Steven Bauer

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Steven Bauer
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Bauer on August 7, 2008
Born Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson
(1956-12-02) December 2, 1956 (age 57)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Griffith (1982-1987; divorced; 1 child)
Ingrid Anderson (1989-1991; divorced; 1 child)
Christiana Boney (1992-?; divorced)

Steven Bauer (born Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson;[1] December 2, 1956) is a Cuban-American actor. He is known for his role as Manny Ribera in the 1983 film Scarface, his role as Don Eladio in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, and his role on the bilingual PBS show ¿Qué Pasa, USA?.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson[1] in Havana, Cuba, the son of Lillian Samson Agostini, a schoolteacher, and Esteban Echevarria, a pilot who worked for Cubana Airlines.[2][3] Bauer's maternal grandfather was a Jewish refugee from Germany, and Bauer's maternal grandmother was a Cuban of partial Italian ancestry.[4][5][6] His stage surname comes from his maternal great-grandmother.[2] Bauer's parents fled from Cuba to Miami, Florida, on July 4, 1960, following Fidel Castro's Revolution.[2] He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1974.[7] Originally intending to become a musician, Bauer turned to acting while attending Miami-Dade Community College, but then transferred to the University of Miami, where he studied in its Department of Theater Arts and performed at its Jerry Herman Ring Theatre where he became friends with actor Ray Liotta.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Bauer's first substantial role was in the PBS bilingual sitcom ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, playing the teenage son of a Cuban exile family in Miami, from 1977 to 1979.[2] He also appeared in the 1980 TV miniseries From Here to Eternity. He was credited in these and a few other early projects as Rocky Echevarría. In 1981, Bauer starred in the television movie She's in the Army Now, where he met his first wife, actress Melanie Griffith. They both moved to New York City and stayed at Ray Liotta's apartment, while Liotta moved to Los Angeles and stayed at theirs. Both Bauer and Griffith studied under famed acting teacher Stella Adler, and he appeared in several off-Broadway productions. During this time he briefly adopted the stage name Rocky Echevarria, before settling on "Steven Bauer".

Bauer was given the role of Manny Ribera, the part played by George Raft in the original 1932 version, in the 1983 movie Scarface,[2] even though (like Raft) he was a relatively unknown actor at the time. The producers of Scarface were convinced that he was right for the role based on his strong audition, as well as his authentic Cuban background. His performance drew a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1986 he had two other important roles. The first was as Det. Frank Sigliano in the Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines cop comedy Running Scared. The second was as an Israeli soldier named Avner in the Canadian CTV television movie Sword of Gideon, which tells the story of Mossad agents hunting down terrorists in the aftermath of the 1972 Munich massacre. The Sword of Gideon script was the basis for Steven Spielberg's later film Munich, which follows the same storyline and borrows heavily from the Sword of Gideon story and script. In 1990 Bauer played the role of Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in the television miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story alongside Benecio Del Toro and Craig T. Nelson. That same year, Bauer took over the series lead of the television show Wiseguy from Ken Wahl for the fourth and final season, playing US Attorney Michael Santana after Wahl's character disappears.

Since then, Bauer has made his career primarily, though not exclusively, in action films and crime dramas on both the big and small screens, including such motion pictures as Primal Fear and Traffic. He also made an appearance in the video game spin-off Scarface: The World Is Yours, playing drug dealer The Sandman. In 2007 he appeared on an episode of Burn Notice. In 2011, Bauer appeared on the show Breaking Bad playing Mexican drug lord Don Eladio. He stars with Julianne Michelle in the > Ref> IMDB.com {feature film Template:Awakened, a supernatural thriller touching on Life After Death, a Supernova Media motion picture ref> IMDB.com. He currently appears as ex-Mossad agent turned private investigator "Avi" in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.

Personal life[edit]

Bauer married Melanie Griffith in May 1982.[8] The couple had a son, Alexander Bauer, on August 22, 1985,[2] before divorcing in 1987. In 1989 he married Ingrid Anderson, with whom he had another son, Dylan, born in 1990. His second marriage ended in divorce in 1991. A year later, he married his third wife, Christiana Boney, but the couple eventually divorced. On December 18, 2012, Bauer was arrested in the Miami, Florida, area, accused of driving with a suspended license.[9] As of July 2014, he is dating 18-year-old Lyda Loudon, daughter of former Republican Missouri Senate member John William Loudon and Gina (Gentry) Loudon, Ph.D. [10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Scarface Manny Ribera
1984 Thief of Hearts Scott Muller
1986 Sword of Gideon Avner
1986 Running Scared Det. Frank Sigliano
1988 Wildfire Frank
1988 The Beast of War Taj
1989 Gleaming the Cube Al Lucero
1991 A Climate for Killing Paul McGraw
1991 Raising Cain Jack Dante
1993 Woman of Desire Jonathan Ashby/Ted Ashby
1993 Snapdragon David
1994 Terminal Voyage Reese
1994 Improper Conduct Sam
1994 Stranger by Night Bobby Corcoran
1995 Codename: Silencer Vinnie Rizzo
1995 Wild Side Tony
1996 Primal Fear Joey Pinero
1996 Navajo Blues Nick Epps/John Cole
1997 Miami
1997 Kickboxing Academy Carl
1997 The Blackout Mickey's Studio Actor
1997 Plato's Run Sam
1998 Star Portal Dr. Ray Brady
1998 The Versace Murder FBI Agent John Jacoby
1998 Naked Lies Kevin Dowd
1998 Wild Side Tony
2000 El Grito Ibarra
2000 Glory Glory Jack
2000 Forever Lulu Lou
2000 Rave Antonio
2000 Traffic (2000 film) Carlos Ayala
2001 Speed Limit Jeff
2001 The Learning Curve Mark York
2002 Malevolent Capt. Greg Pruitt
2003 Masked and Anonymous Edgar
2003 Nola Leo
2004 Raptor Island Azir
2004 Doing Hard Time Det. Anthony Wade
2005 The Nowhere Man
2005 How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Victor Reyes
2005 Keeper of the Past The Mayor
2005 Hitters Anonymous Theodore Swan
2005 Pit Fighter Manolo
2005 La fiesta del Chivo Viñas
2005 The Lost City Castel
2006 Dead Lenny Lenny Long
2006 Ladrones & Mentirosos Oscar
2007 Natural Born Komics
2007 Kings of South Beach Allie Boy
2007 The Last Sentinel Drone Scientist
2007 Bulletface Ned Walker
2008 Dark World Rick
2008 Toxic Conrad
2008 Mutants Santiago
2008 Didn't Know How I Was Mr. Hernandez
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia General Manuel Valez
2009 The Intruders Michael Foster
2009 Venus & Vegas Francis
2009 Charlie Valentine Ferucci
2009 Raven William
2009 Boyle Heights Tino
2009 From Mexico with Love Tito
2009 Fast Lane Lt. Baynes
2009 A Numbers Game Neal Black
2009 Disarmed Caine
2009 Camouflage Bobb
2010 Zenitram Frank Ramírez
2010 Crumble Reda
2010 One in the Gun Arthur
2010 Suicide Dolls Hank
2010 Promises Detective Stevens
2010 Bulletface Ned Walker
2010 Session Jake Tellman
2010 Enemies Among Us Senator Edmonds
2011 Shadows in Paradise Agent Stubbs
2011 The Last Gamble Steven
2011 Pimp Bullies Mr. Watson
2012 A Dark Truth Tony Green
2012 Werewolf: The Beast Among Us Hunter

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Music Video[edit]

Song Year Artist Role Notes
Would I Lie to You? 1985 Eurythmics Biker Boyfriend
Secret Admirer 2007 Pitbull
Hold On, We're Going Home 2013 Drake

Television[edit]

Video game[edit]

Game Year Role Notes
Scarface: The World is Yours 2006 The Sandman
Hitman: Absolution 2012 Birdie

Awards and Nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Perez Rivera, Francisco (1984-11-16). "What's in a name? For Steven Bauer, it's more important what isn't". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Coto, Juan Carlos (1990-11-10). "STEVEN BAUER WISES UP NEW-LOOK WISEGUY MIGHT BE ACTOR'S TICKET OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  3. ^ Steven Bauer Biography (1956-)
  4. ^ Zekas, Rita (1986-11-26). "Steve Bauer's got the looks and the talent". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2011-02-10. "My grandfather was a German Jew He married a Cuban girl of Italian descent" 
  5. ^ Kleiner, Dick (1984-03-14). "Steven Bauer is tough new face". The Frederick Post. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  6. ^ http://www.parade.com/54073/joelkeller/steven-bauer-on-being-ray-donovans-enforcer-teaching-gus-fring-spanish-and-hanging-with-pacino/
  7. ^ Steven Bauer's official MySpace profile
  8. ^ "Think you recognize that young Steve Bauer". The Palm Beach Post. October 26, 1984. 
  9. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/steven-bauer-arrested-in-sweetwater_n_2322986.html Steven Bauer, 'Scarface' Actor, Arrested In Miami
  10. ^ http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/when-your-childs-private-life-makes-the-news/
  11. ^ Foy, Scott (2011-09-16). "Universal's New Werewolf Casts a Steven and a Stephen | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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