Édgar Ramírez

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Édgar Ramírez
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Ramírez at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano[1]

(1977-03-25) 25 March 1977 (age 45)[1]
Years active1990–present

Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðɣaɾ raˈmiɾes], born 25 March 1977) is a Venezuelan actor.[2] Ramírez studied communications at the Andrés Bello Catholic University. He then worked in media and considered becoming a diplomat. When Guillermo Arriaga praised a short film he had done, he decided to pursue his performing hobby as a career. He played Carlos the Jackal in the 2010 biopic series Carlos, a role for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor at the 2011 César Awards,[3][4] and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Actor.[5] He also played Larry, a CIA operative in the film Zero Dark Thirty, Paz—a CIA assassin—in The Bourne Ultimatum, and boxer Roberto Durán in Hands of Stone. Ramírez won at the 2012 ALMA Awards for Ares in Wrath of the Titans. He received several award nominations for his portrayal of Gianni Versace in the 2018 miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. In 2020, he had a recurring role in the HBO miniseries The Undoing. In 2022, Ramírez was part of the Un Certain Regard jury at the Cannes Film Festival.[6]

Early life[edit]

Ramírez was born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela, the son of Soday Arellano, an attorney, and Filiberto Ramírez, a military officer.[7] He has a sister named Nataly[8] and a niece and nephew named Enrique and Maria Camilla.[9] Part of his childhood was spent traveling in different countries; he speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and German fluently.[citation needed]

Ramírez in 2005

Ramírez graduated in 1999 from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas with a degree in mass communication, minoring in audiovisual communications,[10] although he intended to pursue international relations. While in college he worked as an emerging journalist, reporting on politics. Later, he became executive director of Dale al Voto, a Venezuelan foundation .[11] He and his team created campaigns for radio, television and movie theaters.[12] However, he was always attracted to the performing arts and while in college was involved with the arts. Ramírez was in charge of international promotions of the Viart Film Festival. "I'll be lying if I told you I dreamed about becoming an actor as a kid. But I wasn't in any different to the world of performing arts. I was always very attracted to it. I just never thought about it as a career."[13] Ramírez passed it up, as he was in the middle of his thesis and was to attend Harvard National Model UN that year as a delegate from his school. Ramírez then decided to pursue his acting interests.[14]

Acting career[edit]

Ramirez's first recognition as an actor was the successful soap opera Cosita rica, for Venevisión which aired from September 2003 to August 2004, lasting 270 episodes. In 2005, he made his major motion-picture début playing Choco, Domino Harvey's love interest in the film Domino directed by Tony Scott.

He was in Vantage Point directed by Pete Travis. In this high-budgeted Sony Pictures political thriller, Ramírez joined an all-star international cast including Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, and Ayelet Zurer. Ramírez plays Javier, an ex-special forces soldier forced to kidnap the American President in order to get his brother back. Upcoming is Cyrano Fernandez, with Ramírez in the title role. This independent production was directed by Alberto Arvelo.

Ramírez at the 2011 César Awards

Ramírez has appeared in several other productions. Among those are the first part of the two film bundle Che by Steven Soderbergh, where he played the role of Ciro Redondo (a Cuban revolutionary who fought with Ché Guevara), La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour), a short film directed by Guillermo Arriaga; Plan B, directed by Alejandro García Wiederman (Venezuela); Yotama se va volando (Yotama Flies Away), directed by Luis Armando Roche (Venezuela-France); Punto y raya (Step Forward), directed by Elia K. Schneider (Venezuela-Spain-Chile-Uruguay), submitted by Venezuela for Oscar consideration for 2004 Best Foreign Film, in which he played Colombian soldier Pedro.[15]

In 2007, he played the role of Paz, a Blackbriar assassin, in The Bourne Ultimatum; in its source novel The Bourne Ultimatum, the villain is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal. Ramírez went on to play the role of the actual Carlos in the 2010 French-German limited series Carlos. At the French César Awards 2011, he was awarded, for the film version of the TV series, the César Award for Most Promising Actor.[3][4] Ramírez has also given his voice to language learning education, guest-starring on the audio CD supplement to the Fluenz Spanish 1 DVD software.

Ramírez in 2012

Ramírez appeared in the Clash of the Titans (2010) sequel, Wrath of the Titans (2012), playing Ares, the God of War. In 2012, he played Larry in the Kathryn Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty. He played Bodhi in the 2015 remake of Point Break. In 2016, he played Dr. Kamal Abdic in the film The Girl on the Train.

On 18 November 2016, Hollywood Reporter interviewed Ramírez about his stolen watches. Thieves broke into Ramírez's apartment in Caracas and stole his watch collection including a Chanel J12 Chromatic titanium ceramic watch; a Cartier Santos; a TAG Heuer Aquaracer, a Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph. Other watches in his collection are the Cartier Drive; a Montblanc "Homage to Nicolas Rieussec"; and the Harmony and Patrimony timepieces, both by Vacheron Constantin all worth about $150,000.[16]

In 2017, Ramírez played Gianni Versace in the second season of the anthology series American Crime Story.[17] In 2019, Ramírez joined the cast of the spy thriller film The 355,[18] which was released in 2022[19] and reunited him with ACS co-star Penélope Cruz.


Ramírez supports the campaign "No Dispares" (Don't Shoot), by Amnesty International, the international human-rights organization. The campaign's purpose is to eliminate the number of injuries and deaths caused by the irresponsible use of guns.[20]

Ramírez was also part of "5 Senses in Action", an organization which benefits children with special needs. On 13 July 2008, he took part in an outdoor activity that stimulated sensory experience through gestures, playing and singing for congenitally deaf and/or blind children.[21]

On 12 November 2010, Ramírez was named a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), at an event held at the Eurobuilding Hotel in Caracas, and attended by personalities from the country's diplomatic corps. The UNICEF representative in Venezuela, Nadya Vásquez, said the organization has established in recent years an alliance with the actor "through which it is provided to support activities directly related to violence prevention campaigns".



Year Film Role Notes
2003 Yotama se va volando Manuel Zozaya
2004 Punto y Raya Pedro
2005 Atenea y Afrodita Boyfriend Short film
Domino Choco
2006 El Don Alvaro
Elipsis Sebastián Castillo
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Paz
2008 Che Ciro Redondo García
Cyrano Fernandez Cyrano
Vantage Point Javier
2010 Carlos Carlos the Jackal César Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Runner-Up—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Monte-Carlo Television Festival—Best Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2011 Saluda al Diablo de mi Parte Ángel
2012 Wrath of the Titans Ares
An Open Heart Javier
Zero Dark Thirty Larry
2013 The Counselor The Priest
2014 The Libertador Simón Bolívar
Deliver Us from Evil Mendoza
2015 Joy Tony Miranne
Point Break 'Bodhi'
2016 Hands of Stone Roberto Durán
The Girl on the Train Dr. Kamal Abdic
Gold Michael Acosta
2017 Bright Kandomere
2018 Furlough Kevin Rivera
La quietud Vincent
2019 Wasp Network René Gonzalez
2020 Resistance Sigmund
The Last Days of American Crime Graham Bricke
2021 Yes Day Carlos Torres
Jungle Cruise Aguirre
2022 The 355 Luis Rojas
TBA Borderlands Atlas Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Cosita Rica Cacique Chacón 4 episodes
2005 Ser bonita no basta Leonardo Episode: "#1.1"
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Gianni Versace 6 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2020 The Undoing Detective Joe Mendoza Miniseries[22]
2023 Florida Man Mike Valentine 8 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Album Artist
2017 "Desencuentro"[23] Residente Residente
2017 "Mis Ilusiones"[24] San Luis SanLuis


  1. ^ a b c Biography. edgar-ramirez.com
  2. ^ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (25 August 2016). "Édgar Ramírez Salsa Dances onto Late Show Stage". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2017 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ a b César : Edgar Ramirez, espoir masculin, europe1.fr
  4. ^ a b "Edgar Ramírez nominado a los premios César – Cine – EL UNIVERSAL". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Edgar Ramirez: Awards and". Television Academy. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Cannes' Un Certain Regard Jury Includes Valeria Golino, Édgar Ramírez, Joanna Kulig and More". 27 April 2022. Retrieved 1 June 2022 – via Variety.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Rohter, Larry (10 October 2010). "A Sweeping Tale Of a Terrorist And His Time". The New York Times.
  8. ^ http://www.rctvintl.com/eng/ date=December 2005
  9. ^ "Edgar Ramírez on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  10. ^ "About Edgar Ramirez". Edgar Ramirez Official site / Actor & Unicef Global Goodwill Ambassador (in European Spanish). 3 October 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Golden Globes bio". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  12. ^ "Dale al voto". Vimeo. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  13. ^ "From the Archives: Edgar Ramírez | Anthem Magazine". anthemmagazine.com. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Edgar Ramirez Interview – VANTAGE POINT". Collider.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  15. ^ Edgar Filiberto Ramirez at IMDb
  16. ^ "'Girl on the Train' Star Edgar Ramirez on His Stolen Timepieces and His New Top-Tier Collection". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (15 February 2017). "Edgar Ramirez & Darren Criss To Star In 'Versace: American Crime Story' On FX". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  18. ^ Barraclough, Leo (14 May 2019). "Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez Join Jessica Chastain's Spy Thriller '355'". Variety. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (5 May 2021). "The 355: Simon Kinberg Femme Action Ensemble Going Earlier In 2022". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  20. ^ maxdil says (19 December 2007). "Edgar Ramírez nueva imagen de Amnistía Internacional « WEB OF EDGAR RAMIREZ YOUR #1 SOURCE 2007–2011 Official Website". Everythingaboutedgarramirez.wordpress.com. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  21. ^ Marcela (25 November 2008). ""5 senses in action" « WEB OF EDGAR RAMIREZ YOUR #1 SOURCE 2007–2011 Official Website". Everythingaboutedgarramirez.wordpress.com. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  22. ^ Maas, Jennifer (27 March 2019). "Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe Join Nicole Kidman's HBO Limited Series 'The Undoing'". TheWrap. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  23. ^ Cobo, Leila (31 March 2017). "Residente Gets Romantic With Stunningly Beautiful 'Desencuentro' Video: Watch". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  24. ^ Cobo, Leila (28 March 2017). "San Luis Gets Romantic With Stunningly Beautiful 'Mis Ilusiones' Video: Watch". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 28 March 2017.[dead link]

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