Veteran film actor Ricardo Andres died suddenly at his home in Queen Creek early last Sunday morning. Andres was 65 years old.
Raised in Stockton and Manteca California, Andres joined the Navy after graduating high school in 1968. Andres served 23 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring in 1991. While on active duty, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Education from National University. After his retirement, Andres went on to complete his Masters in Education from San Diego State University. He used his degree to teach High School Naval Jr. ROTC and Continuing Education at the University of New Mexico. His service in the Navy took him all over the world, and instilled in him a desire for travel and adventure that stayed with him throughout his life. Andres was always eager to meet people and get to know them, and he became involved in several hobbies and interests. Andres became a member of a Civil War reenactment group which would ultimately lead to his first appearance as a background actor.
Andres first film appearance was as a background actor in the 1989 Civil War film “Glory.” This minor role was to ignite a spark that inspired Andres to pursue regular film work as a background actor across the United States. His 28-plus film credits include the popular TV series “Breaking Bad” (2011) and several recurring roles in the both “Wildfire” (2005) and the TV miniseries “Into The West” (2005). Other notable appearances included “On The Road” (2012), “Coyote Requiem” (2014) and “The Avengers” (2012). He also appeared in several Arizona made features and shorts including “Camp 139” (2013) “Queens of Country” (2012) and “Dirty Little Trick” (2011). Besides the background work Andres also filled other essential film roles, such as stunt-man and pyrotechnics consultant.
Andres became a member of the Screen Actors Guild in 2012 and was openly critical of amount of work actors were willing to provide for free, in exchange for the opportunity to appear in a film. In a 2012 interview with Forris Day Jr. of Scarredstiffreviews.com, Andres described his approach to acting and accepting film roles as “Don’t do it for the art, do it for the money,” a stance that often put him at odds with the very actors he was trying to protect from being exploited.
Within the past year the indefatigable Andres was featured in three productions being shot in New Mexico including NBC’s prime time drama, “Night Shift” and Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6” as well as appearances in local commercials. Andres also wrote several screenplays and ran his own production company “Scarlet Rose Productions.” Prior to his death Andres had several projects in various stages of production including a western “The Deadliest Gun” and a sci-fi mystery “Secrets Of The Superstitions.”
Rick is survived by his loving wife Rhonda, of San Tan Valley, AZ; his son, Ryan, of California; daughter, Kimberly, also of California; step-daughter, Valarie, of Flagstaff, AZ; step-sons, Jason of Arkansas and Bryan of Plano, TX; as well as two sisters, two brothers , seven grandsons, one granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.There will be a memorial service for Ricardo “Rick” Andres on Saturday, November 7th at 1:30 PM at the San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home 21809 S Ellsworth Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85142. To help defray the costs of the service, donations can be made at the GoFundMe site established for Rick Andres.