Wilson Cruz Bio, Age, Gay, Net Worth, Movies and TV Shows, Rent, Star Trek

Wilson Cruz is an American actor known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, Angel in the Broadway tour production of Rent and the recurring characters Junito on Noah’s Arc and Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery. As an openly gay man of Puerto Rican ancestry, Cruz has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color.

Wilson Cruz Biography

Wilson Cruz is an American actor known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, Angel in the Broadway tour production of Rent and the recurring characters Junito on Noah’s Arc and Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery. As an openly gay man of Puerto Rican ancestry, Cruz has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color.

Wilson Cruz Age

Wilson Echevarría was born on December 27, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Wilson Cruz Net Worth

Cruz has a net worth of $2 million dollars.

Wilson Cruz Education

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Cruz went to Eisenhower High School, graduating in 1991.

Wilson Cruz Gay

At age 19, he came out to his parents as gay, first to his mother and then his father. While his mother was initially hurt and shocked, she eventually accepted the news. His father, however, threw him out of the house and Cruz spent the next few months living in his car and at the homes of friends. Later he reconciled with his father.

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Cruz works with and advocates on behalf of LGBT youth, especially youth of color. He has volunteered his time as host for the Youth Zone, an online community at Gay.com for LGBT youth. Cruz was the Grand Marshal of the 1998 West Hollywood Gay Pride parade and the 2005 Chicago Pride Parade. He was the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois in 2008 at Chicago’s Lavender Graduation and Rainbow Banquet honoring graduating LGBT students.

He joined the board of directors of GLAAD in 1997 in order to assist the organization through a leadership transition, and joined the staff of GLAAD in 2012 as a National Spokesperson and Strategic Giving Officer.

Wilson Cruz My So-Called Life

Cruz went to Hollywood to seek work as an actor wiith intetions of opening up about his sexuality from the beginning of his career. He was cast as Enrique “Rickie” Vasquez in 1994, a troubled, gay teen, in the short-lived, critically acclaimed cult classic TV series My So-Called Life. This made Cruz the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay character in a leading role in an American television series.

Following My So-Called Life’s cancellation, he went on to play J. Edgar Hoover’s servant Joaquin in Oliver Stone’s film Nixon and had a small role in the television movie On Seventh Avenue. Cruz appeared in 1996 with David Arquette as Mikey in Johns, about the day-to-day struggles of male prostitutes.

Wilson Cruz Rent

He portrayed Angel in the 1998 Broadway production of RENT and in 2000 played Victor in the final season of Party of Five. He also had a recurring role on the series, Raising the Bar as Rafael de la Cruz.

His other acting credits include the films Joyride in 1996, All Over Me in 1997, Supernova in 2000, Party Monster in 2003, Margaret Cho’s Bam Bam and Celeste in 2005, Coffee Date in 2007 and He’s Just Not That Into You in 2009; the television film The Perfect Pitch in 2002 and guest appearances on the series Great Scott!, Sister, Sister, ER, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Noah’s Arc and Grey’s Anatomy. Cruz starred as Adrian in the film The Ode (2007), based on the novel Ode to Lata by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla.

Cruz also appeared/starred in the 2009 movie The People I’ve Slept With. He plays the openly gay best friend of a promiscuous woman who tries to find out who got her pregnant so that she can get married.

Wilson Cruz Movies and TV Shows

TV Shows

  • My So-Called Life (1994–1995), Enrique ‘Rickie’ Vasquez – 19 episodes
  • On Seventh Avenue (1996), Reuben Diaz
  • Sister, Sister (1996), Bobby – 1 episode (Season 3, Episode 13: “Double Double Date”)
  • Ally McBeal (1997), Steven/Stephanie – 1 episode
  • Party of Five (1999–2000), Victor – 11 episodes
  • ER (2002), Jeffrey Cruz – 1 episode
  • The West Wing (2004), as Jack Sosa – 2 episodes
  • The Closer (2005), Man in Bar – 1 episode
  • Noah’s Arc (2005–2006), Junito – 7 episodes
  • Monk (2006), Smoking Technician – 1 episode
  • NCIS (2007), Todd Ryder – 1 episode
  • Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (2007 – ), Evan – 2 seasons
  • Raising the Bar (2008–2009), Rafael de la Cruz – 3 episodes
  • Pushing Daisies June 13, 2009 (US), Sid Tango – 1 episode
  • Grey’s Anatomy December 2, 2010 (US), Kyle – 1 episode
  • Single Ladies July 18, 2011 (US), Vincent – 2 episodes
  • The Finder (2012), Jonni – 2 episodes
  • Red Band Society (2014–2015), Kenji Gomez-Rejon – recurring
  • Shameless (2016), Bartender – 1 episode
  • Mistresses (2016), Dante – 2 episodes
  • Heartbeat (2016) – 2 episodes
  • 13 Reasons Why (2017-2018), Dennis – 15 episodes
  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017-present), Dr. Hugh Culber

Movies

  • Nixon (1995), Joaquin (Hoover’s servant)
  • Beat the Bash (1996), Kevin
  • johns (1996), Mikey
  • Joyride (1996), James
  • All Over Me (1997), Jesse
  • Supernova (2000), Benj Sotomejor
  • Party Monster (2003), Angel
  • Bam Bam and Celeste (2005), Tony
  • Coffee Date (2006), Kelly
  • The Ode (2008), Adrian
  • He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), Nathan
  • Green Flash (2009), Kyle
  • The People I’ve Slept With (2009), Gabriel
  • Convincing Clooney (2011), Joaquin
  • The Skinny (2012), The Doctor
  • After Louie (2017), Mateo