Victor Rasuk

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Victor Rasuk
Ben Greenberg and Victor Rasuk.jpg
Rasuk (right) and Bryan Greenberg in November 2011
Born (1984-01-15) January 15, 1984 (age 31)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Victor Rasuk (born January 15, 1984) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Rasuk was born in New York City to Dominican parents.[1] His mother worked as a seamstress, and his father at an auto shop.[2] He has one brother, Silvestre,[3] with whom he starred in Raising Victor Vargas. Rasuk attended performing arts school as a teenager, and began acting at 14.

Career[edit]

Rasuk landed his first film role at the age of 16 in the Peter Sollett-directed short film Five Feet High and Rising. Two years later, Sollett suggested expanding the short film into a feature-length film, Raising Victor Vargas, which earned Rasuk a nomination for Best Debut Performance at the 19th Independent Spirit Awards. In his next film, Rock Steady, he played a character named Roc. Two years later, he took a leading role in Haven.

Rasuk portrayed skateboarder Tony Alva in the 2005 biographical drama film Lords of Dogtown. The part included surfing and performing skateboarding tricks. Although the more complicated maneuvers were performed by stuntmen, Rasuk is a method actor and worked on remaining in character both on and off screen. Believing he had mastered skating a huge ramp in only his second week of training, he fractured one of his orbital bones.[4] He says that the accident likely earned him more respect from serious skaters within the cast and crew.

Rasuk starred in the two-season HBO comedy-drama series How to Make It in America.[5] From 2014 to 2015, he starred as Detective Ben Caldwell in the CBS drama series Stalker.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Flawless Kid from the neighborhood Uncredited
2000 Five Feet High and Rising Victor Short film
2002 Raising Victor Vargas Victor Vargas Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
2002 Rock Steady Roc
2004 Haven Fritz
2005 Lords of Dogtown Tony Alva Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance – Male
2006 I'm Reed Fish Frank Cortez
2006 Bonneville Bo Douglas
2007 Adrift in Manhattan Simon Colon
2007 Spinning into Butter Patrick Chibas
2007 Feel the Noise Javi
2008 Stop-Loss Pvt. Rico Rodriguez
2008 Che Rogelio Acevedo
2009 War Boys, TheThe War Boys Greg
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Manny
2010 Apples Valet Short film
2012 Being Flynn Gabriel
2013 Jobs Bill Fernandez
2013 Bag Full of Money, AA Bag Full of Money Rasool Short film
2014 Godzilla Sergeant Tre Morales
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey José Rodriguez
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Leon Ardilles Episode: "Choice"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Luis Ramirez Episode: "Boys Will Be Boys"
2008–09 ER Dr. Ryan Sánchez 6 episodes
2010–11 How to Make It in America Cameron "Cam" Calderon Main cast; 16 episodes
2014–15 Stalker Detective Ben Caldwell Main cast; 19 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guthmann, Edward (April 23, 2003). "Victor victorious / A 19-year-old newcomer is winning over movie critics with his role in 'Vargas'". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ Caputo, Matt (October 6, 2010). "American Dreaming". nocheLatina.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (April 17, 2003). "'Raising' the Bar on Teen Comedies". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Andrea (June 3, 2005). ""Lords of Dogtown" Interview: Victor Rasuk". Hollywood.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Victor Rasuk in How to Make It in America". HBO. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 

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