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Julio Oscar Mechoso

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Miami Vice Character
May 31, 1955, Cuba
November 25, 2017, Burbank, California, (age 62, heart attack)
Linda Ruiz (one daughter)

Julio Oscar Mechoso (May 31, 1955 - November 25, 2017) made his TV debut in the show Miami Vice as Metro-Dade Policeman Lester Kosko, the "resident electronics expert" on loan from Metro to the Organized Crime Bureau in the episodes "Heart of Darkness", "Cool Runnin', "One Eyed Jack", "No Exit", "Milk Run", and "Golden Triangle (Part II)", appeared as pathologist Tommy in the episode "Lend Me an Ear", and as drug dealer Escobar in the episode "Badge of Dishonor".

Partial Filmography


  • Mechoso was only credited for three out of his six appearances as Lester Kosko.

Personal Life/Death

Mechoso met his wife, Linda Ruiz, in Miami at the Mutiny Hotel in the early 80s (at the time, known as a hangout for "cocaine cowboys") and they had a daughter, Melinda. Mechoso died from a heart attack at the age of 62 on November 25, 2017 in Burbank, California.



Julio's Wikipedia Page

Julio's IMDB Page

Friends, family & community speak at Julio's St naming ceremony

Great Memorial Video w/lots of Julio's Acting Clips

Julio's Quantum Leap Wiki

News Clip St Named after Julio

Memorial YouTube Video

Julio's Miami Herald Obituary

Andy Garcia's Memorial Facebook Post for Julio