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Rubén Blades is a Panamanian actor who portrays Daniel Salazar in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead.


Rubén Blades was born in Panama City, Panama, the son of Cuban musician and actress Anoland Díaz, and Colombian Rubén Darío Blades, Sr., a gifted athlete, percussionist and later a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Washington, D.C.

Before pursuing an acting career, he was a vocalist in Los Salvajes del Ritmo and also a songwriter and guest singer with a professional Latin music conjunto, Bush y sus Magníficos.

Other Works

  • Safe House
  • Predator 2
  • The Devil's Own
  • Gideon's Crossing
  • Color of Night
  • The Two Jakes
  • Cradle Will Rock
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  • Hands of Stone
  • The Milagro Beanfield War


  • He ran for President of Panama as founder and head of the Papa Egoro party in 1994. He came in third behind the two leading Panamanian parties. However, he won a respectable 18% of the vote. His party gained enough seats in the Panamanian Legislature to ensure its continuance and a place in national politics, until it was dissolved in 1999.
  • He won his first Grammy for the album, "Encenas", and has won 4 more in Latin categories, a Latin Grammy, and one in World Music for the album "Mundo".
  • He was Minister of Tourism in Panama from 2004 until 2009.
  • In Predator 2 (1990), he played a character with the last name Archuleta who is killed and in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), his character avenges the death of a partner with the last name Archuleta.
  • He and his fellow cast member Daryl Mitchell share the same birthday.

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