Rubén Blades



Place of birth:

Panama City, Panama:


​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.

Film Credits

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage (2019)
as Himself
John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons (2018)
as Himself
Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades (2018)
as Himself
Hands of Stone (2016)
as Carlos Eleta
Yo soy la salsa (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
as Jefe
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
as Président Calles
Safe House (2012)
as Carlos Villar
¡Sonó, Sonó… Tite Curet! (2011)
La siguiente estación (2011)
as Benito
Rubén Blades: Todos Vuelven Live, Vol. 1 (2011)
Rubén Blades: Todos Vuelven Live, Vol. 2 (2011)
Spoken Word (2009)
as Cruz-Sr.
La clave (2008)
Lo mejor de nuestra música popular: 15 años de éxitos (2007)
The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of 'Predator 2' (2005)
as (archive footage)
En mi país (2004)
as Rubén Blades
Secuestro Express (2004)
as Carla's Father
Spin (2003)
as Ernesto
Imagining Argentina (2003)
as Silvio Ayala
The Maldonado Miracle (2003)
as Cruz
Encuentro (2002)
Assassination Tango (2002)
as Miguel
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
as Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
as Diego Rivera
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades - Live In Venezuela (1998)
as Rubén Blades
A Roll of the Dice: The Capeman on Broadway (1998)
Chinese Box (1997)
as Jim
Yo soy, del son a la salsa (1997)
The Devil's Own (1997)
as Officer Edwin Diaz
Al compás de un sentimiento: la música de Pedro Flores (1996)
Scorpion Spring (1996)
as Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa
Somos un solo pueblo (1995)
Color of Night (1994)
as Lt. Hector Martinez
Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993)
as Pastor Beruman
The Super (1991)
as Marlon
Crazy From the Heart (1991)
as Ernesto Ontiveros
The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
as Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
Predator 2 (1990)
as Danny Archuleta
The Two Jakes (1990)
as Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf
The Lemon Sisters (1989)
as C.W.
Disorganized Crime (1989)
as Carlos Barrios
Dead Man Out (1989)
as Ben
Homeboy (1988)
as Doctor
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
as Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
Fatal Beauty (1987)
as Carl Jimenez
Critical Condition (1987)
as Louis
The Return of Rubén Blades (1985)
as himself
Crossover Dreams (1985)
as Rudy Veloz
The Last Fight (1983)
as Andy 'Kid' Clave

TV Series Credits

Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
as Daniel Salazar
Las Lunas del Auditorio (2002)
as Himself
Gideon's Crossing (2000)
as Dr. Max Cabranes
The X-Files (1993)
Empire (2002)
Original Music Composer
Q & A (1990)
Original Music Composer
Ligia Elena (1983)