Damián Alcázar

Damián Alcázar (born January 8, 1953 in Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico) is a Mexican actor and politician, who is best known for portraying Colombian drug lord Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela in the Netflix series Narcos. He is a deputy in the Constitutional Assembly of Mexico City.

Damián Alcázar
Alcázar in 2019
Born (1953-01-08) January 8, 1953
OccupationActor
Years active1985 - present

Career

Damián Alcázar studied acting first at the National Institute of Fine Arts and at the Theatrical Experimentation Center, then continued at the Faculty of Theater of the Veracruz University, where in later years he would work as a teacher.

He served as an actor for eight years in two theatre companies, alongside the most prestigious directors in Mexico. Notably under the direction of George Labaudan, he appeared on Jean Genet's play, The Balcony.

He has appeared in six foreign films and more than twenty-eight Mexican films. He was awarded the Ariel for Best Actor in 1999 and in 2004, for the tapes Under California: The Time Limit, by Carlos Bolado, and in Crónicas, by Sebastián Cordero. He also won the prize for best actor at the Festival of Valladolid (Spain), for the latter.

He received Ariel for Best Supporting Actor for El anzuelo by Ernesto Rimoch; by Lolo, Francisco Athié, and for the success of Carlos Carrera, The Crime of Father Amaro. Damián has been nominated to receive this same award four other times. He won the award for Best Actor at the Cartagena Film Festival (Colombia) for the film Two Crimes, by Roberto Sneider.

He has also worked on telenovelas, being the most recent Secretos del corazón, produced by Epigmenio Ibarra for TV Azteca.

In April 2013 he was awarded the Honor Prize of the Latin American Film Show of Lleida with José Coronado. Since June 2016, he has been a deputy elected by the leftist political party MORENA in the Constitutional Assembly of Mexico City.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985El centro del laberintoShort film
1986DebutantesShort film
1987Pasa en las mejores familias
1987Carta de un sobrinoShort film
1989RomeroCampesino
1989La ciudad al desnudoLa SuavecitaNominated — Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990La ciudad al desnudoShort film
1991Un cielo cruel y una tierra coloradaShort film
1991Sombra de ángelShort film
1991La leyenda de una máscaraOlmo Robles
1991BandidosMexican man
1991Mujer del puertoMarro
1991El patrulleroSuspect #1
1991Diplomatic ImmunityPool Cleaner / HitmanUncredited
1992De barrosShort film
1992Cita en el paraísoPabloShort film
1993Abuelita de BakmanEscritor
1993LoloMarcelinoAriel Award for Best Supporting Actor
1994ÁmbarPrisoner #3
1995Dos crímenesMarcos GonzálezNominated — Ariel Award for Best Actor
1995Algunas nubesLa Rata
1995En el aireCmdr. Paco
1996Tres minutos en la oscuridad
1996El anzueloHumbertoAriel Award for Best Supporting Actor
1996KatuwiraCaronte
1996OverkillJosé
1997Men with GunsPadre Portillo
1998Bajo California: El límite del tiempoDamiánAriel Award for Best Actor
1999Ave MaríaCuña
1999La Ley de HerodesJuan VargasAriel Award for Best Actor
1999SofíaPedro
2000Compassionate Sex Virgin man
2000Crónica de un desayunoTaxist
2001Pachito Rex - Me voy pero no del todo
2001La habitación azulGarduño
2002The Crime of Father AmaroPadre Natalio PérezAriel Award for Best Supporting Actor
2004CrónicasVinicio CepedaAriel Award for Best Actor
2004HéctorMartín
2005BorderlandUlises
2005Las vueltas del citrilloSargento CollazoAriel Award for Best Actor
2006Un mundo maravillosoJuan Pérez
2006Only God KnowsPresagio
2006Fuera del cieloOfficer Rojas
2007SatanásEliseo
2007¡Pega Martín pega!
2008El viaje de TeoWenceslao
2008The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianLord Sopespian
2009Marea de arena
2009Bala mordidaCommander
2009Don't Let Me DrownRamón
2009Of Love and Other DemonsAbrenuncio
2009Corto libre
2010De la infanciaBasilio Niebla
2010ChicograndeChicogrande
2010GarciaGarcia
2010El InfiernoBenjamín "El Benny" GarcíaAriel Award for Best Actor
2010El último comandantePaco Jarquín
2012Fecha de caducidadGenaro
2012Hermano lejanoPsychologist
2013Ciudadano BuelnaLucio Blanco
2013ForgottenJosé Mendieta
2014The Perfect DictatorshipGovernor Carmelo Vargas
2014La sargento MatachoFeliciano Pachón
2014Eddie Reynolds y Los Ángeles de AceroLalo / Eddie
2014Magallanes
2015The Thin Yellow LineToñoNominated — Ariel Award for Best Actor
2019The Mongolian ConspiracyFiliberto García
2019Miss BalaChief Rafael Saucedo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1986 El camino secreto José Luis
1990 Mi pequeña Soledad Florentino
1991 Yo no creo en los hombres Juan
1999 Cuentos para solitarios Ramón Episode: "La mala hora de Ramón"
2000–2001 Todo por amor Don Mariano
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself General Rodolfo Fierro Television film
2003–2004 El alma herida Francisco "Frank" López
2009–2012 Kdabra René 33 episodes
2010 Las Aparicio Hernán Almada
2011 El encanto del águila Plutarco Elías Calles 3 episodes
2012 Lynch Eduardo Zúñiga 2 episodes
2012 Capadocia Alberto Gómez 7 episodes
2014 Metástasis Tuco Salamanca 4 episodes
2014 Señora Acero Vicente Acero Guest role (season 1); archive footage (seasons 2-3)
2015–2016 El Dandy Juan Antonio Ramírez / El Chueco Main role
2016–2017 Narcos Gilberto Orejuela Main role; 18 episodes
2017 Sin senos sí hay paraíso Don Chalo Recurring role
2018 José José, el príncipe de la canción José Sosa Esquivel Recurring role
2019 Preso No. 1 Salvador Recurring role
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