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From Rags to Riches

Meet Richard Cabral The Emmy Nominated Ex-Convict

You may know him from his role as ‘Leprechaun,’ a gang member on the NBC/TNT television series Southland. That’s where Cabral cut his acting teeth and then went straight on to earn an Emmy nomination for his role as ‘Hector Tonz’ in season 1 of John Ridley’s American Crime, and the whirlwind propelling Cabral’s career shows no signs of slowing down as he recently landed a lead role on the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff “MAYANS MC”.

However, despite these impressive acting credentials, Cabral isn’t your average thespian…and his past can vouch for that.

Born into a Mexican family involved in LA Gangs since the 1970’s, Richard followed in his “familia footsteps” and too entered the gang life. This decision ultimately led to him being incarcerated until the age of 25. It was here that he met Father Greg of Homeboy Industries who changed his life by introducing him to art and acting. Here’s how Cabral went from the streets to the screen.