Yul Vazquez

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.

Yul Vazquez
Vázquez at American Gangster NYC premiere on October 19, 2007
Born (1965-03-18) March 18, 1965 (age 56)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1981–present
(m. 2002)

Early lifeEdit

Vazquez was born in Cuba on March 18, 1965.[1] Raised in Miami, he was named after Yul Brynner.[2]

Acting careerEdit

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).[3]

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.[4] Additional theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman,[5] Terrence McNally's Stendhal Syndrome,[6] Primary Stages with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas, and The Floating Island Plays (Mark Taper Forum).

Music careerEdit

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.[7] 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.[3]

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.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Vazquez has been married to actress Linda Larkin since May 18, 2002.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Mambo Kings Flaco
1993 Night Owl Tomas
1994 Fresh Chillie
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
2006 The Ex Paco
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 Seed Philips Short film
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 Little Fockers Junior
2010 F—K Yul Short film Actor/Producer
2011 Salvation Boulevard Jorge Guzman De Vaca
2012 Father/Son Father Short film
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 The Cobbler Marsha
2014 Kill the Messenger Danilo Blandón
2014 Fugly! Ray
2014 Adam Shaw Detective Sandoval Also producer
2014 Take Care Dr. Gotham Leonard
2014 Sweets Rick
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 The Super Julio
2017 Last Flag Flying Col. Willits
2018 Gringo Angel Valverde
2018 O.G. Baxter
2020 Books of Blood Bennett


Year Title Role Notes
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
2011–2012 Louie Pedro 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
10 episodes
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
4 episodes
2020 The Outsider Yunis Sablo Miniseries


Year Title Role
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)


  1. ^ "Yul Vázquez". AllMovie. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  2. ^ https://entertainment.inquirer.net/4948/cuba-born-miami-raised-actor-speaks-tagalog-in-%E2%80%98amigo%E2%80%99-role
  3. ^ a b Edward Douglas (September 11, 2006). "Exclusive: Spotlight on Yul Vázquez". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Erasmo Guerra (June 8, 2011). "Hats off to Yul Vazquez's Broadway debut". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Beth Herstein (March 23, 2005). "Interview with LAByrinth Theater Company's Yul Vázquez and Stephen McKinley Henderson". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Charles Isherwood (February 16, 2004). "The Stendhal Syndrome". Variety.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Ian Astbury's The Soft Revolt: NYC Footage Available". Blabbermouth.net. June 8, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Heller, Corinne (November 25, 2017). "Aladdin's 25th Anniversary Celebrated by Past and Present Cast". E!. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Linda Larkin". Retrieved November 7, 2019.

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