Who is Rudy Youngblood?
Rudy Youngblood was born in Belton, Texas USA, on 21 September 1982 – his zodiac sign’s Virgo, holds American nationality, and is of Cree and Comanche Native American descent. Rudy’s an actor, who’s probably still known best for his portrayal of one of the lead characters Jaguar Paw in the critically acclaimed action adventure movie “Apocalypto”, written and directed by Mel Gibson, and which also starred Raoul Max Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena and Dalia Hernandez. It follows a young man who has been taken captive to a world fueled by oppression and fear; the movie won nine of the 32 awards it was nominated for, including three Oscars.
Early life and education
Rudy was raised alongside his two younger sisters by their Comanche mother; their father abandoned the family when Rudy was still very young. Their mother was an alcoholic, but eventually stopped drinking.
Rudy was ten years old when he decided to help his family financially, and thus began working at a construction site. He went on to learn about brick-laying and carpentry, and spent over a decade doing these kinds of jobs. He studied at Belton High School, and was very sporting as he ran track and practiced boxing, entering various boxing competitions. Rudy often watched movies at a local cinema, and thus became interested in acting.
Upon matriculating in 2000, several colleges offered him scholarships, however, Rudy chose to enroll at the American Indian Dance Theatre which has several groups around North America, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 2004.
In 2005, he moved to Los Angeles in California to focus on his acting career, while he also tried creating his own theatrical production.
Roles in movies
Rudy made his debut film appearance with his portrayal of Warrior Protector in the 2005 musical “Spirit: The Seventh Fire”, then became somewhat popular thanks to his role in “Apocalypto”.
His following role came in 2010, when he was cast to play the supporting character Brandon Becker in the action crime thriller “Beatdown”, which starred Danny Trejo, but received mixed reviews.
In 2015, Rudy played Matty Kingston in the action horror thriller “Wind Walkers”, which attracted little attention and received poor reviews, but the same year also saw him play his second lead character, Draven in the short action science fiction “Shepherd’s Blade”.
In 2016, Rudy appeared as Mateo in the action thriller “Crossing Point”, which starred Shawn Lock, Paulina Gaitan and Tom Sizemore, and follows a girl who has been kidnapped by a drug dealer while on a vacation in Baja with her boyfriend, and for him to release the girl, her boyfriend has to smuggle cocaine into the US.
The year 2018 saw him play Infidel, one of the lead characters in the action “Attrition”, written by Steven Seagal who also starred in it, and follows a team of three martial artists searching for a Thai girl with mysterious powers who has been kidnapped.
In 2019, Rudy played two characters in the biographical western adventure “Hell on the Border”, written and directed by Wes Miller, and which won two awards. His most recent role in a movie has been his portrayal of Sagebrush in the 2020 action mystery thriller “Hell Hole”, which failed to attract any attention.
Rudy’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies: the romantic drama “Dandelion Season” in which he’ll be starring as Phoenix, the drama “Gleichschaltung”, and another drama “The Moment” in which he will also be starring as Chance Rider.
Roles in TV series
Rudy has only appeared in two TV series. In 2015, he was cast to play Chayton in the episode “Awakening” of the science fiction thriller “Amnesia”, which starred Martin Klebba, Mark Adair-Rios and Kevin Cage, and follows a man who finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world while suffering from amnesia, and who’s now searching for his family while being chased by an army of scavengers.
The series was cancelled after airing six episodes, because of low ratings.
His other TV series appearance was his portrayal of Elijah One Tooth in the 2018 episode “Mythos” of the science fiction series “American Mythos”, which was cancelled after airing only two episodes.
It has recently been announced that Rudy will be portraying the supporting character Robbie in the upcoming action drama “In-Security”, which will star Patrick Kilpatrick, Judd Nelson and Louis Lombardi, and follows the life of a night-club bouncer working in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Rudy made a guest appearance in the adventure game-show “Hook Up”.
Awards and nominations
For his performance in the movie “Apocalypto”, Rudy won a First Americans in the Arts Award for Best Actor.
Love life. Is he gay?
Rudy’s very secretive when it comes to his love life, and hasn’t shared any details regarding the women he has perhaps been with, which seems to be the basis of rumors which are circulating the internet claiming that Rudy’s gay. Some fans have claimed to have seen him in male company many times but never with women, so it’s very likely for the popular actor to be gay.
Conversely, it’s also believed by many that Rudy was in a relationship with Mariana Tosca back in 2005. She’s an American actress and a film producer, who’s probably known best for her roles in the 2001 romantic family comedy “Christmas in the Clouds”, the 2015 romantic drama “Masters of Sex” and the 2021 historical war drama “Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission”, which has been released just recently in February 2021. Mariana and Rudy were allegedly together for a couple of months before splitting ways.
As he hasn’t mentioned any other women he has been with, Rudy’s single as of March 2021, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
A member of Rudy’s family died of AIDS sometime in the 2000s, and that’s when Rudy became interested in philanthropy, as he wanted to make a difference and give back to the community. He has taken part in HIV activism, participating in organized walks to raise awareness of AIDS, and has visited children in hospitals who have been diagnosed with HIV. Rudy has also talked about the importance of educating people about child and drug abuse, as well as alcoholism.
He likes extreme sports, and enjoys performing his own stunts in movies. In “Apocalypto”, Rudy performed a jump from 175ft (53m) into the bottom of a waterfall, while he also ran in front of a 200lbs (91kgs) jaguar.
He’s interested in learning languages, and was taught the Yucatan Mayan language for his role in the film “Apocalypto”.
Rudy has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Wes Studi, the late Russell Means, and Irene Bedard (all Native Americans), and some of his favorite movies are “Geronimo: An American Legend”, “Avatar”, and “The Last of the Mohicans”.
Age, height and net worth
Rudy’s age is 38. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 170lbs (77kgs).
As of March 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.