Yul Vazquez

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Yul Vázquez
Vázquez at American Gangster NYC premiere, October 19, 2007
Born (1965-03-18) March 18, 1965 (age 50)
Occupation Actor, Musician
Spouse(s) Linda Larkin (m. 2002)

Yul Vázquez (born March 18, 1965) is a Cuban American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Bob in the Seinfeld episodes "The Soup Nazi", "The Sponge" and "The Puerto Rican Day". He is married to Linda Larkin.

Vázquez upcoming film projects include Kill the Messenger starring opposite Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta, the Dreamworks animated feature B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations with Bill Murray and Seth Rogen; Anesthesia; and The Cobbler, opposite Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi. He can also been seen on the small screen on Lifetime's new series The Lottery as Pres. Thomas Westwood.

With over 40 film credits under his belt, highlights include roles in six time Oscar nominee Captain Phillips (2013), The A-Team (2010) with Liam Neeson, John Sayles's Amigo, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part epic Che (2008), The Take (2008), American Gangster, Music Within (2007), War of the Worlds (2005), Bad Boys II (2003), Traffic and Runaway Bride (1999).

He was a regular for both seasons of the Starz drama Magic City. Set in 1960s Miami, the series centers on the upscale Miramar Playa Hotel amongst the political and organized crime drama of the time. Yul portrays Victor Lazaro, general manager of the Miramar Playa. Additionally, he recurs in three other television series, as Pedro in FX’s Louie, as Christian in CBS's Good Wife and as Det. Anthony Nikolich on the HBO television series Treme.

Vázquez is a founding member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and served two terms as co-Artistic Director with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Mimi O'Donnell in New York City. Vázquez starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated Motherf**ker With The Hat opposite Chris Rock. For his portrayal of the eccentric Cousin Julio, he received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award for "Best Featured Actor in a Play".[1] Additional theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Terrence McNally’s Stendhal Syndrome, Primary Stages with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas, and The Floating Island Plays (Mark Taper Forum).

Music career[edit]

Prior to starting his acting career, Vazquez was the lead guitar player for notable East Coast AOR bands Urgent and Diving For Pearls.[2] Urgent landed a minor hit with their single "Running Back"[1] which reached #79 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from their Cast The First Stone debut album, "Love Can Make You Cry", was featured on the Iron Eagle soundtrack. Urgent broke up in 1987 after the lackluster success of their sophomore album, Thinking Out Loud, which contained the single "I Can't Take It No More"[2].

Following the demise of Urgent, Vazquez would join Diving For Pearls whose eponymous debut album was issued by Epic/Sony Music in 1989. Vazquez can be seen in the band's "Gimme Your Good Lovin'" promotional video.[3] The group was dropped by the label before a second album could be completed due to the musical climate changing in the early 1990s as melodic hard rock fell out of favor in the U.S..

In 2009, Vazquez played acoustic guitar with Ian Astbury of The Cult under the name The Soft Revolt appearing at the The Bowery Electric in New York City on the opening night of John Patrick Shanley's play "Savage in Limbo", which Astbury was producing. They performed songs by The Cult and Astbury solo material as well as covers by the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Radiohead, among others.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Mambo Kings Flaco
1992 Tales from the Crypt Danny Darwin Episode: "On a Deadman's Chest"
1992 Bitter Harvest Luis Salinas TV Movie / The BBC
1994 Fresh Chillie
1995 Nick of Time Gustino
1995–1998 Seinfeld Bob The Intimidating Gay Guy Episode: "Soup Nazi" "The Sponge" "The Puerto Rican Day"
1998 Trinity Episode: "In Loco Parentis"
1999 Man of the Century Brooding Artist
1999 Runaway Bride Dead Head Gill Chavez
1999 Mondo Picasso Mondo TV Series
2000 Traffic Tigrillo / Obregon Assassin Won - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Big Apple Office Cruz TV Series
2001 Sex and the City Phil Episode: "The Agony and the Ex-tacy"
2002 Running Time The Hunter Short
2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina Gibson Mouse (voice)
2002 The Sopranos Reuben 'The Cuban' Episode: "Christopher"
2003 Keen Eddie Jonah Rosenthal
2003 Bad Boys II Detective Mateo Reyes
2005 War of the Worlds Luis
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Armando Mendez (voice) Video game
2006 Things That Hang from Trees Juan Lopez
2006 The Ex Paco
2007 Music Within Mike Stoltz
2007 Southern Gothic Hazel Fortune
2007 The Take Marco Ruiz
2007 Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast Jesus - As Young Man Short
2007 Anamorph George Ruiz
2007 The Box Finn Williams
2007 American Gangster Alfonso Abruzzo Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 The Marconi Brothers Sonny Venice
2008 Che: Part Two Alejandro Ramirez
2008 Che: Part One Alejandro Ramirez
2008 Fringe George Episode: "The Dreamscape"
2009 The Missing Person Don Edgar
2010 Seed Philips Short
2010 Beware the Gonzo Charlie Ronald
2010 The A-Team General Javier Tuco
2010 Amigo Padre Hidalgo Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for the Gawad Urian Award
2010 Lies in Plain Sight Rafael Reyes
2010 Little Fockers Junior
2011 Salvation Boulevard Jorge Guzman De Vaca
2012 Father/Son Father Short
2011–2012 Louie Pedro
2012–2013 Treme Detective Anthony Nikolich
2012–2013 The Good Wife Cristian Romano
2010–2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Daniel Hardy / Luis Montero
2013 Blood Ties Fabio DeSoto
2010 F--K Yul Short, Actor/Producer
2012–2013 Magic City Victor Lazaro
2014 Adam Shaw Detective Sandoval Actor/Producer
2013 Runner, Runner Delegate Herrera
2013 Captain Phillips Captain Castellano
2013 Blood Ties Delegate Herrera
2013 Fugly! Ray
2014 Person of Interest Cyrus Wells Episode: "Root Path"
2014 Kill the Messenger Danilo Blandon
2014 Glass Chin Roberto Flash
2014 Rob the Mob Vinny Gorgeous
2014 The Lottery President Thomas Westwood TV series, regular role
2014 Take Care Dr. Gotham Leonard
2014 Anesthesia Dr. Edward Barnes Completed
2014 Sweets Rick
2014 The Cobbler Max/Marsha


  • Urgent - Cast the First Stone (EMI-Manhattan, 1985)
  • Various - Iron Eagle OST (Capitol, 1986)
  • Urgent - Thinking Out Loud (EMI-Manhattan, 1987)
  • Diving For Pearls - Diving for Pearls (Epic/Sony, 1989)


  1. ^ Erasmo Guerra (June 8, 2011). "Hats off to Yul Vazquez's Broadway debut". NY Daily News. 
  2. ^ Randolph Michaels (September 22, 2005). "'Flashbacks to Happiness: Eighties Music Revisited'; Interview #43 Yul Vazquez, Guitarist for Urgent and Diving For Pearls". iUniverse, Inc. 
  3. ^ "Ian Astbury's The Soft Revolt: NYC Footage Available". Blabbermouth.net. June 8, 2011. 

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