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      Wilson Cruz

      Wilson Cruz

      Highest Rated: 87% All Over Me (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Supernova (2000)

      Birthday: Dec 27, 1973

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      After vaulting to fame as the sympathetic high schooler Ricky Vasquez on "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95), actor and activist Wilson Cruz went on to portray gay characters in a positive and nuanced light in such projects as the Broadway musical "Rent" and television series like "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access, 2017- ). Born Wilson Echevarria to Puerto Rican parents in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on December 27, 1973, Cruz began performing in stage productions at an early age, and toured the country as a member of the Young Americans goodwill charity. He relocated with his family to Rialto, California, where he performed in the school choir and band at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in 1991. Shortly after graduation, he came out to his parents as gay, which prompted his father to throw him out of their house. Cruz lived in his car and with friends for a period of time until he relocated to Hollywood, where he made his television debut on the short-lived sitcom "Great Scott!" (Fox, 1992). Two years later, Cruz was cast as Ricky, an openly gay high schooler and confidante to Claire Danes' conflicted lead on "My So-Called Life." The drama drew praise for its realistic portrayal of teenage life, with a subplot involving Cruz's removal from his home for coming out earning him a Viewers for Quality Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. When "Life" came to an abrupt end after a single season, Cruz worked steadily on television, including a recurring stint as a nanny on the final season of "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000) and appearances in features like Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995), as a servant of J. Edgar Hoover (Bob Hoskins) and the ill-fated drug dealer Andre "Angel" Melendez, whose brutal murder by promoter Michael Alig was depicted in "Party Monster" (2003). Cruz also played the cross-dressing street musician Angel in multiple productions of the musical "Rent," including the West Coast and Broadway runs - , and became a noted activist and advocate for LGBT youth, which included service with GLAAD as a member of the board of directors and national spokesperson. As he moved out of young adult roles, Cruz settled into turns as a character actor in features like "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009), but found more consistent work on episodic television. He played a love interest for Jonathan Scarfe's sexually conflicted lawyer on the Steve Bochco legal drama "Raising the Bar" (TNT, 2008-09) and nurse working with young hospital patients in the Fox comedy-drama "Red Band Society" (2015). His most significant role during this period came as a medical officer on "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access, 2017- ) who was romantically involved with Anthony Rapp's science officer. Their on-screen kiss was the first such occurrence in the long history of the "Star Trek" franchise.

      Highest rated movies

      All Over Me
      After Louie
      Johns
      Coffee Date
      Party Monster
      The People I've Slept With
      Joyride
      Supernova

      Photos

      Wilson Cruz Wilson Cruz at arrivals for 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews - FOX, Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA September 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Rebecca Rittenhouse, Wilson Cruz, Rina Mimoun at arrivals for 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews - FOX, Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA September 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for PaleyFest LA 2019 CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 24, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Official Season 2 Premiere Screening, Conrad New York, New York, NY January 17, 2019. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV November 15, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Part 2, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA April 12, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA October 20, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL Opening Night, Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, Los Angeles, CA December 16, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Wilson Cruz at arrivals for 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews - FOX, Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA September 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection SUPERNOVA, Wilson Cruz, Angela Bassett, James Spader, 2000, (c)MGM PARTY MONSTER, Wilson Cruz, 2003, (c) Strand Releasing ALL OVER ME, Wilson Cruz, Pat Briggs, 1997, (c)Fine Line Features Red Band Society, Rebecca Rittenhouse (L), Wilson Cruz (R), 'Know Thyself', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/12/2014, ©FOX Red Band Society, Wilson Cruz, 09/17/2014, ©FOX Red Band Society, Wilson Cruz, 09/17/2014, ©FOX THE PEOPLE I'VE SLEPT WITH, from left: Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, 2009. ©People Pictures THE PEOPLE I'VE SLEPT WITH, from left: Rane Jameson, Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, 2009. ©People Pictures COFFEE DATE, Wilson Cruz, Jonathan Bray, Jason Stuart, 2006. ©Film and Music Entertainment JOHNS, David Arquette, Lukas Haas, Wilson Cruz, Josh Schaefer, 1996, (c)First Look Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother of the Bride Scott (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Habla Loud Self - 2022
      77% 62% After Louie Mateo (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 71% Meth Head Julian (Character) - 2013
      27% 37% The People I've Slept With Gabriel (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Convincing Clooney Joaquin (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Slip Away David (Character) - 2011
      50% 61% Coffee Date Kelly (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 52% Bam Bam and Celeste Tony (Character) - 2005
      29% 75% Party Monster Angel (Character) $668.1K 2003
      11% 17% Supernova Benj Sotomejor (Character) $14.2M 2000
      20% 29% Joyride James (Character) - 1997
      54% 57% Johns Mikey (Character) $106.0K 1996
      87% 71% All Over Me Jesse (Character) $286.0K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Seventh Avenue Reuben Diaz (Character) - 1996

      TV

      Credit
      85% 37% Star Trek: Discovery Dr. Hugh Culber (Character) 2019-2022 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020-2021
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
      100% 95% Visible: Out on Television Executive Producer 2020
      No Score Yet 64% The Bravest Knight Prince Andrew (Voice) 2019
      No Score Yet 29% Talk Show the Game Show Guest 2018
      55% 76% Doubt Floriel Martinez (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 62% Mistresses Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 71% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      59% 86% Red Band Society Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanderpump Rules Spokesperson for GLAAD (Guest Star) 2013
      57% 80% The Finder Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      96% 95% Pushing Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Unknown (Voice) 2007-2009
      22% No Score Yet Raising the Bar Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Todd Ryder (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Male Fan/Male Log Cabin Chorus/Hot Andrew (Guest Voice) 2006
      83% 85% The Closer Man in Bar (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 90% Party of Five Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      94% 92% My So-Called Life Rickie Vasquez (Character) 1994-1995