Merlin Santana

Actor, Musician, Model/spokesperson for Neverbroke clothing
Dominican-born Merlin Santana was a beloved actor, well-known for his memorable performances in television. In 1979, he began his career as an advertising model for fast food chains. In 2001, he co-starred in the ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1976 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Getting By 1992 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half & Half 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Dad 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Play'd: A Hip Hop Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

The Steve Harvey Show 1993 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Harambee! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The WB's Second Annual New Year's Eve Jam 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Waters 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Under One Roof (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Door in the Floor 2004 (Movie)

("Ride On") (Song)

Biography

Dominican-born Merlin Santana was a beloved actor, well-known for his memorable performances in television. In 1979, he began his career as an advertising model for fast food chains. In 2001, he co-starred in the feature "Flossin," which was directed by Todd Bridges. Santana's early acting career was mostly founded on his roles in various television comedies, such as "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), "Major Dad" (CBS, 1989-1993) and "Getting By" (1992-94). He also appeared in "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (ABC, 1992-97). He also appeared in the TV movie "In the Line of Duty: Street War" (NBC, 1992-93). In the nineties, he shifted his entertainment career towards more dramatic roles, appearing on "NYPD Blue" (1993-2005), "Under One Roof" (CBS, 1994-95) and "Matt Waters" (CBS, 1995-96). Santana's music was most recently featured in "The Door in the Floor" (2004) with Jeff Bridges. He also was featured in the TV movie "Play'd: A Hip Hop Story" (VH1, 2001-02). He also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Half & Half" (UPN, 2002-06). He also appeared in the Robert De Niro action movie "Showtime" (2002). Santana passed away in November 2002 at the age of 26.

Relationships

Family
parents from the Dominican Republic

Milestones

2002

Cast as Hector in the Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy comedy feature "Showtime"

2002

Co-starred in the hip hop drama loosely based on the events that led to the death of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G feature "Play'd: A Hip Hop Story"

2001

Co-starred in the feature "Flossin," which was directed by Todd Bridges

1996

Played a breakout role as Romeo on the hit sitcom "The Steve Harvey Show"

1995

Cast in the short-lived television drama "Under One Roof"

1993

Co-starred in the sitcom "Getting By"

1992

Obtained a small part in the made for television movie "In The Line Of Duty: Street War"

1979

Began his career as an advertising model for fast food chains

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