Jorge Sanchez '87
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Battling both in the courts as a successful lawyer, and on the court as a winning contestant on American Gladiators, Hofstra alumnus Jorge Sanchez has put his well-rounded interests and education to amazing use since his days in Hempstead. While at Hofstra University, he studied psychology and speech, and played NCAA Division I baseball. Graduating with a B.A. in psychology in 1987, Jorge was offered a scholarship to the University of Texas School of Law.
After earning a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School, Jorge began practicing as an assistant attorney general for the state of Texas. However, he was pursuing many other outside interests at the same time. Upon graduation from Law School, he was chosen, after a grueling tryout, as one of 64 out of 10,000 individuals to compete on the nationally televised show American Gladiators. He went on to win the competition, and returned with a medal and cash award in hand. Also at this time, he began modeling – and appeared in nationally televised commercials and print ads for Chevrolet, The Courtyard Marriott, Nike and Eastbay sports catalogs.
Realizing the need to give back to the community, Jorge started and coached a little league team as a part of a program called ACTS (Assisting Communities for Success). He also directed the league for several years, mentoring hundreds of at-risk youth.
Jorge started a sports agency firm, through which he represents several NFL and NBA players, and concurrently established the Sanchez Law Firm. While pursuing his other interests, Jorge’s law practice has continued to prosper, and he has successfully litigated several important cases.
Jorge’s acting career has included starring as Royce Clayton in The Rookie (featuring Dennis Quaid), and appearing in The Life of David Gale starring Kevin Spacey. Being part of these films led him to start his own production company – Blessed One Productions – to pursue writing and acting in films. He has written, starred in, and executive produced a short film titled Slur, which competed at national film festivals. Jorge continues to pursue film opportunities, and one of his scripts is now in development with a major studio.