Jon-Michael Ecker - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 17, 2022

Jon-Michael Ecker
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Queen of the South (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $2 million

Personal Details

Born on : March 16, 1983 (age 40)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Jon-Michael William Ecker
Birth Place: San Marcos, Texas, USA
Horoscope: Pisces
Father's Name: Guy Ecker
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: 3
University: UC Santa Barbara
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Austrian, German, Luxembourgish, English, Welsh, Brazilian)
Nationality: American, Brazilian


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: October 9, 2022
Wife's Name: Laura Ellen James Ecker

Barbara Mori 

Body Measurements

Height: 1.80 meter (5 feet 11 inch)
Weight: 75 kg (165.35 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Hazel
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Jon-Michael Ecker?

Jon-Michael Ecker is an actor by profession and American, and Brazilian by nationality. He is well known for starring in Popland!, Corazón valiente, Gossip Girl: Acapulco, Queen of the South, and the film Cantinflas as Marlon Brando.

Jon-Michael Ecker – Age, Parents, Siblings

Jon-Michael Ecker’s birth took place on March 16, 1983, in San Marcos, Texas, USA. His full name is Jon-Michael William Ecker, his father is Brazilian actor Guy Ecker while the name of his American mother is not known. 

His former stepmother is an American singer and actress Nia Peeples. From his father’s second marriage to Mexican-American actress Estela Sainz, he has three half-siblings.

(from right) Jon-Michael Ecker, Estela Sainz, Guy Ecker (Image: Twitter - posted 2015)

Education, Ethnicity

Following high school graduation, Jon-Michael Ecker went on to study at UCSB where he graduated with a degree in Marine Biology.

His ethnicity includes Austrian, German, Luxembourgish, English, Welsh, and Brazilian.

Jon-Michael Ecker – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Jon-Michael Ecker began dating Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer, and writer Barbara Mori in 2012. He and his longtime girlfriend got married in 2014. They do not have any children together and their marriage has now ended in divorce.

Currently, he is in a relationship with actress and model Laura Ellen James, and have been dating since January 2019. She is the daughter of actor and producer John James and Australian actress Denise Coward. James first rose to fame after winning season 19 of America's Next Top Model.

Ecker and James got engaged in late July 2021 after he proposed to her and they married on October 9, 2022. He and his wife are yet to have children of their own.

Jon-Michael Ecker, Laura James (Image: Instagram - posted July 2021)

Jon-Michael Ecker – Career

Early Days

Although Ecker studied marine biology in college, he chose to follow the same path as his father. To start his career as an actor, he moved to Mexico City. There he guest starred in episdoes of TV series Niña de mi corazón (2010), El Equipo (2011), La fuerza del destino (2011), etc. He has portrayed the main character Ari Morales in Popland! (2011), Pablo Peralta in Corazón valiente (2012-2013), Nicolás "Nico" de la Vega in Gossip Girl: Acapulco (2013). He played American actor and film director Marlon Brando in the 2014 film Cantinflas.

After a successful run in Mexican telenovela, Jon-Michael Ecker returned to the USA in 2014.

Films, Series

In Hollywood, Ecker’s debut role was in a 2015 episode of the TV series Narcos. This was followed by guest appearances in NCIS: New Orleans (2016), Criminal Minds (2017), Sideswiped (2018), and a recurring role in Narcos (2015-2016), Chicago Fire (2021), Firefly Lane (2021).

Jon-Michael Ecker was cast as the main character El Güero in seasons 1 to 3 of the crime drama series Queen of the South (2016-2018). He reprised his role as a guest star in season 4 of the series in 2019.

Alice Braga, Jon-Michael Ecker in Queen of the South (Image: The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)


On the set of Firefly Lane, Jon-Michael Ecker has worked alongside Paul McGillion, Jason McKinnon, Ali Skovbye, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Chelah Horsdal.

Jon-Michael Ecker – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Ecker is estimated to be around $2 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Jon-Michael Ecker – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles including Instagram, and Twitter, Jon-Michael Ecker is followed by thousands of followers but is absent from Facebook.

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