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 sixth 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.
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