Actor Steven Bauer of “Scarface” fame and actress Saundra Santiago of “Miami Vice” fame are synonymous with Miami.
When either is in South Florida for an event, it’s a special occasion.
How about both in South Florida simultaneously.
Bauer and Santiago participated in Shock Pop Comic Con Feb. 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
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Shock Pop Comic Con is a pop culture/anime/cosplay/comic con convention, showcasing dozens of cosplay and costuming events during the three-day weekend. The comic con features a roster of guest creators and/or celebrities for attendees to meet.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit television crime drama series “Miami Vice,” four cast members (Olivia Brown, John Diehl, Michael Talbott, Santiago) from the iconic 1980s show attended as did Miami’s own Bauer, famous for his role as Manolo in the 1983 Miami-laced crime drama classic flick “Scarface.”
Bauer and Santiago are bonded by Miami.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Steven Bauer was the son of a schoolteacher and a pilot who worked for Cubana Airlines. His parents fled from Cuba to Miami on July 4, 1960, following Fidel Castro’s Revolution.
Bauer graduated from Coral Park High School in 1974. Aspiring to become a musician, Bauer turned to acting while attending Miami-Dade Community College. He later enrolled at the University of Miami, studying in its Department of Theater Arts, where he became friends with actor Ray Liotta and actress/singer Saundra Santiago.
Santiago is the daughter of a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother. Growing up in South Bronx, New York, she was a student at Our Lady of Victory School. When she was 13, her family moved to Homestead.
Santiago graduated from South Dade High School and then attended the University of Miami on a scholarship, majoring in psychology. As a UM student, she became interested in acting, learning via that theater department. After graduation, she completed post-graduate studies in theater and arts at Southern Methodist University, earning a master’s degree.
Bauer, 58, appeared in many TV shows and movies including “Scarface,” “Breaking Bad,” “Ray Donovan” and “Running Scared” and another Miami action drama series “Burn Notice.”
Santiago, 57, appeared in many TV shows including “Miami Vice,” “The Sopranos,” “The Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Law & Order.” She will be working on an episode of “True Detective.”
Bauer’s first substantial role was in PBS’s groundbreaking bilingual sitcom “¿Qué Pasa, USA?,” playing the teenage son of a Cuban exile family in Miami (1977-79). Santiago actually landed a role in one episode as his Jewish girlfriend.
With all those Miami, The U and “¿Qué Pasa, USA?” ties, it’s only fitting to interview Bauer and Santiago together at Shock Pop Comic Con. Santiago’s idea.
Santiago (Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese) as well as John Diehl (Det. Larry Zito) and Michael Talbott (Det. Stanley Switek) discuss “Miami Vice,” the comedy classic “Stripes” and more.
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