Efren Ramirez is an American actor best known for his roles in the feature films Napoleon Dynamite, Employee of the Month, Crank and Crank: High Voltage.
He is known to television audiences for his starring role as Catuey in the comedy series Eastbound & Down, from 2010-2012.
Ramirez has played diverse roles in many television shows including ER, Judging Amy, The District, Boston Public, MadTV and Scrubs.
However, it was his portrayal of Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite that brought him international attention.
He soon followed Napoleon Dynamite with a role in the HBO film Walkout directed by Edward James Olmos and starring Michael Peña, and Alexa Vega. In this gripping drama, Ramirez plays Bobby Verdugo, a Chicano student from East LA who struggles for better education in public schools throughout the Chicano movement in 1968.
After completing the High School Volleyball Team rivalry, All You Got with Faizone Love and Ciara Harris, Efren starred in the back-to-back Lions Gate films, Employee of the Month with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson and Crank, starring opposite Jason Statham and Amy Smart. In this film Ramirez plays a transvestite.
Efren then starred in Ratko as a foreign dictator's son who travels to the U.S. to attend college and American Summer as a poolboy who turns an empty mansion into a brothel.
He also acted in the two-person drama Crossing the Heart, opposite Kris Kristofferson. He also appeared in Crank 2 with Jason Statham and made a cameo appearence in Game with Gerard Butler.
Ramirez currently resides in Los Angeles. When he isn't filming, he spends his time practicing his love of spinning records, appearing as a guest DJ in clubs all across the country, and he has penned a book, Direct Your Own Life.
He also speaks at high schools and universities across the nation and is involved with several charitable organizations, such as UNICEF, The Red Cross, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and AIDS research.