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Ruben Blades

Highest Rated:   71% Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Super (1991)
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Birthplace:   Panama City, Panama
Ruben Blades is a man of diverse talents. A driving force in popularizing salsa music internationally and a politician for the people of his native Panama, he is also a noted actor of stage and screen. Blades is the son of a percussionist-turned-detective and a singer/radio performer. Following studies in political science and law at Panama's Universidad Nacional, Blades worked at the Bank of Panama as a lawyer. Later he obtained a master's in law from Harvard. Many years after that, he returned to the Ivy League school to earn a doctorate in international law. Blades had been involved in music since the late '50s, but established himself as a musical powerhouse during the '70s and early '80s. He began his career in films, first as a composer of soundtracks and a songwriter in the early '80s. He made his debut as an actor in The Last Flight (1982), but it was not until he appeared in the semi-autobiographical docudrama Crossover Dreams (1985), which he co-wrote and starred in, that Blades became well known. Subsequent film appearances have included The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), The Two Jakes (1990), Mo' Better Blues (1990), and Devil's Own (1997). In 1994, Blades ran for the Panamanian presidency and though he lost, garnered over 20 percent of the vote.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Red Pill
  • Actor
2021
No Score Yet Eu não me Chamo Rubén Blades
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Ruben Blades is Not My Name
  • Actor
2018
45% Hands of Stone
  • Carlos Eleta
$4.8M 2016
33% The Counselor
  • Jefe
$14.7M 2013
No Score Yet I Am, From Son To Salsa
  • Actor
2013
20% For Greater Glory
  • President Calles
$5.7M 2012
53% Safe House
  • Carlos Villar
$126.2M 2012
No Score Yet Dudamel: Let The Children Play
  • Actor
2011
46% Spoken Word
  • Senior
$33.2k 2010
No Score Yet Musica Mundial
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Ruben Blades: Cali Concert
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Hector Lavoe: Karaoke
  • Actor
2005
52% Secuestro Express
  • Padre de Carla
$0.2M 2005
43% Spin
  • Ernesto Bejarano
2004
31% Imagining Argentina
  • Silvio Ayala
2004
66% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • Jorge
$56M 2003
47% Assassination Tango
  • Miguel
$0.9M 2003
21% Empire
  • Actor
$17.6M 2002
No Score Yet The Maldonado Miracle
  • Cruz
2002
32% All the Pretty Horses
  • Rocha
$14.8M 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock
  • Diego Rivera
1999
64% Chinese Box
  • Jim
1998
No Score Yet Yo soy, del Son a la Salsa (From Son to Salsa)
  • Actor
1998
35% The Devil's Own
  • Edwin Diaz
1997
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring
  • Sam Zaragosa
1996
22% Color of Night
  • Martinez
1994
No Score Yet A Million to Juan
  • Bartender
1994
25% Life with Mikey
  • Angie's Father
1993
No Score Yet Miracle On I-880
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Locuras del Corazón
  • Ernesto Ontiveros
1991
0% The Super
  • Marlon
1991
No Score Yet One Man's War
  • Perrone
1991
30% Predator 2
  • Danny Archuleta
1990
No Score Yet The Josephine Baker Story
  • Pepito Abatino
1990
65% The Two Jakes
  • Michael "Mickey Nice"
1990
71% Mo' Better Blues
  • Petey
1990
14% The Lemon Sisters
  • C.W.
1989
50% Disorganized Crime
  • Carlos Barrios
1989
No Score Yet Dead Man Out
  • Ben
1989
No Score Yet Beats of the Heart
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Homeboy
  • Doctor
1988
59% The Milagro Beanfield War
  • Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
1988
23% Fatal Beauty
  • Carl Jimenez
1987
No Score Yet Critical Condition
  • Louis
1987
No Score Yet Crossover Dreams
  • Rudy Veloz
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Ruben Blades: The Return of Ruben Blades
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Last Fight
  • Andy 'Kid' Clave
1983
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Joseph & His Brothers
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
75% Fear the Walking Dead
2015
  • Daniel Salazar
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd.
2000-2002
  • Actor
  • 2002
50% Gideon's Crossing
2000-2001
  • Dr. Max Cabranes
  • 2001
  • 2000
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
  • Conrad Lozano
  • 1997

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