In McKnight's Memory, Urena plays a Columbian bandit who holds CIA agent Robert Culp at gunpoint with the intention of robbing him. Robert Culp (Everybody Loves Raymond) says, "My favorite movie is The Treasure of Sierra Madre, so to have Julian harass me like the bandits did to Humphry Bogart was a lot of fun. Julian has natural instincts, wonderful energy and gave me a lot to play with."
After he is killed in the story, Julian comes back in Culp's dreams to give him advice on how to survive the Mafia and CIA attacks on him. Urena uses a hauntingly confident voice as he stands in for Culp's subconscious mind.
McKnight's Memory director Paul Kyriazi says, "I never gave Julian a bit of direction. He just jumped into the recording room with Robert Culp and brought the character to life, knowing what nuances were needed for the character with each scene he was in." Nancy Kwan (Flower Drum Song) who plays Culp's lover, has also singled out Urena's performance saying, "His Columbian accent really sounds authentic." Urena was raised in New York City, where he trained as an actor and worked in numerous stage productions in which he received rave reviews for his performances.
He recently worked on an episode of the critically acclaimed TV series The Shield. Julian can next be seen in the theatrical version of Get Smart starring Steve Carell and also playing the lead opposite Douglas Spain in the independent feature film North by El Norte.
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