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Robert LaSardo
Born Robert LaSardo
September 20, 1963 (1963-09-20) (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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Robert LaSardo (born September 20, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor.

He appears in movies and television shows, with one of his most notable television portrayals being Escobar Gallardo from the first, second, fourth and seventh season of the TV series Nip/Tuck. Starting in 2005, LaSardo portrayed the evil Manny Ruiz on the U.S. soap opera General Hospital until July 4, 2006 when his character was apparently killed by being thrown off the roof of General Hospital. LaSardo returned to General Hospital to play Manny's twin brother, Father Mateo Ruiz, a character that is currently dormant on the series.

LaSardo began his career studying at the famed High School of Performing Arts in New York City, before going on to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Robert also spent four years in the U.S. Navy, spending two of those years handling Navy attack dogs in the Aleutian Islands.

LaSardo has extensive chest, neck, and arm tattoos. He is an Italian American, although he is often cast as a Latino or Latin-American character, and usually as a criminal or gang member.

Selected Television and Filmography

  • Tiger Heart (movie)
  • Moving as Perry (Mover) (1988)
  • King of New York (1990) Tough guy that goes to work for Frank White
  • Hard to Kill as Liquor Store Robber (1990)
  • Law & Order as Parking Garage Attendant (1991)
  • Out for Justice as Richie Mandano's muscle (1991)
  • The Professional (1994) - He played a drug dealer that Leon shoots when teaching Mathilda how to be a cleaner. However, the scene was cut from the final movie and can only be seen in the full version of the film. Unfortunately, the full version is not sold in the UK due to censorship over the portrayal of Leon's and Mathilda's relationship in the cut scenes.[citation needed]
  • Waterworld as Smitty (1995)
  • Strangeland as Matt Myers (1998)
  • In Too Deep (1999)
  • Blue Streak (film) as twitchy suspect, knocked down Luke Wilson in police station (1999)
  • The X-Files in The Amazing Maleeni (1999)
  • In Hell (2003) as Usup, a leader of a prison gang.
  • Nip/Tuck as Escobar Gallardo (Season 1: 2003) (Season 2: 2004) (Season 4: 2006) and (Season 7: 2010)
  • Ghost Whisperer as Julian Borgia (2005)
  • Dirty (film) as Roland (2005)
  • Cold Case as Jesus Torres (2005)
  • General Hospital as Manny Ruiz (September 2005 - July 4, 2006) / Mateo Ruiz (December 18, 2006 - February 2007)
  • Mind of Mencia as Paulie Serrano (2006)
  • Bones as Miguel Villeda (2006)
  • CSI: Miami as Memmo Fierro a member of the Mala Noche Gang May 15, 2006 and May 22, 2006 (2006)
  • Half Past Dead 2 as Rivera 2007
  • Death Race as Grimm (2008)
  • The Cleaner as Jack (2008)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Emilio Alvarado (2008)
  • Tortured as Mo (2008)

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