• 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 probably best known for his role in “The Closer” series as Detective Julio Sanchez, and in “Breaking Bad” for his recurring role as drug lord Tuco Salamanca,.

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, and 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 of 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, 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 young child, he was bussed down to see “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 Montoya.

That same year he appeared several other movies, including “Perfect Times” as Diego and “Out of Justice” in 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” as Ramirez.

In 1993, Cruz was cast as Chuy in the movie “Blood in Blood Out”, 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 appeared 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 in “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”  -The Curse of a Weeping Woman., 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 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 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, having survived rumours of pending divorce in 2016, 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 about 117lbs (53kg). He has brown eyes and black hair.

Raymond Cruz Net Worth

Raymond has an estimated net worth of $4 million as of mid-2024, accumulated as an actor over 30 years.

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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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