Roma Maffia

Actor, Waitress, Bartender
A tall, slender character player whose olive complexion, severe eyebrows and wide, etched cheekbones make her a natural for ethnic roles, Roma Maffia had played small parts in three movies (including a prostitute in her ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1958 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Pretty Little Liars 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ghost Image 2014 (Movie)

Detective Amos (Actor)

Kingshighway 2014 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Call 2013 (Movie)

Maddy (Actor)

Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reed Between the Lines 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Event 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 2000, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1996 - 2000, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eastwick 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blue Tooth Virgin 2009 (Movie)

Dr. Christopher (Actor)

Yonkers Joe 2009 (Movie)

Irene Santini (Actor)

Boston Legal 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary 2007 (Movie)

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Law & Order 2003 - 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2005 (Tv Show)

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Century City 2004 (Tv Show)

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Boomtown 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Holes 2003 (Movie)

Carla Morengo (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2002 (Tv Show)

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For the People 2002 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

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Ally McBeal 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

Debbie (Actor)

The New Women 2000 (Movie)

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Double Jeopardy 1999 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

The Pet Shop 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Paradox 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Dr Ruocco (Actor)

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

Ms Jones (Actor)

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

Catherine Alvarez (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

American Blue Note 1991 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Internal Affairs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

Angie's First Customer! (Actor)

Smithereens 1982 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

Her Costly Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Her Deadly Rival (TV Show)

Actor

Mistrial (TV Show)

Actor

Route 9 (TV Show)

Actor

The David Cassidy Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Defenders: Payback (TV Show)

Actor

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, slender character player whose olive complexion, severe eyebrows and wide, etched cheekbones make her a natural for ethnic roles, Roma Maffia had played small parts in three movies (including a prostitute in her debut, Susan Seidelman's "Smithereens" 1982) and worked on TV, but her career did not really take off until Ron Howard "discovered" her and cast her as an eager, loud-mouthed reporter in "The Paper" (1994). That same year, she displayed her grit as a steel-and-sparks lawyer defending Michael Douglas against Demi Moore's accusations of sexual harassment in Barry Levinson's "Disclosure". Since then, she has had little time to return to her stage roots, an Off-Broadway and regional theater background that saw her act in productions of "Street Venus", "Fool for Love", and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle", among others.

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1999

Co-starred in the feature "Double Jeopardy"

1998

Wrapped "Route Nine", with Kyle MacLachlan and Peter Coyote

1997

Acted along with E G Marshall, Beau Bridges and Martha Plimpton in "The Defenders: Payback", a Showtime movie based on the 1960s courtroom drama series

1997

Portrayed Dr Ruocco in Gary Fleder's "Kiss the Girls"

1995

Played tough, right-hand woman of Christopher Walken in John Badham's "Nick of Time"

1995

Appeared in "The Heidi Chronicles", a TNT movie adaptation of the Wendy Wasserstein play

1994

TV series debut as a regular on "Chicago Hope", playing an administrative assistant; went from regular to recurring character; left show after six episodes

1994

Played eager, loud-mouthed reporter in "The Paper"

1994

Portrayed blunt, savvy lawyer who ably represents Michael Douglas against Demi Moore's charge of sexual harassment in "Disclosure"

1988

TV miniseries debut, "Internal Affairs" (CBS)

1988

Had small role as beauty parlor patron in "Married to the Mob"

1985

First TV guest spot, "The Equalizer"

1982

Film debut, Susan Seidelman's "Smithereens"

Acted Off-Broadway and in regional theater

Grew up on First Avenue and 119th Street in East Harlem

Returned as series regular in "Profiler" (NBC), playing forensic pathologist Grace Alvarez

Had a recurring role on the NBC medical series "ER"

Bonus Trivia

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Maffia is a member of the 52nd Street Project in NYC, an organization that helps neighborhood children create original stage productions.

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Maffia has worked extensively at New Dramatists in NYC, developing new works for the stage.

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Maffia is a member of the The New Group in New York.

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"Wherever I go, people ask: 'What is she? What is she?' There has always been an agenda--they're excluding me or including me in something with that question. It is the first thing agents in Los Angeles ask me."And then I'd hear: 'You're not black enough, you're too black, you're Italian--no, you're Spanish.' If I was blond and blue-eyed, what would be the first thing we'd discuss? My work . . .""I either play 'strong women,' or hookers with no names. Lots of rabbit-fur jackets, fish-nets and high heels. Casting agents look at me and think I'm odd: 'It's the hair, and she's tall.'" --Roma Maffia quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 8, 1995

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