Since his breakthrough performance as PEDRO in NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, Efren Ramirez has established himself within the Film and Television industry, working nonstop in numerous projects being released over the coming months.
Ramirez has been acting for over thirteen years, playing diverse roles in many television shows including ER, JUDGING AMY, THE DISTRICT, BOSTON PUBLIC, MAD TV, and SCRUBS. However, it was his iconic portrayal of PEDRO that has made him an international superstar. Pictures of Ramirez in character can be found on T-shirts being worn by people of all ages everywhere around the world. Simply by appearing at events on college campuses ensures that thousands of students will converge for a glimpse of their hero.
Moving on from PEDRO has been effortless for this gifted young actor. He soon followed NAPOLEON DYNAMITE appearing in the HBO film, WALKOUT with Edward James, Michael Pena, and Alexa Vega. In this gripping drama, Ramirez plays Bobby Verdugo, a Chicano student from East LA who struggles for better education in public schools throughout the Chicano movement in 1968.
After completing the High School Volleyball Team rivalry, ALL YOU GOT with Faizone Love and Ciara Harris, Efren starred in the back-to-back Lions Gate films, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson and CRANK starring opposite Jason Statham and Amy Smart. In this film, Ramirez plays a transvestite, which may be a bit of a surprise for PEDRO fans.
Efren then starred in RATKO as a foreign dictator’s son who travels to the U.S. to attend college and AMERICAN SUMMER as a poolboy who turns an empty mansion into a brothel.
Recently, Efren wrapped filming the 2 person drama, CROSSING THE HEART, starring opposite Kris Kristoferson and due to the success of CRANK, it seemed inevitable that a sequel would be made. Promising to be even more extreme than the original, Efren just wrapped filming CRANK 2 with Jason Statham and a cameo appearence in GAME with Gerrard Butler.
Collectively his films have grossed over $80 million to date.
Efren Ramirez currently resides in Los Angeles. When he isn’t filming, he spends his time practicing his love of spinning records, appearing as a guest DJ in clubs all across the country, and he has just written his first book, “Direct Your Own Life”. He also speaks at high schools and universities across the nation and is involved with several charitable organizations, such as UNICEF, The Red Cross, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and AIDS research.