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Ruben Blades

actor, musician, composer
Born: 7/16/1948
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

A popular salsa musician, he turned to acting in the 1980s, making his feature film debut in Crossover Dreams (1985), for which he also wrote the screenplay and songs. He has also acted in The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Mo' Better Blues (1990), The Two Jakes (1990), Cradle Will Rock (1999) and All the Pretty Horses (2000). He has written songs for the movies Oliver & Company (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989). In 1994 he ran unsuccessfully for president of Panama.

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