Elizabeth Peña

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Elizabeth Peña (born September 23, 1961 - died October 14, 2014) was 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.

Peña died on October 14, 2014 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 55.

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Elizabeth Peña (born September 23, 1961 - died October 14, 2014) was 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.

Peña died on October 14, 2014 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 55.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Elizabeth Peña, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Gender Female

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1961-09-23

Day of Death 2014-10-14

Place of Birth Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Girl on the Edge as Esther
2015 Grandma as Carla
2015 Ana Maria in Novela Land as Sra. Soto
2013 Plush as Dr. Lopez
2013 Blaze You Out as Dona
2013 In The Dark as Dr. Weinette
2011 Charlie's Angels(1 episode)
2011 The Perfect Family as Christina Rayes
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays as Anna Rodriguez
2008 Racing for Time as Flores
2007 Love Comes Lately as Esperanza
2007 Goal! II: Living the Dream as Rosa Maria
2007 Dragon Wars: D-War as Agent Linda Perez
2007 Adrift in Manhattan as Isabel Parades
2006 Numb3rs(1 episode)
2005 Transamerica as Margaret
2005 Sueno as Mirabela
2005 Ghost Whisperer(1 episode)
2005 Keep Your Distance as Holly
2005 Down in the Valley as Gale
2005 American Dad!(1 episode)
2005 How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer as Lolita
2004 The Incredibles as Mirage (voice)
2004 Maya & Miguel(70 episodes)
2004 Suburban Madness
2003 NCIS(1 episode)
2002 Without a Trace(1 episode)
2002 CSI: Miami(1 episode)
2001 On the Borderline as Connie
2001 Things Behind the Sun as Carmen
2001 Tortilla Soup as Leticia Narnjo
2000 Boston Public(2 episodes)
2000 Resurrection Blvd.(53 episodes) as Beatrice 'Bibi' Corrales
1998 Aldrich Ames : Traitor Within
1998 Strangeland as Toni Gage
1998 Rush Hour as Tania Johnson
1998 The Pass as Zeena
1997 The Second Civil War as Christina
1997 Contagious as Det. Luisa Rojas
1996 Lone Star as Pilar
1995 It Came from Outer Space II as Ellen Fields
1995 The Invaders: 20 Years Later as Ellen Garza
1995 Free Willy 2 - The Adventure Home as Kate Haley
1995 Across the Moon as Carmen
1995 The Outer Limits(1 episode)
1994 Roomates as Lisa
1994 Dead Funny as Viv Saunders
1992 The Waterdance as Rosa
1990 Jacob's Ladder as Jezebel
1990 Shannon's Deal(14 episodes)
1990 Blue Steel as Tracy Perez
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story as Mika Camarena
1987 *batteries not included as Marisa Esteval
1987 I Married Dora(13 episodes)
1987 La Bamba as Rosie Morales
1986 L.A. Law(4 episodes)
1986 Tough Cookies(8 episodes)
1986 Down and Out in Beverly Hills as Carmen
1985 Crossover Dreams as Liz Garcia
1982 Cagney and Lacey(1 episode)
1982 T. J. Hooker(1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues(1 episode)
1979 El Super as Aurelita

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