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Ramon Franco

Soldat Alberto Ruiz in Tour of Duty

Photos Ramon Franco Birth name: Ramon Franco
Birth date: 1963/09/12 (58 years old)
Birth place : Caguas (Porto Rico)
Height: 1.78 m

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Biography for Ramon Franco

Ramon Franco, born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx, is among the strongest young performers in the new wave of New Yorkers to invade Hollywood. At age 22, he was already a veteran stage performer with considerable television experience. He's best known to movie audiences through his co-starring role in Clint Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge". Ramon received a baptism by fire in the off-Broadway Theatre during his early teen-aged years. Work with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and in such critically-lauded productions of "Sancocho" at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York led to his first screen appearance in 1979's "Boardwalk," in which at age 14, Ramon played opposite the legendary Lee Strasberg.

During the ensuing years, Ramon divided his time between stage work, television production and high school studies in the Bronx. Credits from that early portion of his career include the critically praised stage productions "Runaways" and "The Sun Always Shines for the Cool" and We're Fighting Back (1981) (TV), a TV movie about the “Guardian Angels." Despite the professional activity that absorbed him during his teens, Ramon was graduated from high school in 1982 and took a break from acting to work towards a bachelors degree at Bard College. It was a very brief hiatus. Ramon was enticed away from Bard's upstate New York campus when his agent called with several firm TV offers.

Academics were temporarily shelved in favor of a recurring role as Trimmer on the daytime drama “The Guiding Light", guest appearances on “Hill Street Blues", "Miami Vice" and Stingray (1985) (TV) and roles in the features Deadly Force (1983) and Bulletproof (1988). A return to the New York stage in early 1986 led to Ramon's most important break thus far. His performance as the troubled Marine Corporal Acevedo in the WPA / Chelsea Theatre production of "Wasted", drew rave reviews and attracted the attention of Clint Eastwood, who was then casting for young actors to portray a group of Marines who took part in the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1984. Ramon's vivid portrayal of Corporal Acevedo landed him the part of Private Aponte in Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge (1986). Though demoted in the military rank from Corporal to Private, Ramon was elated. With "Heartbreak Ridge" behind him, many doors have opened for Ramon Franco. The experience of working with Clint Eastwood, he noted, was worth years of dramatic studies. Filming "Heartbreak Ridge" in Hollywood and on locations in Puerto Rico also offered Ramon the opportunity to return to the town of Caguas, Puerto Rico, which he had left with his family during his early childhood.

Upon completion of Heartbreak Ridge Ramon relocated to Los Angeles and not only worked on episodes of "O'Hara" and "MacGyver" but was cast as Private Alberto Ruiz in the CBS television series "Tour of Duty" (1987). The Emmy Award-winning show ran three seasons and enabled Franco to work on over sixty-five episodes gaining him international recognition. During his hiatus from "Tour of Duty", Franco worked on the feature films: Kiss Me a Killer (1991) with Julie Carmen, Chains of Gold (1991) (TV) with John Travolta and starred as Angel in "The Prosecutor." More recently Franco has been seen in Extreme Justice (1993), opposite Scott Glenn, Street Knight (1993) opposite Jeff Speakmen, the MOW "Secret Vows", opposite Robert Conrad, as a rookie F.B.I. agent on the feature film Shattered Image (1994) (TV), starring Bo Derek and Jack Scalia, as well as starring as Mr. Cruz, a small town teacher in "High Sierra Search and Rescue" (1995) starring Robert Conrad and Dee Wallace Stone on the NBC network. Franco has recently guest-starred on "Boomtown","Philly", "The X-Files", "The Michael Richards Show", "City of Angels", as well as several roles on "NYPD Blue”. In October 2003 he can be seen in Foto-Novelas II: Junkyard Saints (2002) (TV) on PBS. He recently completed a pilot titled "Snith" opposite Robert Patrick for the F/X Network.

Franco is the recipient of the 1990 Desi Arnaz Vanguard Award, given for being a strong role model and improving the image of Hispanics in the media arts. He is definitely determined to become the first major star to emerge from that sleepy little town.


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Title Role
Def Jam Fight for NY (2004) (VG) (voice) Skull
Foto-Novelas II: Junkyard Saints (2002) (TV) Ray
Justice (1999/I) (TV) Carlos Gutierrez
High Sierra Search and Rescue (1995) TV Series Cruz (1995-1996)
Search and Rescue (1994) (TV) Enrique
Shattered Image (1994) (TV) (as Ramon Franco) Jorge
Hostile Intentions (1994) Officer Alonso
Sworn to Vengeance (1993) (TV)
Street Knight (1993) Cisco
Extreme Justice (1993) (uncredited) Last rapist
Chains of Gold (1991) (TV) James
Kiss Me a Killer (1991) Ramon
Bulletproof (1988) Camilo Brogado
Tour of Duty (1987) TV Series Pvt. Alberto Ruiz
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) (as Ramon Franco) Aponte
Stingray (1985) (TV)
Deadly Force (1983) Jesus
We're Fighting Back (1981) (TV) Benny
Times Square (1980) Sleez Bag Vendor #1
The First Deadly Sin (1980) Boy #2 on Bus
Boardwalk (1979) Peppy



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  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by misou

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