Richard Cabral

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Richard Cabral
Richard Cabral by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cabral at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesBaby Jokes
Years active2009–present
Janiece Sarduy (m. 2014)
Children4 children

Richard Cabral (born August 28, 1984) is an American actor, occasional producer and writer. He is best known for his roles on the ABC television series American Crime, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2015, and the Fox television series Lethal Weapon.

Early life[edit]

Cabral grew up in East Los Angeles, in a second-generation Mexican-American family. He became active in gang activity from an early age.[1] He said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that his family had been a part of the gang scene since the 1970s. He was a documented member of a gang in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey. When he was a child, he was separated from his family. He was incarcerated at the age of 13 for stealing a wallet.[2] Cabral developed an addiction to crack cocaine by the age of 15.[3] He obtained his GED as a teenager but once again got in trouble with the law. He was sentenced to prison for violent assault with a deadly weapon, and was released at the age of 25.


While Cabral was trying to turn his life around, his friends recommended he seek out the services of Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program based in Los Angeles.[2] He began to act. In 2009, Cabral appeared in the television show Southland. In 2010, he appeared in the music video for Bruno Mars' single "Grenade".

In 2015, Cabral starred in the mini-series American Crime, in which he portrayed the character Hector Tontz.[4] For his role, Cabral was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards.

In 2016, Cabral co-wrote with Robert Egan a one-man show called Fighting Shadows, about his experiences as a former gang member who spent years in and out of prison.[5]


In 2013, Cabral won the Lo Maximo award from Homeboy Industries, which honors HI service recipients who give back to the community.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 A Better Life Marcelo Valdez
2012 End of Watch Demon
2013 Snitch Flaco
2013 The Counselor The Green Hornet
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Arturo Lopez
2014 Walk of Shame Gang Member
2016 Blood Father Joker
2017 Khali the Killer Khali
2018 Breaking In Duncan
2018 Peppermint Salazar
2018 All Creatures Here Below Hugo
2019 Windows on the World Domingo


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Southland Joker Ruiz Episode: "Derailed"
2011 Southland Cholo #2 Episode: "Code 4"
2011 Southland Leprechaun 3 episodes
2011 Body of Proof Jorge Episode: "Hunting Party"
2012 Luck Store Clerk Episode: "#1.3"
2013 Chicago Fire Inmate Rios Episode: "A Hell of a Ride"
2014 Bosch Jimmy Uribe (uncredited) Episode: "Chapter One: 'Tis the Season"
2014 Key and Peele Eduardo Episode: "Terrorist Meeting"
2015 American Crime Hector Tonz 11 episodes
2016 American Crime Sebastian De Le Torre 5 episodes
2016–17 Lethal Weapon Detective Alex Cruz 8 episodes
2017 American Crime Isaac Castillo 5 episodes
2018–present Mayans MC Johnny "El Coco" Cruz 10 episodes
2019 Into the dark Santo Cristobal Episode: "Culture Shock"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
American Crime
19th OFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
2016 20th Satellite Awards Best Ensemble – Television Series (shared with the ensemble) Won


  1. ^ "Former Mexican Gang Member Richard Cabral Reveals How He Left Streets to Star in ABC's 'American Crime'". Latin Post.
  2. ^ a b "How Former Gang Member Richard Cabral Went From Prison To Prime Time". 16 September 2015.
  3. ^ "'American Crime' Star Richard Cabral Reveals His Past of Crack Addiction, Life in Gangs". Entertainment Tonight.
  4. ^ "Richard Cabral as Hector Tontz - American Crime". ABC.
  5. ^ "FIGHTING SHADOWS with Emmy Nominee Richard Cabral to Play Rosenthal Theater". Broadway World.
  6. ^ Homeboy Industries. "Richard Cabral - Lo Maximo 2013 - Homeboy Industries". YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2016.

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