• Raymond Cruz is an American actor best known for roles in “The Closer” and “Breaking Bad”.
• He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1961 and grew up in the tough part of East Los Angeles.
• He attended East Los Angeles College and studied writing, and was involved in theater works.
• He is married to Simi Mehta and has a net worth of $2 million.
• He is 5ft 6ins (167 cm) tall and weighs 117lbs (53kg).

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Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthJuly 9, 1961
FactMexican-American actor based in Los Angeles who grew up in the tough East Los Angeles hood.

Who is Raymond Cruz?

Raymond Cruz is an American actor, who is best known for his role in “The Closer” series as Detective Julio Sanchez, and in “Breaking Bad” for his recurring role as Tuco Salamanca, a drug lord.

Raymond Cruz Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

Raymond was born under the Cancer Zodiac sign on 9 July 1961, in Los Angeles, California, USA, making him 58 years old in 2019. He grew up in the tough part of East Los Angeles, where he was brought up by his parents, who hailed from Mexico. He frequently experienced gang activity in his neighborhood, which subsequently helped him with most of his ‘fictional’ characters.

Raymond is an American by nationality and belongs to Latino ethnicity. When he was 12, Raymond witnessed a person being shot in the head in front of him. The victim’s brains spewed everywhere from the back of his head, which scared Raymond. He confessed that the only thing that helped him stay away from the gangs was his fascination with American literature at a young age. Also, when he was just a small child, he was bused down to the “To Kill a Mockingbird” screening in an old theater.

Raymond viewed this as a great experience, as he became fascinated with how easy it was for people to turn written scripts into an entertaining performance. Regarding his education, Raymond attended East Los Angeles College, where he studied writing, and where he was involved in theater works, which have always been his passion. Raymond confesses that he loves being challenged to turn written words into a performance, which is what made him pursue acting as a career. Raymond is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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Raymond Cruz Professional Career and Meteoric Rise to Stardom

Cruz landed his first acting role in 1987, when he was cast in the movie “Mail to Order,” playing the role of Sam. Before long, he had another role as a gang member in the “Twice Dead” movie that was released in 1988. In 1990, Raymond landed the role of a messenger in the film “Gremlins 2: The New Batch,” and the same year starred as a gang member in the “Cold Dog Soup” movie.

In 1991, Cruz starred in the “Dead Again” movie as well as in “Prison Stories: Women on the Inside,” in which he played as Montoya.

That same year he appeared several other movies, including “Perfect Times” as Diego and “Out of Justice” playing the role of Hector. His big break came in 1992 when he was cast in blockbuster films such as “Nails” as Paco Sanchez, “Man Trouble” playing the role of Balco, “Juggernaut” as Cyclone, and “Under Siege” playing as Ramirez.

In 1993, Cruz was cast in the movie “Blood in Blood Out” as Chuy, and in “When The Party’s Over” as Mario. Apart from movies, Raymond has appeared in various TV series, including “Murder, She Wrote” as Jose Galvan and in “NYPD Blue” playing the role of Rico/Raoul.

Some of his recent works include the 2017 television series “Mayans MC” playing the role of Che “Padre” Romero, and “Get Shorty,” a 2018 series in which he played as Swayze.

Raymond has also appeared in television shows  “The X-Files” and “China Beach”, alongside Jeff Kober. However, Raymond is best known for his regular appearance on “The Closer” as well as its spin-off “Major Crimes.” He also rose to prominence when he appeared in “Breaking Bad” alongside Dean Norris, and its spin-off that followed entitled “Better Call Saul.”

Some of his other works include “Training Day” alongside Harris Yulin and Jaime Gomez, “Collateral Damage” with Michael Cavanaugh and Don Fischer, “Broken Arrow,” “Alien Resurrection,” and “The Rock” among many others.

In 2019, Cruz appeared in “The Curse of La Llorona” which means The Curse of a Weeping Woman. It’s a supernatural horror movie that was directed by Michael Chaves – it became the sixth entry in The Conjuring Universe.

The movie premiered on 15 March 2019, and Warner Bros and New Line Cinema released it in theaters on 19 April. Critics received this film with mixed reactions and reviews – some thought that it didn’t deliver any new ideas, but most critics praised Chaves’ direction and Cardellini’s performance.

Raymond Cruz Personal Life, Married, Wife, and Children

Raymond had been in several relationships in his life. and was been spotted with various women. However, he met and married his wife, Simi Mehta, in a private ceremony to which they only invited their families and a few friends. Their marriage seems to be going smooth, although they are yet to welcome any child into this world.

Raymond Cruz Body Measurements and Distinct Features

Raymond is of average height standing at 5ft 6 ins (167 cm) tall and weighing 117lbs (53kg). He has brown eyes and black hair.

Raymond Cruz Net Worth

Raymond has a net worth of $2 million as of late 2019, accumulated as an actor over 30 years.

General Info

Full NameRaymond Cruz
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthJuly 9, 1961
Height1.7 m


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesCleveland Abduction, Alien: Resurrection, Training Day, Clear and Present Danger, Blood In Blood Out, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, The Substitute, Under Siege, Havoc, Collateral Damage, My Name Is Modesty, Dead Again, Up Close and Personal, The Last Marshal, Dragstrip Girl, Brothers in ...
TV ShowsBreaking Bad, The Closer, Major Crimes, Better Call Saul

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1Live theatre provides a rush you can't get in film or television. But it is the TV and film work that offers the leisure to go off and do a play.
2When I was a kid, they bused us down to a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) in an old theater and it was just a great experience. I became fascinated by the fact that you could translate written material into performance. That's what compelled me to pursue this. I went to college and studied writing and I got involved in theater. It's always been my passion. I love the challenge of translating the written word into performance.


1He had the nickname, "Sniper", in Training Day (2001) and he was a Army SF sniper in Clear and Present Danger (1994).
2Hobby and passion is riding and building motorcycles. His pride and joy is a 1972 Moto Guzzi El Dorado police bike that he worked on for two years.
3Mexican-American actor based in Los Angeles who grew up in the tough East Los Angeles hood.
4Often plays the roles of soldiers.




Major Crimes2012-2016TV SeriesJulio Sanchez
Better Call Saul2015-2016TV SeriesTuco Salamanca / Tuco
A Gringo Honeymoon2015ShortCarlos
Cleveland Abduction2015TV MovieAriel Castro
Lauren2013TV SeriesMartinez
The Closer2005-2012TV SeriesJulio Sanchez
White Collar2012TV SeriesEnrico Morales
CSI: Miami2003-2011TV SeriesMarcos Trejo / Martin Medesto
Los Americans2011TV SeriesMemo
Breaking Bad2008-2009TV SeriesTuco Salamanca
Ylse2008TV SeriesJesse
My Name Is Earl2007-2008TV SeriesPaco
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003-2008TV SeriesDonald Balboa / Miguel Durado
Day Break2007TV SeriesLuis Torres
Nip/Tuck2003-2006TV SeriesAlejandro Pérez
10 Tricks2006Sal
Brothers in Arms2005Reverend
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure2004Raphael Garcia
Just Hustle2004Spanish Professor
The Division2002-2003TV SeriesRay Sanchez / Roland
Star Trek: Elite Force II2003Video GameLieutenant Jorge Gonzalez (voice)
242003TV SeriesRouse
Boomtown2002TV SeriesRuben
Robbery Homicide Division2002TV SeriesJesus 'Termite' Rosales
Collateral Damage2002Junior
Training Day2001Sniper
Blood Money2000TV MovieGutierrez
Alien: Resurrection2000Video GameDiStephano (voice)
Harsh Realm2000TV SeriesSergeant Escalante
The Eddie Files1995-2000TV SeriesJohnny
Seven Days1999-2000TV SeriesTeo Millar / Rodriguez
Strange World2000TV SeriesRinaldo Molina
NYPD Blue1995-2000TV SeriesRico / Raoul
The Last Marshal1999T-Boy
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money1999VideoJesus
Playing Patti1998
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1998TV SeriesVargas
The Practice1998TV SeriesMiguel Moreno
413 Hope St.1997TV SeriesRico
Alien: Resurrection1997Distephano
Cracker: Mind Over Murder1997TV SeriesMacCormick
Last Stand at Saber River1997TV MovieManuel
The X-Files1997TV SeriesEladio Buente
The Rock1996Sergeant Rojas (uncredited)
The Substitute1996Joey Six
Up Close & Personal1996Fernando Buttanda
Broken Arrow1996Air Force Staff Officer at Casualty Briefing (uncredited)
Walker, Texas Ranger1995TV SeriesSergeant Perez
The Marshal1995TV SeriesRossiter
Dragstrip Girl1994TV MovieDoogie
Clear and Present Danger1994Domingo Chavez
Dead Badge1994Tomas Gomez
Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun1993VideoArturo
When the Party's Over1993Mario
Blood In, Blood Out1993Chuey
Murder, She Wrote1993TV SeriesJosé 'Joseph' Galvan
Under Siege1992Ramirez
Nails1992TV MoviePaco Sanchez
Man Trouble1992Balco
Perfect Crimes1991TV MovieDiego
Dead Again1991Clerk
Out for Justice1991Hector
Hunter1990TV SeriesTomas Delgado
China Beach1990TV SeriesLopez
Lifestories1990TV Series
Cold Dog Soup1990Gang Member
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990Messenger
Matlock1990TV SeriesAlien Worker
Freddy's Nightmares1990TV SeriesJohnny 'Mac' McFarland
A Nightmare on Drug Street1989ShortFelipe
I Know My First Name Is Steven1989TV Mini-SeriesPunk #2
Knots Landing1988TV SeriesVan Driver / Young Man
Twice Dead1988Gang Member
Vietnam War Story1988TV SeriesDiaz
CBS Schoolbreak Special1988TV SeriesAngel Perez
Cagney & Lacey1988TV SeriesAlonzo
Beauty and the Beast1988TV SeriesHal
Maid to Order1987Sam (as Raymond Garcia)

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The Eric Andre Show2016TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual Noble Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Talking Bad2013TV SeriesHimself - 'Tuco Salamanca'
The Closer Series Finale: Red Carpet2012TV MovieHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2008TV MovieHimself
Pure 242003TV Series documentaryRouse


Won Awards

2009Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor/TelevisionThe Closer (2005)
2006Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Closer (2005)

Nominated Awards

2012ISAIndie Series AwardsBest Supporting Actor - DramaLos Americans (2011)
2011Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - TelevisionThe Closer (2005)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionBreaking Bad (2008)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2009Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaThe Closer (2005)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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