Ricardo Alvarez

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<!-- Commented out because image was deleted: -->Ricardo Alvarez is a Latino inmate on the HBO drama Oz, played by Tomas Milian.

Character overview

Prisoner 43A515. Convicted March 3, 1943 - Armed robbery. Sentence: 20 years. Convicted again June 6, 1961 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment in solitary confinement.

The grandfather of inmate Miguel Alvarez and the father of inmate Eduardo Alvarez, he is serving life imprisonment in solitary confinement for murdering a Haitian inmate who cut out Eduardo's tongue. He dies due to Alzheimer's disease at the end of Season 1.

Season 1

Ricardo appears at the request of Father Ray Mukada to discuss the birth of new inmate Miguel Alvarez's son. Miguel is Ricardo's grandson, whom he has never met, and has no intention of taking responsibility for the baby that is being born. Mukada wants to help end the cycle of the Alvarez family incarcerations as three generations are all serving time at the Oswald State Correctional Facility. When discussing the issues pertaining to mistakes in fathering, Mukada is convinced that Ricardo does feel a sense of responsibility to help end the negative cycle when he finds out why Ricardo is serving time in solitary.

Ricardo went to prison for armed robbery in 1943 as Eduardo was being born. He did not see his son again until 1961, when Eduardo came to Oz as a prisoner. Eduardo disrespected a Haitian inmate who exacted revenge on him by cutting out his tongue preventing him...
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