professional career began in 1984 when he appeared as
younger brother Tomás in the short-lived ABC comedy series
a.k.a. Pablo. In that same year, he was cast as a drummer
and dancer on Kids Incorporated. Mario is a capable drummer
and has been seen in his many television roles playing the
instrument. In 1989, Lopez was cast as A.C. Slater in the
popular television sitcom Saved by the Bell, a role which
lasted five years. Lopez's character was a masculine,
athletic student, helping to garner the actor a sizeable
teenage-girl fan base. He maintains a close friendship with
fellow castmate Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
Since his stint on Saved by the Bell, Lopez has enjoyed a
career as host of a variety of television contest shows. He
hosted Pet Star on the Animal Planet channel and was co-host
of ESPN2's ESPN Hollywood. He is the captain of the L.A.
Armed Response team on GSN's Extreme Dodgeball. Like fellow
Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond, he was featured as a
celebrity guest on The Weakest Link.
On USA Network's "Pacific Blue," he played police officer
Bobby Cruz. Lopez also served as the host of the syndicated
series "Name Your Adventure". He also starred as the Olympic
diving champion Greg Louganis in "Breaking the Surface: The
Greg Louganis Story."
was also one of the co-hosts of the syndicated talk show
"The Other Half", which aired from 2001-2003. This show was
a male version of the female ensemble talk show "The View".
The Other Half featured 4 male co-hosts, including Danny
Bonaduce and executive producer, Dick Clark.
As late as 2001, Lopez' likeness was featured in the
Disneyland attraction Space Mountain in Anaheim. He played a
space captain that informed guests of the adventure-to-come
while they waited in queue for the ride.
March 2006, he joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The
Bold and the Beautiful playing the role of Dr. Christian
Ramirez. On July 18, 2006, Lopez was released from his B&B
contract. He guest-starred as a plastic surgeon who drives
Christian Troy to jealousy when he sees him naked in the
shower in an episode of FX Network's Nip/Tuck during the
show's fourth season, which began in Fall 2006.
In the fall of 2006, Lopez appeared as a celebrity
contestant for the third season of ABC's Dancing With the
Stars, partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff,
who made her series debut. The series lasted ten weeks with
Lopez and Smirnoff losing in the final round to former
Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith and partner Cheryl
Burke. Lopez's strong start in the program left some viewers
wondering whether he had received dance training prior to
joining the series. Initially, he said that he had not
received any formal training, but he later revealed that,
though he hasn't had formal ballroom training, he has
studied tap and hip hop styles.
He was announced as a celebrity guest host for CBS's Extra
on January 12, 2006. His first assignment was covering the
Lopez color commented for the EliteXC mixed martial arts
event alongside pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg.
Lopez is both the host with Carmen Palumbo and co-executive
producer of Si TV's Dating Factory
On March 12, 2007, Lopez will be auditioning in a
not-for-air episode of The Price is Right to take over for
the retiring Bob Barker