Raymond Cruz

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Raymond Cruz
Cruz in 2009
Born (1961-07-09) July 9, 1961 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, US
Other names Raymund Cruz
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present

Raymond Cruz (born July 9, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Detective Julio Sanchez in the series The Closer, his recurring role as Tuco Salamanca, a violent and psychotic meth dealer, in the crime drama series Breaking Bad and will reprise his role in the spin-off Better Call Saul, and is also known for his various military roles. He currently stars on the series Major Crimes, a spinoff of The Closer, reprising the role of Sanchez.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cruz was born in Los Angeles, California, and is of Mexican ancestry. His film roles include Ding Chavez in Clear and Present Danger, Hector in "Out For Justice", Tom Berenger's second-in-command Joey Six in The Substitute, U.S. Marine Sergeant Rojas in The Rock, as Jesus in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, USM Private Vincent DiStephano in Alien Resurrection, and Ramirez in Under Siege. He appeared as Chuey, a gang member from the Vatos Locos, in the gang film Blood In Blood Out. In 2005, he played Chino in Havoc. He appeared in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, credited as "The Messenger," and in Training Day as a gang member named Sniper. He played a Los Angeles firefighter in Collateral Damage. He had guest roles in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558", the X-Files episode "El Mundo Gira", and the second season of 24. He also made an appearance as the father of a murdered girl in CSI. He played a short-lived but well-known role as Tuco Salamanca, a violent and psychotic meth dealer in Breaking Bad in 2008 and 2009. He had a recurring role as Paco on My Name Is Earl, and as Alejandro Perez on Nip/Tuck.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Maid to Order Sam
1988 Twice Dead Gang member
1989 I Know My First Name is Steven Punk
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Messenger
1991 Dead Again Store clerk
1991 Out For Justice Hector
1992 Under Siege Ramirez
1993 Blood In Blood Out Chuey
1994 Clear and Present Danger Ding Chavez
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Staff Sergeant Adams Uncredited
1996 The Substitute Joey Six
1996 The Rock Sergeant Rojas Uncredited
1996 Up Close and Personal Fernando Buttanda
1997 Alien Resurrection Private Vincent DiStephano
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Jesus
2001 Training Day Sniper
2002 Collateral Damage Junior
2004 My Name is Modesty Garcia
2005 Havoc Chino


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Johnny 'Mac' McFarland Episode: "Life Sentence"
1993 Murder, She Wrote José "Joseph" Galvan Episode: "Double Jeopardy"
1997 The X Files Eladio Buente Episode: "El Mundo Gira"
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vargas Episode: "The Siege of AR-558"
2000 Harsh Realm Sgt. Escalante 2 episodes
2003 24 Rouse 2 episodes
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck Alejandro Perez
2005–2012 The Closer Detective Julio Sanchez
2005–2008 My Name is Earl Paco 5 episodes
2008–2009 Breaking Bad Tuco Salamanca 4 episodes
2012 White Collar Sheriff Morales Episode: "Most Wanted"
2012–present Major Crimes Detective Julio Sanchez 2015-present Better Call Saul Tuco Salamanca


  1. ^ "TNT Says Goodbye to The Closer, Hello to Major Crimes". TV Guide. August 12, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

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