Raymond Cruz appears in GET SHORTY as “Swayze,” the brutal and murderous leader of a Latino prison gang, who styles himself after Patrick Swayze, with long, flowing locks of hair and 80s-inspired dance moves.
Raymond Cruz is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the frighteningly lethal Tuco Salamanca in AMC’s critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad; a character he later reprised for the first two episodes of the spin-off Better Call Saul. The role garnered him a “Best Performance in a Television Series” nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Cruz recently wrapped his seventh and final season of TNT’s Major Crimes as Julio Sanchez, a detective within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division; a role which originated on TNT’s The Closer and which offered Cruz a nomination of “Best Supporting Actor” from the Imagen Foundation Awards. Other TV work includes Cleveland Abduction; the TV Movie in which he starred as kidnapper Ariel Castro, a role he felt personally connected to having known the victims of his crime personally. Other TV work includes CSI: Miami, Lauren, White Collar and Los Americans among others. Cruz has appeared in numerous films including the highly touted Collateral Damage, Training Day and Alien: Resurrection.