Actor Steven Bauer

Steven Bauer (born Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson; December 2, 1956) is a Cuban-born American actor. Bauer began his career on PBS, portraying Joe Peña, the son of Cuban immigrants on ¿Qué Pasa, USA? (1977–1980) and is perhaps most famous for his role as the Cuban drug lord Manny Ribera in the 1983 crime drama Scarface, in which he starred alongside Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. He also played the drug cartel leader Eladio Vuente in Breaking Bad and in Better Call Saul and as the retired Mossad agent Avi Rudin in Ray Donovan (2013–2020).

Early life

Bauer was born Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson, on December 2, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, the son of Lillian Samson Agostini, a schoolteacher, and Esteban Echevarría, a commercial pilot who worked for Cubana Airlines. Bauer’s maternal grandfather, whose family names were Samson and Bauer, was Jewish, and immigrated to Cuba from Germany, a refugee looking to escape the devastating effects World War II and Adolf Hitler had on his safety and home country.

Bauer’s family emigrated from Cuba to the United States on Independence Day, 1960, when he was three years old, shortly after the end of the Cuban Revolution, settling in Miami, Florida. Once in the United States, he began using the name Steven, an English form of his given name, Esteban. He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1974 and went onto study acting at Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami, the latter where he befriended Ray Liotta.

Acting career

Bauer’s first substantial role was in the PBS bilingual sitcom ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, playing the teenage son of a Cuban exile family in Miami, from 1977 to 1979. He also appeared in the 1980 TV miniseries From Here to Eternity. He was credited in these and a few other early projects as Rocky Echevarría. In 1981, Bauer starred in the television movie She’s in the Army Now, where he met his first wife, actress Melanie Griffith. They both moved to New York City and stayed at Ray Liotta’s apartment, while Liotta moved to Los Angeles and stayed at theirs. Both Bauer and Griffith studied under famed acting teacher Stella Adler, and he appeared in several off-Broadway productions. During this time he adopted the stage name “Steven Bauer”.

Bauer was given the role of Manny Ribera (the part played by George Raft in the original 1932 version) in the 1983 movie Scarface, even though (like Raft) he was a relatively unknown actor at the time. The producers of Scarface were convinced that he was right for the role based on his strong audition, as well as his authentic Cuban background. His performance drew a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1986 he had two other important roles. The first was as Det. Frank Sigliano in the Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines cop comedy Running Scared. The second was as an Israeli soldier named Avner in the Canadian CTV television movie Sword of Gideon, which tells the story of Mossad agents hunting down terrorists in the aftermath of the 1972 Munich massacre. The Sword of Gideon script was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s later film Munich, which follows the same storyline and borrows heavily from the Sword of Gideon story and script. In 1990 Bauer played the role of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in the television miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story alongside Benicio Del Toro and Craig T. Nelson. That same year, Bauer took over the series lead of the television show Wiseguy from Ken Wahl for the fourth and final season, playing U.S. Attorney Michael Santana after Wahl’s character disappears.

Since then, Bauer has made his career primarily, though not exclusively, in action films and crime dramas on both the big and small screens. An example of this is the movie The Lost City where he served in a minor role alongside the film’s star and director Andy Garcia. Also, including such motion pictures as Primal Fear and Traffic. He also made an appearance in the video game spin-off Scarface: The World Is Yours, playing drug dealer The Sandman. In 2007 he appeared on an episode of Burn Notice. In 2011, Bauer appeared on the series Breaking Bad playing Mexican drug lord Don Eladio. He stars with Julianne Michelle in the feature film Awakened, a supernatural thriller.

More recently, Bauer appeared as ex-Mossad agent turned private investigator Avi in the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Bauer also reprised his Breaking Bad role in 2017 in AMC’s prequel Better Call Saul. In addition, he played El Santo in the American version of Queen of the South.

Personal life

Bauer has married four times: first to Melanie Griffith, from 1981 until 1989; second to Ingrid Anderson, from 1989 until 1991; third to Christiana Boney, from 1992 until 2002; and fourth to Paulette Miltimore, from 2003 until 2012. He has two sons: Alexander Griffith Bauer (born August 22, 1985) with Griffith and Dylan Dean Steven Bauer (born May 14, 1990) with Anderson.



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Valley Girl Guy in Pink Shirt Uncredited
1983 Scarface Manny Ribera
1984 Thief of Hearts Scott Muller
1984 Body Double Assistant Director Uncredited
1986 Sword of Gideon Avner
1986 Running Scared Det. Frank Sigliano
1988 Wildfire Frank
1988 The Beast of War Taj
1989 Gleaming the Cube Al Lucero
1991 A Climate for Killing Paul McGraw
1991 Raising Cain Jack Dante
1992 Drive Like Lightning Charlie Robinson
1993 Woman of Desire Jonathan Ashby/Ted Ashby
1993 Snapdragon David
1994 Terminal Voyage Reese
1994 Improper Conduct Sam
1994 Stranger by Night Bobby Corcoran
1995 Codename: Silencer Vinnie Rizzo
1995 Wild Side Tony
1996 Primal Fear Joey Pinero
1996 Navajo Blues Nick Epps/John Cole
1997 Miami
1997 Kickboxing Academy Carl
1997 The Blackout Mickey’s Studio Actor
1997 Plato’s Run Sam
1998 Star Portal Dr. Ray Brady
1998 The Versace Murder FBI Agent John Jacoby
1998 Naked Lies Kevin Dowd
2000 El Grito Ibarra
2000 Glory Glory Jack
2000 Forever Lulu Lou
2000 Rave Antonio
2000 Traffic Carlos Ayala
2001 Speed Limit Jeff
2001 The Learning Curve Mark York
2002 Malevolent Capt. Greg Pruitt
2003 Masked and Anonymous Edgar
2003 Nola Leo
2004 Doing Hard Time Det. Anthony Wade
2005 The Nowhere Man
2005 How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Victor Reyes
2005 Keeper of the Past The Mayor
2005 Hitters Anonymous Theodore Swan
2005 Pit Fighter Manolo
2005 La fiesta del Chivo Viñas
2005 The Lost City Castel
2006 Dead Lenny Lenny Long
2006 Ladrones & Mentirosos Oscar
2007 Natural Born Komics
2007 The Last Sentinel Drone Scientist
2008 Dark World Rick
2008 Mutants Santiago
2008 Didn’t Know How I Was Mr. Hernandez
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia General Manuel Valez
2009 The Intruders Michael Foster
2009 Venus & Vegas Francis
2009 Charlie Valentine Ferucci
2009 Raven William
2009 Boyle Heights Tino
2009 From Mexico with Love Tito
2009 Fast Lane Lt. Baynes
2009 A Numbers Game Neal Black
2009 Disarmed Caine
2009 Camouflage Bobb
2010 Bulletface Ned Walker
2010 Toxic Conrad
2010 Zenitram Frank Ramírez
2010 Crumble Reda
2010 One in the Gun Arthur
2010 Suicide Dolls Hank
2010 Promises Detective Stevens
2010 Session Jake Tellman
2010 Enemies Among Us Senator Edmonds
2010 Special Ops Col. Caine
2011 Shadows in Paradise Agent Stubbs
2011 The Last Gamble Steven 2011 “Mommy and Me”
2011 Pimp Bullies Mr. Watson
2012 A Dark Truth Tony Green
2012 Werewolf: The Beast Among Us Hyde
2012 Sins Expiation Williams
2013 Real Gangsters “Big” Nick Salens
2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens P.O. Ramirez
2013 Seasick Sailor Waldorf Short film
2014 The Lookalike
2017 Avenge the Crows Ronaldo
2021 Women Is Losers Don Juan

2011 “Mommy and Me”


Year Show Role Notes
1977–1979 ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Jose “Joe” Peña 28 episodes (as Rocky Echevarría)
1978 The Rockford Files Jesus Hernandez Episode: “A Fast Count” (as Rocky Echevarría)
1980 From Here to Eternity Private Ignacio Carmona Episode: “Pearl Harbor” (as Rocky Echevarría)
1981 Hill Street Blues Officer Fuentes 2 episodes (as Rocky Echevarría)
1981 She’s in the Army Now Nick Donato Television film (as Rocky Bauer)
1981 One Day at a Time Eduardo Episode: “I Do, I Do” (as Rocky Echevarria)
1982 An Innocent Love Duncan Widders Television film (as Rocky Bauer)
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Gambler Episode: “Pilot”
1986 Sword of Gideon Avner Television film
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro’s Tony Montoya Television film
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Miniseries
1990 Wiseguy Michael Santana 9 episodes
1991 Sweet Poison Bobby Television film
1991 False Arrest Detective Dan Ryan Television film
1992 Drive Like Lightning Charlie Television film
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Michael Episode: “Safe Sex”
1997 Sisters and Other Stranger Anthony Quintana Television film
1998 The Outer Limits Sergeant Waylon Dumar Episode: “Nightmare”
1998 Welcome to Paradox Detective Angel Cardenas Episode: “Our Lady of the Machine”
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Lorenzo Cabral Episode: “Rise to the Occasion”
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Angel Television film
2000–2001 Relic Hunter Tony 2 episodes
2001 Nash Bridges Lima Episode: “Out of Miami”
2001 V.I.P. Blake Thompson Episode: “Val Under Covers”
2001 Boss of Bosses Vito Genovese Television film
2001 UC: Undercover Carlos Cortez 3 episodes
2002 King of Texas Menchaca Television film
2004 Raptor Island Azir Television film
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Stefano Episode: “Territorial Defense”
2006 South Beach Lieutenant Rivera 3 episodes
2007 Kings of South Beach Allie Boy Television film
2007 Planet Raptor Captain Mace Carter Television film
2007 Burn Notice Reyes Episode: “Hard Bargain”
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Raphael Gardner Episode: “Paternity”
2009 Cold Case Osmany “Oz” Leon Episode: “Stealing Home”
2009 American Dad! Fernando Jaramillo Episode: “Stan’s Night Out”
2009 Mental Diego Suarez Episode: “Coda”
2010 Hacienda Heights Mayor Eduardo Garcia 11 episodes
2011 Breaking Bad Don Eladio Vuente 2 episodes
2012 Common Law Miguel Avila Episode: “In-Laws vs. Outlaws”
2013 The Mentalist Don Clyde Episode: “Little Red Corvette”
2013–2020 Ray Donovan Avi 44 episodes
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bobby Esposito Episode: “Past Pawns”
2014 The Night Shift Milo Osborne 2 episodes
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Jimmy Sykes Episode: “Ho’oilina”
2015 Battle Creek Roderigo Episode: “Sympathy for the Devil”
2015-2017 Blue Bloods Gerry Guerrero 2 episodes
2016 JL Ranch Hector Arrieta Television film
2017; 2020 Better Call Saul Don Eladio Vuente Episodes: “Sabrosito” “Something Unforgivable”
2017 Queen of the South El Santo 3 episodes
2018 Goliath Willie Episode: “Diablo Verde”
2019 Supergirl Bernardo Rojas Episode: “Confidence Women”
2021 NCIS Miguel Torres Episode: “Sangre”

Video games

Game Year Role
Scarface: The World is Yours 2006 The Sandman
Hitman: Absolution 2012 Birdie

Music videos

Song Year Artist Role
“Noche de Copas” 1984 Maria Conchita Alonso Main Lover Interest
“Would I Lie to You?” 1985 Eurythmics Biker Boyfriend
“Dare Me” 1985 The Pointer Sisters Caucasian boxer
“Conga” 1985 Miami Sound Machine Crowd dancer
“Secret Admirer” 2007 Pitbull Extra
“Hold On, We’re Going Home” 2013 Drake Kidnapper
“Let Me” 2018 Zayn Kingpin
“Entertainer” 2018 Zayn Kingpin

Awards and nominations

  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Scarface (1984)
  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for TV – Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (1990)
  • Won – Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Traffic (2000)
  • Won – Short Film Award – Best Supporting Actor – Crumble (2010)
  • Won – Festival Award – Best Actor – The Last Gamble (2011)
  • Won – Feature Film Award – Best Actor – The Last Gamble (2012)
  • Nominated – Saturn Award – Best Guest Starring Role on Television – Breaking Bad
  • External Links

    Actor Steven Bauer – Wikipedia

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