Raymond Cruz

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Raymond Cruz
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Cruz in 2015
Born (1964-09-10) September 10, 1964 (age 59)
NationalityAmerican
Education East Los Angeles College
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
SpouseSimi Mehta

Raymond Cruz (born September 10, 1964) [1] is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Detective Julio Sanchez in the series The Closer and its spinoff Major Crimes , [2] as well as his recurring role as drug lord Tuco Salamanca in the crime drama Breaking Bad and its prequel series Better Call Saul .

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Early life

Cruz, who is of Mexican descent, grew up in East Los Angeles, California, in a neighborhood that regularly saw gang activity, and had relatives in such street gangs as Maravilla and Barrio South Gate. [3] 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." [3] For his portrayal of Tuco Salamanca, he was able to relate to his experiences witnessing people who were high on meth. [3]

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 . [4] [5] [3] He attended East Los Angeles College. [6]

Career

Cruz's film roles include sniper Ding Chavez in Clear and Present Danger , [7] Hector in Out For Justice , [7] Tom Berenger's second-in-command Joey Six in The Substitute , [7] U.S. Marine Sergeant Rojas in The Rock , [7] as Jesus in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money , [7] USM Private Vincent DiStephano in Alien Resurrection , [7] and Ramirez in Under Siege . [7] He appeared as Chuey, a gang member from the Vatos Locos, in the gang film Blood In Blood Out . [7]

In 2005, he played Chino in Havoc . [7] He appeared in Gremlins 2: The New Batch , [7] credited as "The Messenger," and in Training Day as a gang member named Sniper. [7] He played a Los Angeles firefighter in Collateral Damage . [7] 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 . [7] He also made an appearance as the father of a murdered girl in CSI. He played Det Julio Sanchez for the entire seven season run of The Closer and continued in that role for all six seasons of the spin-off Major Crimes . [7] He played a short-lived but well-known role as Tuco Salamanca, a sadistic and psychotic meth dealer in Breaking Bad in 2008 and 2009, [7] a role he reprised in the first two seasons of the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul . [7] He had a recurring role as Paco on My Name Is Earl , and as Alejandro Perez on Nip/Tuck . [7]

Personal life

Cruz is married to fellow actress Simi Mehta whom he co-starred with on The X-Files in the episode "El Mundo Gira". [8]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987 Maid to Order Sam
1988Twice DeadGang Member
1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven Punk
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch The Messenger
Cold Dog Soup Gang Member
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside MontoyaTelevision film
Dead Again Store Clerk
Out for Justice Hector
Fallen Angels DiegoTelevision film
1992 Man Trouble Balco
Nails Paco SanchezTelevision film
Judgement Cyclone
Under Siege Ramirez
1993 Blood In Blood Out Chuey
When the Party's Over Mario
1994Dead BadgeTomas Gomez
Clear and Present Danger Ding Chavez
Dragstrip Girl DoogieTelevision film
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Staff Sergeant AdamsUncredited
1996 The Substitute Joey "Six"
The Rock Sergeant RojasUncredited
Up Close & Personal Fernando Buttanda
Broken Arrow USAF Lieutenant ColonelUncredited
1997 Last Stand at Saber River ManuelTelevision film
Alien Resurrection Private Vincent DiStephano
1998Playing Patti
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Jesus
The Last MarshalT-Boy
2000Blood MoneyGutierrezTelevision film
2001 Training Day Sniper
2002 Collateral Damage Junior
2004Just HustleSpanish Professor
My Name is Modesty Raphael Garcia
2005 Havoc Chino
Brothers in ArmsReverend
200610 TricksSal
2015 Cleveland Abduction Ariel Castro Television film
2019 The Curse of La Llorona Rafael Olvera
2020 Wander Luis Santiago
2021 Blue Miracle Hector
2023 Medellin El Diablo

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 Beauty and the Beast HalEpisode: "Down to a Sunless Sea"
Cagney & Lacey AlonzoEpisode: "Land of the Free"
CBS Schoolbreak Special Angel PerezEpisode: "Gangs"
Vietnam War StoryDiazEpisode: "Separated"
Knots Landing Van Driver, Young Man2 episodes
1989 A Nightmare on Drug Street FelipeShort Film
1990 Hunter Tomas DelgadoEpisode: "La Familia"
Freddy's Nightmares Johnny "Mac" McFarlandEpisode: "Life Sentence"
Matlock Alien WorkerEpisode: "The Cookie Monster"
Lifestories Episode: "Frank Brody"
China Beach LopezEpisode: "One Small Step"
1993 Murder, She Wrote José "Joseph" GalvanEpisode: "Double Jeopardy"
1995 The Marshal RossiterEpisode: "The Ballad of Lucas Burke"
Walker, Texas Ranger Sergeant PerezEpisode: "Case Closed"
1995–2000 NYPD Blue Raoul / Rico2 episodes
1995–2000The Eddie FilesJohnny16 episodes
1997 The X-Files Eladio BuenteEpisode: "El Mundo Gira"
Cracker MacCormickEpisode: "'Tis Pity She's a Whore"
413 Hope St. RicoEpisode: "Lost Boys and Gothic Girls"
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine VargasEpisode: "The Siege of AR-558"
The Practice Miguel MorenoEpisode: "Truth and Consequences"
1999 Seven Days RodriguezEpisode: "Daddy's Girl"
2000 Strange World Rinaldo MolinaEpisode: "Man Plus"
Seven Days Teo MillarEpisode: "The Cuban Missile"
Harsh Realm Sergeant Escalante2 episodes
2002 Robbery Homicide Division Jesus "Termite" RosalesEpisode: "City of Strivers"
Boomtown RubenEpisode: "Crash"
2002–2003 The Division Roland / Ray Sanchez3 episodes
2003–2011 CSI: Miami Martin Medesto / Marcos Trejo2 episodes
2003 24 Rouse2 episodes
2003–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Miguel Durado / Donald Balboa2 episodes
2003–2006 Nip/Tuck Alejandro Perez2 episodes
2005–2012 The Closer Detective Julio Sanchez 105 episodes
2007–2008 My Name Is Earl Paco5 episodes
2007 Day Break Luis Torres2 episodes
2008YlseJesse
2008–2009 Breaking Bad Tuco Salamanca 4 episodes
2011 Los Americans Memo7 episodes
2012 White Collar Enrico MoralesEpisode: "Most Wanted"
2012–2018 Major Crimes Julio Sanchez 105 episodes
2013 Lauren Martinez3 episodes; Web series
2015–2016 Better Call Saul Tuco Salamanca 3 episodes
2016 The Eric Andre Show HimselfEpisode: "Raymond Cruz; Amber Rose"
2018 Get Shorty Swayze2 episodes
2019 Madam Secretary President Mateo Sandino Sr.Episode: Something Better
2023 Mayans M.C. Smokey
2024 Grey's Anatomy Daniel Jiménez (inmate)The Marathon Continues

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