• Marcel Ruiz was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of nine
• He is an actor, YouTuber and social media star, best known for his role as Alex Alvarez in the critically acclaimed comedy series ‘One Day at a Time'
• He is the son of Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz, a famous Puerto Rican actor, film writer, and director and his mother Mariem Perez Riera, a famous Puerto Rican producer, director and editor
• Marcel has only three acting credits, including his role in “One Day at a Time” and has a YouTube channel, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok accounts
• As of May 2021, Marcel's net worth is estimated at over $120,000

Marcel Ruiz Wiki Bio

Marcel Ruiz was born in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 9 July 2003 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds Puerto Rican and American nationality, as he moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of nine. He’s an actor, YouTuber and a social media star, who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Alex Alvarez, in the critically acclaimed comedy series “One Day at a Time”. Created by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, and starring Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez and Todd Grinnell, the series aired from 2017 to 2020, and follows a large Cuban-American family living under the same roof; it won 10 awards, including two Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 43 other awards.

Early life, parents and education

Marcel spent his childhood in Puerto Rico, where he was raised by his father Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz, a famous Puerto Rican actor, film writer and director, and his mother Mariem Perez Riera, a famous Puerto Rican producer, director and editor. Marcel’s grandfather Silverio Perez is a famous Puerto Rican comedian and TV host.

Thanks to his parents who often took him onto the sets of their movies and TV series, he became interested in acting at a very early age. Marcel mostly practiced his skills at a local theatre, and he also appeared in various plays performed at both his elementary and later high school. He was into sports as well, and played soccer for his high school’s team.

Marcel has matriculated just recently in 2021; it appears that he won’t be pursuing a college degree, but will focus on his acting career.

Career as an actor

Marcel has only three acting credits, including his role in “One Day at a Time”. In 2017, he portrayed Popeye in the episode “Trauma” of the crime drama “Snowfall”. It was created by Eric Amadio, Dave Andron and John Singleton, has been airing since 2017, and stars Damson Idris, Carter Hudson and Isaiah John. The series follows the crack cocaine epidemic which occurred in Los Angeles in the ‘80s, and has won three of the seven awards for which it has been nominated.

Marcel’s only other role has been his portrayal of John Smith, in the 2019 biographical drama movie “Breakthrough”.

Marcel Ruiz

It was written by Grant Nieporte, directed by Roxann Dawson, and starred Marcel Ruiz, Topher Grace and Sarah Constible. The film follows a mother who, after her son nearly drowns in a lake, prays to God every day to protect his life; it won two of the 13 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination.

Other appearances

In 2016, Marcel was featured in the documentary movie “De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo”.

He has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Red Carpet Report”, “Made in Hollywood” and “Stars in the House”.

Awards and nominations

Marcel has been nominated for three awards, all for his performance in the series “One Day at a Time”.

In both 2018 and 2019, he was nominated for an Imagen Foundation Award for Best Young Actor – Television, and in 2019 for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy.

YouTuber and a social media star

Marcel launched his YouTube channel – “It’s Marcel Ruiz” – on 18 July 2016, and it’s today subscribed to by over 120,000 people, and numbers close to four million views of all his videos combined. He mostly uploads videos related to his everyday life, while he has also done challenges and pulled pranks. Marcel’s most popular video “MY CRAZY ROOM TOUR! (FINALLY)” has been watched close to 1.2 million times.

He’s quite active on Instagram, and is followed by close to 500,000 people, while he has uploaded over 200 pictures; these have mostly been taken during his everyday life. He launched his Twitter account in June 2016, and it’s today followed by more than 40,000 people, while he tends to tweet at least once a week.

Marcel has a Facebook page, which is followed by close to 900 people, and he’s quite popular on TikTok, as he’s followed by more than 160,000 people, and has amassed over 2.3 million likes of all his videos combined; these most often feature him lip syncing.

Love life and girlfriend

Marcel’s highly secretive when it comes to his love life, and hasn’t spoken of any girls whom he has perhaps been with. This is probably why there are various rumors circulating the internet, concerning both his current relationship status, and his sexual orientation.

Some of Marcel’s fans believe that he’s gay, and that this is why he hasn’t spoken of any girls whom he has perhaps dated. Marcel hasn’t commented on this, nor has any evidence been provided to support these claims.

It’s believed by many that his first TV kiss in the series “One Day at a Time”, was also his first kiss in real life.

One of Marcel’s fans has recently claimed that he had seen Marcel kissing a non-celebrity girl in Los Angeles, but this remains unconfirmed.

As of May 2021, Marcel seems to be single.

Hobbies and other interests

Marcel likes all kinds of art, and his favorites are photography, painting and sculpting. He’s mostly interested in photography, and some pictures taken by him can be found uploaded onto his Instagram account.

He likes to travel, and has already been to various US states for both work and pleasure, while Marcel’s Instagram account is filled with pictures taken during his travels. His dream travel destination is believed to be Miami in Florida.

Marcel enjoys spending his spare time outdoors, and likes to play soccer and tennis with his friends, as well as going cycling around Los Angeles.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Amanda Seyfried, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Joker”, “Meet Joe Black” and “Dear John”.

Age, height and net worth

Marcel’s age is 17. He has short brown hair which he has dyed numerous colors, including pink, blonde and blue. His eyes are brown, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and he weighs around 156lbs (71kgs).

As of May 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $120,000.


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