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Rubén Blades Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Composer (Music Score)
  • Born: Jul 16, 1948
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Ruben Blades is a man of diverse talents. A driving force in popularizing salsa music internationally and a politician for the people of his native Panama, he is also a noted actor of stage and screen. Blades is the son of a percussionist-turned-detective and a singer/radio performer. Following studies in political science and law at Panama's Universidad Nacional, Blades worked at the Bank of Panama as a lawyer. Later he obtained a master's in law from Harvard. Many years after that, he returned to the Ivy League school to earn a doctorate in international law. Blades had been involved in music since the late '50s, but established himself as a musical powerhouse during the '70s and early '80s. He began his career in films, first as a composer of soundtracks and a songwriter in the early '80s. He made his debut as an actor in [[Feature~V98704~The Last Flight~thelastflight]] (1982), but it was not until he appeared in the semi-autobiographical docudrama [[Feature~V11631~Crossover Dreams~crossoverdreams]] (1985), which he co-wrote and starred in, that Blades became well known. Subsequent film appearances have included [[Feature~V32652~The Milagro Beanfield War~themilagrobeanfieldwar]] (1988), [[Feature~V51394~The Two Jakes~thetwojakes]] (1990), [[Feature~V32975~Mo' Better Blues~mobetterblues]] (1990), and Devil's Own (1997). In 1994, Blades ran for the Panamanian presidency and though he lost, garnered over 20 percent of the vote. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi