Ramón Rodríguez

Actor, Director & Activist

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“There is no one road for anyone. If you have a dream or want a certain job, you have to want it more than anyone else,” according to Ramón Rodríguez. He might know something about that, from the streets of the Lower East Side to basketball scholarships which took him to Michigan, West Virginia, New York and ultimately on the set of Nike commercials, Ramón’s journey into entertainment was an uncommon one. Known for his numerous roles in film and television, what may not be as well-known is his passion for Puerto Rico and the work he has done to address the delayed recovery efforts from the devastation of Hurricane Maria which struck the island on September 20th, 2017. Currently completing the work of restoring 300 homes with new roofs and a documentary titled, PA’LANTE, Ramón is using every talent he has to help rebuild not only communities but the people of Puerto Rico through an apprentice program that teaches carpentry to local residents. Ramón says, “It’s not about bouncing back, it’s about bouncing forward.” Playing life like a great game, Ramón is staying open and pivoting to provide opportunities for others while never letting opposition or adversity stop progress.

About Ramón Rodríguez

Ramón recently was seen having a major arc as Ben Cruz in Showtime’s critically acclaimed series, The Affair. He also recently finished Disney’s adaptation of The One and Only Ivan where he will star alongside Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, and Bryan Cranston.

Previously in television, Ramón was the lead villain role of Bakuto in two installments of Marvel’s Netflix series Iron Fist and The Defenders. In 2014, he starred in Fox’s one-hour drama Gang Related. The series was written by Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) and directed by Allen Hughes. Rodríguez began his career on series television, landing recurring roles on several acclaimed shows, including Rescue Me and The Wire.

On the big screen, Ramón starred opposite Kate Mara, Edie Falco and Common in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Megan Leavey. In 2009, he broke out in back-to-back action films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as Shia LaBoeuf’s wisecracking sidekick and Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 123 playing an MTA dispatcher with Denzel Washington. His following film credits include: Battle: Los Angeles opposite Aaron Eckhart; Dreamwork’s Need for Speed opposite Aaron Paul, Rami Malek, Michael Keaton, and Imogene Poots and Jordan Roberts film, Burn Your Maps along with Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen, and rising child star Jacob Tremblay, which premiered at TIFF in 2016.

In 2016, Ramón wrote and directed his first short film The Language of Ball, which had an incredible festival run being accepted into 30+ film festivals including TIFF, LA Shorts, Holly Shorts, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Woodstock and was licensed by Topic. Next up is a feature he’s written with Rosie Perez that he will direct based on his childhood relationship with his father that is being produced by Edward Norton.

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