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Rene Lavan

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Birth dateNovember 5, 1968
Place of birthArtemisa, Havana Province

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René Lavan (born November 5, 1968) is a Cuban-American actor.

Lavan was born in Artemisa, Havana Province, Cuba. In 1980, at the age of 11, he was part of the Mariel Boatlift. In 1996, he appeared as Gustavo in the acclaimed independent film "Azucar Amarga" (Bitter Sugar) directed by Leon Ichaso. He has also appeared on the long-running ABC soap opera, One Life to Live as Javier Perez (1995 96, 1997). He has also acted in the telenovela genre appearing in "Morelia" (1995), and in the Venevision produced, "Enamorada" (1999). In 2001, he appeared as the male lead in Televisa's "Maria Belen".

He has appeared in several publications such as People in Espanol, Vanidades and Harper's Bazaar. In the last few years, Lavan's television appearances have been on the popular CBS drama, CSI: Miami (2003), on NBC's, Las Vegas (2004), and in the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004). He also appeared in Christmas with the Kranks (2004) alongside Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. He has also cohosted programs such as the "Latin Billboard Music Awards," "the Latin Grammy's", among others.

He also debuted on Broadway with the long running Latinologues along with Rick Najera and Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez. He is a producer working on various independent projects including music videos and Latin culture-themed films. Additionally, he was formerly named to the board of directors for Fuego Entertainment, a Miami-based Latin-entertainment company that is public under OTC:BB FUGO.

He will be in Guerrilla alongside Benicio del Toro coming in 2008 and is also filming an independent movie about Dr. Ricardo Saca, called Flights of Fancy also starring Maria Conchita Alonso.

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