He became an accomplished cross-country and track runner, winning the Texas State Championship in the mile and two mile.

After graduating in 1994 and turning down a presidential appointment to West Point, Nicholas pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California.

The following summer, he returned to Europe on a research grant where he studied at Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin to complete his thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses.

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Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a student at Central Catholic High School.

After graduating in 1994 and turning down a presidential appointment to West Point, Gonzalez pursued an English degree at Stanford University in California.

He attended two terms at Oxford University in England.

Nicholas Edward Gonzalez (born January 3, 1976) is an American actor.

He is best known for playing the roles of Alex Santiago on the Showtime television series Resurrection Blvd. Neil Melendez on the ABC television series The Good Doctor.

While finishing his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998, Nicholas was approached to do a one-man theatre piece called Gas by María Irene Fornés.