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.

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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.

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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.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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