Cole Ortiz is a field agent with the Counter Terrorist Unit.
He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frederick and Kathy Ortiz. At 17 years old, Cole graduated from high school and went on to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. While at Penn, Cole decided to become an infantry officer.
After The Basic School, he went on to the Infantry Officer Course. Upon completing the course, Cole was assigned as a rifle platoon commander to 2nd Battalion 8th Marines. He was later made a weapons platoon commander. Cole eventually became a company executive officer. Soon after being promoted to Captain, he attended the Basic Reconnaissance Course. Afterwards, Cole was assigned as a platoon commander to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. Sometime later, he attended the Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course and then the Basic Airborne Course at the U.S. Army Airborne School. Soon after, Cole was assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the force reconnaissance platoon commander.
With numerous commendations, he left the Marine Corps after eight years of distinguished service. Cole then applied to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After completing the application and hiring process, he went on to attend the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduating from the Academy, Cole was sworn in as a Special Agent and assigned to the New York Field Office as a member of a counterterrorism squad. Two years into his career with the FBI, he attended the Hostage Rescue Team selection course. After successfully completing the New Operators Training School, Cole joined the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team as an assaulter.
Eventually, his exemplary work as an HRT operator caught the attention of Brian Hastings, the Special Agent in Charge of the newly reformed New York Domestic Unit of the Counter Terrorist Unit. Hastings contacted Cole and made an offer of employment with CTU. The Counter Terrorist Unit is a U.S. government agency set up to relieve other American federal agencies of their scattered counter-terrorist programs by consolidating the U.S. civilian anti-terrorist effort into one organization. Although loosely affiliated with the Central Intelligence Agency, CTU is an independent agency. Therefore, unlike the CIA, its operational jurisdiction is both foreign and domestic.
Cole accepted the job offer and joined the New York Domestic Unit as the Director of Field Operations. At some point, he began a relationship with a fellow CTU co-worker, senior data analyst, Dana Walsh. They later became engaged.
- Cole Ortiz appeared in the eighth season of 24 and was portrayed by actor Freddie Prinze Jr.