received 2 world titles for Muscle Beach Strong Man and in Competitive Body Building.
After fighting in the MMA, I got my first break in the movie Gangster Party in 2000, since then I have been in hit TV Series and Movies and even became a series regular playing as Rodney on HBO's Eastbound and Down with Danny McBride, and soon went on to play La Furza, a Heavyweight Champion on Ray Donovan with Jon Voight and Pooch Hall. Most recently I starred in Rob Zombie's 3 from Hell as Gonzo, with Danny Trejo and Emilio Rivera. Other films and projects include, Avenge of the Crows, School of Dance, where I was able to beat up Kevin Hart. I currently have over 136 IMDb credits and am still going strong! To see my FULL IMDb click HERE!
A few short films that I created in the last couple of years include Prison Muscles, 3 parody's including Master Chancla: from being bullied to mastering the art of the Chancla, the feature short film (2019), as well as Master Chankla: A Mexican Kung Fu Parody (2018), and The Oracle of Nunchucku; A Master Chankla Series that I co-wrote with Dawn Piercy, Testimony, which includes testimonials of survival, strength through finding Christ.
I am also Co-Host on Mariano "Big Dawg's" Corner of ANEW podcast with Host Dawn Piercy..
Author & Host