|Education||East Los Angeles College|
|Spouse(s)||Simi (née Mehta) Cruz|
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 ,as well as his recurring role as the drug lord Tuco Salamanca in the crime drama Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul .
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.In an interview with The Daily Beast , Cruz stated he witnessed someone shot in front of him when he was 12 years old, noting that "his brains came out the back of his head." For his portrayal of Tuco Salamanca, he was able to relate to his experiences witnessing people who were high on meth.
Cruz has said that becoming interested in American literature early in life helped him avoid joining such gangs himself. His favorite novel is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird .
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 .
|1987||Maid to Order||Sam|
|1988||Twice Dead||Gang member|
|1989||I Know My First Name Is Steven||Punk|
|1990||Gremlins 2: The New Batch||Messenger|
|Cold Dog Soup||Gang member|
|1991||Prison Stories: Women on the Inside||Montoya||Television film|
|Dead Again||Store clerk|
|Out for Justice||Hector|
|Fallen Angels||Diego||Television film|
|Nails||Paco Sanchez||Television film|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Chuy|
|When the Party's Over||Mario|
|1994||Dead Badge||Tomas Gomez|
|Clear and Present Danger||Ding Chavez|
|Dragstrip Girl||Doogie||Television film|
|1995||Operation Dumbo Drop||Staff Sergeant Adams||Uncredited|
|1996||The Substitute||Joey Six|
|The Rock||Sergeant Rojas||Uncredited|
|Up Close and Personal||Fernando Buttanda|
|Broken Arrow||USAF Lieutenant Colonel||Uncredited|
|1997||Last Stand at Saber River||Manuel||Television film|
|Alien Resurrection||Private Vincent DiStephano|
|1999||From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||Jesus|
|The Last Marshal||T-Boy|
|2000||Blood Money||Gutierrez||Television film|
|2004||Just Hustle||Spanish Professor|
|My Name is Modesty||Raphael Garcia|
|Brothers in Arms||Reverend|
|2015||Cleveland Abduction||Ariel Castro||Television film|
|2019||The Curse of La Llorona||Rafael Olvera|
|1988||Beauty and the Beast||Hal||Episode: "Down to a Sunless Sea"|
|Cagney & Lacey||Alonzo||Episode: "Land of the Free"|
|CBS Schoolbreak Special||Angel Perez||Episode: "Gangs"|
|Vietnam War Story||Diaz||Episode: "Separated"|
|Knots Landing||Van Driver, Young Man||2 episodes|
|1989||A Nightmare on Drug Street||Felipe||Short Film|
|1990||Hunter||Tomas Delgado||Episode: "La Familia"|
|Freddy's Nightmares||Johnny 'Mac' McFarland||Episode: "Life Sentence"|
|Matlock||Alien Worker||Episode: "The Cookie Monster"|
|Lifestories||Episode: "Frank Brody"|
|China Beach||Lopez||Episode: "One Small Step"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||José "Joseph" Galvan||Episode: "Double Jeopardy"|
|1995||The Marshal||Rossiter||Episode: "The Ballad of Lucas Burke"|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||Sgt. Perez||Episode: "Case Closed"|
|1995–2000||NYPD Blue||Raoul / Rico||2 episodes|
|1995–2000||The Eddie Files||Johnny||16 episodes|
|1997||The X-Files||Eladio Buente||Episode: "El Mundo Gira"|
|Cracker||MacCormick||Episode: "'Tis Pity She's a Whore"|
|413 Hope St.||Rico||Episode: "Lost Boys and Gothic Girls"|
|1998||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Vargas||Episode: "The Siege of AR-558"|
|The Practice||Miguel Moreno||Episode: "Truth and Consequences"|
|1999||Seven Days||Rodriguez||Episode: "Daddy's Girl"|
|2000||Strange World||Rinaldo Molina||Episode: "Man Plus"|
|2000||Seven Days||Teo Millar||Episode: "The Cuban Missile"|
|Harsh Realm||Sgt. Escalante||2 episodes|
|2002||Robbery Homicide Division||Jesus "Termite" Rosales||Episode: "City of Strivers"|
|2002–2003||The Division||Roland / Ray Sanchez||3 episodes|
|2003–2011||CSI: Miami||Martin Medesto / Marcos Trejo||2 episodes|
|2003–2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Miguel Durado / Donald Balboa||2 episodes|
|2003–2006||Nip/Tuck||Alejandro Perez||2 episodes|
|2005–2012||The Closer||Detective Julio Sanchez||105 episodes|
|2007–2008||My Name Is Earl||Paco||5 episodes|
|2007||Day Break||Luis Torres||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||Breaking Bad||Tuco Salamanca||4 episodes|
|2011||Los Americans||Memo||7 episodes|
|2012||White Collar||Enrico Morales||Episode: "Most Wanted"|
|2012–2018||Major Crimes||Julio Sanchez||105 episodes|
|2013||Lauren||Martinez||3 episodes; Web series|
|2015–2016||Better Call Saul||Tuco Salamanca||3 episodes|
|2016||The Eric Andre Show||Himself||Episode: "Raymond Cruz; Amber Rose"|
|2018||Mayans M.C.||Che "Padre" Romero [ citation needed ]||Pilot|
|Get Shorty||Swayze||2 episodes|
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