Actor Steven Bauer, well-known for his role as Manny Ribera in the motion picture Scarface, gives a special introduction to Voices From Mariel.
Bauer was born Esteban Ernesto Echevarria in Havana, Cuba, the son of Lillian, a schoolteacher, and Esteban Echevarria, a pilot who worked for Cubana Airlines. Bauer’s maternal grandparents were Jewish refugees from Germany; his stage surname comes from his maternal great-grandmother. Bauer’s parents fled from Cuba to Miami, Florida, on July 4, 1960, following Fidel Castro’s Revolution. He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1974. Originally intending to become a musician, Bauer turned to acting while attending Miami-Dade Community College, but then transferred to the University of Miami, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts for Acting.
Bauer’s first substantial role was in the PBS bilingual sitcom ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.?, playing the teenage son of a Cuban exile family in Miami, from 1977 to 1979. He also appeared in the 1980 TV miniseries From Here to Eternity. He was credited in these and a few other early projects as Rocky Echevarría. In 1981, Bauer starred in the television movie She’s in the Army Now, where he met his first wife, actress Melanie Griffith. Both Bauer and Griffith studied under famed acting teacher Stella Adler in NYC, and he appeared in several off-Broadway productions. During this time he briefly adopted the stage name Rocky Echevarria, before settling on “Steven Bauer”.
Bauer was given the substantial role of Manny Ribera in the 1983 movie Scarface, even though he was a relatively unknown actor at the time. The producers of Scarface were convinced that he was right for the role based on his strong audition, as well as his authentic Cuban background. His performance drew a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Since then, Bauer has made his career primarily, though not exclusively, in action films and crime dramas on both the big and small screens, including such motion pictures as Primal Fear, Traffic, and Raising Cain. He also made an appearance in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, playing drug dealer The Sandman.
In addition to acting, Bauer has recently started to produce films and has his own production company, Havana Horse Productions. He has several projects being released this year.
Bauer is a proud father of two boys, Dylan, 19, and Alexander, 24, and also divides his time between Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles.