Efren Ramirez has been in the acting industry long before 2004 when his one role as Pedro Sanchez in the cult classic, Napoleon Dynamite brought him to our consciousness. The American actor played the most unlikely possible candidate for school president and was crucial to the success of the movie. His campaign strategies, as well as his peculiar and very unusual outfits, became a template for an untold number of copycat in schools across the world. In 2012, he was called to reprise his role in the animated series of the same name.
However, there are more to him beyond what we see on screen. Ramirez is a man of many skills; he is a DJ, an author, motivational speaker, as well as an off-road adventurer extraordinaire. Learn more about him.
Efren Ramirez Biography (Age)
Born Efrain Antonio Ramírez, the popular actor was welcomed on the 2nd of October, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, the United States. His parents raised him alongside his four brothers, including his identical twin brother named Carlos Ramirez. Ramirez is of Salvadoran and Mexican descent.
A natural performer, from an early age, Ramirez started showing the traits of a talented actor. As such, while he was in elementary school, his mother enrolled him in The Theatre of Arts at the age of 13 where his acting training began. He performed at The Hollywood Bowl, The Complex Theatre, and on Sunset Boulevard. After he started attending an all-boys high school, he continued his training at The Whole Theatre Company. At the time, Efren Ramirez also performed improv at The Whitefire Theatre as well as in The Icehouse in Pasadena.
Sibling – Twin Brother
His twin brother, Carlos Ramirez, is also a born performer. Carlos worked as a dance instructor in Nashville, Tennessee and was also highly involved in the Electronic dance music (EDM) Scene. He served in the US Air Force for 8 years. He is a polyglot, fluent in four languages, and now works as an actor in Los Angeles.
Efren Ramirez made his professional acting debut with a small role as a pizza boy in the 1994 sci-fi comedy, Tammy and the T-Rex. Two years later, he appeared in the musical fantasy-comedy film Kazaam and also marked his television debut. He was featured in a guest role in an episode of the series Relativity. He continued to appear in films and TV shows but would strike a deal with stardom in 2004.
Ramirez gained prominence in the quirky comedy Napoleon Dynamite for his role as Pedro Sánchez. Prior to appearing in the film, Efren was stuck between choosing between the movie and the studio film The Alamo which was also released the same year. Of course, he chose Napoleon Dynamite which went on to become a cult classic as well as amassed more than $41 million on a budget of $400k at the box office. In 2012, he provided the voice of Pedro in the animated version of the film, Napoleon Dynamite series.
Following his rise to stardom, he had an influx of roles both on the big and small screens. He starred in films including 2006 suspense film Crank (2006) alongside Amy Smart and Jason Statham, and it’s 2009 sequel, Crank: High Voltage which also featured his twin brother, Employee of the Month with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson, American Summer alongside Tom Arnold.
On TV, he was featured in HBO’s Walkout as well as in MTV’s All You’ve Got with Ciara. In 2009, Ramirez appeared as a contestant on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar. Efren made cameos in Nacho Libre and Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as had a role in the biopic Endgame as Mr. Alvarado in 2015 and in Mad Families in 2017. His latest television role was in the 2016 animated sitcom, Bordertown where he voiced Ruiz Gonzalez.
Efren Ramirez married American-Mexican actress, Iyari Limon in 1998 but their marriage was annulled a year later.
Apart from acting, Efren Ramirez is also a popular DJ. He has performed worldwide and toured in not less than 50 cities across 5 continents. His sets include a variety of music, from hip hop, funk, techno, disco, to hard house. In 2001, he co-founded the production company Nocturnal Rampage which holds a recurring rave event every summer in Austin, Texas. Ramirez is also the co-founder of Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment, LLC, with Chris Barrett. The duo also co-wrote a book titled Direct Your Own Life: How To Be A Star in Any Field You Choose (2008).
He made a cameo appearance as Pedro in the music video for Sleazy where he lip-syncs Andre 3000‘s verse. Additionally, Ramirez is a public speaker, or rather a mentor. He visits high schools and universities to speak to students and is also very involved with charitable organizations.
Net Worth – What is Efren Ramirez Worth?
Since his beginning in the entertainment industry in the early 1990s, Efren Ramirez has risen through the ranks and established himself as one of the sought after actors out there. Indeed he has paid his dues. While his best days are still ahead of him, we can’t deny the contributions he has made in the industry.
While he is yet to win any award, Ramirez has made a huge sum from his years of acting. His net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
How Tall Is Efren Ramirez?
Ramirez may not stand favorable among the tallest in the industry but he has set heights more than what most tall people can reach. With his feet firmly on the ground, the actor is not afraid to set his thoughts at lofty heights. He stands at 5′ 7″ (1.7 m) tall.