Raymond Cruz

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Raymond Cruz
Cruz in 2009
Born(1961-07-09) July 9, 1961 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, US
Other namesRaymund Cruz
Years active1987–present
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Raymond Cruz
Cruz in 2009
Born(1961-07-09) July 9, 1961 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, US
Other namesRaymund Cruz
Years active1987–present

Raymond Cruz (born July 9, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Detective Julio Sanchez in the series The Closer and his recurring role as Tuco Salamanca, a violent and psychopathic meth dealer, in the crime drama series Breaking Bad and reprised his role in the spin-off Better Call Saul. He currently stars on the series Major Crimes, a spinoff of The Closer, reprising the role of Sanchez.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cruz was born in Los Angeles, California, and is of Mexican ancestry.


His film roles include Ding Chavez in Clear and Present Danger, Hector in "Out For Justice", Tom Berenger's second-in-command Joey Six in The Substitute, U.S. Marine Sergeant Rojas in The Rock, as Jesus in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, USM Private Vincent DiStephano in Alien Resurrection, and Ramirez in Under Siege. He appeared as Chuey, a gang member from the Vatos Locos, in the gang film Blood In Blood Out. In 2005, he played Chino in Havoc. He appeared in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, credited as "The Messenger," and in Training Day as a gang member named Sniper. He played a Los Angeles firefighter in Collateral Damage. He had guest roles in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558", the X-Files episode "El Mundo Gira", and the second season of 24. He also made an appearance as the father of a murdered girl in CSI. He played a short-lived but well-known role as Tuco Salamanca, a violent and psychotic meth dealer in Breaking Bad in 2008 and 2009. He later reprised the role of Tuco in the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. He had a recurring role as Paco on My Name Is Earl, and as Alejandro Perez on Nip/Tuck.



1987Maid to OrderSam
1988Twice DeadGang member
1989I Know My First Name is StevenPunk
1990Gremlins 2: The New BatchMessenger
1991Dead AgainStore clerk
1991Out For JusticeHector
1992Under SiegeRamirez
1993Blood In Blood OutChuey
1994Clear and Present DangerDing Chavez
1995Operation Dumbo DropStaff Sergeant AdamsUncredited
1996The SubstituteJoey Six
1996The RockSergeant RojasUncredited
1996Up Close and PersonalFernando Buttanda
1997Alien ResurrectionPrivate Vincent DiStephano
1999From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood MoneyJesus
1999The Last MarshalT-Boy
2000Blood MoneyGutierrezTelevision film
2001Training DaySniper
2002Collateral DamageJunior
2004Just HustleSpanish Professor
2004My Name is ModestyGarcia
2005Brothers in ArmsReverend
200610 TricksSal


1990Freddy's NightmaresJohnny 'Mac' McFarlandEpisode: "Life Sentence"
1993Murder, She WroteJosé "Joseph" GalvanEpisode: "Double Jeopardy"
1995Walker Texas RangerSgt. PerezEpisode: "Case Closed"
1997The X FilesEladio BuenteEpisode: "El Mundo Gira"
1998Star Trek: Deep Space NineVargasEpisode: "The Siege of AR-558"
2000Harsh RealmSgt. Escalante2 episodes
2002–2003The DivisionRoland / Ray Sanchez3 episodes
200324Rouse2 episodes
2003–2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMiguel Durado / Donald Balboa2 episodes
2003–2006Nip/TuckAlejandro Perez2 episodes
2005–2012The CloserDetective Julio Sanchez104 episodes
2005–2008My Name is EarlPaco5 episodes
2007Day BreakLuis Torres2 episodes
2008–2009Breaking BadTuco Salamanca4 episodes
2012White CollarSheriff MoralesEpisode: "Most Wanted"
2012–presentMajor CrimesDetective Julio Sanchez
2015Better Call SaulTuco Salamanca2 episodes


  1. ^ "TNT Says Goodbye to The Closer, Hello to Major Crimes". TV Guide. August 12, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

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