With a string of successes in Colombian and Venezuelan series and soap operas behind him, Bogota-born actor and producer Juan Pablo Raba has reached the pinnacle of his career. Last year, he took part in three major international projects: he played Darío Segovia in the film The 33, alongside Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche; he portrayed Gustavo Gaviria, Pablo Escobar’s right-hand-man, in the Netflix series Narcos, opposite Brazilian actor Wagner Moura; and he now has a key part in the third season of the U.S. television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Raba trained as an actor in Colombia with Edgardo Román, and went on to study dramatic arts at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. After winning a leading role in the TV series La reina de Queens in 2000, Raba moved to Venezuela. He starred in an array of soap operas there, including My Sweet Fat Valentina (2003), which broke all-time ratings records in Venezuela and was watched in hundreds of countries, including the Czech Republic and Indonesia. On the heels of this success, Raba earned prominent roles in the films A Virgin Grandmother (2007), Puras joyitas (2007), and Día naranja (A Day in Orange) (2009).
In 2004, he traveled to Spain to star in Estrambótica Anastasia. He then returned to Colombia to play the lead role in the soap opera Por Amor a Gloria (2005) and moved back to Venezuela to act in Y los declaro marido y mujer (And I Now Pronounce you Husband and Wife) (2006). Once again back in his home country, Raba starred in Sobregiro de amor (2007), El último matrimonio feliz (2008), and The Clone (2010), and made special appearances in Wild Flower (2011) and Open-Hearted (2011). One year later, he starred in Pobres Rico, and in 2013, in The Secrets of Lucia.
It was at this stage in his career that Raba played the roles that have brought him worldwide recognition, including the Latin American smash hit Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas (2010), as well as Tiempo final (2008), Sin retorno (2009), Mental (2009), The Cartel of Snitches 1 and 2 (2011), and The Queen of the South (2011).
He has been nominated three times for the India Catalina Awards for Colombian Television and twice for the TV and Soap Opera Awards.
In 2013, he made his debut as a producer with the feature-length crime thriller Secreto de confesión (Seal of Confession), produced by Drive Pictures. Raba founded this production company along with prominent Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez and Henry Rivero, the film’s director.