Ramirez at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Efrain Antonio Ramirez
October 2, 1973
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Spouse(s)||Iyari Limon (1998–1999; annulled)|
Efrain Antonio Ramirez (born October 2, 1973) is an American actor, best known for playing Pedro Sánchez in the 2004 indie film Napoleon Dynamite. He later reprised his role in the 2012 animated series of the same name.
Ramirez was born in Los Angeles, California of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. He has four brothers, one of whom is his identical twin. Ramirez bought his parents a house with his payment from Napoleon Dynamite.
Ramirez has starred in a number of films, including Napoleon Dynamite as Pedro Sánchez, Employee of the Month with Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, and Dax Shepard, Crank and Crank: High Voltage with Jason Statham, Searching for Mickey Fish with Daniel Baldwin, All You've Got with Ciara, and HBO's Walkout and made cameos in Nacho Libre and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In 2009, Efren starred in the comedy American Summer with Matthew Lillard as well as appearing as a contestant on MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar. On July 14, 2008 Sierra Mist released a series of commercials aimed at multicultural consumers in which Efren stars. The first being named "Wedding Girl" followed by "Mannequin Man" and an online spot, "The Whiner," which will be posted at the Sierra Mist dedicated site, RefreshYourMind.com
Soon after the success of Napoleon Dynamite, the music group G. Love and Special Sauce asked Efren to appear in their music video "Booty Call". He also played Ashlee Simpson's boyfriend in the music video for her 2005 song "Boyfriend". Ramirez made a cameo appearance in a 2005 episode of ABC's George Lopez wearing a t-shirt similar to the shirt Jon Heder wears in Napoleon Dynamite that reads, "Vote For Pedro". In 2007 Ramirez appeared as the judge for an acting challenge on Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model.
Ramirez made several cameos throughout his career. In King Cobra, he portrayed a teenager playing a game of hide-and-seek with his girlfriend (portrayed by Ramirez's wife Iyari Limon). They later end up as prey for the title antagonist. In the music video for Sleazy, Pedro appears as a cameo and lip syncs André 3000's verse.
He co-founded Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment, LLC with Chris Barrett, and they co-authored the book Direct Your Own Life: How To Be A Star in Any Field You Choose being published on June 10, 2008 through Kaplan Publishing.
Ramirez is also a popular DJ, who has performed worldwide and toured in over 50 cities across 5 continents. His sets include a variety of music, from hip hop, funk, disco, to hard house. His production company "Nocturnal Rampage" throws a recurring rave event every summer in Austin.
|1994||Tammy and the T-Rex||Pizza Boy|
|1995||Jury Duty||Pirate Pete's employee|
|1998||Melting Pot||Miguel Álvarez|
|1999||King Cobra||Teen Boy||Direct-to-video release|
|2001||Delivering Milo||Street Hustler||Uncredited role|
|2004||Napoleon Dynamite||Pedro Sánchez|
|Just Hustle||Street Connection|
|Gettin' Some Jail Time||Pico|
|Employee of the Month||Jorge|
|Crossing the Heart||Jesus|
|2009||Ratko: The Dictator's Son||Ratko Volvic|
|Crank: High Voltage||Venus/Kaylo|
|2010||When in Rome||Juan||Uncredited role|
|2011||The Pool Boys||Hector|
|2012||Casa de Mi Padre||Esteban|
|1996||Relativity||Xavier||Episode: "No Job Too Small"|
|1997||Dangerous Minds||Nutty||Episode: "The Feminine Mystique"|
|Nothing Sacred||Guillermo||Episode: "A Bloody Miracle"|
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Juan||Episode: "Nocturnal Radius"|
|Chicken Soup for the Soul||Paco||Episode: "Paco Come Home"|
|2000||Missing Pieces||Renaldo||TV film|
|2000, 2001||Boston Public||Amaad Wilkens||Episode: "Chapter Six"
Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Two"
|Even Stevens||Scrub Patrol
||Episode: "Scrub Day"
Episode: "Easy Crier"
|2003||Judging Amy||Ricky Diaz||Episode: "Picture of Perfect"|
|ER||Jimmy||Episode: "Death and Taxes"|
|2004||The District||Fernando Guttierez||Episode: "Ten Thirty-Three"|
|2005||George Lopez||The new class treasurer (parody of Pedro Sánchez)||Episode: "George's Extreme Makeover-Holmes Edition"|
|Robot Chicken||Pedro Sanchez/Domino's Pizzaman||Voice role
Episode: "The Black Cherry"
|2006||Walkout||Bobby Verdugo||HBO TV film|
|All You've Got||Carlos||MTV TV film|
|MADtv||Various roles||Episode: 12.3|
|2007||El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera||El Cucharón||Voice Role
Episode: "The Bride of Puma Loco"
|American Dad!||Paco||Episode: "American Dream Factory"|
|Celebrity Rap Superstar||Himself|
|Scrubs||"Caramel Bear" Ricky||Episode: "My Growing Pains"|
|2010||Eastbound & Down||Catuey||Season 2|
|2012||Napoleon Dynamite||Pedro Sánchez||Voice role|
- FamilyTreeLegends.com lists him and his brother Carlos born on October 2, 1973. This database is from the California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California (see also Ancestry.com). (FamilyTreeLegends.com retrieved and verified on August 20, 2006). Also, the Clark County, NV marriage recorder shows he married Iyari Limon in October 1998. Other sources list a dubious birth year of 1983 , which would have made him 15 at the time of his marriage to a woman seven years his senior.
- Efren Ramirez
- Official Efren Ramirez Site
- Official Direct Your Own Life: How To Be A Star In Any Field You Choose's Book website
- Efren Ramirez at the Internet Movie Database
- Efren Ramirez Interview