Richard Cabral

Richard Cabral
Cabral at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1984-08-28) August 28, 1984
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Baby Jokes
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present
Janiece Sarduy (m. 2014)
Children 4 children

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.

Early life

Cabral grew up in East Los Angeles, in a second-generation Mexican-American family. He became active in gang activity from an early age.[1] 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.[2] Cabral developed an addiction to crack cocaine by the age of 15.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4] 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.[5]


In 2013, Cabral won the Lo Maximo award from Homeboy Industries, which honors HI service recipients who give back to the community.[6]



2011A Better LifeMarcelo Valdez
2012End of WatchDemon
2013The CounselorThe Green Hornet
2014Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesArturo Lopez
2014Walk of ShameGang Member
2016Blood FatherJoker
2017Khali the KillerKhali
2018Breaking InDuncan
2018All Creatures Here BelowHugoPost-Production
2018Windows on the WorldDomingoPost-Production


2009SouthlandJoker RuizEpisode: "Derailed"
2011SouthlandCholo #2Episode: "Code 4"
2011SouthlandLeprechaun3 episodes
2011Body of ProofJorgeEpisode: "Hunting Party"
2012LuckStore ClerkEpisode: "#1.3"
2013Chicago Fire Inmate RiosEpisode: "A Hell of a Ride"
2014BoschJimmy Uribe (uncredited)Episode: "Chapter One: 'Tis the Season"
2014Key and PeeleEduardoEpisode: "Terrorist Meeting"
2015American CrimeHector Tonz11 episodes
2016American CrimeSebastian De Le Torre5 episodes
2016–17Lethal WeaponDetective Alex Cruz8 episodes
2017American CrimeIsaac Castillo5 episodes
2018Mayans MCJohnny "El Coco" CruzUpcoming series

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
American Crime
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


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