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Carlos Lacámara
Born (1958-11-11) November 11, 1958 (age 65)
Occupation Actor, playwright
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Carol Barbee
Children 2

Carlos Lacámara (born November 11, 1958) is a Cuban-born American actor and playwright who has had a long career on American television, making his first appearance in 1983 on the sitcom Family Ties and mostly played in roles as Paco Ortíz on the sitcom Nurses, and as Ray García, the family patriarch on The Brothers García.

Early life

Lacámara was born in Havana, Cuba but moved to Washington, D.C. in 1960 because of the Cuban Revolution. After that, he moved to Puerto Rico, and then to California, where he resides now. He attended UCLA.


His recent guest roles have shifted from the early trend to cast him as a waiter, valet, or other entry level worker.

Although characters from Nurses occasionally appeared on Empty Nest, from which their show had originated, Lacámara's only appearance on Empty Nest was in an unrelated role in 1995, after Nurses had ended its run. Lacámara's role in The Brothers García reunited him with former Nurses co-star Ada Maris.

In 2006, Lacámara's play Nowhere on the Border won first place of Repertorio Español's, a theatre company in New York, MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition. The play was produced at Repertorio Español in the fall of 2007. His second play Havana Bourgeois won Reverie Productions' Next Generations Playwriting Contest, and was produced by Reverie at 59E59 Theaters in New York in 2007, and later played in Los Angeles, California and Coral Gables, FL.

Lacámara wrote the book and additional lyrics for the musical "Cuba Libre", which is first produced by Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon in October 2015. This Broadway-scale, contemporary musical features the internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre with a company of 21 actors, dancers and musicians.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Zapped! Older Barney
1983 Family Ties Petey Episode: "Stage Fright"
1987 Summer School Beach Cop
1988 License to Drive Second Cop
1990 Faith Julio
1991 Talkin' Dirty After Dark Hispanic Worker
1991 Ricochet Luis
1991-1994 Nurses Paco Ortis 68 episodes
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine assassin Retaya Episode: "Improbable Cause"
1996 Independence Day Radar Operator
1997 The Apocalypse Captain Bryant
1998 Friends The A.D. Episode: "The One with Joey's Dirty Day"
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Bartender
2000-2004 The Brothers García Ray Garcia 45 episodes
2001 The Mexican Mexican Car Rental Rep
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Cabbie
2006-2007 Close to Home Medical Examiner Schmidt 7 episodes
2007 National Lampoon's Bag Boy Julio
2009 Lie To Me Inspector Mike Adams Episode: "Unchained"
2009 Waiting for Ophelia Union Honcho #2
2009 Connect with English Ramon Mendoza 9 episodes
2013-2015 Mighty Med Horace 34 episodes
2016 Major Crimes Martin Borja 3 episodes
2017 Suits Oscar Reyes 3 episodes
2020 Four Good Days Dr. Ortiz
2020 Holidate Carly's Dad
2022 The Garcias Ray Garcia Main Role
HBO Max series
2022 Barry Mr. Coleman Episode: "Crazytimesh*tshow"
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