Hovik Keuchkerian, known as Bogotá in the fourth season of the hit Netflix show, was born in the Lebanese capital in 1972. Keuchkerian spent the first three years of his life in Lebanon with his Armenian father and mother Spanish.
With the start of the civil war, the Keuchkerian family decided to emigrate away from the fighting and ended up in Alpedrete, Spain. There, Hovik’s father opened a bar, where the young aspiring star worked as a waiter.
When Hovik reached the age of 20, he packed his bags and moved to Madrid where, 3 years later, he would open a gym called The HK. The gymnasium only closed recently, in 2015, after about 20 years of activity.
In 1996, Keuchkerian won its first kickboxing championship. A few years later, he turned professional and won 15 wins and a single loss during his combat sport race, before hanging up his gloves in 2005.
It wasn’t until after his kickboxing days ended that Hovik Keuchkerian turned to non-martial arts. Being a natural prankster, he was encouraged by a friend to pursue an acting career, and he did.
After a while of stand-up comedy, Hovik Keuchkerian landed several roles in television shows and short films, for which he won numerous awards.
The beginning of his acting career is linked to another Lebanese icon: the writer, actor and director Wajdi Mouawad. Keuchkerian played in a play based on Face Found, a novel written by Mouawad.
The play was a huge success and represented an exceptional milestone in the actor’s career. While acting, Keuchkerian also wrote and published 4 books, the last of which is called Resilient.
In 2015, Keuchkerian played a supporting role in the Hollywood film adaptation of the video game Assassin’s Creed.
Fast forward 5 years, and he now wears the famous red jumpsuit “Bogotá” in one of the most popular shows in the world, La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), which we will not spoil you.
Speaking of which, did you know that The Lebanese Revolution was recently featured in La Casa de Papel?