Also Credited As:Efren Antonion Ramirez
About Efren Ramirez
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ramirez was encouraged by his mother to study acting, and soon enough he started training at the Theater of Arts and performing in local venues. He first appeared on the big screen at age 13, with a small role in the 1995's Pauly Shore vehicle, "Jury Duty." He followed that with a supporting part in the Shaquile O'Neal's "Kazaam" in 1996.
While continuing to train and perform in Los Angeles theater and improv companies, Ramirez also began appearing on television. He showed up in bit parts on "Relativity," on the television version of "Dangerous Minds," and on "Nothing Sacred," all on ABC. Big screen parts continued to come his way, and he landed gigs in small movies such as "Melting Pot" (1997) and "King Cobra" (1999) as well as "Missing Pieces" and "Rave" (2000). He went on to play a recurring role of Amaad Wilkens in two episodes of Fox's "Boston Public," and appeared in two episodes of "The Even Stevens" on the Disney Channel. He also appeared on NBC's "ER," as well as "The District" and "Judging Amy," both on CBS.
But it was as the quiet Pedro, unlikely but loyal friend of Jon Heder's title character in "Napoleon Dynamite" that made Ramirez a star. The story goes that Ramirez was also offered a part in the big budget historical epic, "The Alamo," and was conflicted on which project to choose. It was his father who urged him to follow his heart and take the role in the smaller, offbeat indie comedy. The instinct paid off, as "Napoleon" went on to both acclaim and financial success, while the bigger movie proved a bomb at the box office. Ramirez pitched in with his brothers to buy their father a house afterward, as the refrain "Vote for Pedro!" became a pop culture catchphrase echoing through schools across the country. Ramirez was set to appear next in "Rumble" and "Walkout" (both lensing in 2005).
An avid music lover, Ramirez composed the score to the 2003 independent film "Nines," and also performs as a DJ with Nocturnal Rampage, which specializes in techno and house music.
|Iyari Limon. Married briefly c. 1998, before their marriage was annulled|
|The Theatre of Arts, Los Angeles , California|
|The Laura Henry Studio, Santa Monica , California|
|Appeared opposite Will Ferrell in Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre"|
|Reprised role of Pedro as a voiceover on animated series "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox)|
|Once again co-starred with Jason Statham in "Crank 2: High Voltage"|
|Co-starred with Dane Cook in the comedy "Employee of the Month"|
|Played Jason Statham's flamboyant sidekick in the action thriller "Crank"|
|Cast in the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" opposite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie|
|Breakthrough role as title character's best friend Pedro in the quirky comedy "Napoleon Dynamite"; co-starred Jon Heder and directed by Jared Hess|
|Played a street hustler in Nick Castle's "Delivering Milo," which starred Albert Finney|
|Landed recurring roles on Disney Channel's "Even Stevens" and Fox's "Boston Public"|
|Starred opposite the late James Coburn in "Missing Pieces"|
|Starred opposite Paul Rodriguez in "The Race," directed by Tom Musca|
|Cast in "Kazaam," starring Shaquille O'Neal and helmed by Paul Michael Glaser|
|Made film debut as a Pirate Pete's employee in "Jury Duty," which starred Pauly Shore|
|Made first television appearance on the ABC drama "Relativity"|
|Began performing at age thirteen with "The Theatre of Arts" at The Hollywood Bowl, The Complex Theatre, and The Tiffany Theatre|