Rene’s first starring film role was in the acclaimed Columbia University thesis short, “st. paul,” which was awarded Best Short at the NY Latino Film Festival, The Jury Prize at the Miami Short Film Festival, and Best Short at the 2009 Imagen Awards.
Recently Rene was awarded Best Male Actor for the short film “Sandman’s Box” at the Orlando Film Festival.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Connecticut, Rene attended the University of Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Rights.
It was during his college years that Rene discovered a passion for acting and modeling.
Since then Rene has worked on numerous films and television shows including NBC's “Conviction,” “ER,” and a reoccurring role on the New 90210, as well as commercials for Verizon, WWF, MTV, and dozens of others.
Among his most memorable experiences are working alongside James Gandolfini and Edy Falco in HBO's series “The Sopranos,” as well as with Harvey Keitel in the Franc Reyes’ film, "The Ministers.”
Rene's soon-to-be released projects include, The Hallmark Channel movie, “A Soldier Love Story,” starring Lorie Loughlin; the Lionsgate Films release, “Go for it,” with Amy Garcia from NBC’s “Trauma” and “The George Lopez Show,” as well as, the upcoming feature films, “Disrupte-Dismantle,” and “513,” alongside Tom Sizemore and Danny Trejo.
Rene also just wrapped two feature films: “Sassy Pants” were he worked with Anna Gunn from AMC’s Emmy winning show “Breaking Bad,” Haley Joel Osment from “The Sixth Sense” and Ashley Rickards from MTV’s, “This is Awkward.” The other feature project is “Filly Brown,” where he worked alongside Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
In 2011 Rene will also star in the feature films “Asher” from director, Francisco Ordonez, and “Blood of the Martyr” from Franc Reyes’, Alumbra Films.