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Born as Arnoldo Cruz Pérez in San Jose, California, Pérez joined the wrestling and the football team in high school. He joined the Marines from 1975-1979, honorably discharged at the rank of a sergeant. He continued his career as a stage actor and director for stage plays, working with Patrick Stewart in "The Tempest" and several other stage plays. Pérez has been engaged to Lisa Spigai-Pérez since 1987.
Pérez's resume includes films such as A Shock to the System (1990, with Zach Grenier and Mike Starr), Clear and Present Danger (1994, with Harris Yulin, Raymond Cruz, Ellen Geer, Vaughn Armstrong, John Putch, Elizabeth Dennehy, and John Escobar), Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995, with Eric Pierpoint, Gary Graham, Michele Scarabelli, Leon Russom, Tiny Ron, Glenn Morshower, and Faith Minton), Magnolia (1999, with April Grace, Henry Gibson, Annette Helde, and Jim Beaver), Ocean's Eleven (2001, with Scott L. Schwartz, Ransom Gates, and Anita Hart), Million Dollar Baby (2004, with Benito Martinez, Lucia Rijker, Tom McCleister, Marco Rodriguez, Jamison Yang, Spice Williams-Crosby, Jude Ciccolella, Rosine "Ace" Hatem, Bridgett Riley, and Boni Yanagisawa), and Soul's Midnight (2006), as well as television series such as Seinfeld (1992, with Jason Alexander and Heidi Swedberg), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1993, with Ann H. Gillespie, Valerie Wildman, and Jeff Coopwood), Chicago Hope (1995, with Susan Gibney), Baywatch (1997), Frasier (1997, with Kelsey Grammer), ER (2001, with Tom Wright, Lily Mariye, and Page Leong), 24 (2003, with Michelle Forbes, Steven Culp, Daniel Dae Kim, and Harris Yulin), and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005, with George Murdock and Tony Plana).