Born and raised in Southern California, Ron Melendez knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an actor. Inspired by his family’s weekly trips to the movie theater – his parents would often take him out of school to see the latest releases - Ron began his acting career at 16.
Ron began working in television and commercials while still in high school and through his time studying English Literature at UCLA. Ron decided to fully commit to his acting career shortly before completing his degree.
The transition quickly proved successful, as Ron began adding credits to his resume, starting with the lead role in CHILDREN OF THE CORN III, a recurring role on Fran Drescher’s hit show “The Nanny,” and several more film and television jobs.
In 1998, Ron won a lead role on the UPN series “Legacy.” He received positive reviews for the portrayal, including being named one of the annual “12 Stars to Watch” by TV Guide Magazine. After “Legacy,” Ron was cast in the title role in the NBC pilot “Merlyn” by Writer/Executive Producer Tom De Santo, who went on to produce the X-MEN and TRANSFORMERS movie franchises.
As has always been the case for Ron, he consistently guest-stars on top rated tv shows. His credits include “Grey’s Anatomy”, “American Horror Story: Cult”, “Haiwaii 5-0”, “NCIS: New Orleans”, and Criminal Minds.”
His last feature film was BITCH SLAP, an in-your-face caper thrill-ride of a modern throwback to the exploitation films of decades past. He plays “Deputy Fuchs,” a sheriff’s deputy who may or may not actually be a cop in the film featuring plenty of sexy women and jaw-dropping action. It was well received at the Cannes Film Festival.
While in between projects, Ron spends his time traveling, reading, playing hockey and soccer, and studying languages. He studies Spanish and French, and is fluent in Italian, often visiting his family in Lucca, Italy.