March 15, 1974 |
Lajas, Puerto Rico
|Years active||1993 - present|
Santiago first became known in the United States when he participated in the 1993 television series CityKids, as "Tito". He co-wrote the Emmy nominated pilot episode of the show. From his participation in CityKids, Santiago graduated to film, acting as "Raúl Sanchero" in 1995's Dangerous Minds. By 1996, he was co-starring alongside some other well-known Hollywood actors in his role as "Ramόn Sánchez", a.k.a. the "Phantom Phreak" in Hackers. He also plays "Mikey" in Daylight.
Santiago starred as "Ramón Martínez" (a gay cross-dressing criminal nicknamed "Sally-Can't Dance") in the 1997 film Con Air. Santiago then took three years off acting on screen and starred on Broadway in Paul Simon's The Capeman as "Tony Hernandez - Umbrella Man", leader of the gang "The Vampires", a role for which he was a 1998 Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical.
In 2000, he returned to the screen in the low-budget film Punks, shown at the Sundance Film Festival, where he plays "Dante". By 2001, Santiago was back on television, playing "Miguel Acosta" in the January 7 episode of Touched by an Angel, making a small appearance at the March 29 episode of Big Apple and as "Chiggy Rios" on the October 17 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
In 2002, Santiago made another film called The Street King, where he played "Cesar Rojas". It was not a major hit, and Santiago took another three-year sabbatical from screen acting. Santiago returned to film in 2005, as "Scorpio" in Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy. Released in early 2011[dated info], he stars in the salsa biopic about Hector Lavoe The King as "Johnny Pacheco" and filmed in Spring 2011, Renoly will appear in Grand Street[disambiguation needed] in which he stars with Kelly McGillis.
- Shulgasser, Barbara (1995-08-11). Dangerous Minds' tame on delivery. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-15
- Pym, John (1998). Time Out Film Guide. Penguin Books. p. 395. ISBN 0-14-027525-8.
- Pomerance, Murray (2001). Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century. SUNY Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-7914-4886-X.
- Feil, Ken (2005). Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination. Wesleyan University Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-8195-6792-2.
- Kehr, Dave (2001-11-16). AT THE MOVIES. New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-15
- Harvey, Dennis (2000-02-10). Punks Review. Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-15