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Rubén Blades

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, lawyer, actor, Latin jazz musician, and politician, performing musically most often in the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres. As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and political inspired Nuyorican salsa to his music, creating thinking persons' (salsa) dance music. Blades has composed dozens of musical hits, the most famous of which is "Pedro Navaja," a song about a neighborhood thug who appears to die during a robbery (his song "Sorpresas" continues the story), inspired by "Mack the Knife." He also composed and sings what many Panamanians consider their second national anthem. The song is titled "Patria" (Fatherland). He is an icon in Panama and is much admired throughout Latin America, and managed to attract 18% of the vote in his failed attempt to win the Panamanian presidency in 1994. In September 2004, he was appointed minister of tourism by Panamanian president Martín Torrijos for a five-year term. He holds a law degree from the University of Panama and a master's in international law from Harvard University. He is married to singer Luba Mason. Description above from the Wikipedia article Rubén Blades, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jul 16, 1948 In Panama City, Panama
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Last Fight 1983-09-07
Latest Project:
Movie Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage 2019-09-13
Known For
Poster of Secuestro Express
Poster of Spin
Poster of The Maldonado Miracle
Poster of Predator 2
Movie Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage Himself 2019-09-13
Movie Ruben Blades Is Not My Name Self 2018-03-18
Movie John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons Self 2018-11-02
Movie Hands of Stone Carlos Eleta 2016-08-26
Series Fear the Walking Dead Daniel Salazar 2015-08-23
Movie Yo soy la salsa 2014-10-30
Movie The Counselor Jefe 2013-10-25
Movie Safe House Carlos Villar 2012-02-09
Movie For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada Président Calles 2012-06-01
Movie Rubén Blades: Todos Vuelven Live, Vol. 1 2011-03-15
Movie Rubén Blades: Todos Vuelven Live, Vol. 2 2011-03-15
Movie ¡Sonó, Sonó… Tite Curet! 2011-12-04
Movie Spoken Word Cruz-Sr. 2009-07-17
Movie La clave 2008-08-09
Movie Lo mejor de nuestra música popular: 15 años de éxitos 2007-12-02
Movie The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of 'Predator 2' (archive footage) 2005-01-25
Movie Secuestro Express Carla's Father 2004-06-01
Movie En mi país Rubén Blades 2004-12-05
Movie Assassination Tango Miguel 2003-03-08
Movie The Maldonado Miracle Cruz 2003-01-20
Movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico Jorge FBI 2003-09-11
Movie Imagining Argentina Silvio Ayala 2003-09-13
Movie Spin Ernesto 2003-10-23
Movie Encuentro 2002-12-08
Series Gideon's Crossing Dr. Max Cabranes 2000-10-10
Movie All the Pretty Horses Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal 2000-12-11
Movie Cradle Will Rock Diego Rivera 1999-12-10
Movie The Devil's Own Officer Edwin Diaz 1997-03-12
Movie Chinese Box Jim 1997-11-14
Movie From Son to Salsa 1997-09-12
Movie Scorpion Spring Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa 1996-10-10
Movie Somos un solo pueblo 1995-12-03
Movie A Million to Juan Bartender 1994-05-15
Movie Color of Night Lt. Hector Martinez 1994-08-19
Movie Miracle on Interstate 880 Pastor Beruman 1993-02-22
Series The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Movie The Josephine Baker Story Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino 1991-03-16
Movie Crazy From the Heart Ernesto Ontiveros 1991-08-19
Movie The Super Marlon 1991-10-04
Movie The Two Jakes Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf 1990-08-10
Movie Predator 2 Danny Archuleta 1990-11-20
Movie Dead Man Out Ben 1989-03-12
Movie The Lemon Sisters C.W. 1989-12-01
Movie Disorganized Crime Carlos Barrios 1989-04-14
Movie The Milagro Beanfield War Sheriff Bernabe Montoya 1988-03-18
Movie Homeboy Doctor 1988-08-24
Movie Fatal Beauty Carl Jimenez 1987-10-30
Movie Critical Condition Louis 1987-01-16
Movie Crossover Dreams Rudy Veloz 1985-08-23
Movie The Return of Rubén Blades himself 1985-10-16
Movie The Last Fight Andy 'Kid' Clave 1983-09-07