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Yul Vazquez (born March 18, 1965) is a Cuban-American actor and musician. He has appeared in Runaway Bride (1999), Bad Boys II (2003), War of the Worlds (2005), American Gangster (2007), The A-Team (2010), Captain Phillips (2013), The Infiltrator (2016), and Midnight, Texas (2017–2018). Vazquez used to be the lead guitarist for melodic rock bands Urgent and Diving For Pearls.
Vazquez's film and television projects include Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta; Anesthesia; and The Cobbler, opposite Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi. He can also been seen on the small screen on Lifetime's series The Lottery as Pres. Thomas Westwood and as The Reverend Emilio Sheehan in the NBC series Midnight, Texas.
With over 40 film credits, other highlights include roles in six time Oscar nominee Captain Phillips (2013), The A-Team (2010) with Liam Neeson, John Sayles's Amigo, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part epic Che (2008), The Take (2008), American Gangster, Music Within (2007), War of the Worlds (2005), Bad Boys II (2003), Traffic and Runaway Bride (1999).
He was a regular for both seasons of the Starz drama Magic City. Set in 1960s Miami, the series centers on the upscale Miramar Playa Hotel amongst the political and organized crime drama of the time. Vazquez portrays Victor Lazaro, general manager of the Miramar Playa. Additionally, he has recurred in three other television series, as Pedro in FX's Louie, as Christian in CBS's The Good Wife and as Det. Anthony Nikolich on the HBO television series Treme.
Vazquez is a founding member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and served two terms as co-artistic director with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Mimi O'Donnell in New York City. Vazquez starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated The Motherfucker with the Hat opposite Chris Rock. For his portrayal of the eccentric Cousin Julio, he received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Additional theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Terrence McNally's Stendhal Syndrome, Primary Stages with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas, and The Floating Island Plays (Mark Taper Forum).
Prior to starting his acting career, Vazquez was the lead guitar player for East Coast Album-oriented rock (AOR) bands Urgent and Diving For Pearls. Urgent landed a minor hit with their single "Running Back" which reached #79 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from their Cast The First Stone debut album, "Love Can Make You Cry", was featured on the Iron Eagle soundtrack. Urgent broke up in 1987 after the lackluster success of their sophomore album, Thinking Out Loud.
Following the demise of Urgent, Vazquez joined Diving for Pearls, whose eponymous debut album was issued by Epic/Sony Music in 1989. The group was dropped by the label before a second album could be completed due to the musical climate changing in the early 1990s as melodic hard rock fell out of favor in the U.S.
In 2009, Vazquez played acoustic guitar with Ian Astbury of The Cult under the name The Soft Revolt appearing at the Bowery Electric in New York City on the opening night of John Patrick Shanley's play Savage in Limbo, which Astbury was producing. They performed songs by The Cult and Astbury solo material as well as covers by the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Radiohead, among others.
|1992||The Mambo Kings||Flaco|
|1995||Nick of Time||Gustino|
|1999||Man of the Century||Brooding Artist|
|1999||Runaway Bride||Dead Head Gill Chavez|
|2000||Traffic||Tigrillo / Obregon Assassin||Won – Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2002||Running Time||The Hunter||Short film|
|2002||The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina||Gibson Mouse (voice)||Video|
|2002||Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra||Edifis (voice)|
|2003||Keen Eddie||Jonah Rosenthal|
|2003||Bad Boys II||Detective Mateo Reyes|
|2005||The F Word||Luis|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Julio|
|2006||Things That Hang from Trees||Juan Lopez|
|2007||Music Within||Mike Stoltz|
|2007||Southern Gothic||Hazel Fortune|
|2007||The Take||Marco Ruiz|
|2007||Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast||Young Man Jesus||Short film|
|2007||Anamorph||Jorge "George" Ruiz|
|2007||The Box||Finn Williams|
|2007||American Gangster||Det. Alfonso Abruzzo||Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2008||The Marconi Brothers||Sonny Venice|
|2008||Che: Part One||Alejandro Ramirez|
|2008||Che: Part Two||Alejandro Ramirez|
|2009||The Missing Person||Don Edgar|
|2010||Beware the Gonzo||Charlie Ronald|
|2010||The A-Team||General Javier Tuco|
|2010||Amigo||Padre Hidalgo||Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for the Gawad Urian Award|
|2010||F—K||Yul||Short film Actor/Producer|
|2011||Salvation Boulevard||Jorge Guzman De Vaca|
|2013||Blood Ties||Fabio DeSoto|
|2013||Runner, Runner||Delegate Herrera|
|2013||Captain Phillips||Captain Frank Castellano|
|2014||Rob the Mob||Vinny Gorgeous|
|2014||Glass Chin||Roberto Flash|
|2014||Time Out of Mind||Raoul|
|2014||Kill the Messenger||Danilo Blandón|
|2014||Adam Shaw||Detective Sandoval||Also producer|
|2014||Take Care||Dr. Gotham Leonard|
|2015||Anesthesia||Dr. Edward Barnes|
|2016||The Phenom||Eddie Soler|
|2016||The Infiltrator||Javier Ospina|
|2016||True Memoirs of an International Assassin||Gen. Ruiz|
|2016||Beast or Raven||Man||Short film|
|2017||Crown Heights||Commissioner Rafello|
|2017||1 Mile to You||Mr. Sickle|
|2017||Last Flag Flying||Col. Willits|
|2020||Books of Blood||Bennett|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Danny Darwin||Episode: "On a Deadman's Chest"|
|1993||The Untouchables||2 episodes|
|1993||Strapped||Latisha's Attorney||Television film|
|1995–1998||Seinfeld||Bob The Intimidating Gay Guy||3 episodes|
|1998||Trinity||Mr. Cupideros||Episode: "In Loco Parentis"|
|1999||Mondo Picasso||Mondo||Unknown episodes|
|2000–2002||Courage the Cowardly Dog||(voice)||26 episodes|
|2001||Big Apple||Officer Cruz||3 episodes|
|2001||Sex and the City||Phil||Episode: "The Agony and the Ex-tacy"|
|2002||The Sopranos||Reuben 'The Cuban'||Episode: "Christopher"|
|2008||Fringe||George Morales||Episode: "The Dreamscape"|
|2010||Lies in Plain Sight||Rafael Reyes||Television film|
|2010–2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Daniel Hardy / Luis Montero||2 episodes|
|2012–2013||Magic City||Victor Lazaro||15 episodes|
|2012–2013||Treme||Detective Anthony Nikolich||8 episodes|
|2012–2013||The Good Wife||Cristian Romano||3 episodes|
|2014||Person of Interest||Cyrus Wells||Episode: "Root Path"|
|2014||The Lottery||President Thomas Westwood||Regular role|
|2016||Elementary||Arthur Tetch||Episode: "Turn It Upside Down"|
|2016–2017||Bloodline||White Shirt Man||8 episodes|
|2016–2018||Divorce||Craig Anders||6 episodes|
|2017||Madam Secretary||Ted Fitzgerald||Episode: "Off the Record"|
|2017–2018||Midnight, Texas||Rev. Emilio Sheehan||Main role; season 1 (9 episodes)|
Guest; season 2 (2 episodes)
|2018||The Looming Tower||Jason Sanchez||5 episodes|
|2018||FBI||Bryce Miller||Episode: "Doomsday"|
|2018||Narcos: Mexico||John Gavin||5 episodes|
|2018||SEAL Team||Andres Doza||2 episodes|
|2019||I Am the Night||Billis||4 episodes|
|2019||Russian Doll||John Reyes||Main cast|
|2020||The Outsider||Yunis Sablo||Miniseries|
|2006||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories||Armando Mendez|
|2009||Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony||The People of Liberty City|
- Urgent – Cast the First Stone (EMI-Manhattan, 1985)
- Various – Iron Eagle OST (Capitol, 1986)
- Urgent – Thinking Out Loud (EMI-Manhattan, 1987)
- Diving For Pearls – Diving for Pearls (Epic/Sony, 1989)
- Diving For Pearls – Texas (2006)
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- Beth Herstein (March 23, 2005). "Interview with LAByrinth Theater Company's Yul Vázquez and Stephen McKinley Henderson". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
- Charles Isherwood (February 16, 2004). "The Stendhal Syndrome". Variety.
- Randolph Michaels (2005). 'Flashbacks to Happiness: Eighties Music Revisited'; Interview #43 Yul Vazquez, Guitarist for Urgent and Diving For Pearls. iUniverse, Inc. p. 477. ISBN 978-0-595-37007-8.
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