Rick Gonzalez

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Rick Gonzalez
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Gonzalez at the 2017 Heroes and Villains Fan Fest
Born (1979-06-30) June 30, 1979 (age 39)
Years active1998–present

Rick Gonzalez (born June 30, 1979) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Timo Cruz in the motion picture Coach Carter , as Ben Gonzalez on the CW supernatural drama television series Reaper , and as Naps In Roll Bounce . He currently portrays the superhero vigilante character Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog on the CW superhero drama series Arrow .

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Early life

Gonzalez was born in New York City, of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent. [1] His parents met in Washington, DC, where they married. They moved and settled down in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn where they raised Gonzalez. [2] His parents were later divorced. He attended elementary and junior high school while living in Brooklyn. Ever since he was a young child, Gonzalez would put on improvised "shows" for his family and participate in all of his school's plays. His teachers were instrumental in convincing Gonzalez to apply and try out for the High School of the Performing Arts, on which Fame was based, in Manhattan. He did as suggested and was accepted. In 1997, he graduated and began to pursue a career in acting. [3]

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Gonzalez started his acting career in New York where he landed a small role in the made for television movie Thicker Than Blood (1998) as Sanchez. In 1999, he made his feature movie debut as Ricky in the movie Mambo Cafe, which was released in the year 2000. He followed that by participating in the film Prince of Central Park (2000) before heading for Los Angeles, California. [3] [ dead link ]

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Gonzalez in 2005

In Hollywood, he landed a small part as a gangbanger in the 2001 film Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. He followed that with the roles of Rudy Bonilla in The Rookie , starring Dennis Quaid and as the sex-crazed Primo in the 2003 movie Biker Boyz . In 2005, he played the role of Timo Cruz in the movie Coach Carter . Gonzalez also appeared in Twista's video "Hope", which is the lead single off the Coach Carter movie soundtrack. He played the male lead in Mashonda's "Back of Tha Club" video; and has also starred in the video to the Obie Trice song "Snitch", where he plays a member of a group who successfully pull off a bank robbery, and then snitches on them. Gonzalez was also in Red Cafe's video for "All Night Long" which was also in the Coach Carter movie soundtrack.

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Gonzalez has appeared in the 2003 comedy Old School (alongside Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell) as "Spanish", Laurel Canyon (2003) as Wyett, Subway Cafe (2004) as Vincent Young, War of the Worlds (2005) as Vincent, Roll Bounce (2005) as Naps, Pulse (2006) as Stone, First Snow (2006) as Andy Lopez, Illegal Tender (2007) as Wilson DeLeon Jr., What We Do Is Secret (2007) as Pat Smear. He also appears in Apartment 143 as Paul Ortega.

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Music career

On May 24, 2011 Gonzalez released his mixtape album hosted by DJ G-Spot titled "The Invisible Man" citing "I called it the invisible man because of my frustration trying to get my music career going for at least 7 years and feeling ignored by the industry. So I felt invisible to them (music industry)."[ This quote needs a citation ] He also appeared on the song "Bully Rap" off of Sean Price's last album Mic Tyson , it was released on October 30, 2012.



1998Thicker Than BloodSanchezTelevision movie
2000Mambo CaféRicky
Prince of Central Park Gangbanger
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Gang Banger
2002 The Rookie Rudy Bonilla
Laurel Canyon Wyatt
2003 Biker Boyz Primo
Old School Spanish
2004Subway CafeVincent Young
2005 Coach Carter Timo Cruz
War of the Worlds Vincent
Roll Bounce Naps
2006 First Snow Andy Lopez
Pulse Stone
For Your Consideration Chillaxin' Host
2007Game of LifeGerardo
What We Do Is Secret Pat Smear
Illegal Tender Wilson DeLeon Jr.
In the Valley of Elah Phone Technician
2008 The Promotion Ernesto
Pride and Glory Eladio Casado
2010 Flying Lessons Benji
2011 Apartment 143 Paul Ortega
2012Bad GirlsRodrigoTelevision film
The Guilt Trip Mark
2013 Make Your Move Rene
Blame It On The StreetsBrazeShort film
2015November RuleNick
2016179th StreetChelo Santiago
2016"Bad Dad Rehab"PierreTelevision Movie
2017 Deuces PapersNetflix


1997 F/X: The Series Episode: "Spanish Harlem"
2000 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit AlfonsoEpisode: "The Third Guy"
Touched by an Angel RamoneEpisode: "Living the Rest of My Life"
2000-2001 Boston Public Juan Figgis4 episodes
2001 Nash Bridges HectorEpisode: "Slam Dunk"
ER Jorge EscalonaEpisode: "Quo Vadis?"
2002 The Shield LucasEpisode "Pay in Pain"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer TomasEpisode: "Help"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation MarcusEpisode: "Poppin' Tags"
CSI: Miami Hector RiveraEpisode: "Backstabbers"
2007-2009 Reaper Ben Gonzalez
2009 Medium Juan EspinosaEpisode: "The Future's So Bright"
2010 Castle Mickey CarlsonEpisode: "The Third Man"
Cold Case Tut' 82Episode: "Bombers"
Lie to Me Raul CamposEpisode: "Headlock"
Dark Blue Manny AguilarEpisode: "Shelter of the Best"
The Whole Truth Ronnie SotoEpisode: "Cold Case"
2011 Traffic Light CharlieEpisode: "No Good Deed"
The Protector Jamie SosaEpisode: "Help"
The Closer Bruno PerezEpisode: "Star Turn"
Bones Rick CortezEpisode: "The Prince in the Plastic"
2012-2014Dark ProphetDJ Rashnu2 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods RickyEpisode: "The Bitter End"
Ironside Episode: "Uptown Murders"
NCIS Lenny MachachaEpisode: "Oil & Water"
2014 Rush Manny Maquis
2015 Battle Creek OmarEpisode: "Pilot"
2015 Mr. Robot Isaac Vera2 episodes
2016–present Arrow Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog Recurring role (Season 5), series regular (Season 6-)
2017 Legends of Tomorrow Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4"

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