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Ricardo Arap Bethke Galdames

(1980-03-12) 12 March 1980 (age 43)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater Universidad Iberoamericana
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Ricardo Arap Bethke Galdames (born 12 March 1980) is a Mexican actor.

Early life

Bethke was born on 12 March 1980 in Nairobi, Kenya, as Ricardo Arap Bethke Galdames. In the African language "Arap Bethke" means "Bethke's son." His father, Claus Bethke is German and his mother, Patricia Galdames is Chilean. He lived in Nairobi until he was 5 years old. His father worked at the United Nations, so this caused them to move from one country to another. At a very young age, he arrived in Mexico where he lived all his childhood and adolescence. He attended high school at Peterson College. and later studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where he graduated with a degree in communication. He has two brothers and a sister, who was born in Washington, United States, and a brother who was born in Ecuador named Beto Bethke. Bethke speaks four languages: Spanish, English, Italian and French. Due to his upbringing, Bethke has called himself a "Mexikenian", due to his Kenyan birth and Mexican nationality.


Bethke played the role of "Chacho" in the telenovela Clase 406. In 2007 he appeared in the Ugly Betty episode "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara as Antonio Barreiro, a cafe waiter.

Bethke also starred in "Tierra de pasiones", and in Madre Luna as Demetrio Aguirre. He is also one of the main characters in Doña Bárbara (Telemundo series), playing the role of "Antonio Sandoval"."

Bethke has also guest-starred on the 1st season of RBD: La Familia as "Alvaro"; Dulce Maria's new hot conquest, on episode 3 "El Que Quiera Azul Celeste... Que Se Acueste!". His cast members were Alfonso Herrera, Anahí, Dulce Maria, Christopher Uckermann, Maite Perroni, & Christian Chávez, the stars of the show and the members of the Latin pop band RBD from Mexico city.

Arap currently lives in Los Angeles, California. and is engaged to actress Ivana De Maria, with whom he has been dating since 2017.


Film roles

Year Title Roles Notes
1999 A Sweet Scent of Death Lucio Uncredited
2013 Instructions Not Included Valentín's Lawyer
2014 Quetzalcoatl Warrior Short film, also a producer
2014 Amor de mis amores Andrea's boyfriend
2015 Enamorándome de Abril Fernando
2018 Sobredosis de amor Bruno
2018 El minthó Escarlata Santiago Short film

Television roles

Year Title Roles Notes
1997 Mi generación Rodrigo
2002–2003 Clase 406 Chacho Mendoza Cuervo 2 episodes
2005–2006 Soñar no cuesta nada Roberto "Bobby"
2006 Tierra de pasiones Roberto "Beto" Contreras
2007 Decisiones Martín
Juan Andrés
Episode: "A la tercera va la vencida"
Episode: "Crema y nata"
2007 RBD: La familia Álvaro Episode: "El que quiera azul celeste, que se acueste"
2007 Ugly Betty Antonio 4 episodes
2007–2008 Madre Luna Demetrio Aguirre Series regular; 141 episodes
2008–2009 Doña Bárbara Antonio Sandoval Main role; 190 episodes
2009–2010 Victorinos Victorino Gallardo Main role; 152 episodes
2010 Los caballeros las prefieren brutas Manuel Carmona Episode: "Batallas de género"
2010 La Diosa Coronada Genaro Castilblanco
2011–2012 El octavo mandamiento Iván Acosta
2012 Amor cautivo Fernando Bustamante Arizmendi Main role; 120 episodes
2013–2014 Corazón en condominio Rodolfo Cortina
2014 Señora Acero Gabriel "Muñeco" Cruz Recurring role (season 1); 2 episodes
2015–2016 Tanto amor Bruno Lombardo Main role; 117 episodes
2015–2019 Club de Cuervos Juan Pablo Iglesias Recurring role (seasons 1–4); 17 episodes
2016 Eva la trailera Pablo Contreras Main role; 118 episodes
2017–2018 La Piloto John Lucio Main role (seasons 1-2); 162 episodes
2018 Descontrol Antonio Episode: "Romerito"
2019 La usurpadora Facundo Nava Main role; 24 episodes
2021 Buscando a Frida Detective Martín Cabrera Main role; 84 episodes
2022 Mujer de nadie Alfredo Terán Main role; 45 episodes
2023 Juego de mentiras César Ferrer Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Association Nominated works Category Result
2016 Premios Tu Mundo Eva la trailera Favorite Lead Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couple (with Edith González) Nominated
2020 38th TVyNovelas Awards La usurpadora Best Co-lead Actor Won
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