Now that primetime TV has a plethora of series to get our firefighting fix — think Chicago Fire, Station 19, and the 9-1-1 franchise — late-night dramas have never been hotter. Literally. If cozying up to someone who runs into flames rather than out of them is on your wishlist, People’s latest declarations of the sexiest men alive now includes a roundup of the sexiest on-screen firefighters.
Joe Miñoso as Joe Cruz | John Tsiavis/NBC/Getty Images
Joe Miñoso, who plays firefighter Joe Cruz on Chicago Fire, was one of 10 men selected for the honors this year. Miñoso used the honor to draw attention to the work that real-life firefighters do each day, but that didn’t stop him from joking online about his wife’s reaction to the news.
Miñoso has played Joe Cruz on ‘Chicago Fire’ since Season 1
Miñoso as Cruz is one of the original cast members of Chicago Fire, as he started in the Pilot episode in Season 1 and continues to be a dynamic part of the cast today. In the series, Cruz has shed the weight of a rough upbringing in Chicago to become a venerated member of Rescue Squad 3 alongside Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).
In Season 1, Cruz’s brother Leon is involved in a gang, and Cruz attempts to buy him out of it. However, he can’t afford the steep cost. Later that season, he allows the gang leader to die in an apartment building fire, according to the show’s fan page. He later confesses to his boss Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer), who says he can either go to the police about it or pretend it never happened.
Fast forward to Season 8, when Cruz marries Chloe Allen (Kristen Gutoskie). The entire firehouse is in attendance. However, the joy of that is marred that season by the death of fellow firefighter Brian “Otis” Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov). Cruz and Otis are good friends, and the storyline hit the character and the actor hard in real life.
In the current Season 11, Cruz is navigating parenthood of his young son and attempting to adopt Javi, a boy he rescued in Season 10, with his wife. Despite many poignant storylines, Cruz also offers levity throughout the years, notably when paramedic Sylvie Brett discovers that Cruz teaches a highly rated Zumba class.
Fans were thrilled with Miñoso’s inclusion on the ‘sexiest firefighters’ list
My wife is very happy about this! See 10 of the Sexiest Firefighters on TV Now @people @NBCOneChicago #chicagofire https://t.co/Tfys8ZcGrt
— Joe Miñoso (@DaMinoshow) November 10, 2022
Chicago Fire married off Cruz to Chloe, but the show also played a part in Miñoso meeting his real-life bride. Caitlin Murphy Miles is one of the makeup artists on the series, and the two met while filming. The duo got married in 2016 in a Chicago-themed wedding, complete with wedding photos taken in a firehouse to commemorate their start as a couple.
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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet