Hondo Is Not a Big Fan of New Team Leader Sanchez on 'S.W.A.T'

Actor David DeSantos is joining the cast of 'S.W.A.T.' as Rodrigo Sanchez, a LAPD veteran and former S.W.A.T. member whom Hondo calls "arrogant."

Anna Quintana - Author

Oct. 22 2021, Published 5:45 p.m. ET

Rodrigo Sanchez on 'S.W.A.T.'
Source: Bill Inoshita/CBS

The cast of S.W.A.T. is growing.

During Season 5, Episode 3, fans of the CBS series were introduced to former S.W.A.T. member Rodrigo Sanchez, and it was very clear that Hondo is not a fan of the veteran LAPD member.

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In fact, Shemar Moore's character went on to describe Sanchez as "arrogant, self-centered, and always wants the credit."

Ouch. So, what do we know about Sanchez and the actor who plays him? Keep reading to find out.

Rodrigo Sanchez is played by actor David DeSantos.

sanchez on swat
Source: Bill Inoshita/CBS

If Sanchez looks familiar to you, it's probably because David DeSantos is a very busy actor and has more than 50 credits to his name. He is also known for playing a man in uniform pretty frequently on the small screen.

Along with his new role on S.W.A.T., David has played a law enforcement official on Animal Kingdom, The Rookie, and SEAL Team. Plus, he has also appeared in popular shows such as Roswell, New Mexico and General Hospital.

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His character on S.W.A.T. was brought in to take over as leader of the team after Hondo was demoted in Season 4 for speaking out against racism in the LAPD.

Hondo and Sanchez are expected to butt heads over this transition of power — and fans are clearly Team Hondo.

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"Hondo, Sanchez is after your ass, you should know that. He is a smug guy with a very big ego. Be safe. Your team will always have your back," one viewer tweeted before another added, "Oh heLL NAH, SANCHEZ NEEDS TO GO."

A third chimed in, "I already don't like Sanchez... hurry up make Hondo 20 David again."

Sorry to disappoint, but according to IMDb, Sanchez will be on the show until at least Season 5, Episode 6 (titled "Crisis Actor").

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David DeSantos seems way nicer IRL.

David DeSantos
Source: Instagram

David DeSantos and girlfriend Meredith Littas.

It's not easy to find information on the internet (he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page), but the actor is active on social media. According to his Instagram bio, he is a fan of "Dodgers. Phish. Tacos."

He was also excited about his new role on S.W.A.T., captioning a photo from the set, "Smiling on the inside — mostly cuz I’m sharing the screen with Jay Harrington."

As for his personal life, David is in a serious relationship with writer and film exec Meredith Littas.

"I can’t imagine my life without you anymore ... Thank you for making me laugh daily and for coming into my life exactly when it was time," he wrote about his partner, before jokingly adding, "and for showing me that words like 'aesthetician' are weird."

We think with time, S.W.A.T. fans will warm up to 27 David.

Watch S.W.A.T on Fridays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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