Kuno Becker

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Becker and the second or maternal family name is Paz.
Kuno Becker
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Born Eduardo Kuno Becker Paz
(1978-01-14) January 14, 1978 (age 38)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Santiago Munez

Eduardo Kuno Becker Paz (born January 14, 1978) is a Mexican actor who has worked in telenovelas, Mexican cinema and U.S. cinema, but is best known for his portrayal of Ruben Berrizabal in Soñadoras and Santiago Muñez in the football movie Goal! and following sequels.

He also starred as Drew Ramos on the American drama series Dallas.

Early years[edit]

Becker was born in Mexico City to Manuel Becker Cuellar and Maria del Rocio Teddie Paz Felix.[1] He has two siblings, Gunther and Karine.

Becker's career as an artist began at an early age, although not as an actor but as a musician. When he was six years old, he intended to become a professional violinist. After obtaining a scholarship, he traveled to Europe and began his studies at the Mozarteum in the city of Salzburg, Austria, where he spent several years taking violin lessons with internationally famous teachers such as Denes Zsigmondi and Ruggiero Ricci.

Acting career[edit]

At seventeen Kuno made the decision to set aside his career as a violinist, in order to pursue what he now considers his greatest passion, acting. He auditioned with more than 3,200 candidates and was accepted as a student at the Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) of Televisa.

At the age of nineteen, after two years of drama studies, he obtained his first role in the telenovela Para toda la vida (1996), where he starred in 120 episodes. He later participated in 1997, in the music video Corazón by Lynda Thomas, the telenovela Pueblo chico, infierno grande (with Verónica Castro and directed by José Alberto Castro), El Alma no Tiene Color (directed by Juan Osorio) Desencuentro (directed by Ernesto Alonso), Rencor Apasionado (directed by Lucero Suárez), Camila (directed by Angelli Nesma) and Soñadoras his first lead and breakthrough role, where Kuno and Angélica Vale became the most popular on screen couple of all his novelas. Soñadoras has been the novela with the highest rating Kuno has ever starred in, and which has made its way around the world. Its this precise novela, that gave Kuno his worldwide fame, before venturing into film making. In April 2000 Becker concluded shooting the telenovela Mujeres Engañadas, his second lead role alongside veteran actors Elsa Aguirre and Arturo Peniche.

In addition to his work in television, Becker has participated in a couple theatre productions with Televisa. In 1998 he worked in the musical comedy En Roma el Amor es Broma. At the time he was appearing in the telenovela Soñadoras, Becker toured several Mexican cities with his one-man show Culpas Prohibidas. In only a few years, thanks to his talent and Televisa's high profile in Mexico, he has become one of the best-known and best-looking young actors. His latest theatre production was in 2008 when he starred in and produced the critically acclaimed "The Pillowman" written by Martin McDonagh. This last theatre production was a success with Kuno starring as a young man named Michal.

In cinema he provided the voice of Cale, Tobias and Lightning McQueen for the Spanish-dubbing of animated films Titan A.E., The 3 Wise Men and Disney's Cars. He also appeared in the 1997 film La Primera Noche. In 2002 Becker starred in the film La Hija del caníbal (Lucía, Lucía) opposite the Argentine actress Cecilia Roth. Later he starred opposite Antonio Banderas and oscar winner Emma Thompson in the drama-thriller Imagining Argentina. Becker also starred in the historical Kazakhstani epic Nomad filmed in 2004. The production took two years to make and it hit screens in 2006. He also landed the lead role of Santiago Munez in the films Goal! in 2005, Goal! 2: Living the Dream... in 2007 and the final entry in the trilogy, Goal! 3 in 2009. Becker has said that he now wishes to concentrate solely on his film career and is looking for new opportunities not only in Mexican films, but also internationally.

His most recent film projects today are From Mexico with Love, Spoken Word, Te Presento a Laura, La Ultima Muerte, Cabeza de Buda and Panic 5 Bravo.

Not only can he act, play the violin and sing, but he is also a writer. He is currently busy working on his debut script for the Mexican film he will be starring in, which is based on the earthquake that hit Mexico in 1985. The film project is titled "Espacio Interior", the pre-production and filming is already in process. The film is slated to be released September 2010 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1985 earthquake. He also portrayed Esteban Navarro, a recurring antagonist, in the tenth season of CSI: Miami.

Plays[edit]

Year Play Comments
2007 The Pillowman
1999 En Roma el amor es broma
1998 Culpas prohibidas

Film And Television[edit]

Year Series/Film Role Comments
2012 Dallas as Drew Ramos junior TV series
2011 From Prada to Nada Rodrigo
2011-2012 CSI: Miami as Esteban Navarro TV series
2010 The Defenders as Alex Velasco TV series
2009 Goal III: Taking on the World film
2008 Goal II: Living the Dream film
2007 Sex and Breakfast film
2006 Goal! (film) film
House as Ramón Silva TV series
2005 Nomad (2005 film) film
2003 Lucía, Lucía film
2003 Imagining Argentina (film) film
2000 Primer amor... a mil por hora as León Univision TV series
1999-2000 Mujeres engañadas as César Martínez TV series (in Spanish)
1998 Soñadoras as Ruben Barraisabal TV series (in Spanish)
Camila as Julio TV series (in Spanish)
Rencor apasionado as Pablo Gallardo Del Campo TV series (in Spanish)
El privilegio de amar ???? TV series (in Spanish)
1997 Desencuentro as David TV series (in Spanish)
El alma no tiene color as Juan José TV series (in Spanish)
Pueblo chico, infierno grande as Ermilo young TV series (in Spanish)
Te sigo amando as Humberto TV series (in Spanish)
1996 Para toda la vida as Eduardo TV series (in Spanish)

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timeliness: Will it help 'Goal' score?". WGNTV.com. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 

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