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Edgar Ramirez Biography

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Birth Name: Edgar Ramirez
Born: 03/25/1977
Birth Place: San Crist

Edgar Ramirez Arellanos was born in the city of San Cristobal, Venezuela on March 25, 1977. He studied mass communication at the Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas, where he was actively involved with political journalism, as well as a served as executive director for "Ngo Dale al Voto," an organization that engaged young people to register to vote and take part in the electoral process. He began acting after following the advice of Guillermo Arriaga, a writer he had met while on a trip to Mexico. Ramirez made his acting debut on Venezuelan television, appearing on the soap operas "Cuando llega el amor" (Televisa S.A. de C.V., 1990) and "Cosita rica" (Venevision, 2003-04). It was not long until he found himself in a major Hollywood motion picture, playing the title character's (Keira Knightley) love interest in the Tony Scott-directed biopic "Domino." He further propelled his career in 2007 with a featured role in "The Bourne Ultimatum," the third film in the hugely successful Jason Bourne trilogy. In the box office hit, Ramirez played an assassin who must chase down the former CIA covert operative (Matt Damon).

Ramirez continued appearing in Spanish-language productions even while taking Hollywood by storm. He played the title role in "Cyrano Fernandez" (2007), an independent drama feature based on Edmond Rostand's classic 1897 play, "Cyrano de Bergerac." Ramirez played a soldier in the action drama "Punto Y Raya" ("Step Forward," 2004), Venezuela's entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2004 Academy Awards. The film, however, failed to garner an Oscar nomination. The actor next returned to big-budget features with a high-profile role an ex-special forces soldier who attempts to kidnap the American president in "Vantage Point" (2008). The high-octane crime feature, told from eight different points of view, starred an A-list cast that included Dennis Quaid, Forrest Whitaker and Matthew Fox. The talented ensemble helped propel the film to the No. 1 spot at the box office during its opening weekend.

In 2010, Ramirez landed his breakout role when he was cast as Ilich Ramirez Sanchez in "Carlos." The miniseries, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and originally aired in France's Canal+ network, spanned the life of the notorious terrorist who also went by the nickname "Carlos the Jackal." Ramirez's nuanced portrayal of the man who founded a global terrorist organization and was responsible for the death of three people during a 1975 raid on the OPEC offices in Vienna, thrilled audiences and critics worldwide. His remarkable performance as the convicted terrorist earned Ramirez Best Actor nominations at the 2011 Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Emmys, the first such honors of his career.