Liz Torres

Actor, Singer
A comic actress and singer almost always in Latina parts that called for an outspoken and sarcastic personality, Liz Torres has made a good living as a second banana or supporting player on sitcoms. She is perhaps best ... Read more »
Born: 09/26/1947 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

West of Brooklyn 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Devious Maids 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scandal 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mala Wielka Milosc 2008 (Movie)

Juanita (Actor)

Private Practice 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls 2000 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls Backstage Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

American Family 1992 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1992 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1991 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gabriela 2001 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Dirt 2001 (Movie)

Beauty College Woman (Actor)

Los Beltran 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Luminarias 2000 (Movie)

Judge Sanchez (Actor)

Safe Harbor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Dita (Actor)

Second Annual Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Down the Shore 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Advice 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1997 (Movie)

Ruby Escadrillo (Actor)

1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 107th Tournament of Roses Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The VIDA Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rescue Me 1993 (Movie)

Carney (Actor)

Bloodfist IV: Die Trying 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lena's Holiday 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Opposites Attract 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

B-Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle at Beekman's Place 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Thieves of Fortune 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Addicted to His Love 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot to Trot 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Taking It Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

America 1986 (Movie)

Dolores Frantico (Actor)

Not in Front of the Kids 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Odd Couple 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Checking In 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Willow B: Women in Prison 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Just Friends 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Phyllis 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Popi 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened in Hollywood 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat 1970 (Movie)

Singer in Men's Room (Actor)

City (TV Show)

Actor

Father of Hell Town (TV Show)

Actor

Greyhounds (TV Show)

Actor

Her Life As a Man (TV Show)

Actor

Kate's Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Maid For Each Other (TV Show)

Actor

More Wild Wild West (TV Show)

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Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Christmas (TV Show)

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Ordinary Heroes (TV Show)

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Pinocchio (TV Show)

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Poker Alice (TV Show)

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Sweet 15 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Dancin' Thru the Dark 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

A comic actress and singer almost always in Latina parts that called for an outspoken and sarcastic personality, Liz Torres has made a good living as a second banana or supporting player on sitcoms. She is perhaps best recalled as Teresa Betancort, the Puerto Rican boarder who drove Archie Bunker crazy, on "All in the Family" (CBS, 1976-77) and especially as Mahalia Sanchez, the assistant to the night manager of a bus station who drives him crazy, on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC, 1993-96). For the latter, Torres earned two Emmy nominations as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She had previously been nominated for a 1989 guest appearance on the CBS sitcom "The Famous Teddy Z".

A native of The Bronx, Torres got her start as a singer and comedienne at clubs in New York City where he conductor was Barry Manilow (then doing double duty with Bette Midler). Torres eventually became the opening act for such stars as Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett and Helen Reddy. An appearance on "The Tonight Show" launched her further. She first made it to Hollywood in 1972 as a singer and sketch artist on the CBS summer series "Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show". She had the same role on another summer series "Ben Vereen...Comin' At Ya" (CBS, 1975). This gave her career some push and led to her casting on "All in the Family". She was again on CBS from 1976-77 as Julie Erskine, boss to Cloris Leachman on "Phyllis". Torres had not appeared in the role in the pilot, but when the Barbara Colby, the actress who had, was murdered, Torres stepped in. But, when the series was revamped for its second season, Torres was out. It was several years before she landed another regular series role, this time as Marla Gibbs' assistant on the short-lived "Checking In" (CBS, 1981). She was an assistant again, this time on "The New Odd Couple" (ABC, 1982-83). It was another seven years before Torres was cast alongside Valerie Harper in "City" (CBS, 1990). By then, she had become much heavier, but her sass quotient was still high. With "The John Larroquette Show", she finally achieved a spot on a long-running sitcom.

Torres has also had supporting roles in some TV longforms, such as "Murder Can Hurt You!" (ABC, 1980). One of her better roles was as a woman bemused by a sportswriter who is actually a woman dressed as a man in "Her Life as a Man" (NBC, 1984). Torres has also appeared in a few feature films, beginning with her role as a singer in a men's room in the independent "You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat" (1971). She was one of the loonies at a cable TV station in "America" (1986), was among the Latino actors assembled by Paul Rodriguez for his directorial debut, "A Million to Juan" (1993) and delivered a strong turn as a drug-using pal to screenwriter Jerry Stahl (played by Ben Stiller) in "Permanent Midnight" (1998).

Milestones

2000

Had recurring role on the popular The WB series "Gilmore Girls"; made regular as of the 2001-2002 season

1998

Delivered a strong supporting turn as a drug addict in the feature "Permanent Midnight"

1997

Cast as Rosa on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Over the Top"

1994

Co-starred in feature film "A Million to Juan"

1990

Was member of the supporting cast of "City" (CBS)

1981

Played Marla Gibbs' assistant on short-lived series "Checking In" (CBS)

1980

Appeared in TV-movie "Murder Can Hurt You!" (ABC)

1975

Was member of the ensemble for "Ben Vereen...Comin' At Ya" summer series (CBS)

1972

Had first TV series exposure in summer's "Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show" (CBS)

1970

Made feature film debut in "You've Got to Watch It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat"

Opened for Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, and Helen Reddy

Appeared for one season as Cloris Leachman's boss on "Phyllis" (CBS)

Had supporting role in "The New Odd Couple" (ABC)

Cast as Mahalia Sanchez on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC)

Spent one season as Archie Bunker's boarder on "All in the Family" (CBS)

As a singer, shared Barry Manilow as a conductor with Bette Midler

Bonus Trivia

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In 1972, Torres gave a command performance for King Hassan III of Morocco.

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Active in the cause of Latino opportunities in the entertainment industry, Torres received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts & Sciences in 1994.

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In 1996, Torres was featured in TV commercials for the Discover card.

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