Breaking Bad

Tuco Salamanca

Tuco becomes Walt and Jesse's distributor after Walt chokes Krazy-8 to death. Known for his erratic personality and propensity for extreme violence, Tuco hasn't much use for Jesse — at their first meeting, he beats him up and steals his meth and money. But Walt, or Heisenberg as Tuco knows him, earns Tuco's respect by demanding restitution and by using fulminated mercury to blow up Tuco's headquarters. "You got balls. I'll give you that," Tuco says. To Jesse's chagrin, Walt agrees to make two pounds of meth for Tuco. When they can't produce it, Walt convinces an at-first incredulous Tuco to front them the money to buy enough ingredients. 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.

Played by Raymond Cruz

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. Read an interview with Raymond Cruz for Season 1 » Read an interview with Raymond Cruz for Season 2 » Read an interview with Raymond Cruz for Better Call Saul Season 1 »

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