Édgar Ramírez (born March 25, 1977) is a Venezuelan actor best known for his role as Paz, a CIA assassin in the movie The Bourne Ultimatum. He is set to portray Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Joe Carnahan‘s upcoming film Killing Pablo.

Born Edgar Ramírez Arellano in San Cristóbal, Táchira; Venezuela to Soday Arellano (an Attorney) and Filiberto Ramírez (A Military). He has a sister named Nataly and a nephew by the name of Enrique Alberto.[3] Most of his childhood was spent traveling, since his dad was a military and had to travel and live in different countries. Thanks to this experience Ramirez speaks five languages fluently, which include: Spanish, German, English, French and Italian.

Ramirez attended Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, for college in Venezuela and graduated in 1999, with a degree in mass communication, minoring in political communications, since he intended to become a diplomat in international relations. While in college he worked as a journalist, reporting on politics. Later, he became executive director of “Ngo Dale al Voto,” a Venezuelan organization similar to Rock the Vote. He and his team created campaigns for radio, television and movie theaters. However, he was always attracted to the performing arts and while in college was involved with the arts as a hobby. Ramirez was in charge of international promotions of a short film he did alongside with friends.[4] Screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu – then a professor in Mexico – , was invited to the school’s short film festival as part of the jury, that’s when he saw Ramirez work in the short film and proposed for Ramirez to star in the film Amores Perros. Ramirez passed it up, since he was in the middle of his thesis and had to attend Harvard National Model UN that year as a delegate from his school. Three years later Iñárritu returned to Venezuela from the Cannes Film festival in France, where the film had won the Prize of the Critic’s Week. The film went on to also be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. At that moment Ramirez made his decision to try out and pursue his acting interests.