Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) is one of the OG characters of “Chicago Fire.” He’s a Chicago native, who grew up in the city and knows how rough it can get. Currently, he’s on Squad 3, but in prior seasons, you would see him behind the wheel of Truck 81.
In Season 10, Cruz has taken more of a back-seat role as he settles down with his wife and newborn son, who was named in honor of his late friend Brian “Otis” Zvonecek. However, throughout his time on the series, he’s been through a few near-death experiences that caused him to become anxious to do his job at one point. However, he was able to overcome his fears and get back to saving lives on the force.
Prior to his long run on NBC, Minoso made a short appearance on “Prison Break.” He appeared in the Season 1 episode titled “English, Fitz or Percy” as a character named Chaz Fink. It wasn’t a long run on the show for the actor, but it was his first-ever TV credit and one that led to him landing roles on shows like “Shameless,” “Boss,” and “Get Shorty” later on in his career (via IMDb).