Cabral at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
August 28, 1984|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Baby Jokes|
Janiece Sarduy (m. 2014)
Richard Cabral (born August 28, 1984) is a Mexican-American actor, occasional producer and writer. He is best known for his roles on the ABC television series American Crime, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2015, and the Fox television series Lethal Weapon.
Cabral grew up in East Los Angeles, in a second-generation Mexican-American family. He became active in gang activity from an early age. He said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that his family had been a part of the gang scene since the 1970s. He was a documented member of a gang in the city of Montebello. When he was a child, he was separated from his family. He was incarcerated at the age of 13 for stealing a wallet. Cabral developed an addiction to crack cocaine by the age of 15. He obtained his GED as a teenager but once again got in trouble with the law. He was sentenced to prison for violent assault with a deadly weapon; he was released at the age of 25.
While Cabral was trying to turn his life around, his friends recommended he seek out the services of Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program based in Los Angeles. He began to act. In 2009, Cabral appeared in the television show Southland. In 2010, he appeared in the music video for Bruno Mars' single "Grenade".
In 2015, Cabral starred in the mini-series American Crime, in which he portrayed the character Hector Tontz. For his role, Cabral was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2016, Cabral co-wrote with Robert Egan a one-man show called Fighting Shadows, about his experiences as a former gang member who spent years in and out of prison.
|2011||A Better Life||Marcelo Valdez|
|2012||End of Watch||Demon|
|2013||The Counselor||The Green Hornet|
|2014||Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones||Arturo Lopez|
|2014||Walk of Shame||Gang Member|
|2017||Khali the Killer||Khali|
|2018||All Creatures Here Below||Hugo||Post-Production|
|2018||Windows on the World||Domingo||Post-Production|
|2009||Southland||Joker Ruiz||Episode: "Derailed"|
|2011||Southland||Cholo #2||Episode: "Code 4"|
|2011||Body of Proof||Jorge||Episode: "Hunting Party"|
|2012||Luck||Store Clerk||Episode: "#1.3"|
|2013||Chicago Fire||Inmate Rios||Episode: "A Hell of a Ride"|
|2014||Bosch||Jimmy Uribe (uncredited)||Episode: "Chapter One: 'Tis the Season"|
|2014||Key and Peele||Eduardo||Episode: "Terrorist Meeting"|
|2015||American Crime||Hector Tonz||11 episodes|
|2016||American Crime||Sebastian De Le Torre||5 episodes|
|2016–17||Lethal Weapon||Detective Alex Cruz||8 episodes|
|2017||American Crime||Isaac Castillo||5 episodes|
|2018||Mayans MC||Johnny "El Coco" Cruz||Upcoming series|
Awards and nominations
|2015||67th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Nominated|
|19th OFTA Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Nominated|
|2016||20th Satellite Awards||Best Ensemble – Television Series (shared with the ensemble)||Won|
- "Former Mexican Gang Member Richard Cabral Reveals How He Left Streets to Star in ABC's 'American Crime'". Latin Post.
- "How Former Gang Member Richard Cabral Went From Prison To Prime Time". NPR.org. 16 September 2015.
- "'American Crime' Star Richard Cabral Reveals His Past of Crack Addiction, Life in Gangs". Entertainment Tonight.
- "Richard Cabral as Hector Tontz - American Crime". ABC.
- "FIGHTING SHADOWS with Emmy Nominee Richard Cabral to Play Rosenthal Theater". Broadway World.
- Homeboy Industries. "Richard Cabral - Lo Maximo 2013 - Homeboy Industries". YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2016.