Carlos Sanz

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

Early life[edit]

Carlos Sanz is from Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago, where he studied mathematics and philosophy.


Carlos Sanz has played roles ranging from the emotionally tormented real life character Carlos Arredondo, “hero with the white cowboy hat” saving Jake Gyllenhaal in David Gordon Green's film about the Boston Marathon Bombing, Stronger to a corrupt Costa Rican official who beats up Justin Timberlake in Runner Runner also starring Ben Affleck, directed by Brad Furman. He has also worked with such notable film directors as Ron Howard, Andrew Davis and Alan Rudolf. He played mob boss Manuel Garza in the 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 played an 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 in the comedy Dishdogz, where he does an homage to Harold Ramis.[1]

Sanz appeared in The Shield as Det. Carlos Zamora and NYPD Blue as Det. Ray Olivo. He also made appearances on episodes of Criminal Minds, 24, Close to Home, and Las Vegas. He played Dr. Victor Rodriguez for two seasons on the NBC daytime drama Another World.

Sanz has worked around the world including the Arena Stage, in a two-person play about Georgia O'Keeffe and her companion.[2] He has also performed with Don Cheadle at the Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Royal Shakespeare Company, Thalia Theater, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and others.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Package Johnny's Field Soldier
1991 Backdraft Candidate
1992 Equinox Harold
2000 Mexico City Lieutenant Menedez
2003 Scrambled Hector
2005 Dishdogz Miles
2006 Crank Carlito
2007 The Take Det. Victor Martinez
2008 Beer for My Horses Manuel Garza
2013 Runner Runner Police Captain
2016 The Last Bid Officer Santos
2017 All About the Money Felix Santos
2017 Stronger Carlos


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Law & Order Javier 'Elvis' Lariano Gaitan Episode: "Prince of Darkness"
1993–1994 Another World Victor Rodriguez 16 episodes
1994 New York Undercover Manuel Torres Episode: "School Ties"
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Paul Montero Episode: "Only You"
1995 The Great Defender Asst DA Jerry Perez Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Chicago Hope Pablo Martinez Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
1997 Pacific Palisades Ed Episode: "Desperate Measure"
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Ramon Ortega 2 episodes
2001 NYPD Blue Det. Ray Olivo
2002 JAG Sergeant Mackerby Episode: "Odd Man Out"
2002 The Shield Det. Carlos Zamora Episode: "Pay in Pain"
2002 Presidio Med Kevin Fernandez Episode: "Good Question"
2003 24 Simon Cullens Episode: "Day 3: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m."
2003 NCIS Agent Gonzales Episode: "Marine Down"
2004 Las Vegas Mendoza Episode: "My Beautiful Launderette"
2005 Close to Home Det. Cesario Marquez Episode: "Suburban Prostitution"
2006 Criminal Minds Deputy Borquez Episode: "Machismo"
2008 The Deadliest Lesson Detective Keillor Television film
2008, 2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Father Armando Bonilla 2 episodes
2009 Numbers Detective Episode: "Greatest Hits"
2009 The Forgotten Restaurant Owner Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Cold Case Jose Sandoval Episode: "Dead Heat"
2009 The Closer Fernando Soto Episode: "The Life"
2010 Medium Man in Suit Episode: "Dear Dad..."
2010 Castle Manuel Calderón Episode: "Anatomy of a Murder"
2011 Supernatural Virgil Episode: "The French Mistake"
2011 Burn Notice Armando Puente Episode: "Company Man"
2011 CSI: Miami Geraldo Torres Episode: "Killer Regrets"
2012 The Mentalist Detective Dan Silva Episode: "At First Blush"
2012 Emily Owens, M.D. Manuel Cuestas Episode: "Emily and... the Good and the Bad"
2013 The Fosters Ernie Rivera 3 episodes
2014 Intelligence Hector Villareal Episode: "The Rescue"
2014 Review Carlos Episode: "Best Friend; Space"
2014 Scorpion Commander Episode: "A Cyclone"
2014–2017 NCIS: Los Angeles DEA Agent Mario Sanchez 3 episodes
2015 Bones Julian Molina Episode: "The Doom in the Boom"
2016 Notorious Eduardo Nogales Episode: "Choice"
2017 Grimm El Cuegle Episode: "El Cuegle"
2017 Unit Zero Asset 3145 Television film
2017 Ten Days in the Valley Chistopher Gomez 5 episodes
2017, 2018 Queen of the South El Dentista 2 episodes
2018 9-1-1 Detective Anderson Episode: "Heartbreaker"
2018 Arrow Dragos 2 episodes
2018 Magnum P.I. Carl Nadella Episode: "The Cat Who Cried Wolf"
2019 The Oath Ignacio Velasquez 5 episodes
2020 Dashing in December Carlos Casas Television film
2021 Yellowjackets Coach Martinez 2 episodes


  1. ^ Olson, Christopher J. (2018-04-12). 100 Greatest Cult Films. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-1104-9.
  2. ^ Rose, Lloyd (1998-12-18). "ARENA STAGE'S PAINTED DESERT". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-06-01.

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