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Cruz in 2015
July 9, 1961 |
Los Angeles, California, US
Raymond Cruz (born July 9, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Detective Julio Sanchez in the series The Closer and his recurring role as the drug lord Tuco Salamanca in the crime drama Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He currently stars on the series Major Crimes, a spinoff of The Closer, reprising the role of Sanchez.
Cruz was raised in East Los Angeles, California, and is of Mexican ancestry. He attended East Los Angeles College and is fully literate and fluent in both Spanish and English. He grew up in a neighborhood that regularly saw gang activity, a reality he brings to his roles, particularly as Sanchez and a range of gang-affiliated characters. He has said that becoming interested in American literature early in life is how he avoided the gangs himself.
His film roles include Ding Chavez in Clear and Present Danger, Hector in "Out For Justice", Tom Berenger's second-in-command Joey Six in The Substitute, U.S. Marine Sergeant Rojas in The Rock, as Jesus in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, USM Private Vincent DiStephano in Alien: Resurrection, and Ramirez in Under Siege. He appeared as Chuey, a gang member from the Vatos Locos, in the gang film Blood In Blood Out. In 2005, he played Chino in Havoc. He appeared in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, credited as "The Messenger," and in Training Day as a gang member named Sniper. He played a Los Angeles firefighter in Collateral Damage. He had guest roles in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558", the X-Files episode "El Mundo Gira", and the second season of 24. He also made an appearance as the father of a murdered girl in CSI. He played a short-lived but well-known role as Tuco Salamanca, a violent and psychotic meth dealer in Breaking Bad in 2008 and 2009. He later reprised the role of Tuco in the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. He had a recurring role as Paco on My Name Is Earl, and as Alejandro Perez on Nip/Tuck.
|1987||Maid to Order||Sam|
|1988||Twice Dead||Gang member|
|1989||I Know My First Name is Steven||Punk|
|1990||Gremlins 2: The New Batch||Messenger|
|1991||Dead Again||Store clerk|
|1991||Out for Justice||Hector|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Chuey|
|1994||Clear and Present Danger||Ding Chavez|
|1995||Operation Dumbo Drop||Staff Sergeant Adams||Uncredited|
|1996||The Substitute||Joey Six|
|1996||The Rock||Sergeant Rojas||Uncredited|
|1996||Up Close and Personal||Fernando Buttanda|
|1996||Broken Arrow||USAF Lieutenant Colonel||Uncredited|
|1997||Alien: Resurrection||Private Vincent DiStephano|
|1999||From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||Jesus|
|1999||The Last Marshal||T-Boy|
|2000||Blood Money||Gutierrez||Television film|
|2004||Just Hustle||Spanish Professor|
|2004||My Name is Modesty||Garcia|
|2005||Brothers in Arms||Reverend|
|2015||Cleveland Abduction||Ariel Castro||Television film|
|1990||Hunter||Tomas Delgado||Episode: "La Familia"|
|1990||Freddy's Nightmares||Johnny 'Mac' McFarland||Episode: "Life Sentence"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||José "Joseph" Galvan||Episode: "Double Jeopardy"|
|1995||Walker Texas Ranger||Sgt. Perez||Episode: "Case Closed"|
|1997||The X Files||Eladio Buente||Episode: "El Mundo Gira"|
|1998||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Vargas||Episode: "The Siege of AR-558"|
|2000||Harsh Realm||Sgt. Escalante||2 episodes|
|2002–2003||The Division||Roland / Ray Sanchez||3 episodes|
|2003–2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Miguel Durado / Donald Balboa||2 episodes|
|2003–2006||Nip/Tuck||Alejandro Perez||2 episodes|
|2005–2012||The Closer||Detective Julio Sanchez||105 episodes|
|2005–2008||My Name is Earl||Paco||5 episodes|
|2007||Day Break||Luis Torres||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||Breaking Bad||Tuco Salamanca||4 episodes|
|2012||White Collar||Sheriff Morales||Episode: "Most Wanted"|
|2012–present||Major Crimes||Detective Julio Sanchez||48 episodes|
|2015-2016||Better Call Saul||Tuco Salamanca||3 episodes|
- "TNT Says Goodbye to The Closer, Hello to Major Crimes". TV Guide. August 12, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- Profile, esquire.com; accessed July 16, 2015.
- Cruz on avoiding gangs, thedailybeast.com; February 11, 2015; accessed July 16, 2015.
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