Joe Cruz

Played by Joe Minoso

Actor Bio

Joe Minoso stars as Joe Cruz, a product of Chicago's tough streets who has dedicated his life to serving with the brave men and women of the CFD, on NBC's drama "Chicago Fire." After years of hard work, Cruz was recently placed on Lt. Severide's (Taylor Kinney) Rescue Squad. All eyes are on Cruz as his rescue skills will be put to the test.

Raised in the Bronx, Minoso discovered theater when he saw his first girlfriend's performance in the school play. After graduating from Adelphi University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, he continued on to Northern Illinois University, where he received his master's in fine arts. Upon graduation, he immediately moved to Chicago and quickly became involved with Teatro Vista, the largest Latino theater company in the Midwest.

Minoso appeared at the Goodman Theatre in "A Christmas Carol" during the 2011-2012 season, and was also seen in the world premiere of Brett Neveu's "Do the Hustle" at Writers Theatre. Additional Chicago credits include Don Pedro in "The Sins of Sor Juana" at the Goodman Theatre; Eusebio in José Rivera's "Boleros for the Disenchanted" at the Goodman Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre; "Esperanza Rising" at Chicago Children's Theatre; Nilo Cruz's "A Park in Our House"; "Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams" at Victory Gardens Theater; "Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; "Massacre (Sing to Your Children)" and "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner" at Teatro Vista; and the Teatro Vista/American Theater Company co-production of "Living Out."

Regionally, Minoso appeared as George Gibbs in "Our Town" at the Madison Repertory Theatre.

Among his television credits are guest-starring roles on "Prison Break," "The Beast," "Shameless" and "The Chicago Code." Before "Chicago Fire," he was seen as Alberto "Moco" Ruiz on the cable series "Boss." Minoso made his feature film debut in the blockbuster "Man of Steel."

Minoso is a three-time Imagen Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "Chicago Fire."