Maria Canals Barrera

Latina actress Maria Canals-Barrera is best known as matriarch Theresa Russo on the wildly popular Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place. " Long before Canals-Barrera became involved with that production ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1966

Filmography

Actor (41)

God's Not Dead 2 2016 (Movie)

Catherine Thawley (Actor)

Last Man Standing 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Bang Theory 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cristela 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Members Only 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Daddy 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

Lala Pinedo (Actor)

Wizards of Waverly Place 2007 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boondocks 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Loop 2007 (Tv Show)

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Almost Perfect 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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American Family 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Caroline in the City 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Dogs 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Justice League Unlimited 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Popular 1993 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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That's Life 1993 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Proud Family 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Veronica's Closet 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Viper 1993 - 1994, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Danny Phantom: Reign Storm 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Imagining Argentina 2004 (Movie)

Esmerala Palomares (Actor)

Justice League 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Brothers Garcia 1999 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Dawg 2002 (Movie)

Woman at Bar (Actor)

The Master of Disguise 2002 (Movie)

Sophia (Actor)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

Adinah (Actor)

Beggars and Choosers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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

Presenter

The Tony Danza Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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My Family, Mi Familia 1995 (Movie)

Young Irene (Actor)

Cop and A Half 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Bobo 2 (Actor)

Harlan & Merleen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Victims 1989 (Movie)

Tita (Actor)

Camp Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam (TV Show)

Actor

The Proud Family Movie (TV Show)

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Biography

Latina actress Maria Canals-Barrera is best known as matriarch Theresa Russo on the wildly popular Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place. " Long before Canals-Barrera became involved with that production, however, she was a working actor, first appearing on an episode of the undercover-cop show "21 Jump Street" in 1990. Numerous TV roles followed, including a stint on the short-lived comedy series "Key West," set in her real-life home state of Florida, along with guest spots on various sitcoms, including "Caroline in the City" and "Veronica's Closet." In 1997, she joined the cast of "The Tony Danza Show," appearing in all of the series episodes before its cancellation. In addition to being featured on a run of the Latino-themed show "American Family," starring Edward James Olmos, Canals-Barrera began working extensively as a voice actor, portraying characters on the animated superhero programs "Static Shock" and "Justice League," among others. She signed on as Theresa on "Wizards of Waverly Place," and the show eventually garnered a huge following, even leading to a 2009 TV movie where she reprised her role. Well-established as a Disney Channel regular, Canals-Barrera also appeared in the hit TV movie "Camp Rock" as the mother of Demi Lovato's character, and returned for the sequel, "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." She is married to actor David Barrera, and the couple has two children together.

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