Victor Rivers began his career as a free agent and the first Cuban-American to be given a two season tryout with the Miami Dolphins during the 1978-79 seasons. He then went on to pursue an acting career, starring in more than two dozen films, as well as appearing in television and on stage. His credits include the cult hit Blood In/Blood Out, The Mask of Zorro, Amistad and What’s Cooking. He has also appeared in comedies including The Distinguished Gentleman, Arli$$ and A Million to Juan. In his early years, Victor was a victim of extreme child abuse and witnessed his mother being a victim of domestic violence, both of which were committed by his father—a story he told in his book, A Private Family Matter. He is a devoted advocate of, and activist for, domestic violence prevention.
In 1999 Victor became a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence . Men need to join the cause. “I am not a woman,” he stated, adding macho men are not defined by strength but by empathy and the courage to stand up beside women and children, to stop the violence. Tune in to hear Victor's story, and his life now as an actor and acitivist!
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