Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Highest Rated: 80% Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Lowest Rated: 9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)

Birthday: Jul 9, 1961

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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."

Highest rated movies

Clear and Present Danger Training Day Blue Miracle
Blood In, Blood Out
Alien Resurrection
The Substitute




70% 72% Blue Miracle Hector (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Dead Dad Frank (Character) - 2021
46% 71% Wander Sherif Luis Santiago (Character) - 2020
28% 35% The Curse of La Llorona Rafael Olvera (Character) $54.7M 2019
No Score Yet 52% Cleveland Abduction Castro (Character) - 2015
45% 36% Havoc Chino (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Reverend (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 31% My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure Raphael Garcia (Character) - 2003
19% 27% Collateral Damage Junior (Character) - 2002
73% 89% Training Day Sniper (Character) $76.3M 2001
9% 20% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Jesus (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 20% The Last Marshal T-Boy (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 65% Last Stand at Saber River Manuel (Character) - 1997
54% 39% Alien Resurrection Distephano (Character) $47.7M 1997
42% 40% The Substitute Joey Six (Character) $14.8M 1996
31% 66% Up Close & Personal Fernando Buttanda (Character) $51.1M 1996
No Score Yet 22% Dragstrip Girl Doogie (Character) - 1994
80% 74% Clear and Present Danger Domingo Chavez (Character) $121.5M 1994
62% 94% Blood In, Blood Out Chuey (Character) $4.0M 1993


No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Mateo Sandino Sr. (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 81% Major Crimes Detective Julio Sanchez (Character) 2012-2018
No Score Yet 75% Full Circle Federico Sturgis (Character) 2016-2017
No Score Yet 75% Full Circle Federico Sturgis (Character) 2016
No Score Yet 91% The Eric Andre Show Guest 2016
98% 96% Better Call Saul Tuco Salamanca (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Phil Guest 2015
83% 83% The Closer Det. Julio Sanchez (Character) 2005-2012
96% 93% White Collar Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 63% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2003 2011
96% 97% Breaking Bad Tuco Salamanca (Guest Star) 2008-2009
82% 89% My Name Is Earl Paco (Guest Star) 2007-2008
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Miguel Durado (Guest Star) 2003 2008
75% 82% Nip/Tuck Alejandro Pérez (Guest Star) 2003 2006
87% 86% 24 Rouse (Guest Star) 2003
57% No Score Yet Robbery Homicide Division Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7 Days Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
83% 83% NYPD Blue Rico (Guest Star) 1995 2000
91% 88% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vargas (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
17% No Score Yet 413 Hope St. Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
60% No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
74% 86% The X-Files Eladio Buente (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Tomas Delgado (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Hal (Guest Star) 1988