Rafael de la Fuente (born November 11, 1986) is a Venezuelan television actor and singer known for playing Sam "Sammy Jo" Jones in the Dynasty reboot series.

Life and career

De la Fuente was born in Caracas, Venezuela.[1] He started his acting career in 2009 with the role of Jorge Giraldo in the Telemundo telenovela, Más sabe el diablo.[2] In 2011, de la Fuente appeared as Max in the telenovela Aurora.[2] This was followed by the recurring role of Diego Forlán in the Nickelodeon Latin America fantasy series, Grachi, which became a main role in the second season.[2][3] In 2014, de la Fuente appeared as Coach Julio on Every Witch Way, an English-language remake of Grachi.[2][4]

In 2015 and 2016, de la Fuente appeared in the recurring role of Michael Sanchez, the boyfriend of Jamal Lyon, in the Fox musical prime time soap opera, Empire.[5][4][6] In 2017, he appeared as Cleve Jones' boyfriend Ricardo Canto in the ABC miniseries When We Rise.[7][8] In March 2017, de la Fuente was cast in The CW's Dynasty reboot as Sam Jones, a gay male version of the original series' Sammy Jo Carrington (Heather Locklear).[9][10]


Year Project Role Notes Ref.
2009 Más sabe el diablo Jorge Giraldo TV series [2]
2011 Aurora Max TV series [2]
2011–2013 Grachi Diego Forlán TV series/Recurring role (202 episodes) [2][3]
2014 Every Witch Way Julio TV series/Recurring role (20 episodes) [2][4]
The One I Wrote for You Rafael Amato Feature film
2015 Lift Me Up Erik Feature film
2015–2016 Empire Michael Sanchez TV series/Recurring role (11 episodes) [5][4][6]
2017 When We Rise Ricardo Canto TV miniseries [7][8]
American Horror Story: Cult Picnic Guy TV series/Episode: "Election Night" [10]
2017–present Dynasty Sam Jones TV series/Series regular [9][10]


  1. ^ "Rafael de la Fuente: Biography" (in Spanish). Rafaeldelafuente.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h DeSocio, Jeffrey Thomas (21 October 2015). "Rafael de la Fuente stakes his claim in Empire". Fox 11 Los Angeles. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Rafael de La Fuente es Diego Forlán en Grachi". EstilosBLOG Miami (in Spanish). 13 March 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Martinez, Kiko (5 November 2015). "Empire's Rafael de la Fuente on How Playing a Gay Character Opened the Floodgates of Support". Remezcla.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Gomez, Patrick (12 August 2016). "Empire's Rafael de la Fuente on Playing a Gay, Minority Character". People. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Trivino, Jesus (21 January 2015). "Rafael de la Fuente talks Empire, gay couples on TV and making music". Latina. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Petski, Denise (April 15, 2016). "Callum Keith Rennie Joins Amazon's Man In The High Castle; Rafael de la Fuente In When We Rise ABC Miniseries". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 9, 2017). "Dynasty: Rafael de la Fuente Joins The CW Pilot; W. Tré Davis In Valor". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Giddens, Jamey (8 March 2017). "Empire Star Cast as Hispanic, Gay Male Version of Dynasty's Sammy Jo". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c Swift, Andy (November 1, 2017). "Dynasty's Rafael de la Fuente Defends Sammy Jo ('He's Not a Bad Guy!'), Recalls His 'Epic' Horror Story Death". TVLine. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 

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