Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon (born May 8, 1955) is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and theatre director.[1] A former soloist with the Nikolais Dance Theatre,[2] he is the original choreographer and co-director for the American Indian Dance Theatre.[3][4] Trujillo's career spans more than 30 years in film, television, and theatre, as well as hosting a series of dancing programs. He is a Critics' Choice Award nominee.

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Raoul Trujillo in Los Angeles California on July 3, 2019
Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon

(1955-05-08) May 8, 1955 (age 64)
ResidenceLondon, Ontario, Canada
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
New Mexico, U.S.
Other namesRaoul Max Trujilo
OccupationActor, dancer, choreographer, theatre director
Years active1977-present

Trujillo is best known for playing Zero Wolf, a ruthless Mayan slave catcher and the main antagonist of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto (2006), and for playing the Iroquois chief Kiotseaton in the film Black Robe. He has appeared in numerous high-profile and acclaimed films, including The New World, Cowboys and Aliens, Riddick, Blood Father, Sicario, and its sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado. He also starred in dozens of television programs in both supporting and starring roles, including True Blood, Lost Girl, Da Vinci's Demons, Salem, The Blacklist, and Jamestown.[5] He currently stars on Mayans M.C. as Che "Taza" Romero.[6][7]

Early lifeEdit

Trujillo was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is of Tlaxcaltec, Apache, Comanche, Pueblo, Ute, Métis, Sephardi Jewish, and Moorish descent. After high school, he spent three years serving in the United States Army in Germany. After his discharge, he worked as an alpine ski instructor in Taos, New Mexico. He left the earth of professional skiing after traveling extensively through Mexico, Central and South America on his way to teach in Bariloche, Argentina.


He started work in the theatre as a scenic painter and landed his first job in 1977 as an actor/dancer in a production of Equus. He began dancing in Los Angeles in 1978 at the University of Southern California and saw his first modern dance and ballet productions; Pilobolus, Martha Graham and Rudolf Nureyev. The next two years, he trained extensively with the Toronto Dance Theatre and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York City on scholarships. He was asked to join Nikolais Dance Theatre under the direction of the master Alwin Nikolais, who became his mentor and he began touring the world. He also learned scenic, costume and lighting design during this time from 1980 to 1987. After leaving the company, he began his solo work as dancer and choreographer and commenced his journey into shamanic ceremonials and incorporating native myths and legends in his work.

After the first decade of performing as a dancer, he became the choreographer and co-director for the American Indian Dance Theatre, the first professional native dance company incorporating traditional dance with contemporary retelling of myths and legends. He choreographed, "The Shaman's Journey", for the Asia Society in New York and later was adapted into a short film for PBS on Alive from Off Center. He went on to join creative partners Alejandro Roncerria and René Highway in Toronto. This work resulted in creating successful theatre pieces for Native Earth Performing Arts. His work with Alejandro continued and he helped establish the Aboriginal Dance Project at the Banff Centre to further train Indigenous dancers from all over the world. In 2002, he received the CANCOM Ross Charles award in Canada to attend the Banff Center's screenwriters workshop for aboriginal storytellers.

Trujilo began his screen acting career in 1988 in Canada, and currently holds over 107 film and television credits. He choreographed the dances, ceremonies and rituals for Terrence Malick's The New World, as well as acting in the role of Tomocomo.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1991 Scanners II: The New Order Peter Drak Christian Duguay
The Adjuster Matthew Keller Atom Egoyan
Black Robe Kiotseaton Bruce Beresford
Clearcut Eugene Ryszard Bugajski
White Light Hatchet Al Waxman
1992 Montréal Stories Passionate Man Denys Arcand Segment: "Vue d'ailleurs"
L'automne sauvage Regis Santerre Gabriel Pelletier
The Swordman Jojo Michael Kennedy
Shadow of the Wolf Big Tooth Jacques Dorfmann
1993 Paris, France Minter Jerry Ciccoritti
1994 REW FFWD Peter Denis Villeneuve Short film
Highlander III: The Sorcerer Senghi Kul Khan Andy Morahan
1997 Song of Hiawatha Pau-Puk-Keewis Jeffrey Shore
1998 Waking Up Horton Horton Harry Bromley Davenport
August 32nd on Earth Thom Denis Villeneuve Uncredited
2004 The Blue Butterfly Alejo Léa Pool
2005 Blood Trail Bloody Hands Barry Tubb
The New World Tomocomo Terrence Malick
2006 Apocalypto Zero Wolf Mel Gibson
2007 The Lives of Angels Castro Stephen Jules Rubin Short film
2008 Ancestor Eyes Charlie Kalani Queypo
Spinners Alfonso Joseph von Stern
2009 Doc West Medicine Man Terence Hill
Giulio Base
2010 Love Ranch Hernan Prado Taylor Hackford
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Black Knife Jon Favreau
2013 Blaze You Out Brujo Diego Joaquin Lopez
Mateo Frazier
Riddick Lockspur David Twohy
2014 Persecuted Mr. Gray Daniel Lusko
2015 Sicario Rafael Denis Villeneuve
2016 Blood Father The Cleaner Jean-François Richet
2017 Hochelaga, Land of Souls Le Prophète François Girard
2018 Octavio Is Dead! Octavio Tyler Sook-Yin Lee
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Rafael Stefano Sollima
22 Chaser Wayne Rafal Sokolowski
2019 Cold Pursuit Thorpe Hans Petter Moland


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Counterstrike Rojo Episode: "Dead in the Air"
The Hitchhiker James Episode: "Tough Guys Don't Whine"
Street Legal Raoul Hidalgo Episode: "Double Agenda"
E.N.G. Lucas Green Episode: "A Long Way from Hopeful"
1992 The Broken Cord Emil Bearheart Television film
1993 Gross Misconduct Andy Greenberg
Medicine River Floyd
1993–95 Destiny Ridge Sam Whitehorse Main role; Seasons 1-2
1994 Trial at Fortitude Bay Simon Amituq Television film
1995 Black Fox Running Dog Miniseries
The Invaders Carlos Suarez
1996 JAG Arturo Episode: "Sightings"
Lonesome Dove: The Series Gabe LaRoche Episode: "Bounty"
Renegade Ricardo Pena Episode: "Hog Calls"
The Sentinel Spirit Guide Episode: "Flight"
1997 Sisters and Other Strangers Jimmy Coyote Television film
Silk Stalkings Ernesto Episode: "Silent Witness"
House of Frankenstein Woody Miniseries
1998 Witness to Yesterday Tecumseh Episode: "Tecumseh"
The Adventures of Sinbad Korla Episode: "The Guardians"
1999 La Femme Nikita Chris Ferriera Episode: "Looking for Michael"
War of 1812 Tecumseh Miniseries
2000 The Avengers: United They Stand Namor (voice) Episode: "To Rule Atlantis"
Canada: A People's History Iroquois Warrior Episode: "When the World Began"
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne The Inquisitor Episode: "The Inquisitor"
2001 Largo Winch Jacob Santos Episode: "Just Cause"
MythQuest Tezcatlipoca Episode: "Quetzalcoatl"
2003 Adventure Inc. Agent Harami Episode: "Secret of the Sands"
Betrayed Bill Lebret Television film
Veritas: The Quest Ramiro Episode: "Mummy Virus"
Freedom: A History of Us Matthew Lyon (voice) Episode: "Revolution"
2004 Frankenfish Ricardo Alma Television film
2005 Into the West Red Cloud Miniseries
2007 Tin Man Raw Miniseries
2008 True Blood Longshadow Recurring role; 4 episodes
2009 The Unit Father Sebastian Episode: "The Spear of Destiny"
In Plain Sight Felix Calderon Episode: "Jailbait"
2010 Triassic Attack Dakota Television film
2011 Moby Dick Queequeg Miniseries
Neverland Holy Man
2011–12 Heartland Renard Guest role; 2 episodes
Lost Girl The Garuda Guest role; 3 episodes
2013 Longmire Grady Littlefoot Episode: "Tuscan Red"
Strike Back Miguel Gomez Guest role; 2 episodes
Republic of Doyle Eli Kane Episode: "Bon Cop, Bueno Cop"
2014 Da Vinci's Demons Topa Inca Yupanqui Supporting role; Season 2
Manhattan Javier Episode: "Spooky Action At a Distance"
The Wrong Mans Carlos Espinoza Supporting role; Series 2
2015 Major Crimes Javier Mendoza Episode: "Internal Affairs"
Banshee Sani Crow Episode: "All the Wisdom I Got Left"
Saints & Strangers Massasoit Miniseries

Nominated- Critics Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

Salem The Shaman Recurring role; 4 episodes
2016 The Blacklist Mato Recurring role; 3 episodes
MacGyver Joaquin "El Noche" Sancola Episode: "Can Opener"
Frontier Machk Guest role; 3 episodes
2017 Get Shorty Josias Guest role; 2 episodes
2017–18 Jamestown Opchanacanough Main role; Seasons 1-2
2018–present Mayans M.C. Che "Taza" Romero Main role; Seasons 1-2
2019 Hawaii Five-0 Alejandro Vega Episode: "Ho'opio 'ia e ka noho ali'i a ka ua"

As himselfEdit

  • Chiefs (TV mini-series documentary) (2002)
  • Making 'The New World' (video documentary) - Himself (2006)
  • Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto (video documentary short) - Himself (2006)
  • Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: The Making of Tin Man (TV documentary) - Himself (2007)
  • Wild Horses and Renegades (documentary) - as Speaker (2007)


  1. ^ Valois/www.websites4artists.com, C. de. "Raoul Trujillo Info - Official Website and Fanclub". www.raoultrujilloinfo.com. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  2. ^ "ABQjournal: N.M. Native Raoul Trujillo Brings Indigenous Culture to the Silver Screen". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  3. ^ SEGAL, LEWIS (1987-06-03). "Indian Company : New Look For Tribal Dancing". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  4. ^ "Featured Articles about American Indian Dance Theatre - Page 2 - latimes". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  5. ^ "Trujillo". Gary Goddard Agency. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. ^ "Raoul Max Trujillo as Che 'Taza' Romero | Mayans MC | FX". www.fxnetworks.com. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (2017-10-20). "'Mayans M.C.': Raoul Trujillo Cast In FX's 'Sons Of Anarchy' Spinoff Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-27.

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