Rubén Blades

Musician / Singer-songwriter / Actor / Politician / Lawyer / Minister (government) | * 07/16/1948 (73) | Panama City (Panama)
Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948), known professionally as Rubén Blades (Spanish: [ruˈβem ˈblaðes], but [- ˈbledz] in Panama and within the family), is a Panamanian musician, singer, composer, actor, activist, and politician, performing musically most often in the salsa, and Latin jazz genres. As a songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and politically inspired Son Cubano salsa to his music, creating "thinking persons' (salsa) dance music". Blades has written dozens of hit songs, including "Pedro Navaja" and "El Cantante" (which became Héctor Lavoe's signature song). He has won nine Grammy Awards out of seventeen nominations and five Latin Grammy Awards. His acting career began in 1983, and has continued, sometimes with several-year breaks to focus on other projects. He has prominent roles in films such as Crossover Dreams (1985), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), The Super (1991), ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Thriller

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Awards & Nominations for Rubén Blades

Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts (Spain) 2x Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year 4x Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album International Latin Music Hall of Fame Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

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Movies with Rubén Blades as Actor(49)

as Rocky2021 Red Pill
as Carlos Eleta2016 Hands of Stone
as Jefe2013 The Counselor
as Carlos Villar2012 Safe House
as Benito2011 The Next Season
as Cruz-Sr.2009 Spoken Word
as himself2004 En mi país
as Carla's Father2004 Secuestro Express
as Miguel2003 Assassination Tango
as Silvio Ayala2003 Imagining Argentina
as Ernesto2003 Spin
as Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal2000 All the Pretty Horses
as Diego Rivera1999 Cradle Will Rock
as Jim1997 Chinese Box
as Officer Edwin Diaz1997 The Devil's Own
as Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa1996 Scorpion Spring
as Bartender1994 A Million to Juan
as Lt. Hector Martinez1994 Color of Night
as Pastor Beruman1993 Miracle on Interstate 880
as Ernesto Ontiveros1991 Crazy From the Heart
as Marlon1991 The Super
as Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino1991 The Josephine Baker Story
as Danny Archuleta1990 Predator 2
as Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf1990 The Two Jakes
as Carlos Barrios1989 Disorganized Crime
as C.W.1989 The Lemon Sisters
as Ben1989 Dead Man Out
as Doctor1988 Homeboy
as Sheriff Bernabe Montoya1988 The Milagro Beanfield War
as Louis1987 Critical Condition
as Carl Jimenez1987 Fatal Beauty
as Rudy Veloz1985 Crossover Dreams
as Andy 'Kid' Clave1983 The Last Fight

TV Shows/Series with Rubén Blades as Actor(3)

as Daniel Salazar2015 Fear the Walking Dead
as Dr. Max Cabranes2000 Gideon's Crossing

Movies with Rubén Blades as Crew(6)

Sound/Original Music Composer2002 Empire
Sound/Original Music Composer1990 Q & A
Sound/Songs1984 Peter Knife
Sound/Music1983 Ligia Elena
Sound/Original Music Composer1983 When the Mountains Tremble

Additional Information

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Full Name: Rubén Blades
Citizenship: Panama
Born: Friday, 07/16 1948 (July) in Panama City (Panama) (current age: 73 years + 193 days)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN), Spanish (ES)
Educated at: Harvard Law School
Member of: Willie Colón & Rubén Blades
Record Label: Elektra, Fania Records
Spouses (current/former): Luba Mason
Siblings: Roberto Blades
Other names for Rubén Blades (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna"
Rubén Blades frequently works together with these people:
Robert Rodriguez (9x, Crew)
Vince Gilligan (6x, Crew)
William MacDonald (5x, Actor)
Frank Spotnitz (5x, Crew)
Dave Erickson (5x, Crew)
Gillian Anderson (4x, Actress)
David Duchovny (4x, Actor)
Roger Cross (4x, Actor)
Chris Carter (4x, Crew)
Kim Manners (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:8695, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 01/18/2022