Blades began his movie career in the early ‘80s with The Last Fight for which he wrote the title song. He also wrote the score for the film When Mountains Tremble and Q&A. His first major success was the independent film Crossover Dreams, which he also co-wrote. He was the subject of a documentary The Return of Rubén Blades. Other movies of the ‘80s included Critical Condition, Fatal Beauty and The Milagro Beanfield War.
In the 1990s he appeared in Mo' Better Blues, The Two Jakes, The Devil's Own, The Color of Night, Chinese Box, The Super, The Lemon Sisters, Predator 2 and Cradle Will Rock. During that decade he founded the Papa Egora political party and placed third in Panama's presidential election of 1994, pulling in 20 percent of the vote.
More recent films include All the Pretty Horses, The Maldonado Miracle, Empire and Assassination Tango. He stars in the upcoming Imagining Argentina, Secuestro Express and Spin.
On television Blades has starred in HBO's Dead Man Out, One Man's War and The Josephine Baker Story, which earned him an Emmy nomination. He received a second Emmy nod for Crazy From the Heart. Other TV performances include the telefilm Miracle on I-880. He also starred in the recent series Gideon's Crossing opposite Andre Braugher.
Blades is a multiple Grammy award winning artist, his most recent award being for his 2002 album Mundo. He was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy award as well.
Rubén Blades Facts
|July 16, 1948 (75)
|The Devil's Own
|Hands of Stone
|So Close, Yet So Far
|The Milagro Beanfield War
|Once Upon A Time In Mexico
|All The Pretty Horses
|Predator 2 Blu-ray
|Mo' Better Blues