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Carlos Sanz
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Carlos Sanz is an American actor. He is best known for playing main villain Carlito in the 2006 film hit Crank.

Early lifeEdit

Sanz grew up in Chicago and has two brothers, Steve and the actor Horatio Sanz. He and his family grew up in the North-Pulaski neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy.

Film careerEdit

Sanz has worked with such notable film directors as Ron Howard, Andrew Davis, and Alan Rudolf. He takes a stellar turn as the dandy mob boss Manuel Garza in the roaring comedy Beer for My Horses, starring Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, and Willie Nelson. He can be seen in the Lifetime movie Detention, starring alongside Penelope Ann Miller. Sanz also portrayed a street wise LA Detective in The Take along with John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, and Rosie Perez. In the 2006 hit Crank, starring Jason Statham, he played the lead character of Carlito, one of the main antagonists of the film. He can also be seen taking a comedic bent like his brother Horatio Sanz in the comedy Dishdogz where he does an homage to Harold Ramis.

His numerous television projects include The Shield playing Det. Carlos Zamora, who goes head to head with Vic Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis, Criminal Minds, 24, Close to Home, Las Vegas, and NYPD Blue as recurring undercover cop Det. Ray Olivo.

He did a stint of two seasons on the NBC daytime drama Another World, where he played the handsome, womanizing, mysterious, and slightly dangerous Dr. Victor Rodriguez.

An accomplished theater artist, he has worked around the world, including the Arena Stage, Washington DC, in the two person play about Georgia O'Keeffe and her much younger companion, the Goodman Theater working with fantastic director Joanne Akalitis and the always cool Don Cheadle, South Coast Rep with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nelo Cruz, the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Bobigny MC93 in Paris with Peters Sellers directing The Merchant of Venice alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Rubicon Theatre Co. as Starbuck in The Rainmaker opposite Stephanie Zimbalist, San Diego Rep, LAByrinth NYC, Lincoln Center Salon, The Organic Theater Co. in Chicago as a company member, and Latino Chicago Theater Company, where he was an artistic associate.

He is also a writer, director, and accomplished photographer.

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