Tego Calderón stars in "Fast Five," opposite Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster, as Leo.

Tego Calderón is regarded as one of reggaeton's most popular and influential recording artists. His first acting was role as Choco in the film "Illegal Tender," produced by John Singleton. He also appeared in "Fast & Furious." In 2002, his album "El Abayarde" broke sales records in the then-underground reggaeton genre, selling a remarkable 50,000 copies on the first day of its release. This catapulted Calderón overnight into Latin music superstardom.

Born in Puerto Rico, Calderón was determined at an early age to take his place in the music world, He attended the Escuela Libre de Música de San Juan (in Puerto Rico), where he concentrated on percussion studies and mastered composition and lyrics. In the late 1980s, Calderón moved to Miami, where he graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School. It was there that he began to soak up the influences of American hip-hop. Once he moved back to Puerto Rico, Calderón began to forge his own multicultural rap style and earned a reputation as a profound street poet with a fresh musical approach. It was around this time the reggaeton movement was emerging as a force in Puerto Rico, and he established himself as a fresh new voice of the streets.

As Latin rappers have been embraced by American hip-hop culture, Calderón has been invited to add his trademark vocal style to collaborations with and remixes by the likes of Fat Joe's Terror Squad (on the Number 1 smash "Lean Back"), Usher, 50 Cent, Cypress Hill, and Wyclef Jean, among others.

Calderónhas an upcoming role as Plomo Quiñones, boxing legend Roberto Duran's trainer, in the film "Hands of Stone," directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and starring Al Pacino and Gael García Bernal.

Calderón participated in the documentary "Blind: A Planet Rock," a documentary about hip-hop and its love for diamonds, which specifically focused on the blood diamonds of the Sierra Leone. The documentary also featured Kanye West, Jadakiss, Paul Wall, and Raekwon (of the Wu-Tang Clan), and aired on VH1.

His latest album, "Mr. T," is slated to be released in 2011.




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Age: 45 years old
Birthday: February 1, 1972
Nickname: El Abayarde
Full Name / Real Name: Tego Calderon Rosario
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wife: Michelle Peterbauer (1/8/2006, 1 child)


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