Ace Cruz was raised in Los Angeles, California. He aspired to be in the film industry since he was 13 years old. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BFA degree in Drama. After graduating from USC he started his career as a theater actor and ventured into doing several Hollywood independent films. After 10 years in the acting world, he attended the USC film school to study writing, directing, and producing. In 1998 he formed his own production company Spirit Films, llc and produced and directed 6 Hollywood films under his company. His last film “Outrage starring Michael Madsen”, won an award for the best picture at the Action International Film Festival in Hollywood, California in 2009.
His knowledge in both the creative world and the business world in film making has given him a good combination to be a Hollywood player. He has worked with Hollywood actors like Michael Madsen (Sin City, Kill Bill, Hateful Eight}, Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, New Orange is Black), Michael Paré (Streets of Fire), Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man), Michael Berryman (Hills Have Eyes). He has also interviewed many Celebrities in his Youtube channel Hollywoodceleb.tv, Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao, Bruce Dern, Muhammad Ali, David Foster, Robert Kennedy, Jr, Arnel Pineda, Kenny G, Neal Schon and many more.
He believes in making movies that are creative, entertaining, commercial, and inspiring. Ace has attended the American Film Market and Cannes Film Festival for the past 20 years to study and comprehend the psychology of his audience in order to make films that will be appealing to the world market. His dedication to learning everything there is about the Hollywood Film industry has paid off for him to now co-found the Hollywood International Film Academy.