Francisco "Papa Fuerte" Cruz is a character in The Get Down and is played by Jimmy Smits


Papa Fuerte is a natural born hustler and Mylene’s leisure-suited, Puerto Rican power-broker, uncle known as the “poverty pimp.” He is funded by Mayor Beame while working out of a community center that bears his name. Soon Papa Fuerte is convinced to back Ed Koch over Beame for mayor — when he’s promised $10 million for his pet housing project.

Papa Fuerte is the biggest supporter in Mylene's music career and uses his connections to make her disco star dream come true.

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