Raymond Cruz Biography, Wife, Net Worth, Height, Family, Wiki

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth $2 million
Date Of Birth July 9, 1961
Fact Often plays the roles of soldiers.

Who is Raymond Cruz?

Raymond Cruz is an American actor, who is best known for his role in “The Closer” series as Detective Julio Sanchez, and in “Breaking Bad” for his recurring role as Tuco Salamanca, a drug lord.

Raymond Cruz Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

Raymond was born under the Cancer Zodiac sign on 9 July 1961, in Los Angeles, California, USA, making him 58 years old in 2019. He grew up in the tough part of East Los Angeles, where he was brought up by his parents, who hailed from Mexico. He frequently experienced gang activity in his neighborhood, which subsequently helped him with most of his ‘fictional’ characters.

Raymond is an American by nationality and belongs to Latino ethnicity. When he was 12, Raymond witnessed a person being shot in the head in front of him. The victim’s brains spewed everywhere from the back of his head, which scared Raymond. He confessed that the only thing that helped him stay away from the gangs was his fascination with American literature at a young age. Also, when he was just a small child, he was bused down to the “To Kill a Mockingbird” screening in an old theater.

Raymond viewed this as a great experience, as he became fascinated with how easy it was for people to turn written scripts into an entertaining performance. Regarding his education, Raymond attended East Los Angeles College, where he studied writing, and where he was involved in theater works, which have always been his passion. Raymond confesses that he loves being challenged to turn written words into a performance, which is what made him pursue acting as a career. Raymond is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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Raymond Cruz Professional Career and Meteoric Rise to Stardom

Cruz landed his first acting role in 1987, when he was cast in the movie “Mail to Order,” playing the role of Sam. Before long, he had another role as a gang member in the “Twice Dead” movie that was released in 1988. In 1990, Raymond landed the role of a messenger in the film “Gremlins 2: The New Batch,” and the same year starred as a gang member in the “Cold Dog Soup” movie.

In 1991, Cruz starred in the “Dead Again” movie as well as in “Prison Stories: Women on the Inside,” in which he played as Montoya.

That same year he appeared several other movies, including “Perfect Times” as Diego and “Out of Justice” playing the role of Hector. His big break came in 1992 when he was cast in blockbuster films such as “Nails” as Paco Sanchez, “Man Trouble” playing the role of Balco, “Juggernaut” as Cyclone, and “Under Siege” playing as Ramirez.

In 1993, Cruz was cast in the movie “Blood in Blood Out” as Chuy, and in “When The Party’s Over” as Mario. Apart from movies, Raymond has appeared in various TV series, including “Murder, She Wrote” as Jose Galvan and in “NYPD Blue” playing the role of Rico/Raoul.

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Some of his recent works include the 2017 television series “Mayans MC” playing the role of Che “Padre” Romero, and “Get Shorty,” a 2018 series in which he played as Swayze.

Raymond has also appeared in television shows  “The X-Files” and “China Beach”, alongside Jeff Kober. However, Raymond is best known for his regular appearance on “The Closer” as well as its spin-off “Major Crimes.” He also rose to prominence when he appeared in “Breaking Bad” alongside Dean Norris, and its spin-off that followed entitled “Better Call Saul.”

Some of his other works include “Training Day” alongside Harris Yulin and Jaime Gomez, “Collateral Damage” with Michael Cavanaugh and Don Fischer, “Broken Arrow,” “Alien Resurrection,” and “The Rock” among many others.

In 2019, Cruz appeared in “The Curse of La Llorona” which means The Curse of a Weeping Woman. It’s a supernatural horror movie that was directed by Michael Chaves – it became the sixth entry in The Conjuring Universe.

The movie premiered on 15 March 2019, and Warner Bros and New Line Cinema released it in theaters on 19 April. Critics received this film with mixed reactions and reviews – some thought that it didn’t deliver any new ideas, but most critics praised Chaves’ direction and Cardellini’s performance.

Raymond Cruz Personal Life, Married, Wife, and Children

Raymond had been in several relationships in his life. and was been spotted with various women. However, he met and married his wife, Simi Mehta, in a private ceremony to which they only invited their families and a few friends. Their marriage seems to be going smooth, although they are yet to welcome any child into this world.

Raymond Cruz Body Measurements and Distinct Features

Raymond is of average height standing at 5ft 6 ins (167 cm) tall and weighing 117lbs (53kg). He has brown eyes and black hair.

Raymond Cruz Net Worth

Raymond has a net worth of $2 million as of late 2019, accumulated as an actor over 30 years.

General Info

Full Name Raymond Cruz
Net Worth $2 million
Date Of Birth July 9, 1961
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor
Nationality American


Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Movies Cleveland Abduction, Alien: Resurrection, Training Day, Clear and Present Danger, Blood In Blood Out, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, The Substitute, Under Siege, Havoc, Collateral Damage, My Name Is Modesty, Dead Again, Up Close and Personal, The Last Marshal, Dragstrip Girl, Brothers in …
TV Shows Breaking Bad, The Closer, Major Crimes, Better Call Saul

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# Quote
1 Live theatre provides a rush you can’t get in film or television. But it is the TV and film work that offers the leisure to go off and do a play.
2 When I was a kid, they bused us down to a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) in an old theater and it was just a great experience. I became fascinated by the fact that you could translate written material into performance. That’s what compelled me to pursue this. I went to college and studied writing and I got involved in theater. It’s always been my passion. I love the challenge of translating the written word into performance.


# Fact
1 He had the nickname, “Sniper”, in Training Day (2001) and he was a Army SF sniper in Clear and Present Danger (1994).
2 Hobby and passion is riding and building motorcycles. His pride and joy is a 1972 Moto Guzzi El Dorado police bike that he worked on for two years.
3 Mexican-American actor based in Los Angeles who grew up in the tough East Los Angeles hood.
4 Often plays the roles of soldiers.




Title Year Status Character
Major Crimes 2012-2016 TV Series Julio Sanchez
Better Call Saul 2015-2016 TV Series Tuco Salamanca / Tuco
A Gringo Honeymoon 2015 Short Carlos
Cleveland Abduction 2015 TV Movie Ariel Castro
Lauren 2013 TV Series Martinez
The Closer 2005-2012 TV Series Julio Sanchez
White Collar 2012 TV Series Enrico Morales
CSI: Miami 2003-2011 TV Series Marcos Trejo / Martin Medesto
Los Americans 2011 TV Series Memo
Breaking Bad 2008-2009 TV Series Tuco Salamanca
Ylse 2008 TV Series Jesse
My Name Is Earl 2007-2008 TV Series Paco
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003-2008 TV Series Donald Balboa / Miguel Durado
Day Break 2007 TV Series Luis Torres
Nip/Tuck 2003-2006 TV Series Alejandro Pérez
10 Tricks 2006 Sal
Brothers in Arms 2005 Reverend
Havoc 2005 Chino
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure 2004 Raphael Garcia
Just Hustle 2004 Spanish Professor
The Division 2002-2003 TV Series Ray Sanchez / Roland
Star Trek: Elite Force II 2003 Video Game Lieutenant Jorge Gonzalez (voice)
24 2003 TV Series Rouse
Boomtown 2002 TV Series Ruben
Robbery Homicide Division 2002 TV Series Jesus ‘Termite’ Rosales
Collateral Damage 2002 Junior
Training Day 2001 Sniper
Blood Money 2000 TV Movie Gutierrez
Alien: Resurrection 2000 Video Game DiStephano (voice)
Harsh Realm 2000 TV Series Sergeant Escalante
The Eddie Files 1995-2000 TV Series Johnny
Seven Days 1999-2000 TV Series Teo Millar / Rodriguez
Strange World 2000 TV Series Rinaldo Molina
NYPD Blue 1995-2000 TV Series Rico / Raoul
The Last Marshal 1999 T-Boy
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1999 Video Jesus
Playing Patti 1998
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1998 TV Series Vargas
The Practice 1998 TV Series Miguel Moreno
413 Hope St. 1997 TV Series Rico
Alien: Resurrection 1997 Distephano
Cracker: Mind Over Murder 1997 TV Series MacCormick
Last Stand at Saber River 1997 TV Movie Manuel
The X-Files 1997 TV Series Eladio Buente
The Rock 1996 Sergeant Rojas (uncredited)
The Substitute 1996 Joey Six
Up Close & Personal 1996 Fernando Buttanda
Broken Arrow 1996 Air Force Staff Officer at Casualty Briefing (uncredited)
Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 TV Series Sergeant Perez
The Marshal 1995 TV Series Rossiter
Dragstrip Girl 1994 TV Movie Doogie
Clear and Present Danger 1994 Domingo Chavez
Dead Badge 1994 Tomas Gomez
Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun 1993 Video Arturo
When the Party’s Over 1993 Mario
Blood In, Blood Out 1993 Chuey
Murder, She Wrote 1993 TV Series José ‘Joseph’ Galvan
Under Siege 1992 Ramirez
Judgement 1992 Cyclone
Nails 1992 TV Movie Paco Sanchez
Man Trouble 1992 Balco
Perfect Crimes 1991 TV Movie Diego
Dead Again 1991 Clerk
Out for Justice 1991 Hector
Hunter 1990 TV Series Tomas Delgado
China Beach 1990 TV Series Lopez
Lifestories 1990 TV Series
Cold Dog Soup 1990 Gang Member
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 Messenger
Matlock 1990 TV Series Alien Worker
Freddy’s Nightmares 1990 TV Series Johnny ‘Mac’ McFarland
A Nightmare on Drug Street 1989 Short Felipe
I Know My First Name Is Steven 1989 TV Mini-Series Punk #2
Knots Landing 1988 TV Series Van Driver / Young Man
Twice Dead 1988 Gang Member
Vietnam War Story 1988 TV Series Diaz
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1988 TV Series Angel Perez
Cagney & Lacey 1988 TV Series Alonzo
Beauty and the Beast 1988 TV Series Hal
Maid to Order 1987 Sam (as Raymond Garcia)

Sound Department

Title Year Status Character
Midnight 1989 looping


Title Year Status Character
The Eric Andre Show 2016 TV Series Himself
The 3rd Annual Noble Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself – Presenter
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
Talking Bad 2013 TV Series Himself – ‘Tuco Salamanca’
The Closer Series Finale: Red Carpet 2012 TV Movie Himself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race 2008 TV Movie Himself
Pure 24 2003 TV Series documentary Rouse


Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2009 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor/Television The Closer (2005)
2006 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor The Closer (2005)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2012 ISA Indie Series Awards Best Supporting Actor – Drama Los Americans (2011)
2011 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor – Television The Closer (2005)
2011 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer (2005)
2010 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Guest Starring Role on Television Breaking Bad (2008)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer (2005)
2009 Vision Award NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance – Drama The Closer (2005)
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer (2005)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Closer (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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