Who is That Actor: Saundra Santiago
On the 80s cop show Miami Vice, Saundra Santiago co-starred as Det. Gina Calabrese, one half of television’s most relentless prostitution vice squad crack team (with Det. Trudy Joplin played by Olivia Brown). Det. Calabrese and Det. Joplin must have busted every damn sex trafficking ring, erotic massage parlor and illegal pornography distribution center, all without breaking a sweat, despite wearing thick fur chubbies in Miami heat! When Calabrese wasn’t getting shot by thugs looking for Tubbs, stabbed by a fake John who didn’t realize she was a fake hooker, left for dead at a safehouse or being called the wrong name in bed by her sometimey boyfriend James “Sonny” Crockett, she liked to apply her singing talents for Miami’s most ruthless and discriminating night club patrons.
But Ms. Santiago is even more old school than Miami Vice! She also appeared in the 1984 in the hip hop classic Beat Street as the put upon girlfriend Carmen Cararro of artist Ramo!
Santiago played another Carmen on the recently concluded soap Guilding Light!
Recently, Santiago caught my eye as one of the litigants in the Arthur Frobisher case on FX drama Damage. I swear one day I’ll get around to writing up that show! [ETA: We finally did, read all about why we love Damages.]