Who is David Rodriguez of Chicago P.D.? Episodes of One Chicago recently paid tribute to him, so let’s take a moment to reflect on his work.

The One Chicago franchise has immersed audiences in the world of firefighters, legal professionals, police officers and emergency medical personnel for some time now.

More broadly, it has absorbed them in exciting stories of Chicago.

Over 440 episodes have aired across Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Justice, and, of course, these episodes have been brought to fans by a wealth of dedicated professionals.

While we may be most familiar with those in front of the camera, it’s perhaps too easy to forget or not acquaint ourselves with those behind it.

However, One Chicago has emphasised the importance of David Rodriguez in the wake of his unfortunate passing…

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Who is David Rodriguez of Chicago P.D.?

  • David Rodriguez was a director and producer who worked on the One Chicago franchise. He is credited as a director on numerous episodes of Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Fire.

Sadly, he passed away at the age of 50 on Thursday, October 29th 2020, due to complications from a stroke, Variety highlights. He is survived by his wife, Props, and sons Mitchell, Colin, Brendan and Anthony Rodriguez, but also his mother, Milagros Rodriguez, and sisters Janet Rodriguez Campbell and Jackie Rodriguez Parker.

Wolf Entertainment paid tribute to him across the One Chicago franchise on Wednesday, November 18th 2020, and also on Twitter [see below]: “Tonight’s #OneChicago is dedicated to David Rodriguez, a talented director-producer who directed numerous episodes of #ChicagoPD.”

Reflecting on David’s life, he was raised in New York City and later attended the New York Military Academy. He went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and his family already had a history of military service.

Then, after working as a corrections and law enforcement officer in South Florida, he transitioned into the entertainment industry in 2003.

What other projects did David Rodriguez work on?

David’s directorial feature debut came with the 2006 film Push, a crime-thriller starring Chad Lindberg (The Fast and the Furious) and Charlotte Ayanna (Training Day).

Subsequent directorial feature efforts included 2009’s American Bully and 2013’s Once Upon a Time in Queens featuring Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas).

On the other hand, he has directed episodes of such TV shows as Hightown, Stumptown, S.W.A.T., Animal Kingdom, Power, The Chi, Queen of the South, Outsiders, NCIS: Los Angeles, What/If and more.

He also has producer credits on the aforementioned Animal Kingdom and The Chi, as well as on all three of his directorial feature efforts.

Additionally, he acted in such films as 2020’s Model (he played Policeman), 2012’s Should’ve Been Romeo, Mineville (Prisoner) and Push (Club Doorman).

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Fans pay tribute on Twitter

In the wake of David’s passing, fans have paid their respects on Twitter.

Here are a selection of tweets in tribute:

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