Elizabeth Peña

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Age: 52
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.

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Elizabeth Peña (born September 23, 1961) is an American actress, and the daughter of a theater-company co-founder, who has also compiled experience as a television director in her own right.

Peña was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, daughter of Estella Margarita (née Toirac), an arts administrator and producer, and Mario Peña, the Cuban-born actor, writer, and director who jointly founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble. It is unknown whether Peña was named after the town of her birth. Peña graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1977. Her classmates included Ving Rhames, alongside whom she would later co-star in Jacob's Ladder, and Esai Morales, alongside whom she would later co-star in La Bamba. She is also a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

In 1979, Peña appeared in her first film, El Super, "an exceptionally moving and melancholy comedy about a family of lower-middle-class Cuban refugees attempting to adjust to life in Spanish Harlem.", New York City. Peña worked once again with film director, Leon Ichaso in his next feature Crossover Dreams opposite Ruben Blades.

Peña has appeared in movies such as La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Lone Star, Vibes, and Rush Hour. In 2002, she starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. as Tia Bibi Corrades in the episode "Justicia," which she also directed. During the next year, 2003, she appeared in and directed "It Was Fun While It Lasted," an episode of The Brothers Garcia. She also provided the voice of the character Mirage in Pixar's animated film The Incredibles. She guest starred in the 18th episode of Numb3rs, Season Two, as Sonya Benavides. Although the actress does speak Spanish, she does not dub her own voice for Spanish releases.

Peña is also noted for having starred in I Married Dora, a sitcom that lasted only 13 episodes in 1987, as Dora Calderon, the "Dora" of the show's title. In the final show, the cast broke the "fourth wall" of suspended disbelief by announcing their cancellation on-camera and taking a curtain call.

Writer-director John Sayles produced the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series Shannon's Deal (1989–1991) co-starring Peña alongside series lead Jamey Sheridan. In 1996 Sayles wrote and directed the mystery film Lone Star and again cast her in a co-starring role.

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Movie Character Year
4srdpf1o7ausna3elwkho3d2vde La Bamba Rosie Morales 1987
6n2hgv0kgcwvg41zagaubbwce3e Batteries Not Included Marisa Esteval 1987
Edxuczmnjzihjyvvbhcmuxezlmk Blue Steel Tracy Perez 1989
2byg7av91lf7pfbyz4zmvnkznh7 Jacob's Ladder Jezebel 1990
Ebph8ewd1f455thtzfhw4jwqb78 Lone Star Pilar 1996
4vc2ljtauuq7szhuelhtvpdbu2y Rush Hour Tania Johnson 1998
4n5c0y9ab4rbz9un65waabkwihq Strangeland Toni Gage 1998
Uv9uwiztlisingaezpbdg99slvr Down in the Valley Gale 2005
Vzuscbh2vaqvfcaa1riwu46o9hf Goal! II: Living the Dream Rosa Maria 2007
Lp6awcvsoioagnx0tjzfmgrydp1 D-War Agent Linda Perez 2007
Tws6wlgcf6ysiyuh4xdmo2cmwlx Nothing Like the Holidays Anna Rodriguez 2008
E2wlyqyblaorhm7excxdai6mp6w The Perfect Family Christina Rayes 2011
G8zhc9hk3p3k9lzdbh6iceplocf Blaze You Out Dona 2013