American actor and DJ, Efren Ramirez is known for portraying Pedro Sánchez in the 2004 American comedy film, Napoleon Dynamite. The movie helped him to earn an international fame. He reprised the role in the animated series of the same name in 2012. Ramirez started his acting career at the age of nineteen from a small role in 1994 science fiction/comedy, Tammy and the T-Rex.
Early Life And Education Of Efren Ramirez
Efren Ramirez was born Efrain Antonio Ramírez on 2nd October 1973, in Los Angeles, California. He is American and belongs to the mixed ethnicity (Mexican and Salvadoran).
Ramirez was raised along with his four brothers, including his identical twin, Carlos Ramirez who is also an actor.
Ramirez finished his schooling at the Pater Noster High School, where he participated in the school’s theater program. He then attended the California State University Los Angeles with a scholarship, where he studied theatre.
Efren Ramirez’s Career
Efren Ramirez began his professional acting career from the 1994 film, Tammy and the T-Rex in a minor role. He then appeared in the numbers of movies as well as a television series including Melting Pot, Jury Duty, Kazaam, Employee of the Month, Boston Public, King Cobra, Dangerous Minds, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and many more.
In 2008, Ramirez starred in the Sierra Mist commercial movies, Mannequin Man, Wedding Girl, and The Whiner. He also competed in the reality show MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar.
Ramirez has made the number of cameos throughout his career in television series, American Dad!, George López, King Cobra, and Scrubs. Some of his screen credit includes Constantine, Eastbound & Down, Bordertown, Judging Amy, All You've Got, Even Stevens, Missing Pieces, Nothing Sacred, Mad Families, and many more.
Ramirez also did a voice-over for several animated series including Robot Chicken, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, and Bordertown. He also co-founded a production company, "Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment, LLC" along with American film director, Chris Barrett, and Nocturnal Rampage, an event company.
He has also successfully established himself as an author. In 2008, he launched the book named "Direct Your Own Life: How To Be A Star in Any Field You Choose" under the Kaplan Publishing. The book was commercially successful.
Ramirez is also a known DJ. He has performed worldwide and toured in over 50 cities across five continents, Dubai, Bahrain, UAE, and Africa. His genres include all varieties of music from hip-hop, funk, disco, to hard house.
Efren Ramirez’s Net worth
As per some online sources, Efren Ramirez has an estimated net worth of $4 million. However, the amount is still under review.
Ramirez earns more than $77k as a DJ, on an average, his salary ranges from $150,000-$300,000. Ramirez made his appearances in the number of movies, which were commercially successful.
|Movie||Budget||Box office collection||IMDB ration||Cast member|
|Napoleon Dynamite (2004)||$400,000||$46.1 million||6.9 stars||Jon Heder
|Employee of the Month (2006)||$12 million||$38.4 million||5.5 stars||Jessica Simpson
|Crank (2006)||$12 million||$42.9 million||7 stars||Jason Statham
Jose Pablo Cantillo
|Crank: High Voltage (2009)||$20 million||$34.6 million||6.2 stars||Jason Statham
|When in Rome (2010)||$28 million||$43 million||5.6 stars||Kristen Bell
|Casa de mi Padre (2012)||$6 million||$8 million||5.5 stars||Will Ferrell
Gael García Bernal
|Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)||$8.5 million||$23.3 million||6.1 stars||Griffin Gluck
In 2005, Ramirez brought a house for his parents, after the success of Napoleon Dynamite. His first car is 1988 Honda Prelude 2.0Si whose current market price is $18,344.
Ramirez has a great pa s sion for cars. He has several car collections including, 2003 Nissan Xterra ($22,000), 2008 Nissan Xterra ($20,000), Honda Accord ($25,000).
In 2008, Ramirez authored a book, "Direct Your Own Life: How to Be a Star in Any Field You Choose" which market value is $2.97 as of 2018 and the Paperback costs $3.79.
Efren Ramirez's Personal Life
Efren Ramirez is possibly single at the present and maintains a low-key personal life. Currently, he lives in California.
Previously, Ramirez was married to actress, Iyari Limon for a year until 1999. His former wife, Limon came out as bisexual in 2006.
Besides, Ramirez has a great interest in DJing and often spends his spare time in learning music and mixing songs. He favors spinning Hard House and Techno.
Ramirez often visits high schools and universities as a motivational speaker. He is equally active in philanthropic activist, he works for various underprivileged children and involves with several charitable organizations.
Efren Ramirez's Controversy
In 2013, Napoleon Dynamite fame actor, Efren Ramirez legally sued his twin brother, Carlos Ramirez for falsely imitating him without his permission. Carlos was charged to pay $10 million to Efren.
Once in an interview, his twin brother explained he made those appearances on Effren's request because he was too busy to make them himself. But he also confessed to failing to take this responsibility. He said,
“I did attend an event without his knowledge as I was being immature and wanted to get back at him for a personal matter which involved the girl I was dating at the time.”
After that incident, Effren prefers to avoid his brother. However, Carlos always wanted to make amends and rekindle their relationship as previous.
“I would love to talk to Efren. Maybe even work together in the future. His support would be amazing. I think it’s safe to say the magnitude of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ and everything that has come along with it, has ruined my relationship with my twin.”
Napoleon Dynamite fame actor Efren Ramirez talking about his character Pedro in both the film and the Animated Series,
by ab-mahima, 12 Apr, 2018