|| Steven Bauer
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Birthdate: December 2, 1956
Place of Birth: Havana, Cuba
Name at Birth: Esteban Echevarria
Mother: Lillian, schoolteacher
Father: Esteban, commercial-airline pilot and a Bay of Pigs veteran
Brother: Ernesto, younger
His parents immigrated to southern Florida, in 1960, when Steven was three years old. As a child, Steven's paternal grandfather gave him the nickname 'Rocky' after the one-time undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, Rocky Marciano. His maternal grandfather had been a concert violinist and Steven studied the instrument for three years before learning to play the trumpet for his school band. He also learned to play the guitar.
Steven graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in west Dade County in 1974. During his high school years, he was on the football team, a member of the choir, active in school politics and he came in third in a male beauty contest. After high school, he attended Dade County Community College where he got his first taste of acting in a walk-on role in a production of "Summer and Smoke". Two years later, he transferred to the University of Miami and set out on an acting career, enrolling in any course connected with theatre - drama, ballet, speech and modern dance.
In 1977, Steven (billed as 'Rocky Echevarria') landed the role of teen-aged son, Joe, on public television's first bilingual sit-com, "Que Pasa, U.S.A.?" Three years later, he moved to California and soon appeared in guest-
starring roles on "Hill Street Blues", "The Rockford Files" and "One Day at a Time". In 1980, he became a regular on the short-lived series "From Here to Eternity". Using the name 'Rocky Bauer', he also made two television movies, "An Innocent Love" and "She's in the Army Now" (he met his first wife, actress Melanie Griffith, on the set of this movie).
Moving to New York, he and Melanie studied with famed drama coach, Stella Adler. Steven appeared in several off-Broadway productions including "Waiting for Lefty", "Mozart and Salieri" and "A Balm in Gilead". (His other theatre credits include "Bent" at The Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles and "Nanawatai" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.)
After being offered his first big-screen role as Manny Rivera in 1983's "Scarface", he changed his name again. Anglicizing his first name (Esteban) and using his maternal Jewish grandmother's maiden name, he became 'Steven Bauer' to avoid being typecast as a Latino. He received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in "Scarface".
He followed this with the romantic lead in "Thief of Hearts". Unfortunately, this film was not a commercial or critical success. His son, Alexander, was born in 1986, but his marriage to Melanie Griffith ended the following year.
His critically acclaimed portrayal of Kiki Camarena in the 1990 Emmy Award- winning television mini-series, "Drug Wars: The Camerena Story", earned him his second Golden Globe Awards nomination. He then replaced Ken Wahl in the television series, "Wiseguy", which was soon cancelled. He married former model, Ingrid Anderson, in 1989. Their son, Dylan, was born in 1990, but this marriage also ended in divorce.
During the 1990's, he starred in many television movies and straight to video films. He also had smaller roles in a few major productions including "Raising Cain" and "Primal Fear". Another marriage, to Christina, was followed by another divorce.
In 2001, the role of Carlos Ayalla won him a Screen Actors Guild Awards as a member of the cast of "Traffic". This led to a recurring role on NBC's short-lived series, "UC: Undercover". Currently, he is married and divides his time between Los Angeles and Miami.