Christian Camargo (born July 7, 1971) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his role of Brian Moser in the Showtime drama Dexter and his portrayal of Eleazar in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2.
Early life and education
Camargo was born Christian Minnick in New York City, New York, the son of former soap opera actress Victoria Wyndham and grandson of actor Ralph Camargo. He is a 1992 graduate of Hobart College.He was the Program Director of WEOS, the college's public radio station.
Camargo is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama (Group 25: 1992-1996). He went on to perform in the 1996 Broadway production of David Hare's Skylight with Michael Gambon (Theater World Award). From there, Camargo went to England to join the inaugural company of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the Southbank. He met his future wife, English actress Juliet Rylance, there.
Camargo's grandfather, Ralph Camargo, was a Mexican-American actor who talked his daughters into changing their names to something Anglicized because he felt he had lost roles due to being Latino Camargo decided to change his name back from Minnick because of pride in his Mexican-American heritage and a desire to bring back a name that he felt was connected to his profession.
Camargo's New York theater work includes the Public Theater's Kit Marlowe, Steve Martin's Underpants at Classic Stage Company, and the title role of Theater For A New Audience's Coriolanus. In 2008 Camargo played opposite Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Katie Holmes in Arthur Miller's All My Sons on Broadway.
In early 2009 Camargo played the title role in the Theatre for a New Audience's production of Hamlet and garnered good reviews. He won an Obie award and Drama League nomination for his performance. The show ran until April 12, 2009.
Camargo portrayed the role of Orlando in The Bridge Project's presentation of Shakespeare's As You Like It in Brooklyn, New York. In February 2010, he played Ariel in the company's rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Both plays directed by British director Sam Mendes.
He also played Eleazar of the Denali Coven in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2.
He has also been the face of Fast Ashley's, a custom car company that specialized in customizing vintage and muscle cars for celebrities, models and millionaires. The MTVreality show Fast Inc. follows the behind the scenes dealings of Fast Ashley's. His role in National Treasure: Book of Secrets was John Wilkes Booth.