Venezuelan Up For Emmy Award

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 15, 2011: A Venezuelan-born actor is among this year’s Emmy nominees.

Edgar Ramirez has been nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie. He stars as Carlos in the Sundance series by the same name.

Born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela, Ramirez graduated in 1999 from the Andrés Bello Catholic University with a degree in mass communication. His first recognition as an actor was the successful soap opera Cosita Rica, for Venevisión which aired in September 2003 to August 2004 lasting 270 episodes. In 2005, he made his major motion picture debut playing Choco, Domino Harvey’s love interest in the film Domino directed by Tony Scott.

He was in Vantage Point directed by Pete Travis. In this high-budgeted Sony Pictures political thriller, Ramírez joined an all-star international cast including Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Forrest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega and Ayelet Zurer. Ramírez plays Javier, an ex-special forces soldier forced to kidnap the American President in order to get his brother back. Upcoming is Cyrano Fernandez, with Ramírez in the title role. This independent production was directed by Alberto Arvelo and is based on the French play Cyrano de Bergerac.

Ramírez at the César awards 2011.Ramírez has appeared in several other productions. Among those are the first part of the two film bundle Ché by Steven Soderbergh, where he played the role of Ciro redondo (A Cuban revolutionary who fought amongst Ché Guevara), La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour), a short film directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed screenwriter of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel (Mexico); Plan B, directed by Alejandro Garcia 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), submitted by Venezuela for Oscar consideration for 2004 Best Foreign Film, in which he played Colombian soldier Pedro.

In 2007 he played the role of Paz, a Blackbriar assassin, in The Bourne Ultimatum. In the original Bourne Ultimatum, the villain is Illich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal. Ramírez went on to play the role of the actual Carlos in the 2010 French-German limited series Carlos. At the French César Awards 2011, he was awarded, for the film version of the TV series, the César Award for Most Promising Actor.