Yul Vazquez (born March 18, 1965) is a Cuban American actor and musician, who is best known for his role as Bob in the Seinfeld episodes "The Soup Nazi", "The Sponge" and "The Puerto Rican Day".
Vazquez was born in Cuba.
Vazquez's upcoming film projects include Kill the Messenger starring opposite Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta, the Dreamworks animated feature B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations with Bill Murray and Seth Rogen; Anesthesia; and The Cobbler, opposite Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi. He can also been seen on the small screen on Lifetime's new series The Lottery as Pres. Thomas Westwood.
With over 40 film credits, highlights include roles in six time Oscar nominee Captain Phillips (2013), The A-Team (2010) with Liam Neeson, John Sayles's Amigo, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part epic Che (2008), The Take (2008), American Gangster, Music Within (2007), War of the Worlds (2005), Bad Boys II (2003), Traffic and Runaway Bride (1999).
He was a regular for both seasons of the Starz drama Magic City. Set in 1960s Miami, the series centers on the upscale Miramar Playa Hotel amongst the political and organized crime drama of the time. Yul portrays Victor Lazaro, general manager of the Miramar Playa. Additionally, he recurs in three other television series, as Pedro in FX’s Louie, as Christian in CBS's Good Wife and as Det. Anthony Nikolich on the HBO television series Treme.
Vazquez is a founding member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and served two terms as co-Artistic Director with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Mimi O'Donnell in New York City. Vazquez starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated Motherf**ker With The Hat opposite Chris Rock. For his portrayal of the eccentric Cousin Julio, he received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award for "Best Featured Actor in a Play". Additional theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Terrence McNally’s Stendhal Syndrome, Primary Stages with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas, and The Floating Island Plays (Mark Taper Forum).
Prior to starting his acting career, Vazquez was the lead guitar player for notable East Coast AOR bands Urgent and Diving For Pearls. Urgent landed a minor hit with their single "Running Back" which reached #79 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from their Cast The First Stone debut album, "Love Can Make You Cry", was featured on the Iron Eagle soundtrack. Urgent broke up in 1987 after the lackluster success of their sophomore album, Thinking Out Loud, which contained the single "I Can't Take It No More".
Following the demise of Urgent, Vazquez would join Diving For Pearls whose eponymous debut album was issued by Epic/Sony Music in 1989. Vazquez can be seen in the band's "Gimme Your Good Lovin'" promotional video. The group was dropped by the label before a second album could be completed due to the musical climate changing in the early 1990s as melodic hard rock fell out of favor in the U.S..
In 2009, Vazquez played acoustic guitar with Ian Astbury of The Cult under the name The Soft Revolt appearing at the The Bowery Electric in New York City on the opening night of John Patrick Shanley's play "Savage in Limbo", which Astbury was producing. They performed songs by The Cult and Astbury solo material as well as covers by the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Radiohead, among others.
He is married to actress Linda Larkin since 2002. He is the uncle of actress Vanessa Aspillaga.
|1992||The Mambo Kings||Flaco|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Danny Darwin||Episode: "On a Deadman's Chest"|
|1992||Bitter Harvest||Luis Salinas||TV Movie / The BBC|
|1995||Nick of Time||Gustino|
|1995–1998||Seinfeld||Bob The Intimidating Gay Guy||3 episodes|
|1998||Trinity||Episode: "In Loco Parentis"|
|1999||Man of the Century||Brooding Artist|
|1999||Runaway Bride||Dead Head Gill Chavez|
|1999||Mondo Picasso||Mondo||TV Series|
|2000||Courage the Cowardly Dog||Episode: "The Curse of Shirley/Courage in the Big Stinkin' City"|
|2000||Traffic||Tigrillo / Obregon Assassin||Won - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2001||Big Apple||Officer Cruz||3 episodes|
|2001||Sex and the City||Phil||Episode: "The Agony and the Ex-tacy"|
|2002||Running Time||The Hunter||Short film|
|2002||The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina||Gibson Mouse (voice)||Video|
|2002||The Sopranos||Reuben 'The Cuban'||Episode: "Christopher"|
|2003||Keen Eddie||Jonah Rosenthal|
|2003||Bad Boys II||Detective Mateo Reyes|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Luis|
|2006||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories||Armando Mendez||Video game|
|2006||Things That Hang from Trees||Juan Lopez|
|2007||Music Within||Mike Stoltz|
|2007||Southern Gothic||Hazel Fortune|
|2007||The Take||Marco Ruiz|
|2007||Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast||Jesus - As Young Man||Short film|
|2007||The Box||Finn Williams|
|2007||American Gangster||Alfonso Abruzzo||Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2008||The Marconi Brothers||Sonny Venice|
|2008||Che: Part One||Alejandro Ramirez|
|2008||Che: Part Two||Alejandro Ramirez|
|2008||Fringe||George||Episode: "The Dreamscape"|
|2009||The Missing Person||Don Edgar|
|2009||Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony||The People of Liberty City||Video game|
|2010||Beware the Gonzo||Charlie Ronald|
|2010||The A-Team||General Javier Tuco|
|2010||Amigo||Padre Hidalgo||Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for the Gawad Urian Award|
|2010||Lies in Plain Sight||Rafael Reyes||TV Movie|
|2010||F--K||Yul||Short film Actor/Producer|
|2010–2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Daniel Hardy / Luis Montero||2 episodes|
|2011||Salvation Boulevard||Jorge Guzman De Vaca|
|2012–2013||Magic City||Victor Lazaro||15 episodes|
|2012–2013||Treme||Detective Anthony Nikolich||8 episodes|
|2012–2013||The Good Wife||Cristian Romano||3 episodes|
|2013||Blood Ties||Fabio DeSoto|
|2013||Runner, Runner||Delegate Herrera|
|2013||Captain Phillips||Captain Castellano|
|2013||Blood Ties||Delegate Herrera|
|2014||Person of Interest||Cyrus Wells||Episode: "Root Path"|
|2014||Adam Shaw||Detective Sandoval||Actor/Producer|
|2014||Kill the Messenger||Danilo Blandon|
|2014||Glass Chin||Roberto Flash|
|2014||Rob the Mob||Vinny Gorgeous|
|2014||The Lottery||President Thomas Westwood||10 episodes |
|2014||Take Care||Dr. Gotham Leonard|
|2015||Anesthesia||Dr. Edward Barnes|
|2016||The Infiltrator||Javier Ospina|
|2016||True Memoirs of an International Assassin||Gen. Ruiz|
|2016||Beast or Raven||Man||Short film|
- Urgent - Cast the First Stone (EMI-Manhattan, 1985)
- Various - Iron Eagle OST (Capitol, 1986)
- Urgent - Thinking Out Loud (EMI-Manhattan, 1987)
- Diving For Pearls - Diving for Pearls (Epic/Sony, 1989)