Some actors have long, successful careers, while others may only make a handful of movies and pursue their passions elsewhere. What did the cast of Blood In, Blood Out end up doing 20+ years after the movie?
Blood In, Blood Out is a 1993 gang drama known as Bound by Honor and Blood In Blood Out: Bound By Honor. The movie, directed by Taylor Hackford, follows the lives of three Chicano cousins as their lives take different directions from 1972 to 1984. The film was shot across Los Angeles and San Quentin State Prison.
‘Miklo’ – Damian Chapa
Born in Dayton, Ohio, on October 29th, 1963, Damian Chapa would play the character Miklo Velka in Blood In Blood Out. He is best known for that movie as well as Under Siege (1992), Street Fighter (1994), and Money Talks (1997).
In the movie Blood In, Blood out, Chapa’s character Miklo is a 17-year-old who struggles with his biracial identity and who joins the local gang Vatos Locos with his cousin Paco and his friend Cruz. He would eventually end up in prison after killing a rival gang member.
Throughout the movie, Miklo falls further and further into the gang underworld and would later struggle to adapt to civilian life after being released from prison.
Damian Chapa can be considered an actor, film director, and producer these days. For a time, he was married to actress Natasha Henstridge from 1995 to 1996. After their divorce, he would marry Clara O’Brien, and they would remain together from 1998 to 2003. Together they would have a son, Ricco Chapa. As of 2020, Chapa seems to be back with Henstridge.
Damian Chapa has several films in production as of 2022. This includes Death of a Witch and Born Into a Dream.
‘Cruz’ – Jesse Borrego
Born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 1st, 1964, Jesse Borrego would eventually star as Cruz Candelaria in Blood In, Blood Out. He is considered these days to be an American actor who has been on break since 2020. His career received an early start in 1984 when he joined the cast of the Fame TV series.
In the movie Blood In, Blood Out, Jesse Borrego would play the character of Cruz Candelaria, a talented artist, who is close friends with Miko and Paco.
After a vicious gang attack, he would struggle with chronic pain and would eventually turn to heroin to cope with his physical and mental pain. He would eventually find peace and sobriety through art.
Jesse Borrego would take on many exciting projects over the years, including some directing work. For example, he appeared in the film Con Air in 1997 and the TV series 24 from 2003 to 2004. He was also in Fear the Walking Dead in 2017. He appeared in several episodes of the Starz drama Vida in 2020. He is married to Valeria Hernandez and has one child, though their information is minimal.
Jesse Borrego’s career has stalled a bit since 2020, with few updates. He is likely to return, so fans should keep their eyes open on his IMDB page for updates. His last credit was for the short film Luminous in 2020.
‘Paco’ – Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt, born December 16th, 1963, in San Francisco, California, is an American actor and producer who is one of the most successful stars of Blood In, Blood Out. HE has continued to start in films today, and many of them are major box office successes.
In the movie Blood In, Blood Out, Benjamin Bratt would star as Paco Aguilar, who would move from the world of gangs to becoming a police officer and would find himself tangling with his cousin Miklo over his continued gangster lifestyle. He would eventually end up shooting Miklo after catching him in an armed robbery.
Benjamin Bratt would begin his career with the 1998 TV movie Juarez. After Blood In, Blood Out, he would appear in many other projects. On the television side of his career, he would appear in Law and Order from 1995 to 2009 as Detective Rey Curtis. He would also have a significant role in 24: Live Another Day in 2014 and Star from 2016 to 2018. As for his film career, he can be seen in Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), Doctor Strange (2016), and Coco (2017). He has been married to Talisa Soto since April of 2022 and has two children.
His latest project is the currently-in-production Dead for A Dollar.
‘Montana’ – Enrique Castillo
Enrique Castillo was born in Calexico, California, on December 10th, 1949. He is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. He is also a founding member of Four Brown Hats Entertainment and the Latino Theater Company. He is still working today.
In the movie Blood In, Blood Out, Castillo would play the character of Montana Seguera. He plays the leader of a prison gang called La Onda, who takes Miklo under his wing. He would later be betrayed by Miklo and Magic after they had a disagreement on the direction on where to take La Onda.
Castillo’s career began in 979 with a single episode appearance in 240-Robert. He would appear in other shows until landing the role of Arturo in 1980’s Borderline. His filmography is relatively extensive, with many tv and film appearances. Some of the high-profile projects he has appeared in include Nixon (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Weeds from 2008-2010. He is still working today but has also worked behind the camera as a director and producer. His wife is Belarmina Hernandez, and they have a child. As for when they were married, those details are not readily available.
Castillo’s most recent credit is the film Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone in 2021.
‘Popeye’ – Carlos Carrasco
Carlos Carrasco was born in Panama City, Panama, on April 5th, 1948. He is an actor who has appeared in film, television, and video games. He is still working to this day.
In Blood In, Blood Out, Carrasco plays the character of Popeye, one of the chon-chon loving gang members in La Onda.
Carrasco got his start in 1980 on the TV show Search for Tomorrow as Detective Hewitt. He has had a substantial career in film and television, appearing in projects such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Insecure (2017).
He frequently does voice acting for video games such as Resident Evil 4 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Carrasco has also pursued a parallel career as an arts administrator, serving as an Executive Director of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors in New York.
‘Magic’ – Victor Rivers
Victor Rivers was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on October 1st, 1955. He is an actor who has had a successful career.
Victor Rivers would play the character of Magic in Blood In, Blood Out, a prison gang member, who with Miklo, would orchestrate a series of events that would upend La Onda.
Rivers began his career in 1984 in the film Fear City. He would continue to make appearances in movies and television, including the series Miami Vice in 1988 and The Flash in 1991.
He would appear in projects such as The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces in 2014. He would also voice act in Justice League (2004) and Batman Beyond (1999-2001).
His most recent appearance was on the TV show Better Call Saul in 2022.
‘Big Al’ – Lanny Flaherty
Lanny Flaherty was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, on July 27th, 1942. He is a film and television actor.
In the film Blood In, Blood Out, he plays ‘Big Al’, a member of an Aryan gang in the prison who takes a liking to Miklo. He is eventually killed by Miklo, on the order from Montana for his constant disrespect of the Mexican gang.
Flaherty began his career in 1984 on The Edge of Night with a single episode. He would appear in multiple projects before landing work in the mini-series Lonesome Dove in 1989. His latest project was in 2020 for the tv series Little America.
He has continued to act since, appearing in films such as Waterwold (1995), Signs (2002), and All Good Things (2010) and Blair Witch 2 (2013). His most recent project was the TV series Little America in 2020.
‘Bonafide’ – Delroy Lindo
Born in Eltham, London, England, on November 18th, 1952, Delroy Lindo is a famous actor with a long career.
In Blood In, Blood Out, he plays Bonafide, the leader of the prison gang, The Black Guerrilla Army (BGA). He would eventually be betrayed by Miklo, after securing a truce with La Onda.
Lindo began his career with several minor roles in the 1974 series Police Surgeon. He would continue to find work over the years, eventually landing the role of West Indian Archie in Malcolm X 1992. Since Blood In, Blood Out, he has been found in projects such as Get Shorty (1995), The Cider House Rules (1999), and Gone in 60 Seconds (2001).
Lindo’s most recent work includes the in-production Blade and series Anansi Boys.