played by Oscar Nunez
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Character Bio

Carlos’ passion is helping people, a fervor matched only by his frustration with clients who make a habit of returning to the system. However, Carlos has given so much to his job that his personal life is falling apart. But he would never dream of giving up the fight, even if he’s closer to burning out than he’d like to admit. He may not be as smooth or as smart as Phil, but his playful spirit and unerring dedication make him a loyal and dependable coworker. 

Oscar Nunez stars as Carlos, Nina’s (Eliza Coupe, “Happy Endings”) idealistic co-worker at the public defender’s office, in USA’s new comedy “Benched.” 

Nunez is perhaps best known for his role as Oscar Martinez on the hit series “The Office.”  Nunez won two SAG Awards, an ALMA Award, a TV Land Award and an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition for his role on the series.  Nunez is also recognized for his large supporting role in the hit movie “The Proposal” and for creating and starring in his own series “Halfway Home.” 

Raised in New Jersey, he began his acting career on the East Coast.  He studied in New York and Washington D.C. and performed with The Shock of the Funny improv troupe.  After stints studying fashion, art and dentistry, Nunez moved to Los Angeles where he performed with the Groundlings as a member of their Sunday Company. 

His film credits include “The Italian Job,”  “Without Men,”  “Language of a Broken Heart,” “Beethoven's Big Break,” and he has an upcoming role in “The 33” alongside Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.  He recently starred opposite Rob Lowe as Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, in the movie “Prosecuting Casey Anthony.”  Nunez has guested on many television shows including “New Girl”  “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Bob's Burgers” “Family Tree,” “24,” “Reno 911,” and “Bad Teacher.”