Steven Bauer

Steven Bauer (born December 2, 1956) is a Cuban-American actor. Bauer began his career on PBS, portraying Joe Peña, the son of Cuban immigrants on ¿Qué Pasa, USA? (1977–1980) and is perhaps most famous for his role as the Cuban drug lord Manny Ribera in the 1983 crime drama Scarface, in which he starred alongside Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. He also played the drug cartel leader Eladio Vuente in Breaking Bad and as the retired Mossad agent Avi Rudin in Ray Donovan (2013–present).[1]

Steven Bauer
Bauer on August 7, 2008
Born
Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson

(1956-12-02) December 2, 1956
Havana, Cuba
Other namesRocky Echevarría
OccupationActor
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)
  • Melanie Griffith
    (m. 1981; div. 1989)
  • Ingrid Anderson
    (m. 1989; div. 1991)
  • Christiana Boney
    (m. 1992; div. 2002)
  • Paulette Miltimore
    (m. 2003; div. 2012)
Children2

Early life

Bauer was born Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson, on December 2, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, the son of Lillian Samson Agostini, a schoolteacher, and Esteban Echevarría, a commercial pilot who worked for Cubana Airlines.[1][2][3][4] Bauer's maternal grandfather, whose family names were Samson and Bauer, was Jewish, and immigrated to Cuba from Germany, a refugee looking to escape the devastating effects World War II and Adolf Hitler had on his safety and home country.[5][6][7][8] His family immigrated from Cuba to the United States on Independence Day, 1960, when he was three years old, shortly after the end of the Cuban Revolution, settling in Miami, Florida.[1] Once in the United States, he began using the name Steven, the English form of his given name, Esteban. He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1974 and went onto study acting at Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami, the latter where he befriended Ray Liotta.[9][1]

Acting career

Bauer's first substantial role was in the PBS bilingual sitcom ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, playing the teenage son of a Cuban exile family in Miami, from 1977 to 1979.[1] He also appeared in the 1980 TV miniseries From Here to Eternity. He was credited in these and a few other early projects as Rocky Echevarría. In 1981, Bauer starred in the television movie She's in the Army Now, where he met his first wife, actress Melanie Griffith. They both moved to New York City and stayed at Ray Liotta's apartment, while Liotta moved to Los Angeles and stayed at theirs. Both Bauer and Griffith studied under famed acting teacher Stella Adler, and he appeared in several off-Broadway productions. During this time he adopted the stage name "Steven Bauer".

Bauer was given the role of Manny Ribera (the part played by George Raft in the original 1932 version) in the 1983 movie Scarface,[1] even though (like Raft) he was a relatively unknown actor at the time. The producers of Scarface were convinced that he was right for the role based on his strong audition, as well as his authentic Cuban background. His performance drew a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1986 he had two other important roles. The first was as Det. Frank Sigliano in the Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines cop comedy Running Scared. The second was as an Israeli soldier named Avner in the Canadian CTV television movie Sword of Gideon, which tells the story of Mossad agents hunting down terrorists in the aftermath of the 1972 Munich massacre. The Sword of Gideon script was the basis for Steven Spielberg's later film Munich, which follows the same storyline and borrows heavily from the Sword of Gideon story and script. In 1990 Bauer played the role of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in the television miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story alongside Benicio Del Toro and Craig T. Nelson. That same year, Bauer took over the series lead of the television show Wiseguy from Ken Wahl for the fourth and final season, playing US Attorney Michael Santana after Wahl's character disappears.

Since then, Bauer has made his career primarily, though not exclusively, in action films and crime dramas on both the big and small screens. An example of this is the movie "The Lost City" where he served in a minor role alongside the film's star and director Andy Garcia. Also, including such motion pictures as Primal Fear and Traffic. He also made an appearance in the video game spin-off Scarface: The World Is Yours, playing drug dealer The Sandman. In 2007 he appeared on an episode of Burn Notice. In 2011, Bauer appeared on the show Breaking Bad playing Mexican drug lord Don Eladio. He stars with Julianne Michelle in the feature film Awakened, a supernatural thriller touching on Life After Death, a Supernova Media motion picture.

More recently, Bauer appeared as ex-Mossad agent turned private investigator "Avi" in the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Bauer also reprised his Breaking Bad role in 2017 in AMC's prequel Better Call Saul. In addition, he played El Santo in the American version of Queen of the South.

Personal life

Bauer has married four times, first to Melanie Griffith, from 1981 until 1989, second to Ingrid Anderson, from 1989 until 1991, and third to Christiana Boney, from 1992 until 2002, and fourth to Paulette Miltimore, from 2003 until 2012, and has two children, son Alexander Bauer (born 1985), by Griffith, and son Dylan Bauer (born 1990), by Anderson.[10][11][12][1][13][1]

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1983Valley GirlGuy in Pink ShirtUncredited
1983ScarfaceManny Ribera
1984Thief of HeartsScott Muller
1984Body DoubleAssistant DirectorUncredited
1986Sword of GideonAvner
1986Running ScaredDet. Frank Sigliano
1988WildfireFrank
1988The Beast of WarTaj
1989Gleaming the CubeAl Lucero
1991A Climate for KillingPaul McGraw
1991Raising CainJack Dante
1992Drive Like LightningCharlie Robinson
1993Woman of DesireJonathan Ashby/Ted Ashby
1993SnapdragonDavid
1994Terminal VoyageReese
1994Improper ConductSam
1994Stranger by NightBobby Corcoran
1995Codename: SilencerVinnie Rizzo
1995Wild SideTony
1996Primal FearJoey Pinero
1996Navajo BluesNick Epps/John Cole
1997Miami
1997Kickboxing AcademyCarl
1997The BlackoutMickey's Studio Actor
1997Plato's RunSam
1998Star PortalDr. Ray Brady
1998The Versace MurderFBI Agent John Jacoby
1998Naked LiesKevin Dowd
2000El GritoIbarra
2000Glory GloryJack
2000Forever LuluLou
2000RaveAntonio
2000TrafficCarlos Ayala
2001Speed LimitJeff
2001The Learning CurveMark York
2002MalevolentCapt. Greg Pruitt
2003Masked and AnonymousEdgar
2003NolaLeo
2004Doing Hard TimeDet. Anthony Wade
2005The Nowhere Man
2005How the Garcia Girls Spent Their SummerVictor Reyes
2005Keeper of the PastThe Mayor
2005Hitters AnonymousTheodore Swan
2005Pit FighterManolo
2005La fiesta del ChivoViñas
2005The Lost CityCastel
2006Dead LennyLenny Long
2006Ladrones & MentirososOscar
2007Natural Born Komics
2007The Last SentinelDrone Scientist
2008Dark WorldRick
2008MutantsSantiago
2008Didn't Know How I WasMr. Hernandez
2009Behind Enemy Lines: ColombiaGeneral Manuel Valez
2009The IntrudersMichael Foster
2009Venus & VegasFrancis
2009Charlie ValentineFerucci
2009RavenWilliam
2009Boyle HeightsTino
2009From Mexico with LoveTito
2009Fast LaneLt. Baynes
2009A Numbers GameNeal Black
2009DisarmedCaine
2009CamouflageBobb
2010BulletfaceNed Walker
2010ToxicConrad
2010ZenitramFrank Ramírez
2010CrumbleReda
2010One in the GunArthur
2010Suicide DollsHank
2010PromisesDetective Stevens
2010SessionJake Tellman
2010Enemies Among UsSenator Edmonds
2010Special OpsCol. Caine
2011Shadows in ParadiseAgent Stubbs
2011The Last GambleSteven

2011 "Mommy and Me"

2011Pimp BulliesMr. Watson
2012A Dark TruthTony Green
2012Werewolf: The Beast Among UsHyde
2012Sins ExpiationWilliams
2013Real Gangsters"Big" Nick Salens
2013Once Upon a Time in QueensP.O. Ramirez
2013Seasick SailorWaldorfShort film
2014The Lookalike
2017 Avenge the Crows Ronaldo

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Television

YearShowRoleNotes
1977–1979¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.?Jose "Joe" Peña28 episodes (as Rocky Echevarría)
1978The Rockford FilesJesus HernandezEpisode: "A Fast Court" (as Rocky Echevarría)
1980From Here to EternityPrivate Ignacio CarmonaEpisode: "Pearl Harbor" (as Rocky Echevarría)
1981Hill Street BluesOfficer Fuentes2 episodes (as Rocky Echevarría)
1981She's in the Army NowNick DonatoTelevision film (as Rocky Bauer)
1981One Day at a TimeEduardoEpisode: "I Do, I Do" (as Rocky Echevarria)
1982An Innocent LoveDuncan WiddersTelevision film (as Rocky Bauer)
1985Alfred Hitchcock PresentsGamblerEpisode: "Pilot"
1986Sword of GideonAvnerTelevision film
1987Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro'sTony MontoyaTelevision film
1990Drug Wars: The Camarena StoryEnrique "Kiki" CamarenaMiniseries
1990WiseguyMichael Santana9 episodes
1991Sweet PoisonBobbyTelevision film
1991False ArrestDetective Dan RyanTelevision film
1992Drive Like LightningCharlieTelevision film
1992Red Shoe DiariesMichaelEpisode: "Safe Sex"
1997Sisters and Other StrangerAnthony QuintanaTelevision film
1998The Outer LimitsSergeant Waylon DumarEpisode: "Nightmare"
1998Welcome to ParadoxDetective Angel CardenasEpisode: "Our Lady of the Machine"
1999Walker, Texas RangerLorenzo CabralEpisode: "Rise to the Occasion"
2000For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval StoryAngelTelevision film
2000–2001Relic HunterTony2 episodes
2001Nash BridgesLimaEpisode: "Out of Miami"
2001V.I.P.Blake ThompsonEpisode: "Val Under Covers"
2001Boss of BossesVito GenoveseTelevision film
2001UC: UndercoverCarlos Cortez3 episodes
2002King of TexasMenchacaTelevision film
2004Raptor IslandAzirTelevision film
2005Sex, Love & SecretsStefanoEpisode: "Territorial Defense"
2006South BeachLieutenant Rivera3 episodes
2007Kings of South BeachAllie BoyTelevision film
2007Planet RaptorCaptain Mace CarterTelevision film
2007Burn NoticeReyesEpisode: "Hard Bargain"
2007Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRaphael GardnerEpisode: "Paternity"
2009Cold CaseOsmany "Oz" LeonEpisode: "Stealing Home"
2009American Dad!Fernando JaramilloEpisode: "Stan's Night Out"
2009MentalDiego SuarezEpisode: "Coda"
2010Hacienda HeightsMayor Eduardo Garcia11 episodes
2011Breaking BadDon Eladio Vuente2 episodes
2012Common LawMiguel AvilaEpisode: "In-Laws vs. Outlaws"
2013The MentalistDon ClydeEpisode: "Little Red Corvette"
2013–presentRay DonovanAvi44 episodes
2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBobby EspositoEpisode: "Past Pawns"
2014The Night ShiftMilo Osborne2 episodes
2014Hawaii Five-0Jimmy SykesEpisode: "Ho'oilina"
2015Battle CreekRoderigoEpisode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2015-2017Blue BloodsGerry Guerrero2 episodes
2016JL RanchHector ArrietaTelevision film
2017Better Call SaulDon Eladio VuenteEpisode: "Sabrosito"
2017Queen of the SouthEl Santo3 episodes
2018GoliathWillieEpisode: "Diablo Verde"
2019SupergirlBernardo RojasEpisode: "Confidence Women"

Video games

GameYearRole
Scarface: The World is Yours2006The Sandman
Hitman: Absolution2012Birdie

Music videos

SongYearArtistRole
"Noche de Copas"1984Maria Conchita AlonsoMain Lover Interest
"Would I Lie to You?"1985EurythmicsBiker Boyfriend
"Conga"1985Miami Sound MachineCrowd dancer
"Secret Admirer"2007PitbullExtra
"Hold On, We're Going Home"2013DrakeKidnapper
"Let Me"2018ZaynKingpin
"Entertainer"2018ZaynKingpin

Awards and nominations

See also

References

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