Juan Pareja was born in 1978 as the son of Colombian immigrants in Houston, Texas. Already in public school, Pareja began to entertain with acting, singing, dancing and playing trumpet. While doing this, he also learned to speak both English and Spanish fluently, which helped him graduate from Magna Cum Laude. After graduating, Pareja educated to an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, taking the program Atlantic Theater Company's Acting School.
After graduating from this school, Pareja returned to Houston where he looked for a job. Within a year, Pareja made his film debut in "Lone Star State of Mind". Since his success in this movie, Pareja has gotten more roles in movies, series and commercials.
Pareja is known to play four different instruments; Trumpet, Djembe, Didgeridoo and Doumbek. He is currently living in Los Angeles.
- The Mist
- The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
- Lone Star State of Mind
- From Mexico with Love
- Dead Rising 3
- Fort Bliss
- Boone: The Bounty Hunter
- Juan is among the several cast members who starred in Frank Darabont's The Mist, along with Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Melissa McBride, Tiffany Morgan and Sam Witwer.
- In both, the film and the TV Series, his characters share the same name, Morales.