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He was raised in Calexico and made it big in Hollywood

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By: Mario Conde

For that reason, actor Enrique Castillo was honored in his hometown of Calexico by the Calexico Arts Council and was inducted into the “Distinguished Artist Wall” for success as a Calexico native actor in Hollywood.

Castillo is known for this work on the movie “Blood in, Blood Out” where he played the role of Montana and came here to speak about this new book titled “The Dead of Summer.” Castillo has starred in over sixty movies and television shows and has received a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for his performance as Cesar in the Showtime series Weeds.  He has starred in over sixty movies and television shows, including Blood In, Blood Out, Mi Familia, El Norte and Law and Order.

He attended Calexico High School before enrolling in college at Berkeley and began his acting career in 1969 as a member of Luis Valdez’s Teatro Campesino. Through the medium of community-based theater, Teatro Campensino played a key role in communicating to the general public key issues and ideals defined by iconic Mexican American Civil Rights leaders such as Cesar Chavez.

The book plot says its takes place in Imperial Valley during the hottest on record when it came to “Comal del Diablo” The Devil’s Griddel, a two building remote desert hamlet. The book is about three people determined on stopping violence against woman along the U.S./Mexico border.

Enrique came to the Imperial Valley last month where he gave a talk at the SDSU Imperial Valley Campus and came back to be honored by his community for all his work and accomplishments. The event was hosted by the Borderlands Institute of Sand Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus, Calexico Arts Council, City of Calexico Arts Commission, and Calexico Chamber of Commerce.

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