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Carlos Lacámara (born November 11, 1958), sometimes credited as Carlos Lacamara or Carlos LaCamara, is a Cuban-born American actor and playwright who has had a long career on American television, making his first appearance in 1983 on the sitcom Family Ties. Lacamara has mostly played supporting characters and guest star roles, with the exception of his roles as Paco Ortíz on the sitcom Nurses, and as Ray García, the family patriarch on The Brothers García. Carlos also plays "Horace Diaz" in the series Mighty Med.
Lacámara was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Washington D.C. in 1960, because of the Cuban Revolution. After that, He moved to Puerto Rico, and then to California, where he resides now. He attended UCLA.
In the early 1990s, he played orderly Paco Ortiz on the NBC sitcom Nurses. He also made recurring guest appearances on the crime series Silk Stalkings and Close to Home. The latter series, in which Lacámara plays a medical examiner, is rare in casting the actor in the role of a highly educated professional, although his recent guest roles have shifted from the early trend to cast him as a waiter, valet, or other entry level worker.
In 1995, he played the assassin Retaya in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Improbable Cause". In 1997, Lacámara also played one of the starring roles in the educational series Connect With English, a fictional drama written for students of English as a Second Language. In 1998, he appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom Friends in The One with Joey's Dirty Day.
Although characters from Nurses occasionally appeared on Empty Nest, from which their show had originated, Lacámara's only appearance on Empty Nest was in an unrelated role in 1995, after Nurses had ended its run. Lacámara's role in The Brothers García reunited him with former Nurses co-star Ada Maris. He was also important in the Brother's Garcia Special (The Mayan Curse).
In 2006, Lacámara's play Nowhere on the Border won first place of Repertorio Español's, a theatre company in New York, MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition. The play was produced at Repertorio Español in the fall of 2007. His second play Havana Bourgeois won Reverie Productions' Next Generations Playwriting Contest, and was produced by Reverie at 59E59 Theaters in New York in 2007, and later played in Los Angeles, California and Coral Gables, FL. In 2007, he also appeared in the film National Lampoon's Bag Boy.
Lacámara wrote the book and additional lyrics for the musical "Cuba Libre", which is first produced by Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon in October 2015. This Broadway-scale, contemporary musical features the internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre with a company of 21 actors, dancers and musicians.