Wilson Cruz

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NameWilson Cruz
Age50 years
BirthdayDec 27, 1973
Net worth$2 million
ProfessionAmerican Actor

Wilson Cruz is an American actor, born on December 27, 1973. He is known for his roles as Rickie Vasquez on the series My So-Called Life, Dr. Hugh Culber on the series Star Trek: Discovery, and the recurring character Junito on the series Noah’s Ark.

He is also known for movies like Party Monster, Mother of the Bride, Supernova, ,Meth Head, Visible: Out on Television, The Bravest Knight, Star Trek Day, The People I’ve Slept With, Billy’s Blowjobs, The Skinny, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story, Red Band Society, Johns, 13 Reasons Why, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema, NCIS, Party of Five, Nixon, Raising the Bar, Green Flash, The Adonis Factor, The Ode, Star Trek: Discovery 3. évad, Star Trek: Discovery 4. évad, On Seventh Avenue, Dinner at 40, I Miennicy, She’s Living for This, Brilliant But Cancelled, Visions of Us: LGBTQ+ Latine Representation in TV and Film, and so on.

Wilson Cruz

Wilson’s activism has made an impact on Hollywood and the LGBTQ+ community. Wilson has been in at least 17 movies and TV series till now. Wilson’s first movie was Nixon in 1995, where he made his film debut. Beyond his acting career, Cruz is also an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Due to Cruz being gay, he faced many challenges in his life. He was also temporarily estranged from his family. These experiences motivated him to help others. Cruz is also a vocal supporter of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, where he educates and raises funds for the people in need.

Wilson is also known for being the first openly gay actor to portray an openly gay character in an American series. He achieved this milestone through the role of Rickie Vasquez on the TV series My So-Called Life (1994–1995). 

Net worth 

Wilson’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million. Due to his success, Wilson has managed to invest in real estate and collect many luxurious cars. However, the details of his estate and cars are not publicized. 

Early Life, Education, and Parents

Wilson was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in a Puerto Rican family. His mother’s name is Iris Echevarria. His family moved to Rialto, California, where he attended Eisenhower High School. He graduated in 1991. When Wilson was 19 years old, he came out as gay to his mother and then to his father. His father threw him out of his home, where he stayed in his car and at a friend’s house for a few months. He later reconciled with his father. He has a brother, Jushua Cruz, who is also a gay actor.

Wilson Cruz

Filmography and stage


1994–1995My So-Called LifeEnrique “Rickie” Vasquez19 episodes
1996On Seventh AvenueReuben Diaz
1996Sister, SisterBobbyEpisode: “Double Double Date”
1997Ally McBealSteven/Stephanie1 episode
1999–2000Party of FiveVictor11 episodes
2002ERJeffrey Cruz1 episode
2004The West WingJack Sosa2 episodes
2005The CloserMan in Bar1 episode
2005–2006Noah’s ArcJunito7 episodes
2006MonkSmoking Technician1 episode
2007NCISTodd Ryder1 episode
2007Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the WorldEvan2 seasons
2008–2009Raising the BarRafael de la Cruz3 episodes
2009Pushing DaisiesSid Tango1 episode, June 13, (US)
2010Grey’s AnatomyKyle1 episode, December 2, (US)
2011Single LadiesVincent2 episodes, July 18, (US)
2012The FinderJonni2 episodes
2014–2015Red Band SocietyKenji Gomez-RejonRecurring role
2016ShamelessBartender1 episode
2016MistressesDante2 episodes
2016HeartbeatVarious2 episodes
2017EastSidersJerry1 episode
2017–201913 Reasons WhyDennis Vasquez19 episodes
2017–2024Star Trek: DiscoveryHugh CulberMain cast
2019The Bravest KnightPrince Andrew
2019Trapped: The Alex Cooper StoryPaul C. BurkeTelevision film
2019–2023The CasagrandesRomeo (voice)Recurring role
2020–present25 Words or LessVariousRecurring role
2023Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurMr. Calderon (voice)Recurring role
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1995NixonJoaquin (Hoover’s servant)
1996Beat the BashKevin
1997All Over MeJesse
2000SupernovaBenj Sotomejor
2003Party MonsterAngel
2005Bam Bam and CelesteTony
2006Coffee DateKelly
2008The OdeAdrian
2009He’s Just Not That into YouNathan
2009Green FlashKyle
2009The People I’ve Slept WithGabriel
2011Convincing ClooneyJoaquin
2012The SkinnyThe Doctor
2017After LouieMateo
2024Mother of the BrideScott

Controversies and relationships

Wilson Cruz was called a homophobic slur by someone in a Star Trek Day event audience in Los Angeles. The slur was directed at Cruz as he was heading out. Despite the incident, Wilson highlighted the importance of focusing on the positive aspects of Star Trek. As per the records, Wilson has not been in a relationship and is single. Hence, he doesn’t have children.

Wilson Cruz

Most-asked questions

Why is Wilson Cruz famous?

Wilson is famous for being the first openly gay actor to portray a gay role in a television series.

What is Wilson Cruz doing now?

Wilson Cruz currently stars as Dr. Hugh Culber on the award-winning Paramount series Star Trek: Discovery.

Does Wilson Cruz have a brother?

Wilson does have a brother, and his name is Joshua Cruz.

Who played Jack Sosa on The West Wing?

Wilson Cruz played Jack Sosa on the series The West Wing.

When was Wilson Cruz born?

Wilson was born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York, on December 27, 1973.

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