Marcel Ruiz (American actor)

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Marcel Ruiz
Born (2003-07-09) July 9, 2003 (age 15)[1]
Years active2016–present
RelativesSilverio Pérez (grandfather)

Marcel Ruiz Pérez (born July 9, 2003) is a Puerto Rican actor, known for his roles as Alex Alvarez in the Netflix series One Day at a Time and John Smith in the 2019 film Breakthrough.


Marcel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his career acting in commercials at an early age. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of nine. From 2017 to 2019, he starred in Netflix's reboot of One Day at a Time as the character Alex Alverez.[2] In 2019, he starred in Breakthrough, a drama film, portrayed the role of John Smith.[3][4]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2016 De Puerto Rico para el Mundo Himself TV Movie documentary
2017 Snowfall Popeye
2017–2019 One Day at a Time Alex Alvarez Main role
2019 Breakthrough John Smith

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 Imagen Award Best Young Actor One Day at a Time Nominated


  1. ^ "Marcel Ruiz: 11 facts about the 'One Day at a Time' star you probably didn't know". Popbuzz. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Marcel Ruiz refleja su madurez frente a la pantalla". (in Spanish). Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Breakthrough's Marcel Ruiz on Chrissy Metz, Steph Curry and his role". HOLA USA. April 19, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "John Smith & Marcel Ruiz Interview: Breakthrough". ScreenRant. April 18, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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