William Mercado is an American actor that was born and raised in The Bronx. Being an only child, William's best friend was Television and films. After High School he worked all sorts of jobs while pursuing his dream of acting, including working on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange and finally ending up as a Police Officer at The N.Y.P.D. While working as a Cop he studied acting from many different schools including H.B. Studios and The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and worked on films like "Hell's Kitchen" boxing against Mekhi Phifer and "City of Thieves" Which won the 2000 Avignon/New York Film Festival Award for "Best Short". In 2009 he retired early from the N.Y.P.D. so he could act full time. Since then he has been an active member of the Long Island Repertory Company, "The Bare Bones Theater" where he starred in their 2009 production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" and starred and produced their critically acclaimed 2013 Off Broadway production of "The Hunter's Moon", which was nominated for "Best ensemble in a play" by BroadwayWorld.com. He has also had starring and supporting roles in over 20 other projects including: The Jimmy Fallon Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, DVD films, "BX Thug Soldiers", "Punch Money" and the award winning international film, "The Owner". His latest endeavor, "Christmas Tears" will be his directorial debut and is scheduled for a 2014 holiday release.
Nominated for "Best Ensemble in a Play" By BroadwayWorld.com