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With his subtle, masculine style, Venezuelan actor EDGAR RAMIREZ (Javier) is among a select group of young actors on the rise in Hollywood.

Ramirez was last seen in Universal Pictures' The Bourne Ultimatum opposite Matt Damon.  He is currently in production on the Ernesto 'Che' Guevara biopic The Argentine with Benicio Del Toro.

Ramirez will next be seen internationally, starring in Cyrano Fernandez, a Venezuelan-Spanish production based on the French play "Cyrano de Bergerac."  This film marks Ramirez's first foray into producing.  The film had its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival in November and will premiere in Venezuela on February 22nd.  Also to be released later this year is Elipsis, directed by Eduardo Arias-Nath and to be distributed by Fox Latin America.

Ramirez made his American film debut as Choco in Tony Scott's Domino opposite Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke.

Ramirez has additionally appeared in a number of international film productions.  His past international film credits include El Don (The Boss), directed by J.R Novoa (Venezuela/Spain); La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour), a short film directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed screenwriter of Amores Perros and 21 Grams (Mexico); El Nudo (The Knot), directed by Alejandro Wiederman (Venezuela); Yotama Se Va Volando (Yotama Flies Away), directed by Luis Armando Roche (Venezuela - France); Punto Y Raya (Step Forward), directed by Elia K. Schneider (Venezuela - Spain - Chile - Uruguay), a nominee for Oscar consideration for 2004 Best Foreign Film; and Anonimo (Anonymous), directed by Enelio Farina (Venezuela).

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Ramirez grew up all over the world due to his father's job as a military attaché.  He has made his home in such diverse countries as Austria, Canada, Colombia, Italy, and Mexico and is fluent in German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish as a result.  Throughout his travels Ramirez developed a great love and ability for intercultural communication, a skill he parlayed into a degree in journalism.  He specialized in political communication and initially intended to become a diplomat.

In 2000, before turning to acting full time, Ramirez was the executive director of NGO Dale Al Voto, a Venezuelan organization akin to Rock the Vote.

In order to foster democratic values among young people, Ramirez and his team created cutting-edge campaigns for radio, television, and cinema.  The campaign was well received by audiences throughout the country.  He also lent his expertise to various Venezuelan multilateral organizations including Organization of American States, Transparency International and Amnesty International.

Ramirez currently serves as the host of a short film festival hosted on the AXN Network (Sony-owned network in Latin America).  The festival is in its second year.

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