Ramón Menéndez

Ramón Menéndez (born January 21, 1950) is a Cuban-American film director and screenwriter. He is best known for writing and directing the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.

Ramón Menéndez
Born (1950-01-21) January 21, 1950 (age 72)
Alma materSan Francisco State University
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1981–2002

His other film directing credits include Money for Nothing (1993) starring John Cusack[1] and the Disney Channel original film Gotta Kick It Up! (2002). He also served as a screenwriter for all of the films he directed. His only film as a screenwriter and not as a director was the 2001 film Tortilla Soup.

He has also worked in episodic television, directing episodes Tales from the Crypt and Perversions of Science, in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

Menéndez won two Independent Spirit Awards for his work on Stand and Deliver.[2]

Menéndez is a native of Cuba and grew up in California. He is an alumnus of San Francisco State University and UCLA Film School. His first credit in film industry was serving as an assistant director on the Oliver Stone-directed film Salvador (1986), he also had a small acting role in the film.

He is a frequent collaborator with film producer Tom Musca.[3]



  1. ^ John Bush (2013). "Money for Nothing". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-12-19.
  2. ^ "Stand and Deliver - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2009. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Ramón Menéndez". Dramatic Publishing. Retrieved January 19, 2011.

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