• 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 Birth||July 9, 1961|
|Fact||Hobby 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.|
- 1 Who is Raymond Cruz?
- 2 Raymond Cruz Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background
- 3 Raymond Cruz Professional Career and Meteoric Rise to Stardom
- 4 Raymond Cruz Personal Life, Married, Wife, and Children
- 5 Raymond Cruz Body Measurements and Distinct Features
- 6 Raymond Cruz Net Worth
- 7 General Info
- 8 Accomplishments
- 9 Social profile links
- 10 Quotes
- 11 Facts
- 12 Pictures
- 13 Movies
- 14 Awards
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.
#TBT Young Tuco #tuco @BetterCallSaul @Sony @aaronpaul_8 @BryanCranston @AMC_TV @BreakingBad_AMC pic.twitter.com/emdMO3QjFH
— Raymond Cruz (@RealRaymondCruz) July 24, 2015
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.
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.
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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.
|Full Name||Raymond Cruz|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Date Of Birth||July 9, 1961|
|Nominations||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series|
|Movies||Cleveland 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 Shows||Breaking Bad, The Closer, Major Crimes, Better Call Saul|
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|1||Live 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.|
|2||When 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.|
|1||He had the nickname, "Sniper", in Training Day (2001) and he was a Army SF sniper in Clear and Present Danger (1994).|
|2||Hobby 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.|
|3||Mexican-American actor based in Los Angeles who grew up in the tough East Los Angeles hood.|
|4||Often plays the roles of soldiers.|
|Major Crimes||2012-2016||TV Series||Julio Sanchez|
|Better Call Saul||2015-2016||TV Series||Tuco Salamanca / Tuco|
|A Gringo Honeymoon||2015||Short||Carlos|
|Cleveland Abduction||2015||TV Movie||Ariel Castro|
|The Closer||2005-2012||TV Series||Julio Sanchez|
|White Collar||2012||TV Series||Enrico Morales|
|CSI: Miami||2003-2011||TV Series||Marcos Trejo / Martin Medesto|
|Los Americans||2011||TV Series||Memo|
|Breaking Bad||2008-2009||TV Series||Tuco Salamanca|
|My Name Is Earl||2007-2008||TV Series||Paco|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2003-2008||TV Series||Donald Balboa / Miguel Durado|
|Day Break||2007||TV Series||Luis Torres|
|Nip/Tuck||2003-2006||TV Series||Alejandro Pérez|
|Brothers in Arms||2005||Reverend|
|My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure||2004||Raphael Garcia|
|Just Hustle||2004||Spanish Professor|
|The Division||2002-2003||TV Series||Ray Sanchez / Roland|
|Star Trek: Elite Force II||2003||Video Game||Lieutenant Jorge Gonzalez (voice)|
|Robbery Homicide Division||2002||TV Series||Jesus 'Termite' Rosales|
|Blood Money||2000||TV Movie||Gutierrez|
|Alien: Resurrection||2000||Video Game||DiStephano (voice)|
|Harsh Realm||2000||TV Series||Sergeant Escalante|
|The Eddie Files||1995-2000||TV Series||Johnny|
|Seven Days||1999-2000||TV Series||Teo Millar / Rodriguez|
|Strange World||2000||TV Series||Rinaldo Molina|
|NYPD Blue||1995-2000||TV Series||Rico / Raoul|
|The Last Marshal||1999||T-Boy|
|From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||1999||Video||Jesus|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||1998||TV Series||Vargas|
|The Practice||1998||TV Series||Miguel Moreno|
|413 Hope St.||1997||TV Series||Rico|
|Cracker: Mind Over Murder||1997||TV Series||MacCormick|
|Last Stand at Saber River||1997||TV Movie||Manuel|
|The X-Files||1997||TV Series||Eladio Buente|
|The Rock||1996||Sergeant Rojas (uncredited)|
|The Substitute||1996||Joey Six|
|Up Close & Personal||1996||Fernando Buttanda|
|Broken Arrow||1996||Air Force Staff Officer at Casualty Briefing (uncredited)|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||1995||TV Series||Sergeant Perez|
|The Marshal||1995||TV Series||Rossiter|
|Dragstrip Girl||1994||TV Movie||Doogie|
|Clear and Present Danger||1994||Domingo Chavez|
|Dead Badge||1994||Tomas Gomez|
|Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun||1993||Video||Arturo|
|When the Party's Over||1993||Mario|
|Blood In, Blood Out||1993||Chuey|
|Murder, She Wrote||1993||TV Series||José 'Joseph' Galvan|
|Nails||1992||TV Movie||Paco Sanchez|
|Perfect Crimes||1991||TV Movie||Diego|
|Out for Justice||1991||Hector|
|Hunter||1990||TV Series||Tomas Delgado|
|China Beach||1990||TV Series||Lopez|
|Cold Dog Soup||1990||Gang Member|
|Gremlins 2: The New Batch||1990||Messenger|
|Matlock||1990||TV Series||Alien Worker|
|Freddy's Nightmares||1990||TV Series||Johnny 'Mac' McFarland|
|A Nightmare on Drug Street||1989||Short||Felipe|
|I Know My First Name Is Steven||1989||TV Mini-Series||Punk #2|
|Knots Landing||1988||TV Series||Van Driver / Young Man|
|Twice Dead||1988||Gang Member|
|Vietnam War Story||1988||TV Series||Diaz|
|CBS Schoolbreak Special||1988||TV Series||Angel Perez|
|Cagney & Lacey||1988||TV Series||Alonzo|
|Beauty and the Beast||1988||TV Series||Hal|
|Maid to Order||1987||Sam (as Raymond Garcia)|
|The Eric Andre Show||2016||TV Series||Himself|
|The 3rd Annual Noble Awards||2015||TV Movie||Himself - Presenter|
|Inside Edition||2015||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Entertainment Tonight||2015||TV Series||Himself|
|Talking Bad||2013||TV Series||Himself - 'Tuco Salamanca'|
|The Closer Series Finale: Red Carpet||2012||TV Movie||Himself|
|Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race||2008||TV Movie||Himself|
|Pure 24||2003||TV Series documentary||Rouse|
|2009||Imagen Award||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actor/Television||The Closer (2005)|
|2006||Imagen Award||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Closer (2005)|
|2012||ISA||Indie Series Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Drama||Los Americans (2011)|
|2011||Imagen Award||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Television||The Closer (2005)|
|2011||Actor||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Closer (2005)|
|2010||Saturn Award||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Guest Starring Role on Television||Breaking Bad (2008)|
|2010||Actor||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Closer (2005)|
|2009||Vision Award||NAMIC Vision Awards||Best Performance - Drama||The Closer (2005)|
|2009||Actor||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Closer (2005)|
|2008||Actor||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Closer (2005)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia