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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 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Hands of Stone (completed)
Carlos Eleta
 2013 The Counselor
 2009 Spoken Word
 2005 Secuestro express
Carla's Father
 2003 Spin
 2003 Imagining Argentina
Silvio Ayala
 2002 Assassination Tango
 2000 All the Pretty Horses
Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
 1997 Chinese Box
 1997 The Devil's Own
Edwin Diaz
 1996 Grampa
 1996 Scorpion Spring
Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa
 1994 A Million to Juan
 1993 Life with Mikey
Angie's Dad (uncredited)
 1991 The Super
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 1990 Predator 2
Danny Archuleta (as Ruben Blades)
 1990 The Two Jakes
Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf
 1990 Mo' Better Blues
 1989 Disorganized Crime
Carlos Barrios
 1988 Homeboy
 1987 Fatal Beauty
Carl Jimenez (as Ruben Blades)
 1985 Crossover Dreams
Rudy Veloz
 1983 The Last Fight
Andy 'Kid' Clave
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A member of the "Artists United Against Apartheid" charity project in 1985. See more »

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5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

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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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