Elizabeth Peña

Actor
Elizabeth Pea, a striking, stage-trained Latina, first gained recognition as the maid-turned-revolutionary in Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986). Born in the US to Cuban immigant parents, Pea was ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1959 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

Blaze You Out 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Matador 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Place 2014 (Movie)

Esther (Actor)

In the Dark 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Common Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prime Suspect 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Perfect Family 2012 (Movie)

Christina Reyes (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down for Life 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flash Forward 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1993 - 1994, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Resurrection Blvd. 2001 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer 2008 (Movie)

Lolita Garcia (Actor)

Love Comes Lately 2008 (Movie)

Esperanza (Actor)

Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 (Movie)

Anna Rodriguez (Actor)

Adrift in Manhattan 2007 (Movie)

Isabel Parades (Actor)

Dragon Wars 2007 (Movie)

Agent Linda Perez (Actor)

Down in the Valley 2006 (Movie)

Gale (Actor)

The Lost City 2006 (Movie)

Miliciana Munoz (Actor)

Keep Your Distance 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maya & Miguel 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sueno 2005 (Movie)

Mirabella (Actor)

Transamerica 2005 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Without A Trace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Mirage (Actor)

Boston Public 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

10 Tiny Love Stories 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

Midwife (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ZigZag 2002 (Movie)

Ms Tate (Actor)

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

Letitia Naranjo (Actor)

On the Borderline 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seven Girlfriends 2000 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The Pass 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Border Line 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Rush Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dee Snider's StrangeLand 1998 (Movie)

Toni Gage (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

Tania Johnson (Actor)

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Pilar (Actor)

The Invaders 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Across the Moon 1995 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Dead Funny 1995 (Movie)

Vivian Saunders (Actor)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

Kate Haley (Actor)

Recon 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roommates 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fugitive Among Us 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Waterdance 1992 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

Jezzie (Actor)

Shannon's Deal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

I Married Dora 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

Consuela (Actor)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

Marisa Esquivel (Actor)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

Rosie Morales (Actor)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossover Dreams 1985 (Movie)

Liz Garcia (Actor)

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

Disco Hostess (Actor)

El Super 1978 (Movie)

Aurelita (Actor)

Contagious (TV Show)

Actor

It Came From Outer Space II (TV Show)

Actor

Racing For Time (TV Show)

Actor

Shannon's Deal (TV Show)

Actor

Suburban Madness (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Mom's Mystery (TV Show)

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Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Elizabeth Peña, a striking, stage-trained Latina, first gained recognition as the maid-turned-revolutionary in Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986). Born in the US to Cuban immigant parents, Peña was raised in Cuba and moved back to Manhattan at the age of eight. She was acting professionally two years later and subsequently attended the famed High School of Performing Arts. Peña went on to appear in more than 20 off-Broadway shows and toured for two years as Shakespeare's Juliet. She also worked with such renowned theater companies as Joseph Papp's Public Theater, La Mama, and San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater before moving behind the camera as a director. Elizabeth Peña died at the age of 55 on October 14, 2014.

Relationships

Steve Kibler

Companion
Was 20 years older than Pena, when they dated no longer together

Mario Pena

Father
Cuban-born co-founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble

Estella Pena

Mother
Worked with the Latin American Theatre Ensemble

Tania Pena

Sister

Hans Rolla

Husband
Married in 1994 father of Pena's two children

EDUCATION

The High School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1977
Classmates include Ving Rhames

Milestones

2008

Cast in the indie feature, "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" (filmed in 2003)

2007

Cast in the Korean dragon fantasy feature, "Dragon Wars"

2006

Cast in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut "The Lost City"

2005

Starred opposite Felicity Huffman in the indie-drama "TransAmerica"

2004

Voiced Mirage in the animated feature "The Incredibles"

2001

Had featured role as a doctor in the sci-fi film "Impostor"

2001

Portrayed the oldest daughter the ensemble feature, "Tortilla Soup"

2000

Co-starred in the Showtime series "Resurrection Blvd."

1999

Was one of the titular "Seven Girlfriends"

1998

Co-starred in the Showtime original "Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within"

1998

Had featured role in the box-office hit "Rush Hour"

1997

Appeared in the HBO movie "The Second Civil War"

1996

Delivered a superb performance in John Sayles' "Lone Star"

1990

First starring role in a feature, "Jacob's Ladder"

1989

TV-movie debut, featured in two-hour pilot for "Shannon's Deal" (NBC)

1987

Played title character in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "I Married Dora"

1986

TV series debut, "Tough Cookies"

1986

Breakthrough film role, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"

1985

Made TV debut in an episode of "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS)

1980

First US film role, "Times Square"

1979

Debut feature, "El Super"

1968

First lead role in a play at age ten

Cast as a regular on John Sayles' quirky legal drama "Shannon's Deal" (NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm not getting hired, man, that's the fact. I could tell you a fancy, sweet story, but the roles I could have easily played and been absolutely right for - like 'The Perez Family' - they're giving it to other actresses not remotely close to being Latina. When they write a Latina role, in general they don't have a relationship in real life, unless it's maybe a housekeeper." - Elizabeth Pena, quoted in the Daily News, June 21, 1996

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