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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.

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​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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 50

Birthday 1948-07-16

Place of Birth Panama City, Panama

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Ruben Blades Is Not My Name as Himself
2016 Hands of Stone as Carlos Eleta
2015 Fear the Walking Dead(76 episodes) as Daniel Salazar
2014 Yo soy la salsa
2013 The Counselor as Jefe
2012 For Greater Glory - The True Story of Cristiada as Président Calles
2012 Safe House as Carlos Villar
2011 ¡Sonó, Sonó… Tite Curet!
2011 Rubén Blades: Todos Vuelven Live, Vol. 2
2011 Rubén Blades: Todos Vuelven Live, Vol. 1
2009 Spoken Word as Cruz-Sr.
2008 La clave
2007 Lo mejor de nuestra música popular: 15 años de éxitos
2005 Secuestro Express as Carla's Father
2004 En mi país as Rubén Blades
2003 Spin as Ernesto
2003 Imagining Argentina as Silvio Ayala
2003 The Maldonado Miracle as Cruz
2002 Encuentro
2002 Assassination Tango as Miguel
2000 All the Pretty Horses as Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
2000 Gideon's Crossing(22 episodes) as Dr. Max Cabranes
1999 Cradle Will Rock as Diego Rivera
1998 Willie Colón & Rubén Blades - Live In Venezuela as Rubén Blades
1997 From Son to Salsa
1997 Chinese Box as Jim
1997 The Devil's Own as Officer Edwin Diaz
1996 Al compás de un sentimiento: la música de Pedro Flores
1996 Scorpion Spring as Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa
1995 Somos un solo pueblo
1994 Color of Night as Lt. Hector Martinez
1993 The X-Files(1 episode)
1993 Miracle on Interstate 880 as Pastor Beruman
1991 The Super as Marlon
1991 Crazy From the Heart as Ernesto Ontiveros
1991 The Josephine Baker Story as Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
1990 Predator 2 as Danny Archuleta
1990 The Two Jakes as Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf
1989 The Lemon Sisters as C.W.
1989 Disorganized Crime as Carlos Barrios
1989 Dead Man Out as Ben
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War as Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
1987 Fatal Beauty as Carl Jimenez
1987 Critical Condition as Louis
1985 The Return of Rubén Blades as himself
1985 Crossover Dreams as Rudy Veloz
1983 The Last Fight as Andy 'Kid' Clave

Sound

2002 EmpireOriginal Music Composer
1990 Q & AOriginal Music Composer
1983 Ligia ElenaMusic

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