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Juan Pablo Raba Vidal (born 14 January 1977) is a Colombian film, TV and telenovela actor, best known internationally for his role as Gustavo Gaviria in the 2015 Netflix series Narcos.

Juan Pablo Raba
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Raba in 2015
Born (1977-01-14) January 14, 1977 (age 42)
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Mónica Fonseca (m. 2011)
ChildrenJoaquín Raba Fonseca and Josephine Joie Raba Fonseca

Early lifeEdit

Raba was born in Bogotá, Colombia where he graduated from Colegio Nueva Granada. After his parents' divorce, he was raised in Spain by his Argentinian father. There, he earned a baccalaureate degree and started studying Advertising, but soon decided this was not what he wanted in life. He left his studies incomplete and went to live in Argentina.[citation needed]


Raba subsequently returned to Colombia and worked as a model. He sought work from the Colombian TV channel Caracol, who suggested that he take acting lessons. He took acting classes in Bogota with Edgardo Roman and then continued his studies in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.[citation needed]

Not long after, he accompanied a friend to an acting class where Colombian professor Edgardo Roman was impressed by Raba's acting ability. Encouraged, Raba began attending auditions. Two months after his first audition, Caracol channel asked him to co-star in the television series Amor En Forma. In 1999, he played a small part in the TV series Marido y mujer.

Immediately after, he took the leading part in the TV series La reina de Queens. Around the same time, he appeared in the theatrical play Chronicle of a Death Foretold, based on the book by Gabriel García Márquez.

Later the Venezuelan channel RCTV asked him to co-star in the telenovela Viva La Pepa. This led to an offer to appear in La niña de mis ojos, which launched Raba's international career. In 2002's Mi gorda bella, Raba played Orestes Villanueva Mercuri, who falls in love with the good hearted Valentina.

In 2004, when he filmed for RCTV the TV series Estrambótica Anastasia. In 2005, he returned to Colombia and filmed for the channel Caracol the TV series Por amor a Gloria. In 2006 included he appeared in the movie Una Abuela Virgen and as the main character in the TV film Soltera y sin Compromiso.

In the following years he had parts in several soap operas. In 2008 Raba appeared in El Cartel de los sapos, in a 2009 episode of Tiempo final and in an episode of Mental. After that he had a part in Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas. In 2013 he was a main character in Los secretos de Lucía.

In 2015 Raba joined the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Inhuman Joey Gutiérrez.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2003, he met Colombian journalist Paula Quinteros, whom he married on December 6 in a barefoot Celtic ceremony in Los Roques, Venezuela.[1][2]

In 2006, he and Paula announced their separation, which subsequently resulted in their divorce in 2007. In 2007, he dated Venezuelan soap star Marjorie de Sousa, a relationship which lasted over a year.[citation needed]

In August 2011, he married television presenter Mónica Fonseca in a private ceremony in Miami, United States. On July 19, 2012, his wife gave birth to their son, Joaquín Raba Fonseca. Raba is an active cyclist and now resides in Miami. With his family, he has been very active in human and animal rights organizations.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Anillo de compromiso Fede Short film
2007 Una abuela virgen Carlos
2007 Ni tan largos, ni tan cortos Carlos
2007 Puras joyitas Bigote
2009 Día naranja Leo
2011 The Snitch Cartel John Mario Martínez / Pirulo
2012 El cielo en tu mirada Mario Domínguez
2012 La Lectora Waiter Special appearance
2015 The 33 Darío Segovia
2016 7 años Carlos
2017 Nacido de Nuevo Ramon Short film
2017 Shot Caller Herman Gómez[4]
2018 Peppermint Diego Garcia
2018 Operation Entebbe Juan Pablo


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Amor en forma Eduardo
1999 Marido y mujer Isidrio
2000 La reina de Queens Andres Velásquez
2001 Viva la Pepa Luis Ángel Perdomo
2001 La niña de mis ojos Alejandro Rondón
2004 Estrambótica Anastasia Aureliano Paz
2005 Por amor a Gloria Esteban Marín
2006 Soltera y sin compromiso Jaime Villalba Television film
2006 Y los declaro marido y mujer Juan Andrés Gutiérrez
2007 Sobregiro de amor Martín Monsalve
2002 Mi gorda bella Orestes Villanueva Mercouri
2008 El cartel John Mario Martínez / Pirulito
2008 Tiempo final Franco 2 episodes
2009 Sin retorno Diego Episode: "Heroína"
2009 Mental Ray Hernandez Episode: "Pilot"
2010 El Clon Said Hashim Episode: "Encuentro divino"
2010 Los caballeros las prefieren brutas Alejandro Botero
2011 La Reina del Sur Jaime Gutiérrez Solana 5 episodes
2011 Flor Salvaje Emiliano Monteverde Episode: "Gran estreno"
2012 Pobres Rico Gonzalo Rico
2013 Los secretos de Lucía Miguel Gaitán
2013 Wake Up with No Make Up Iván 4 episodes
2014 El corazón del océano Unknown role 3 episodes
2015–16 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Joey Gutierrez 6 episodes
2015–16 Narcos Gustavo Gaviria 10 episodes
2017–2018 Six Ricky "Buddha" Ortiz 18 episodes
2018 Distrito Salvaje Jhon Jeiver


  1. ^ "Juan Pablo Raba se casa el próximo sábado". El Observador (in Spanish). November 29, 2003. Archived from the original on September 7, 2004. Retrieved July 16, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Los hombres no las prefieren brutas, dice Juan Pablo Raba". El Universal (Caracas) (in Spanish). June 4, 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 30, 2015). "Rose McGowan, 2 Others Cast In 'Lower Bay'; Juan Pablo Raba Joins 'Shot Caller'". Retrieved July 12, 2015.

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