Ruben Blades

Ruben Blades

Highest Rated: 71% Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Super (1991)

Birthday: Jul 16, 1948

Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Ruben Blades is a man of diverse talents. A driving force in popularizing salsa music internationally and a politician for the people of his native Panama, he is also a noted actor of stage and screen. Blades is the son of a percussionist-turned-detective and a singer/radio performer. Following studies in political science and law at Panama's Universidad Nacional, Blades worked at the Bank of Panama as a lawyer. Later he obtained a master's in law from Harvard. Many years after that, he returned to the Ivy League school to earn a doctorate in international law. Blades had been involved in music since the late '50s, but established himself as a musical powerhouse during the '70s and early '80s. He began his career in films, first as a composer of soundtracks and a songwriter in the early '80s. He made his debut as an actor in The Last Flight (1982), but it was not until he appeared in the semi-autobiographical docudrama Crossover Dreams (1985), which he co-wrote and starred in, that Blades became well known. Subsequent film appearances have included The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), The Two Jakes (1990), Mo' Better Blues (1990), and Devil's Own (1997). In 1994, Blades ran for the Panamanian presidency and though he lost, garnered over 20 percent of the vote.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ruben Blades is Not My Name Actor 2018
45% Hands of Stone Carlos Eleta $4.8M 2016
33% The Counselor Jefe $14.7M 2013
No Score Yet I Am, From Son To Salsa Actor 2013
20% For Greater Glory President Calles $5.7M 2012
53% Safe House Carlos Villar $126.2M 2012
No Score Yet Dudamel: Let The Children Play Actor 2011
46% Spoken Word Senior $33.2K 2010
No Score Yet Musica Mundial Actor 2006
No Score Yet Ruben Blades: Cali Concert Actor 2006
No Score Yet Hector Lavoe: Karaoke Actor 2005
52% Secuestro Express Padre de Carla $0.2M 2005
43% Spin Ernesto Bejarano 2004
31% Imagining Argentina Silvio Ayala 2004
66% Once upon a Time in Mexico Jorge $56M 2003
47% Assassination Tango Miguel $0.9M 2003
21% Empire Actor $17.6M 2002
No Score Yet The Maldonado Miracle Cruz 2002
32% All the Pretty Horses Rocha $14.8M 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock Diego Rivera 1999
64% Chinese Box Jim 1998
No Score Yet Yo soy, del Son a la Salsa (From Son to Salsa) Actor 1998
35% The Devil's Own Edwin Diaz 1997
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring Sam Zaragosa 1996
22% Color of Night Martinez 1994
No Score Yet A Million to Juan Bartender 1994
25% Life with Mikey Angie's Father 1993
No Score Yet Miracle On I-880 Actor 1993
No Score Yet Locuras del Corazón Ernesto Ontiveros 1991
0% The Super Marlon 1991
No Score Yet One Man's War Perrone 1991
29% Predator 2 Danny Archuleta 1990
No Score Yet The Josephine Baker Story Pepito Abatino 1990
68% The Two Jakes Michael "Mickey Nice" 1990
71% Mo' Better Blues Petey 1990
14% The Lemon Sisters C.W. 1989
50% Disorganized Crime Carlos Barrios 1989
No Score Yet Dead Man Out Ben 1989
No Score Yet Beats of the Heart Actor 1989
No Score Yet Homeboy Doctor 1988
58% The Milagro Beanfield War Sheriff Bernabe Montoya 1988
23% Fatal Beauty Carl Jimenez 1987
No Score Yet Critical Condition Louis 1987
No Score Yet Crossover Dreams Rudy Veloz Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Ruben Blades: The Return of Ruben Blades Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Last Fight Andy 'Kid' Clave 1983
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Joseph & His Brothers Actor


73% Fear the Walking Dead
Daniel Salazar 2019
No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd.
50% Gideon's Crossing
Dr. Max Cabranes 2001
75% The X-Files
Conrad Lozano 1997


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