A young, handsome actor of Puerto Rican heritage, Cruz gained a devoted following in a regular TV role that was a landmark for an American primetime dramatic series. Playing the sensitive, sexually am...
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Seventh Avenue||Actor||Reuben Diaz||1|
|MTV True Life: School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas (2001-2002)||Narrator||n/a||2001||1000005|
|My So-Called Life (1993-1994)||Actor||Rickie Vasquez||1993||1|
|Out on the Roof||Actor||n/a||1|
|The People I've Slept With||Actor||Gabriel Lugo||1|
|Start Me Up||Actor||Kyle||1|
|All Over Me||Actor||Jesse||1|
|The Great Escape||Actor||Jonni||1|
|Cover Story||Actor||Todd Ryder||1|
|On Seventh Avenue (1994-1995)||Actor||Reuben Diaz||1994||1|
|No Exit||Actor||Jack Sosa||1|
|A Cinderella Story||Actor||Jonni||1|
|Lost Without You||Actor||Vincent||1|
|Can't Hide Love||Actor||Vincent||1|
|Not Without My Daughter||Actor||n/a||1|
|Party Monster||Actor||Angel Melendez||1|
|He's Just Not That Into You||Actor||Nathan||1|
|Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show||Actor||Smoking Technician||1|
|Orion In The Sky||Actor||n/a||1|
|Totally Gayer (2002-2003)||Actor||Interviewee||2002||1|
|100 Greatest Teen Stars (2004-2005)||Actor||Interviewee||2004||1|
|Brilliant But Cancelled (2001-2002)||Actor||Interviewee||2001||1|
|Portrayed Angel in the Broadway production of "Rent"|
|Cast in "Coffee Date" with Sally Kirkland and Jonathan Silverman|
|Appeared as a panelist on the talkshow "Donahue" to discuss the plight of gay teens|
|Co-starred in the sci-fi flick "Supernova"|
|Feature acting debut, Oliver Stone's "Nixon"|
|Was thrown out of his home on Christmas Eve after revealing to his father that he was gay; subsequently lived in his car and at the homes of friends; Cruz eventually reconciled with his father|
|Hired as a regular on the TV series "My So-Called Life"|
|Delivered a speech in advocacy of gay youth at the New York City Gay Pride Rally in Union Square Park|
|Cast in L.A. production of the stage musical "Rent" as Angel, a drag queen; later made Broadway debut in the role|
|Began appearing in professional theater productions at age 7 (date approximate)|
|Portrayed gay teen Rickie Vasquez on the cultish and critically acclaimed "My So-Called Life"|
|TV series debut, recurring role in Fox's "Great Scott"|
|Played Victor during the final season of "Party of Five" (Fox)|
|Co-starred in "Party Monster," as drug dealer/Club Kid wannabe Angel Melendez|
A snazzy dancer with a beautiful singing voice, Cruz previously performed around the country with the Young Americans as well as in featured shows at Disney theme parks. He made his TV debut in a minor recurring role in the short-lived high school sitcom "Great Scott!" (Fox, 1992). During and after the run of "My So-Called Life", Cruz appeared on TV and radio shows and at public events as an advocate for gay teens. He made his feature debut with a small part in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995) as Joaquin, an intimate of Bob Hoskins' J. Edgar Hoover.
|Luis Cruz||Uncle||deceased; succumbed to AIDS complications; Cruz attributes his own survival to his uncle's guidance|
|California State University|
|Eisenhower High School|
|Cruz volunteers his time to work with gay youth at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center.|
|In a telephone interview with Michael Musto in Village Voice (10/18/94), Cruz explained, "On the show ("My So-Called Life"), I'm saying it's OK to be who you are, so I'm not going to be a hypocrite in my personal life. If I had to hide every day of my life, it wouldn't be fun."|
|In the Dec 1994/Jan 1995 issue of Out, Cruz was included in the "Out 100" list, "An opinionated guide to the year in gay and lesbian power players, individuals who created, debated, dressed us better, and made a difference with a host of out-there achievements."|
|"'I don't know a lot of out actors,' admits Wilson, whose portrayal . . . sent a rocket flash to queer youth. 'It was the first honest portrayal and it was a huge opportunity to comfort our youth and say you're not the only one who's going through this. I know it's saved a lot of lives. I've gotten a lot of letters.'"
". . . He's also pissed to the gills about "Life"'s recent cancellation, caused, in part he says, by star Claire Danes' decision to jump ship."
"'Our little diva didn't want to come back. That makes me feel like a bitter queen. I feel like I was canceled,' fumes Cruz, who spent holidays with Danes. 'I'm very disappointed in her.'" -- From "Next Focus: Cruzing" by Scott Hess, Next, June 16, 1995.
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