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Renoly Santiago

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Renoly Santiago
Santiago in 2011
Born (1974-03-15) March 15, 1974 (age 50)
Lajas, Puerto Rico
  • Actor
  • singer
  • writer
Years active1993–present

Renoly Santiago (born March 15, 1974) is a Puerto Rican actor, singer and writer known for his appearances in films such as Dangerous Minds, Hackers and Con Air, and in television series such as Touched by an Angel and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Early life


Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico. He was raised in Union City, New Jersey.[1]



Santiago first became known in the United States when he was cast in the 1993 television series CityKids as Tito. He co-wrote the Emmy nominated pilot episode of the show.[citation needed] From his participation in CityKids, Santiago graduated to film, acting as Raúl Sanchero in 1995's Dangerous Minds.[2][3] By 1996, he was co-starring alongside some other well-known Hollywood actors in his role as Ramόn Sánchez, a.k.a. the "Phantom Phreak" in Hackers.[4] He also plays Mikey in Daylight.

Santiago starred as Ramón Martínez, an androgynous criminal nicknamed "Sally-Can't Dance," [5] in the 1997 film Con Air.[6] Santiago then took three years off from acting on-screen and starred on Broadway in Paul Simon's The Capeman as Tony "Umbrella Man" Hernandez, leader of the gang The Vampires, a role for which he was a 1998 Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

Santiago (center) teaching a 2014 acting course in his boyhood home of Union City, New Jersey

As a singer, Santiago has recorded with performers Marc Anthony, Paul Simon, Danny Rivera and La India.[citation needed]

In 2000, he returned to the screen in the low-budget film Punks, in which he plays Dante, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.[7][8] By 2001, Santiago was back on television, playing Miguel Acosta in the January 7 episode of Touched by an Angel, making a small appearance in the March 29 episode of Big Apple and as Chiggy Rios in Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode "The Faithful'.

In 2002, Santiago made a film called The Street King, where he played the character Cesar Rojas. It was not a major hit, and Santiago took another three-year sabbatical from screen acting. Santiago returned to film in 2005, as "Scorpio" in Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy. In early 2011, he starred as Johnny Pacheco in the Hector Lavoe salsa biopic The King. Santiago will appear in Grand Street in which he stars with Kelly McGillis.[citation needed]

From March 6 to May 8, 2014, Santiago taught professional acting classes at The William V. Musto Cultural Center in his boyhood home of Union City, New Jersey. The ten-week course was initiated as part of the Grace Theatre Workshop, and consisted of monologue and scene studies.[9]

Personal life


Santiago lives in New York City.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 CityKids
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special
1995 Dangerous Minds Raul Sanchero[10]
1995 Hackers Ramόn Sánchez / "The Phantom Phreak"
1996 Daylight Mikey
1997 Con Air Ramon "Sally-Can't Dance" Martinez[11] credited as "Renoly"
2000 Punks
2001 Touched by an Angel
2002 King Rikki
2013 Winners & Losers
2014 Grand Street
2015 The Networker
2016 The Night Of
2016 Difficult People
2017 The Get Down

See also



  1. ^ a b "Biography". Renoly Santiago – Official Website. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Conte, Michaelangelo (October 14, 2013). "Union City's sixth annual NoHu film festival kicks off tomorrow". NJ.com.
  3. ^ Shulgasser, Barbara (August 11, 1995). "Dangerous Minds' tame on delivery". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Pym, John (1998). Time Out Film Guide. Penguin Books. p. 395. ISBN 0-14-027525-8.
  5. ^ Pomerance, Murray (2001). Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century. SUNY Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-7914-4886-X.
  6. ^ Feil, Ken (2005). Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination. Wesleyan University Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-8195-6792-2.
  7. ^ Kehr, Dave (November 16, 2001). "At the Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
  8. ^ Harvey, Dennis (February 10, 2000). "Punks Review". Variety. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
  9. ^ "Hollywood Star to Teach Adult Acting Classes in Union City". "Briefs". The Hudson Reporter. February 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Interview with Renoly Santiago of "Dangerous Minds" and "Hackers" fame By CyPhEr777".
  11. ^ "Con Air: About The Cast".