Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz is a retired politician from Cuba. He was played by Paul Bertoya in the 1969 film “Che!,” by Maurice Comte in the 2002 film “Fidel” and by Rodrigo Santoro in the 2008 film “Che.”
Raúl is a father of four. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in Birán, Cuba to Spanish father Ángel Castro and Canarian mother Lina Ruz.
- He has two older brothers namely Ramón Castro and Fidel Castro. They have four sisters namely Angela Castro, Juanita Castro, Emma Castro and Agustina Castro and five paternal half-siblings namely Pedro Emilio Castro, Maria Lidia Castro, Manuel Castro, Antonia Castro and Georgina Castro.
- He and Fidel attended the Jesuit School of Colegio Dolores in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba and Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Havana, Cuba.
- On January 26, 1959, he married former Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineering student Vilma Espín. She died on June 18, 2007. They have one son named Alejandro Castro Espín and three daughters namely Déborah Castro Espín , Mariela Castro Espín and Nilsa Castro Espín.
- From February 16, 1959 to February 24, 2008, he served as the minister of defense of Cuba while his brother Fidel was the country’s prime minister.
- From October 3, 1965 to April 19, 2011, he was the second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba while his brother Fidel was the first secretary.
- From December 2, 1976 to February 24, 2008, he served as the first vice president of Cuba while his brother Fidel was the country’s president.
- From September 16, 2006 to July 16, 2009, he served as the secretary-general of the Non-Aligned Movement.
- From February 24, 2008 to April 19, 2018, he served as the president of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba, preceding his brother Fidel.
- On April 19, 2011, he became the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, preceding his brother Fidel.
- On November 25, 2016, his brother Fidel died at the age of 90. When he announced Fidel’s death on state television, he did not disclose the cause of death.
- In 2017, he criticized 45th U.S. president Donald Trump‘s proposition of the Mexican wall and restrictive trade policy.
- He was 89 years old when he resigned as the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba on April 16, 2021.