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Filmography

Actor (6)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

Shanghai TV Reporter (Voice)

Castle 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2007, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jericho 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor
Sound (1)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

Loop Group (Looping Coordinator)

Biography

Never one to entertain ethnic stereotypes, actress Elizabeth Peña is a soulful on-screen performer who instead uses her Latin heritage to add extra, sometimes underlying, dimensions to characters that might have otherwise fallen flat. After mounting a slow climb through various bit roles in film and television, she delivered a breakthrough performance as a dysfunctional family's politically minded maid in the screwball satire of class "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986). Her subsequent heartfelt turn as the sister-in-law of ill-fated singer Ritchie Valens in the electric biopic "La Bamba" showcased a masterful versatility, ensuring that her professional schedule would be jam-packed for decades to come. From 1990 to 1991, she co-starred in indie auteur John Sayles' short-lived disgraced lawyer series "Shannon's Deal", marking the beginning of a recurring attraction to projects revolving around emotionally tortured characters. In that vein, she's appeared in such films as the inspirational paralysis drama "The Waterdance", the transgender road-movie odyssey "Transamerica", and Sayles's own Texas-set murder mystery "Lone Star", in which she portrayed the lost childhood love of a local sheriff. Later, Peña echoed the venturous actions of her father, a theater-founding director, when she stepped behind the camera on several TV productions.

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