Born and raised in Miami, Florida, with his two sisters and parents Enrique Sr and Christina, Enrique Murciano Jr attended Christopher Columbus High School and then Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He originally studied at New England School of Law in Boston for a time, but ultimately decided to pursue an acting career and left. He moved to Los Angeles, and began his acting career. His role as Alejandro in Speed 2 (1997) was only one line; however, Enrique stated "I may have had one line, but the back of my ear became famous." In 2000, Enrique appeared in the crime drama Traffic. In 2001, he starred as Francesco Torres in the short-lived MTV soap opera Spyder Games. That same year, he appeared in war thriller Black Hawk Down. It was there that he met Jerry Bruckheimer, leading to him being offered a starring role as Danny Taylor in the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace. The series centered around a missing persons unit of the FBI in New York City. The show ran for seven seasons from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. This role earned him two nominations from the ALMA Award in 2008 and in 2009. His additional film credits include the comedy Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, the drama How to Go Out on a Date in Queens, the drama The Lost City and the Peruvian-Spanish drama Máncora. Enrique also appeared in the music video "Yes We Can" by will.i.am and in the video directed by Demi Moore "Presidential Pledge". In October 2009, he appeared in the CBS police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in season 10: episode 4 titled "Coup de Gráce" as Det. Carlos Moreno from the LVPD Vice Division. In April 2011, Enrique had a recurring role in the CBS police procedural drama NCIS, as CIA Agent Ray "CI-Ray" Cruz (Ziva's boyfriend) appearing in season 8: episode 20 titled "Two-Faced" and the eighth-season finale titled "Pyramid". In January 2012, he made his final appearance on the show in season 9 : episode 13 titled "A Desperate Man". In April 2012, he returned to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation reprising his role of Det. Carlos Moreno, appearing in season 12: episode 20 titled "Altered Stakes", the twelfth-season finale titled "Homecoming", the thirteenth-season premiere titled "Karma to Burn" and season 13: episode 3 titled "Wild Flowers". In October 2012, he had a recurring role in the short-lived ABC supernatural/horror drama 666 Park Avenue, as Dr. Scott Evans, appearing in the fifth episode titled "A Crowd of Demons", the sixth episode titled "Diabolic" and the seventh episode titled "Downward Spiral". Enrique also co-starred as Kemp in the 3-D science fiction film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the 2014 sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. From 2014 to 2016, he played Felipe Lobos in the Starz series Power. In 2015, he began a role as a series regular as Det. Marco Diaz on the Netflix original series Bloodline. In 2016, Enrique has been seen in Collateral Beauty alongside Kate Winslet. Lately in 2017, Enrique had a supporting role in the Netflix original film Bright as a gang leader named "Poison". In 2019 and currently, he is portraying Senator Joseph Ramirez in the serie Briarpatch.
✗ "I'm Cuban, and even the way I kiss has a Cuban beat. Top lip first, bottom lip second."
✗ "I just have a lot of energy that I can't contain." Enrique Murciano
✗ "I have a love for old and exotic cars and they break down a lot." Enrique Murciano
✗ "For me, growing up as an actor, I always looked up to Andy Garcia and he’s always been a mentor to me and to have him ask me to come on board and play his brother, play one of the lead roles in his movie opposite Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray and him is just fantastic."
✗ "If I was better I would be a rock star."
✗ "A lot of people write Cuba off to a beautiful island where you could go and spend a couple of days drinking rum and smoking cigars. There’s a lot more to it than that. At least for me, as an actor, it’s fun to play comedies and fun to play cops on TV but it’s a whole other experience when you could educate people on who you are."
✗ "I'm at a good place right now. I'm focusing on getting to the next step but hey, bring on 70, I dare you."
✗ "I may have had one line, but the back of my ears became famous"
✗ "I love riding my bikes. I like to dance. I like going out dancing. I love music. I love Funk. I love the Neville Brothers. I love that kind of stuff. I love salsa too. Anything with a beat that I can dance along to, I’m into it."