Who are the real life characters depicted in the Narcos TV show?

Can anyone provide a comprehensive list of real life people portrayed in the Narcos TV series and their roles in the events depicted?

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"Narcos" is a well-known Netflix series that brings to life the infamous Colombian drug trade, predominantly focusing on the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar. As the creators of the series intended to stay as close as possible to the real life events, there are numerous real-life characters depicted in "Narcos." 1. **Pablo Escobar** (played by Wagner Moura): The protagonist of the series, Pablo Escobar was the leader of the Medellín Cartel and one of the most notorious drug kingpins in history. 2. **Javier Pena** (played by Pedro Pascal) & **Steve Murphy** (played by Boyd Holbrook): Javier Peña and Steve Murphy are the real-life DEA agents who were tasked with taking down Pablo Escobar. 3. **Connie Murphy** (played by Joanna Christie): Though not directly involved in the manhunt, Connie Murphy is the real-life wife of DEA agent Steve Murphy and can be seen in the show offering him support through the trying times. 4. **Gustavo Gaviria** (played by Juan Pablo Raba): Gustavo Gaviria was the real-life cousin and right-hand man of Pablo Escobar in the Medellín Cartel. 5. **President César Gaviria** (played by Raúl Méndez): César Gaviria was the real-life President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994, through the most troubling years of drug-related violence. The show portrays his efforts in handling the issue of drug trade and negotiate with Escobar. 6. **Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Martínez** (played by Julián Díaz): Hugo Martínez, in real life, was the leader of the Search Bloc (Bloque de Búsqueda), a special Colombian task force set out to capture Pablo Escobar. 7. **Jorge Luis Ochoa Vásquez** (played by Jorge A. Jimenez): One of the trio that makes up the Medellín Cartel, Jorge Luis Ochoa Vásquez was a real-life drug trafficker who was close to Escobar. 8. **Hélmer "Pacho" Herrera** (played by Alberto Ammann): Another real-life member of the Cali Cartel, Hélmer "Pacho" Herrera is portrayed in Narcos as a shrewd and violent operator. 9. **Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela** (played by Damián Alcázar): The senior member of the Cali Cartel, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela was a real-life drug trafficker who posed a significant threat to Pablo Escobar's operation. These are just a few examples. Other minor characters also mirror real-life people, contributing to Narcos' authenticity and brutal portrayal of the Colombian drug trade. Please note that while the TV show is based on real events and characters, it is a dramatisation and so inevitably includes a degree of artistic license. Some events and characters may be invented or altered for narrative purposes.
Answered on September 14, 2023.
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