Biography: Edgar Ramirez

Edgar Ramirez garnered acclaim for his performance in Olivier AssayasCarlos, which aired as a three-part miniseries on the Sundance Channel and was also released as a theatrical feature internationally. Ramirez’s portrayal of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez brought him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.

He also won a César Award for Most Promising Actor and received Best Actor nominations from the Los Angeles Film Critics, London Film Critics Circle, and National Society of Film Critics.

Ramirez is currently filming Kathryn Bigelow‘s thriller about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, culminating with the perilous mission to capture or kill him. His upcoming films also include the French film A Monkey on My Shoulder, opposite Juliette Binoche.

He previously co-starred with Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh‘s Ernesto “Che” Guevara biopic, Che – Part One, which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Ramirez’s other recent film credits include the political thriller Vantage Point and Paul Greengrass‘s The Bourne Ultimatum, with Matt Damon. He also starred in Cyrano Fernandez, a Venezuelan-Spanish production based on the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. His performance in the film’s title role brought him Best Actor Awards at the Amien International Film Festival and the Malaga Spanish Film Festival, where the film also won the Audience Award.

A native of Venezuela, Ramirez made his American film debut in Tony Scott‘s Domino, opposite Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. His international film credits include Ellipsis, El Don (The Boss), the short La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour), El Nudo (The Knot), Yotama se va Volando (Yotama Flies Away), Punto Y Raya (aka “A Dot and a Line”) and Anonimo (Anonymous).

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Ramirez grew up all over the world due to his father’s job as a military attaché and, as a result, is fluent in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Initially intending to become a diplomat, he earned a degree in journalism, specializing in political communication. In 2000, before turning to acting full time, Ramirez was the executive director of Dale Al Voto, a Venezuelan organization akin to Rock the Vote.

Among his philanthropic interests, Ramirez was recently appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and is the first male celebrity to serve as a spokesperson for Senosalud.com, the largest breast cancer organization in Venezuela.

This biography/filmography of Edgar Ramierz is courtesy of Warner Brothers and Wrath of the Titans

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