Raymond Cruz

A popular character actor, Raymond Cruz worked his way up to lead roles the old fashioned way, through hard work. Growing up in the Barrio South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles, surrounded by gang violence, Cruz found ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Better Call Saul 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Bad 2008 - 2009, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

White Collar 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

7 Days 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1992 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1992 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The X-Files 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003, 2008 (Tv Show)

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Day Break 2008 (Tv Show)

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My Name is Earl 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Nip/Tuck 2003, 2006 (Tv Show)

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Havoc 2004 (Movie)

Chino (Actor)

24 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

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Boomtown 2002 (Tv Show)

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Collateral Damage 2002 (Movie)

Junior (Actor)

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 (Tv Show)

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Training Day 2001 (Movie)

Sniper (Actor)

Blood Money 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Harsh Realm 2000 (Tv Show)

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413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Last Marshall 1998 (Movie)

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Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

Distephano (Actor)

The Substitute 1996 (Movie)

Joey Six (Actor)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

Fernando Buttanda (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Chavez (Actor)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Chuey (Actor)

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Balto (Actor)

Nails 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Perfect Crimes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

Ramirez (Actor)

Dead Again 1991 (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Messenger (Actor)

Cold Dog Soup 1989 (Movie)

Gang Member (Actor)

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Gangs 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Cleveland Abduction (TV Show)

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Dragstrip Girl (TV Show)

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Last Stand at Saber River (TV Show)

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Biography

A popular character actor, Raymond Cruz worked his way up to lead roles the old fashioned way, through hard work. Growing up in the Barrio South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles, surrounded by gang violence, Cruz found an escape in acting. He made his TV and feature debut in 1987 in "Vietnam War Story" (HBO) and the film comedy "Maid to Order" respectively. Cruz was soon a jobbing actor working solidly through the '80s and '90s with roles in "Cagney & Lacey" (CBS, 1982-88), "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), "Under Siege" (1992), "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and "Alien: Resurrection" (1997). As the years rolled by, the parts steadily grew bigger and bigger. Proving his versatility and taking a departure from his usual tough guy persona, Cruz's first recurring role was as Johnny in kid's educational series "The Eddie Files" (PBS, 1995-2000). 2005 saw Cruz take on his most famous role as Detective Julio Sanchez in police procedural "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012). He took time out from this consistent schedule for regular appearances in offbeat sitcom "My Name is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09) and playing psychotic meth dealer Tuco Salamanca in "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). As "The Closer" came to an end in 2012, spin-off series "Major Crimes" (TNT, 2012-) went into production, again starring Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez. Proving he's one of the hardest working men in showbiz, when showrunner Vince Gilligan came calling about "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" (AMC, 2015-), Cruz resurrected Tuco, filming his scenes on weekends and during breaks on "Major Crimes."

Milestones

2015

Tuco Salamanca returns in "Better Call Saul" (Netflix)

2012

Revives Detective Julio Sanchez for "Major Crimes" (TNT)

2008

Cast as Tuco Salamanca in "Breaking Bad" (AMC)

2007

Recurring role in "My Name is Earl" (NBC)

2005

Cast as Detective Julio Sanchez in "The Closer" (TNT)

1995

First recurring role in "The Eddie Files" (PBS)

1987

Debut TV appearance in "Vietnam War Story" (HBO)

1987

First feature film "Maid to Order"

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