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Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

“You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, but always know when to run”.

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Find sources: "Raymond Cruz" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Source: en.wikipedia.org 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 its spinoff Major Crimes, (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Cruz was born in Los Angeles, and attended East Los Angeles College. Of Mexican descent, he grew up in East Los Angeles, a neighborhood that regularly saw gang activity, and has relatives in such street gangs as Maravilla and Barrio South Gate. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Cruz's film roles include sniper 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 sadistic and psychopathic 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. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

A popular character actor, Raymond Cruz worked his way up to lead roles the old fashioned way, through hard work. Growing up in the Barrio South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles, surrounded by gang violence, Cruz found an escape in acting. He made his TV and feature debut in 1987 in "Vietnam War Story" (HBO) and the film comedy "Maid to Order" respectively. Cruz was soon a jobbing actor working solidly through the '80s and '90s with roles in "Cagney & Lacey" (CBS, 1982-88), "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), "Under Siege" (1992), "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and "Alien: Resurrection" (1997). As the years rolled by, the parts steadily grew bigger and bigger. Proving his versatility and taking a departure from his usual tough guy persona, Cruz's first recurring role was as Johnny in kid's educational series "The Eddie Files" (PBS, 1995-2000). 2005 saw Cruz take on his most famous role as Detective Julio Sanchez in police procedural "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012). He took time out from this consistent schedule for regular appearances in offbeat sitcom "My Name is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09) and playing psychotic meth dealer Tuco Salamanca in "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). As "The Closer" came to an end in 2012, spin-off series "Major Crimes" (TNT, 2012-) went into production, again starring Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez. Proving he's one of the hardest working men in showbiz, when showrunner Vince Gilligan came calling about "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" (AMC, 2015-), Cruz resurrected Tuco, filming his scenes on weekends and during breaks on "Major Crimes." (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com Stern, Marlow (17 April 2017). "Raymond Cruz's Journey From the Gang Violence of East L.A. to 'Better Call Saul's' Tuco Salamanca". Retrieved April 18, 2021. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Cruz appeared in the films Clear and Present Danger, Under Siege, Training Day, Bound by Honor (Blood In, Blood Out) as well as guest starring in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X Files and Harsh Realm. (Source: breakingbad.fandom.com Raymond Cruz is an American actor who plays Tuco Salamanca on Breaking Bad. He is probably best known for his role as Detective Julio Sanchez on TNT's The Closer and the spin-off Major Crimes. (Source:breakingbad.fandom.com bRaymond Cruz reprises his role as Tuco in the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. (Source:reakingbad.fandom.com)))

Raymond Cruz is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the frighteningly lethal 'Tuco Salamanca' in AMC's critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad (2008), a character he later reprised for the first two episodes of the spin-off Better Call Saul (2015). The role garnered him a 'Best Performance in a Television Series' nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Cruz recently wrapped his sixth and final season of TNT's Major Crimes (2012) as 'Julio Sanchez,' a detective within the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division, a role which originated on TNT's The Closer (2005) and which offered Cruz a nomination of 'Best Supporting Actor' from the Imagen Foundation Awards. Other TV work includes Cleveland Abduction (2015), the TV Movie in which he starred as kidnapper 'Ariel Castro,' a role he felt personally connected to having known the victims of his crime personally. Other TV work includes CSI: Miami (2002), Lauren (2012), White Collar (2009), and Los Americans (2011), among others. Cruz has appeared in numerous films including the highly touted Collateral Damage (2002), Training Day (2001), and Alien: Resurrection (2000). (Source: www.amazon.com)

Raymond Cruz is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the frighteningly lethal 'Tuco Salamanca' in AMC's critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad (2008), a character he later reprised for the first two episodes of the spin-off Better Call Saul (2015). The role garnered him a 'Best Performance in a Television Series' nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Cruz recently wrapped his sixth and final season of TNT's Major Crimes (2012) as 'Julio Sanchez,' a detective within the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division, a role which originated on TNT's The Closer (2005) and which offered Cruz a nomination of 'Best Supporting Actor' from the Imagen Foundation Awards. Other TV work includes Cleveland Abduction (2015), the TV Movie in which he starred as kidnapper 'Ariel Castro,' a role he felt personally connected to having known the victims of his crime personally. Other TV work includes CSI: Miami (2002), Lauren (2012), White Collar (2009), and Los Americans (2011), among others. Cruz has appeared in numerous films including the highly touted Collateral Damage (2002), Training Day (2001), and Alien: Resurrection (2000). (Source: www.amazon.com)

uly 9, 1961) is a Mexican American actor. He is mostly known for playing military roles. His movie roles include Clear and Present Danger as Ding Chavez, The Substitute as Tom Berenger's second-in-command Joey Six, The Rock in an un-credited U.S. Marine role, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money as Jesus, Alien Resurrection as USM Private Vincent DiStephano, and Under Siege as Ramirez. He also appeared in the gang movie Blood In Blood Out, playing the role of Chuey, a gang member from the Vatos Locos. In 2005 he played Chino In Havoc. He also appears in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, credited as "The Messenger," and in Training Day as a gang member named Sniper, the poker player who doesn't know that three-of-a-kind beats two pair. (Source: www.themoviedb.org)

Description above from the Wikipedia article Raymond Cruz, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. (Source: www.themoviedb.org Cruz played a large distributor of methamphetamines named Tuco on Breaking Bad in 2008. He is now a regular cast member on the TV series The Closer. Cruz also had a recurring role as Paco on My Name Is Earl, and as Alejandro Perez on Nip/Tuck. (Source:www.themoviedb.org))

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo. (Source: www.bing.com)

Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz), best known for describing things as “tight” and having a volatile temper, died during a gunfight with Hank Schrader at the beginning of season 2. But apparently, showrunner Vince Gilligan had planned on making Tuco play a bigger part — until Cruz asked for writers to kill him off. (Source: www.cheatsheet.com Apparently, Tuco was supposed to be a major villain throughout season 2 of the series. But Cruz insisted on getting killed because he found the role too difficult to play. (Source:www.cheatsheet.com wIn an interview with AMC, Cruz explained, “I asked them to kill me. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to coming back and doing the part.” (Source:ww.cheatsheet.com)))

And Cruz was happy with that conclusion for the character. “I love how they did it,” the actor said. “Some people are hard to kill. I think it would be really hard to kill this character if you just didn’t do it violently and swiftly. The shootout was pretty big and it was a good direct hit. He was willing to face it and he knew it was coming.” (Source: www.cheatsheet.com)

 

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