Mostly Credited As: Merlin Santana
Birth Name: Merlin Santana
Date Of Birth: March 14, 1976 (Age 26)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: November 09, 2002
Cause Of Death: Shot while sitting in a car
The life of Merlin Santana
Merlin Santana was born in New York on March 14, 1976 to parents from the Dominican Republic. He attended Acenscion Catholic School in New York. His career in show business began with a push from his mother, who recognized her son's talent and wanted to keep him off the tough streets of New York. Her instinct was right, and Santana has been working steadily ever since. He began his career at the age of 3 as an advertising model for a fast food chain. His first screen appearance was as an extra in the Woody Allen film "The Purple Rose of Cairo."
He later landed the recurring role of Stanley, the faithful admirer of young Rudy Huxtable, on the hit comedy series "The Cosby Show." Santana was then cast as a sharp-tongued 15-year-old in the comedy series "Getting By," starring Cindy Williams and Thelma Hopkins.
He chose to keep his last name of Santana to represent his AfoLatino heritage. In one episode of The Steve Harvey show marked the first time when Afro-Latinos communicated in Spanish on a commercial network. The episode was about Romeo being taken out of school by his father.
He has three unreleased CDs that he has made and was in the 1999 Alaye calender.
He now plays Romeo Santana on the Steve Harvey Show for the WB. It should be noted that this is probably around the same time that he got his tattoo on his chest. He also represents the small number of Latino actors in the television industry proudly.
He appeared in the VH1 movie Play'd with Toni Braxton and Rashaan Nall as a rapper and had a role in Eddie Murphy's failure SHowtime. His last television acting role was on Half & Half as a singer.
His last film role was Carlos in The Blues with his former television brother, Deon Richmond. It was filmed months before his death.
On November 9, 2002 at 2:30 AM. Merlin was sitting in a park car and a person appraoched the car and shot him (6 times according to one source). He was DOA before help could come to his aid. The public did not find out until Monday morning. A woman was arrested early on Monday for possible connections to the murder. She was later charged and the police are currently looking for two men. He was buried 11-18-2002 and leaves behind a 7 year old daughter. AllHIPHOP.com features a story that may have lead to his death. It is believed the young girl set him up to be robbed, but the end result was Merlin's death.
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Left behind a young daughter at the time of his death
Was of Dominican ancestry. His parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and moved to New York in order to find a better life.
In early 1979, he began a career as an advertising model.
Produced three rap cds, however they were never released.
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