Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz

Highest Rated: 86% All Over Me (1996)

Lowest Rated: 10% Supernova (2000)

Birthday: Dec 27, 1973

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

After vaulting to fame as the sympathetic high schooler Ricky Vasquez on "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95), actor and activist Wilson Cruz was dedicated to portraying gay characters in a positive and nuanced light in such projects as the Broadway musical "Rent" and television series like "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access, 2017- ). Born Wilson Echevarria to Puerto Rican parents in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on December 27, 1973, Cruz began performing in stage productions at an early age, and toured the country as a member of the Young Americans goodwill charity. He relocated with his family to Rialto, California, where he performed in the school choir and band at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in 1991. Shortly after graduation, he came out to his parents as gay, which prompted his father to throw him out of their house. Cruz lived in his car and with friends for a period of time until he relocated to Hollywood, where he made his television debut on the short-lived sitcom "Great Scott!" (Fox, 1992). Two years later, Cruz was cast as Ricky, an openly gay high schooler and confidante to Claire Danes' conflicted lead on "My So-Called Life." The drama drew praise for its realistic portrayal of teenage life, with a subplot involving Cruz's removal from his home for coming out earning him a Viewers for Quality Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. When "Life" came to an abrupt end after a single season, Cruz worked steadily on television, including a recurring stint as a nanny on the final season of "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000) and appearances in features like Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995), as a servant of J. Edgar Hoover (Bob Hoskins) and the ill-fated drug dealer Andre "Angel" Melendez, whose brutal murder by promoter Michael Alig was depicted in "Party Monster" (2003). Cruz also played the cross-dressing street musician Angel in multiple productions of the musical "Rent," including the West Coast and Broadway runs - , and became a noted activist and advocate for LGBT youth, which included service with GLAAD as a member of the board of directors and national spokesperson. As he moved out of young adult roles, Cruz settled into turns as a character actor in features like "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009), but found more consistent work on episodic television. He played a love interest for Jonathan Scarfe's sexually conflicted lawyer on the Steve Bochco legal drama "Raising the Bar" (TNT, 2008-09) and nurse working with young hospital patients in the Fox comedy-drama "Red Band Society" (2015). His most significant role during this period came as a medical officer on "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access, 2017- ) who was romantically involved with Anthony Rapp's science officer. Their on-screen kiss was the first such occurrence in the long history of the "Star Trek" franchise.

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Movies

Credit
75% 67% After Louie Mateo (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 67% Meth Head Julian (Character) - 2013
27% 37% The People I've Slept With Gabriel (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slip Away David (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Convincing Clooney Joaquin (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Unknown (Character) - 2006
50% 61% Coffee Date Kelly (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 52% Bam Bam and Celeste Tony (Character) - 2005
29% 75% Party Monster Angel (Character) $668.1K 2003
10% 17% Supernova Benj Sotomejor (Character) $14.2M 2000
20% 29% Joyride James (Character) - 1997
54% 57% Johns Mikey (Character) $106K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Seventh Avenue Reuben Diaz (Character) - 1996
86% 71% All Over Me Jesse (Character) $286K 1996

TV

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84% 42% Star Trek: Discovery Dr. Hugh Culber (Character) 2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet 25 Words or Less Contestant 2020
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020
100% 100% Visible: Out on Television Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bravest Knight Prince Andrew (Voice) 2019
No Score Yet 29% Talk Show the Game Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet LatiNation Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2017
53% 78% Doubt Floriel Martinez (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 63% Mistresses Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
20% 71% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
59% 86% Red Band Society Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanderpump Rules Spokesperson for GLAAD (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Living for This Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Part Live Guest 2013
57% 78% The Finder Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
96% 96% Pushing Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Unknown (Voice) 2007-2009
22% No Score Yet Raising the Bar Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 82% NCIS Todd Ryder (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Male Fan/Male Log Cabin Chorus/Hot Andrew (Guest Voice) 2006
82% 81% The Closer Man in Bar (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 92% Party of Five Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
95% 95% My So-Called Life Rickie Vasquez (Character) 1994-1995

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