Daniel Moncada as Leonel Salamanca

Daniel Moncada

On Breaking Bad Daniel “Danny” Moncada portrays Leonel Salamanca, along with his brother Luis Moncada, who plays the role of Marco Salamanca. Leonel and Marco Salamanca are referred to as the Cousins, two fearsome hitmen for a Ciudad Juárez Mexican drug cartel. Daniel Moncada was born in Honduras and came to the Los Angeles area with his mother and two brothers. Though never officially in a gang, he still found himself enmeshed in the lifestyle alongside his older brother Luis. But soon, Danny was inspired by his brother to leave the gang lifestyle and started working security on the movie sets.

Daniel Moncada’s big break came from the opportunity to audition for “The Cousins” role on Breaking Bad. His brother Luis had first auditioned for the role. The casting director told him they loved him but they were looking for real cousins or brothers for the parts. Luis said «no problem, I have a brother». He came home and told Danny to shave his head, gave him a script and told him to memorize the lines. The two went back for the audition and the rest is history.

Danny is immensely grateful for the opportunity Breaking Bad afforded him and he is now represented by the Nancy Chaidez Agency, actively auditioning for other roles.


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