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Enrico "Rico" Bueno (27 December 1947 – 4 June 2016; age 68) was an actor who appeared as a background actor in episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager and in Star Trek: Insurrection. As a background actor he received no credit for his appearances.
Bueno served as paratrooper in the US Army and is also a Vietnam veteran with combat experiences. He is a skilled stuntman and studied acting at the San Diego State University and the Van Mar Academy. Together with Rony Traylor he founded the talent agency "The Wild Bunch of Hollywood" in 1995, a unique talent database for actors with special looks and special abilities.
His television performances include series such as Night Court, In Living Color, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, One Day, The West Wing, Passions, The Handler (2003, with David Q. Combs), and The Shield (2004, with Michael Jace, Jay Karnes, Benito Martinez, and Robert Alonzo).
Among Bueno's feature film appearances are the thriller Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear (1993, with Dan Koko), the drama Poetic Justice (1993, with John Cothran, Jr., Clifton Collins, Jr., Lori Petty, and Denney Pierce), the television drama And the Band Played On (1993, with David Clennon, Ronald Guttman, Ken Jenkins, Dakin Matthews, Lawrence Monoson, Jeffrey Nordling, Saul Rubinek, Reg E. Cathey, Richard Fancy, Thomas Kopache, Clyde Kusatsu, and Sierra Pecheur), Spike Jonze's short comedy How They Get There (1997), Paul Thomas Anderson's drama Boogie Nights (1997), Jean-Pierre Jeunet's science fiction sequel Alien: Resurrection (1997, with Ron Perlman, Winona Ryder, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, and Leland Orser), the drama Dark Secrets (1998), the fantasy comedy Little Nicky (2000, with Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr., Michael McKean, and Clint Howard), and the romantic drama Punch-Drunk Love (2002, with Don McManus).
Bueno lost his battle against cancer on 4 June 2016 at the VA Hospital in San Diego.