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Rubén Blades Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 July 1948Panama City, Panama
Birth NameRubén Blades Bellido de Luna
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 The Devil's Own (1997).

Spouse (1)

Lisa Lebenzon (13 December 1986 - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

His maracas painted like flag of Panama
Songs about social criticism and daily life
On stage, he wears a hat On interviews wears a bonnet
Songs as: "Maestra Vida", "Pedro Navaja", "Desiciones", "Desapariciones", "Tiburón", etc.

Trivia (8)

Ran for President of Panama as founder and head of the Papa Egoro party in 1994. He came in third behind the two leading Panamanian parties. However, he won a respectable 18% of the vote. His party gained enough seats in the Panamanian Legislature to ensure its continuance and a place in national politics, until it was dissolved in 1999.
He won his first Grammy for the album, "Encenas", and has won 4 more in Latin categories, a Latin Grammy, and one in World Music for the album "Mundo.".
In Predator 2 (1990), he played a character with the last name Archuleta who is killed by the bad guy, and in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), his character avenges the death of a partner with the last name Archuleta.
Was Minister of Tourism in Panama from 2004 until 2009.
His grandfather, Reuben Blades, was born on the British island of St. Lucia.
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.
Blades uses the English pronunciation (rhymes with "glades"), as Ruben's grandfather Reuben Blades was English, a native of St. Lucia.
Holds degrees in Law from the University of Panama and International Law from Harvard University.

Personal Quotes (1)

What good is it to know something, if you don't share what you know?

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