Del Zamora was raised in various locations across the Southwest of the United States of America. His family dates back to the 1500's, and even further back, on the Mescalero Apache side of his family; in what is now known as Lincoln County, New Mexico. Del is a Mescalero Apache/Chicano mix. His great, great, grandmother, Nestorita Lara, who lived to be 114 years old, was painted by the famous Southwest painter, Henrietta Wyeth. The painting, "Dona Nestorita", hangs in the Roswell, New Mexico, City Museum. Del's godfather, was Domingo 'Sunday' Lopez, father to golfer great, Nancy Lopez.
Del attended schools in Roswell, New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Woodland, California, San Francisco, California, Alameda, California, and Los Angeles, California. Del graduated from Leuzinger High School, on the honor roll. A straight 'A' student, all of his school years, he received a full scholarship to UCLA.
However, his father, coerced him into turning down school, and taking a computer technician job. Del took the computer job. He worked in that industry for 4 years, before, deciding to pursue an acting career. Though successful in the computer industry, Del walked away. He drove his brand new Chevrolet Van, to New York City, and attended classes with the great Stella Adler. He studied for a little over a year, then returned to Los Angeles, to pursue an acting career. He lived in his van, with his small dog, Chivo, for 3 years and 5 months. Del refused to do any work, besides acting or crewing, on movies and TV shows. During this time, Del did most of the 80 student films, he has acted in. He crewed in several dozen other student films. He also reapplied to UCLA, and was accepted, with a full scholarship intact. As Del began the transition, to the Motion Picture/Television Department, as a directing student at UCLA; he was cast by English film maker, Alex Cox, in Repo Man (1984). This was Del's film debut, and his breakthrough role. Though Del made some money as an actor, on Repo Man, he did not move out of his van, for another year; and in actuality, was living in his van, with his dog, while Repo Man, was shot. After that, he was promptly cast in RoboCop (1987), Born in East L.A. (1987), and became a 'go to' Latino actor. Del has worked on both coasts of the USA, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Initially a stage actor, he rapidly adapted his skills to the silver screen. He is known as a very versatile, strong actor, who can play a wide range of characters, in drama and comedy. A veteran actor, of over 3 decades, his latest work in True Blood, as brujo (shaman), Don Bartolo, is proof positive, that Del Zamora, still does top shelf work, well into his early 50's. A true character actor, who has worked with some of the biggest stars in the World.