With his nuanced, masculine style, actor Edgar Ramirez is staking his claim as one of the new leading men of Hollywood.
In August 2016, Ramirez was seen leading Weinstein’s Hands of Stone, starring opposite Robert De Niro. The film is a biopic about legendary boxer, Robert Duran, played by Ramirez and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel (De Niro). In October 2016 he also starred alongside Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Justin Theroux, as “Dr. Kamil Abdic,” in Universal’s Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor. Ramirez is also set to star alongside Matthew McConaughey in the Stephen Gaghan directed thriller, GOLD due out on Christmas Day 2016. He will play “Michael Acosta,” a geologist in the mining drama.
Ramirez last starred in David O. Russell’s Golden Globe nominated film, Joy as the dapper, but philandering husband to Miracle Mop inventor, Joy Mangano played by Jennifer Lawrence. He also recently led the Warner Bros’ remake of Point Break starring as “Bodhi,” the head of a band of adrenaline junkies committing a string of robberies. In 2014, Ramirez starred in Screen Gems’, Deliver Us From Evil, opposite Eric Bana. The film, from director/writer Scott Derrickson and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, followed a New York City detective and a priest, as they investigated a series of heinous crimes involving the occult and possible demonic possession. Additionally, his film The Liberator, in which Ramirez starred as Simon Bolivar, was released in later that year and received the Venezuelan nomination for consideration for the Foreign Language Film category at the 2015 Academy Awards. Ramirez also co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated, Zero Dark Thirty, directed and produced by Academy Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow. The film starred Jessica Chastain, and chronicled the decade-long hunt for Al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.
Ramirez won a wide arrange of awards attention and critical acclaim for his starring role in director Olivier Assayas' feature “Carlos”, for which he received a 2011 Golden Globe nomination in the category of “Best Actor in a Television Miniseries”, a 2011 SAG Awards nomination in the category of “Outstanding Actor in a Television Miniseries”, a 2011 Emmy Award nomination in the category of “Best Lead Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie”, and won the Cesar Award for “Best Newcomer (Male)”. Ramirez also received nominations for “Best Actor” by the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle, the London Film Critics Circle, and for a Prix Lumieres Award in the category of “Best Actor”. Ramirez played Carlos, a legend in the espionage world for over 30 years. Ramirez spoke 4-5 languages for the role, which shot in numerous locations including France, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Lebanon and Yemen. The project was released theatrically by IFC, and as a 3 part miniseries by SundanceTV. “Carlos” premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and was voted “Best Foreign Language Film” by the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Circles.
Ramirez starred as “Ares – God of War” in Jonathan Liebesman’s Wrath of the Titans for Warner Bros and Legendary Films, alongside Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson. He was awarded the 2012 Alma Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Drama” for his role in the film. Additional film credits include L’orenoque aka The Passenger, opposite Juliette Binoche, Stephen Soderbergh’s Ernesto 'Che' Guevara bio-pic, “The Argentine”, with Benicio Del Toro, as well as SONY Pictures’ political thriller, Vantage Point, opposite Forest Whitaker and Dennis Quaid. He also starred in The Bourne Ultimatum, opposite Matt Damon, and made his American film debut in director Tony Scott’s Domino, opposite Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke.
Internationally, Ramirez last starred in Greetings to the Devil, in which a former guerrilla is reluctantly drawn into the vengeance scheme of one of his victims. The film had a Latin American release, and premiered in Fall 2012 on HBO Latino. He also made his producing debut on Cyrano Fernandez, a Venezuelan-Spanish production based on the French play “Cyrano de Bergerac”, in which he also starred. For his performance in the film, Ramirez won the “Best Actor Award” in the official selection of Territorio Latinoamericano.
Additional past international film credits include Elipsis, El Don (The Boss), directed by J.R Novoa (Venezuela/Spain); La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour), a short film directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed screenwriter of Amores Perros and 21 Grams (Mexico); El Nudo (The Knot), directed by Alejandro Wiederman (Venezuela); Yotama Se Va Volando (Yotama Flies Away), directed by Luis Armando Roche (Venezuela – France); Punto Y Raya (Step Forward), directed by Elia K. Schneider (Venezuela – Spain – Chile – Uruguay), a nominee for Oscar consideration for 2004 Best Foreign Film; and Anonimo (Anonymous) directed by Enelio Farina (Venezuela).
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Ramirez grew up all over the world due to his father’s job as a military attaché. He has made his home in such diverse countries as Austria, Canada, Colombia, Italy and Mexico and is fluent in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish as a result. Throughout his travels Ramirez developed a great love and ability for intercultural communication, a skill he parlayed into a degree in journalism. He specialized in political communications and initially intended on becoming a diplomat.
In 2000, before turning to acting full time, Ramirez was the executive director of NGO Dale Al Voto, a Venezuelan organization akin to Rock the Vote. In order to foster democratic values among young people, Ramirez and his team created cutting edge campaigns for radio, television and cinema. The campaign was well received by audiences throughout the country. He also lent his expertise to various Venezuelan multilateral organizations including Organization of American States, Transparency International and Amnesty International.
Currently, after three years of contribution to UNICEF including Haiti Relief, Anti-Violence and Children’s Rights campaigns, Ramirez serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in Venezuela. He joins a distinguished list of International Ambassadors that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Shakira, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Orlando Bloom, Judy Collins and Mia Farrow. This has always been one of his humanitarian goals. He has also been active in the awareness campaign for breast cancer in Venezuela, specifically highlighting the disease’s prevalence in the male community.