Steven Bauer of Showtime’s 'Ray Donovan' Returns to Rehab

By Dorri Olds 10/10/16

The actor is best known for playing drug dealer Manny Ribera in Scarface.

Steven Bauer of Showtime’s 'Ray Donovan' Returns to Rehab

Ray Donovan actor Steven Bauer (Breaking Bad, Scarface) has checked into rehab in Malibu, California, according to In Touch Weekly. Bauer’s rep told the magazine, “In recent months, he realized he was starting to drink more than he was comfortable with. He preemptively wanted to take care of the issue. But in no uncertain terms does he take drugs, nor is he being treated for a drug-related addiction.”

The magazine also quoted an unnamed source, who said, “He loves working on Ray Donovan and wants everyone to know he’s back on the straight and narrow ... His mom, son Alexander and girlfriend, Lyda Loudon, have been there for him. He’s serious about staying sober."

The actor is probably best known for his role as the drug dealer Manny Ribera in Brian De Palma’s movie, Scarface. He also played Mexican drug cartel boss, Don Eladio, in Breaking Bad

Bauer has lived through quite a few upheavals in life. His first marriage was to actress Melanie Griffith in the '80s. The couple parted ways in 1989. His next three marriages also ended in divorce. 

Griffith and Bauer have remained friends. Radar Online reported last week that Griffith has been helping Bauer with his addiction, fearing that if he "didn’t get help fast, he was going to die," said an anonymous source. 

They added, “Steven has type 2 diabetes and pancreas problems. He was still doing a lot of drugs, mostly cocaine, which he’d been doing since at least the early '80s!” Apparently his addiction was affecting his work on Ray Donovan and Showtime producers warned him “to straighten up or he’d be off the show.”

In a 1990 article in People, Griffith spoke about her marriage to Bauer and their use of cocaine. “We were wild but it was more me than him," she said. "He was doing it too, but he didn’t have a problem with it. He tried to get me not to do drugs.”

Bauer said about using coke, “I was carelessly casual about it. It was as natural as the ingestion of liquor. But it hurt me in more than a few ways. I behaved irresponsibly when I should have been professional.”

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.