Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he currently resides in New York City. He made his film debut co-starring in the blockbuster hit Dangerous Minds as ‘Raul Sanchero’, a street-tough kid who fulfils his potential with guidance from teacher Michelle Pfeiffer. He plays other major roles in Hollywood films, which include Hackers as ‘Phantom Phreak’ a computer genius, alongside Angelina Jolie; as convict ‘Mikey’ in Daylight with Sylvester Stallone, a recovering drug addict surviving the wreckage of the Holland Tunnel explosion; also Con Air with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich as ‘Sally-Can’t Dance’ a cross-dressing criminal. He appears in indie films such as Punks at Sundance Film Festival as ‘Dante’, an over-privileged party boy; The Street King as a vengeful gang leader called ‘Cesar Rojas’; Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy as a flamboyant wrestling enthusiast called ‘Scorpio’ and The King, as Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco. Among his episodic television appearances are guest leads in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC), Touched by an Angel (CBS) and the one-hour special Stand Up (CBS).
Renoly has appeared in many off-Broadway productions; under director Liz Swados at Lincoln Centre, in workshops with Graciella Danielle in Blood Wedding and in the musical Skin of Our Teeth under Gabriel Barre alongside Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez. Nominated for a Drama Desk Award in his Broadway debut, Renoly starred as convicted murderer ‘Tony Hernandez’, leader of the Vampires gang, in The Capeman written by Paul Simon, alongside Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Rubén Blades.
His writing credits include the Emmy-nominated Henson Productions/ABC Saturday morning television series City Kids in which he was also the lead character ‘Tito’; and the book to Bring in the Morning…A Wake-Up Call the first book musical ever produced at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, starring Lauryn Hill.
As a singer, Renoly can be heard in a duet with Latin singing legend Danny Rivera, in recordings with Marc Anthony and as back-up for India. He has also performed live with many internationally acclaimed artists. Renoly is currently using his talents on community Arts projects; new acting, writing and production ventures across some exciting genres at home and abroad; writing new songs in English and Spanish and is presently recording music in the studio.
Renoly’s next feature film due out in 2012 is Grand Street with Kelly McGillis, in which he plays flashy club host ‘Hernan’.
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