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Biography #2 (for Domino)Newcomer makes his major American motion picture debut in Domino. As part of the Latin explosion in the arts, he is among a select group of young actors on the rise in Hollywood.
He has appeared in several international film productions. Among those are 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, which made a huge impact on audiences throughout the country. He also lent his expertise to various important multilateral organizations in Venezuela such as the Organization of American States, Transparency International and Amnesty International, among others.
Upcoming is the recently completed Cirano Fernandez, with Ramierz in the title role, Columbian cult actor, Rafael Uribe. This enormous Venezuelan-Spanish co-production will be directed by Alberto Arvelo and is based on the French play Cyrano de Bergerac. The project aspires to be the Venezuelan response to such memorable Latin-American films as City of God and Amores Perros.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Domino" (16-Oct-2005)