Marcel Ruiz Bio, Age, Wiki, Height, Family, Girlfriend, Net Worth, Facts

Marcel Ruiz is a Puerto Rican-born American actor who became known for his acting role as Alex Alvarez in the Netflix reboot of One Day at a Time. He received Imagen Foundation Award nomination for “Best Young Actor-Television” for successive two years in 2017 and 2018. Both his parents were filmmakers, and hence, it doesn’t take much effort for him to get into acting.

He had only considered acting as a hobby when he appeared in commercials at an early age. But fortunately, it turned into a full-fledged career for him as days gone. Though he is a high school grader, Ruiz still manages to act in both films and TV shows. In 2019, he portrayed John Smith in the biographical drama film Breakthrough alongside actors Topher Grace and Chrissy Metz.

Marcel Ruiz Biography

Marcel Ruiz was born on the 9th of July 2003, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is currently 19 years old.

Birth NameMarcel Ruiz
Birthdate July 9, 2003
BirthplaceOld San Juan, Puerto Rico
Age19 years old
Sun SignCancer
NationalityPuerto Rican, American
Race/EthnicityPuerto Rican

Early Life: Family and Education

Marcel Ruiz is the oldest child of Puerto Rican filmmakers Carlitos Ruiz and Mariem Perez Riera. He has a younger sister named Lucia. His maternal grandparents were Silverio Pérez, a singer and comedian, and Roxana Riera, a painter and singer.

His mother, Mariem, holds a bachelor’s degree in film direction from the University of Miami as well as studied documentary cinema at New York University. She also attended the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in La Havana, Cuba.

After graduating, she returned to Puerto Rico and started her creative career with documentary films and commercials. Her first full-fledged directorial venture, Lovesickness, was released in 2007 and won several awards, including Best Opera Prima, Audience Award, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress.

Ruiz was attending high school in early 2019.

Marcel Ruiz Personal Life

Talking about his love life, the lad is probably single. He is still young and looks like, he is not ready for a relationship, who is currently focused on his career.

Physical Statistics

HeightFeet – 5 feet 8 inches
Centimeters – 173 cm
Meters – 1.7 m
WeightKilograms – 60 kg
Pounds – 132 lbs
Body BuildSlim
Eye ColorLight Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Shoe Size8 (US) / 41 (EU) / 7 (UK)
Distinctive Features Svelte physique

Professional Statistics

Film Debut

Marcel made his acting debut as John Smith in the 2019 biographical drama film, Breakthrough, starring alongside Chrissy Metz and Topher Grace. The film is based on the Christian novel The Impossible by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, chronicling the life of a boy who made a miraculous recovery after falling into an icy lake.

Television Debut

He landed the role of Alex Alvarez in the Netflix reboot of One Day at a Time in 2017. The series is based on Norman Lear’s 1975–1984 sitcom of the same which stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, and Todd Grinnell in the lead roles.

The series is so popular amongst American audiences and it has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ruiz was nominated for the Imagen Foundation Award in the category of “Best Young Actor-Television” in both 2017 and 2018 for his appearance in the series.

Significant Works

Marcel Ruiz’s remarkable works include his roles in Netflix’s One Day at a Time, Snowfall, and Breakthrough.

Brand Endorsements

As a child actor and teen model, he has appeared in several commercials and ad campaigns.

Favorite Things

ActorAnsel Elgort
RappersKendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, 21 Savage
SportsSoccer, Basketball
Soccer ClubReal Madrid
ColorPurple, Baby Pink, Red, Grey, Green

Marcel Ruiz Net Worth

Marcel has an estimated net worth of $150,000 dollars as of 2024. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

Marcel Ruiz Facts

Ruiz found it difficult to assimilate to the culture and traditions when his family moved to the US. Most importantly, language was quite challenging for him to embrace as he knew only Spanish at that time.

As a child, he was inclined to act as his parents were already popular in the media. But, after moving to the US, he could only appear in Spanish commercials until he learned the English language.

After Marcel became fluent in the language, he auditioned for several English-speaking roles before bagging the role of Alex Alvarez in One Day at a Time in 2017.

Besides acting, he is also a YouTuber. He uploads a lot of crazy stuff to his channel called Its Marcel Ruiz.

He has a dog named Broky.

Marcel can play the piano and cello, and can also juggle and dance salsa.