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Rubén Blades


Rubén Blades was born on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, Panama as Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna. He is an actor, known for Safe House (2012), Predator 2 (1990) and Do the Right Thing (1989). See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Safe House
Safe House Carlos Villar
(2012)
Predator 2
Predator 2 Danny Archuleta
(1990)
Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing Soundtrack
(1989)
The Devil's Own
The Devil's Own Edwin Diaz
(1997)

Filmography

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 2016 Hands of Stone
Carlos Eleta
 2013 The Counselor
Jefe
 2011 La siguiente estación (Short)
Benito
 2009 Spoken Word
Cruz-Sr.
 2005 Secuestro express
Carla's Father
 2003 Spin
Ernesto
 2003 Imagining Argentina
Silvio Ayala
 2003 The Maldonado Miracle (TV Movie)
Cruz
 2002 Assassination Tango
Miguel
 2002 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
Martin
- Verguenza (2002) ... Martin
 2000 All the Pretty Horses
Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
 1997 Chinese Box
Jim
 1997 The Devil's Own
Edwin Diaz
 1997 The X-Files (TV Series)
Conrad Lozano
- El Mundo Gira (1997) ... Conrad Lozano
 1996 Grampa
Doctor
 1996 Eres mi Canción (Video short)
Singer
 1995 Scorpion Spring
Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa
 1994 A Million to Juan
Bartender
 1993 Life with Mikey
Angie's Dad (uncredited)
 1993 Miracle on Interstate 880 (TV Movie)
Pastor Beruman
 1991 The Super
Marlon (as Ruben Blades)
 1991 Crazy from the Heart (TV Movie)
Ernesto Ontiveros
 1991 One Man's War (TV Movie)
Perrone
 1991 The Josephine Baker Story (TV Movie)
Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
 1990 Predator 2
Danny Archuleta (as Ruben Blades)
 1990 The Two Jakes
Mickey Nice
 1990 Mo' Better Blues
Petey
 1989 Cinemax Sessions (TV Series)
- Latino Sessions (1989)
 1989 Disorganized Crime
Carlos Barrios
 1989 Dead Man Out (TV Movie)
Ben
 1988 Homeboy
Doctor
 1987 Fatal Beauty
Carl Jimenez (as Ruben Blades)
 1985 Crossover Dreams
Rudy Veloz
 1983 The Last Fight
Andy 'Kid' Clave
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Stage Play: The Capeman. Musical. Music by Paul Simon. Book by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott. Lyrics by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott. Music orchestrated by Stanley Silverman. Musical Director: Oscar Hernández. Music arranged by Paul Simon, Oscar Hernández and Stanley Silverman. Choral arrangements by Stanley Silverman. Choreographed by Mark... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ruben Blades

Height:

5' 11¾" (1.82 m)
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What good is it to know something, if you don't share what you know?

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The son of a bongo player turned police detective and a mother who taught piano, Blades grew up with music but studied law at the University of Panama. In 1974, at 26, he landed in New York City with just $100 in his pocket and a dream to make it as a singer. See more »

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Songs as: "Maestra Vida", "Pedro Navaja", "Desiciones", "Desapariciones", "Tiburón", etc. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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