A 50th Birthday Photo Tribute to Mario Lopez!

Mario Lopez, Saved By the Bell
Paul Drinkwater / ©NBC / courtesy Everett Collection

In the mid 2000s, there was a running joke in our office that Mario Lopez was in EVERYTHING.

A new Lifetime movie? Mario Lopez. A new entertainment newsmagazine series? Mario Lopez. A beauty pageant host? Mario Lopez.

A show called Dancing Pet Stars on Animal Planet? Oh, hell yeah Mario Lopez.

He was like the hardest-working man in showbiz, and he became our cult hero.

One day in 2014, I was at a press event in Los Angeles for the syndicated entertainment news show Extra, and there was a thing where you could get your photo taken with Lopez. Damn straight I was getting one!

Dude was very cool, exactly like you’d expect. I didn’t fanboy out about getting to meet THE Mario Lopez, and I knew I’d always have the photo to remind me that I was in the presence of greatness.

I got the link to the photo and was very pleased. Years later, I was trying to find the photo or its link, but to no avail. Maybe it was in a defunct email account or saved on a phone I no longer own, but a deep dive into my digital archives resulted in nothing. And I was very sad.

So on the occasion of Lopez’s 50th (!) birthday, I’ll dig up some old photos (sans Saved By the Bell) that I COULD find in our expansive archive and celebrate the man who does it all in Hollywood.

Captain of the L.A. Armed Response on GSN’s Extreme Dodgeball (2004).

Mario Lopez, Extreme Dodgeball

Stewart Volland/GSN

Host of a fake dating show on Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle (2022).

Mario Lopez, Too Hot to Handle

©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Host of Saturday morning kids series Name Your Adventure (1992-95).

Mario Lopez, Name Your Adventure

A. Singer / ©CBS / Courtesy Everett Collection

Costarring with Melissa Joan Hart in Lifetime’s A Very Merry Toy Store (2017).

Mario Lopez, A Very Merry Toy Store

©Lifetime Television/courtesy Everett Collection

Guest-starring on the British comedy series Almost Royal (2016).

Mario Lopez, Almost Royal

©BBC-America / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Playing Vince Fontaine in FOX’s Grease: Live (2016).

Mario Lopez, Grease Live

Kevin Estrada / ©Fox / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Cohost/host of FOX’s talent competition show The X Factor Seasons 2-3 (2012-13).

Mario Lopez, X Factor

Ray Mickshaw/©Fox/courtesy Everett Collection

Guest-starring on the UPN sitcom The Bad Girl’s Guide (2005).

Mario Lopez, Jenny McCarthy, Bad Girls Guide

© Flame Ventures / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Playing Tomas Del Gato on the ABC sitcom a.k.a. Pablo (1984).

Paul Rodriguez, Mario Lopez, AKA Pablo

© ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Playing the recurring role of Dr. Mike Hamoui on drama series Nip/Tuck (2006-10).

Mario Lopez, Nip/Tuck

© Warner Bros. Television / Courtesy Everett Collection

Runner-up on Season 3 of Dancing With the Stars (2006).

Mario Lopez, Dancing With the Stars

Adam Larkey / © ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Guest-starring as Officer Sanchez on the sitcom George Lopez (2007).

Mario Lopez, George Lopez

Karen Neal / © ABC / courtesy Everett Collection

Appearing as a hot dog vendor on the celebrity reality show I Get That a Lot (2009).

Mario Lopez, I Get That a Lot

Jeffrey R. Staab / © CBS / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Host of The CW’s short-lived reality series H8R (2011).

Mario Lopez, H8R

Jordon Nuttall/The CW © 2011 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Cohost of sports/entertainment series ESPN Hollywood (2005-06).

Mario Lopez, ESPN Hollywood

© ESPN, Inc. Credit: Vivian Zink/ESPN

Host of Animal Planet’s pet competition series Pet Star (2002-05).

Mario Lopez, Pet Star

Ed Carreon/Animal Planet

Cohost (with then fiancée Ali Landry) of the ABC Family TV special Will You Marry Me? (2004).

Ali Landry, Mario Lopez, Will You Marry Me?


Playing Dave Ruggles on the TV movie thriller Killing Mr. Griffin (1997).

Mario Lopez, Killing Mr Griffin

© NBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Host of kids’ game show Masters of the Maze (1994-95).

Mario Lopez, Masters of the Maze

Courtesy Everett Collection