Renoly Santiago

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Renoly Santiago
Renoly Santiago 2011 RSJL UKNY.jpg
Born (1974-03-15) March 15, 1974 (age 40)
Lajas, Puerto Rico
Occupation Actor, singer writer
Years active 1993–present

Renoly Santiago (born March 15, 1974) is a Puerto Rican actor, singer and writer known for his appearances in films such as Dangerous Minds, Hackers and Con Air, and in television series such as Touched by an Angel and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Early life[edit]

Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico. He was raised in Union City, New Jersey.[1]

Career[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4] He also plays "Mikey" in Daylight.

Santiago starred as Ramón Martínez, gay cross-dressing criminal nicknamed "Sally-Can't Dance",[5] in the 1997 film Con Air.[6] Santiago then took three years off from 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.

Santiago (center) teaching a 2014 acting course in his boyhood home of Union City, New Jersey.

As a singer, Santiago has recorded with performers Marc Anthony, Paul Simon, Danny Rivera and La India.[citation needed]

In 2000, he returned to the screen in the low-budget film Punks, in which he plays Dante, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.[7][8] By 2001, Santiago was back on television, playing Miguel Acosta in the January 7 episode of Touched by an Angel, making a small appearance in the March 29 episode of Big Apple and as Chiggy Rios in the October 17 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2002, Santiago made a 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. In early 2011, he starred in the salsa biopic about Hector Lavoe, The King as Johnny Pacheco. Santiago will appear in Grand Street in which he stars with Kelly McGillis.[citation needed]

From March 6 to May 8, 2014 Santiago taught professional acting classes at the The William V. Musto Cultural Center in his boyhood home of Union City, New Jersey. The ten-week course was initiated as part of the Grace Theatre Workshop, and consisted of monologue and scene studies.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Santiago lives in New York City.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography". Renoly Santiago – Official Website. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Conte, Michaelangelo (October 14, 2013). "Union City's sixth annual NoHu film festival kicks off tomorrow". NJ.com.
  3. ^ Shulgasser, Barbara (August 11, 1995). Dangerous Minds' tame on delivery. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  4. ^ Pym, John (1998). Time Out Film Guide. Penguin Books. p. 395. ISBN 0-14-027525-8. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Feil, Ken (2005). Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination. Wesleyan University Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-8195-6792-2. 
  7. ^ Kehr, Dave (November 16, 2001). "AT THE MOVIES". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  8. ^ Harvey, Dennis (February 10, 2000). Punks Review. Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Hollywood Star to Teach Adult Acting Classes in Union City". "Briefs". The Hudson Reporter. February 16, 2014.

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