• Walt and Jesse's dealings with Tuco go sour after they witness him killing his henchman No-Doze for speaking out of turn. While Hank's DEA team is raiding Tuco's headquarters, Tuco abducts Walt and Jesse at gunpoint and absconds to the desert hideaway of his ailing uncle, Tio. He plans to take Walt to Mexico, where they can cook meth 24/7.

    Trapped with Tuco in a remote shack, Walt tries to slip Tuco poison, but Tio tips off his nephew. Walt and Jesse eventually get free of Tuco, but before they can leave the premises, Hank, who has taken personal leave to search for Walt, stumbles upon Tuco. The two exchange gunfire until Hank finally hits Tuco with a fatal head shot.

  • Raymond Cruz has appeared in more than 30 feature films and has worked extensively in television, playing a wide range of characters. His work in films includes roles in Havoc, with Anne Hathaway; Training Day, with Denzel Washington; Collateral Damage, with Arnold Schwarzenegger; Alien 4: Resurrection, with Sigourney Weaver; and Clear and Present Danger, with Harrison Ford. Other notable films include The Last Marshal, The Rock, The Substitute, Out for Justice and Under Siege.

    On television, Cruz has had recurring roles on My Name is Earl, Day Break, The Division, 24 and Nip/Tuck. He has also guest starred on numerous hit shows, including CSI, CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Star Trek, Boomtown and The X-Files. He recently won an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on The Closer.

    Cruz also has an extensive stage background and is a recipient of the Drama Critics award.

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Tuco Salamanca Quotes

This kicks like a mule with its balls wrapped in duct tape!

I beat the livin’ piss out of your little mule boy, and you bring me more meth?

Tight, tight, tight! Yeah! Blue, yellow, pink, whatever man — just keep bringing me that!

You’re just speaking for me? Like I don’t have the goddamn sense to speak for myself?

Woooh! Damn, man look at that! Look! Shit’s messed up… OK, Heisenberg! Next week.

[To an unconscious No-Doze] “What’s the matter with you? Can’t take an ass-beating, bitch?

Do something! You’re smart, right? Do that, do that thing!

You mad doggin’ them Tio? What are you telling me, Tio? Huh? Are they punking me?