He is the sixth of seven children to Hector and Maria Cirilo both originally from Puerto Rico. Santiago lived in both Ohio and Puerto Rico at a young age. Growing up in Lorain, Ohio was a big challenge for Santiago. Being bilingual and adapting to America culture was just the easy task, growing up with five brothers, and a sister, in a two bedroom duplex was the hard task. During his teenage years to adulthood Santiago always had the passion for the entertainment business, but never had that push to precede it. Santiago was involved in numerous high school Dramatic Arts Programs hosted and coordinated events. You just couldn't get him off stage or away from any type of camera. After college Santiago enlisted in the United States Army Infantry. For six years Santiago lead missions all over the United States and Over Seas. Santiago's dedication to America has earned him numerous achievement awards and metals to add leading missions for USA Special Ops, Marine Recon, and Navy Seals. Once Santiago's military term was up, he was hired at Gibson Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee. In less than a year Santiago moved up in ranks from a level 1 sander to being personally responsible and only builder for Chet Akins guitars and guitars for "A" List artists to include Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Urban and Toby Keith. During his time at Gibson, Santiago followed his heart and faith, and started going back to school for a Paralegal & Performing Arts Degree. Working 8 plus hours and going to school at night and weekends, gave Santiago the dedication and Drive to be successful in both professions.
Santiago has appeared in the following:
- Under Lock and Key (2009) as Emilio.
- Dead Start (2009) as Zombie bitten victim.
- America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (2009) as Ramon.
- Memphis Beast (2010) as Manuel.
- Wild Card (2011) as Rodriquez.
- Snapped (2013) as Richard Gutierez.
- Sins and Secrets (2013) as Allen Andrade.
- Ashes to Ashes (2013) as Deputy.
- Soul (2013) as Spanish Man.