EDGAR RAMIREZ (Ares – God of War) last starred in director Olivier Assayas' feature "Carlos,", for which he received a 2011 Golden Globe nomination in the category of "Best Actor in a Television Miniseries" and a 2011 SAG Award® nomination in the category of "Outstanding Actor in a Television Miniseries". Ramirez has also received nominations for "Best Actor" by the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle, the London Film Critics Circle, and in France for a Cesar Award in the category of "Best Newcomer (Male)" and for a Prix Lumieres Award in the category of "Best Actor". Ramirez played Carlos, a legend in the espionage world for over 30 years. Ramirez spoke 4-5 languages for the role, which shot in numerous locations including France, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Lebanon, Yemen and possibly Sudan. The project was released theatrically by IFC, and as a 3 part miniseries by Sundance Channel. CARLOS premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won "Best Television Miniseries" at the 2011 Golden Globes, as well as being voted "Best Foreign Language Film" by the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Circles.
Ramirez can currently be seen in the Ernesto 'Che' Guevara bio-pic, "The Argentine", with Benicio Del Toro. The film, written and directed by Stephen Soderbergh, premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Ramirez was last in the political thriller "Vantage Point," opposite Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox. The film is told in a Rashomon narrative style and follows the attempted assassination of the president from five different perspectives.
Ramirez can currently 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 won the Audience Award at the 2008 Malaga Film Festival. For his performance in the film, Ramirez won the Best Actor Award in the official selection of Territorio Latinoamericano. 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. He also starred in "The Bourne Ultimatum," opposite Matt Damon.
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 communications and initially intended on becoming 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.
Later this month, after 3 years of contribution to UNICEF including Haiti Relief, Anti-Violence and Children's Rights campaigns, Ramirez will be appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He joins the distinguished list of International Ambassadors that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Shakira, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Orlando Bloom, Judy Collins and Mia Farrow. This has always been one of his humanitarian goals. As spokesperson for Senosalud.com, the biggest association for breast cancer in Venezuela, Ramirez is actively involved with their ongoing campaigns. He recently shot a PSA promoting the importance of early detection and pro-awareness to women and men and also trains other spokespersons for the organization. Ramirez was the first male celebrity to help shed light on this important cause.
Ramirez currently serves in his last year as the host of the short film festival hosted on the AXN Network (SONY-owned network in Latin America). The festival is in its fifth year.