Rosie Perez

Actor, Choreographer, Dancer
Discovered by Spike Lee while dancing in a club, Rosie Perez was an Oscar-nominated actress and producer whose performances combined a brassy dynamism with an earthy sexuality. Lee provided her debut in his landmark ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (92)

Five Nights in Maine 2015 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

In Living Color 1989 - 1993, 1998 - 1999, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1998 - 1999, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The View 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Fugly! 2014 (Movie)

Zowie (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Hero of Color City 2014 (Movie)

Red Crayon (Voice)

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

Ms. Baker (Actor)

The Cleveland Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Counselor 2013 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Fish Hooks 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gods Behaving Badly 2012 (Movie)

Persephone (Actor)

Nurse Jackie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Won't Back Down 2012 (Movie)

Breena Harper (Actor)

Dora's Big Birthday Adventure 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Dora: The Girl Heard 'Round the World 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Other Guys 2010 (Movie)

(Herself)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lipstick Jungle 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diego's Moonlight Rescue 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Pineapple Express 2008 (Movie)

Carol/Female Cop (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Take 2008 (Movie)

Marina De La Pena (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop Shop 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Go, Diego! Go! 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Like the Son 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Ponders (Actor)

Yo Soy Boricua Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frasier 1995, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Until the Violence Stops 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Human Nature 2002 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

One World Jam: A Concert For Global Harmony 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

King of the Jungle 2001 (Movie)

Joanne (Actor)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

Shades of Progress, Shadows of Hate 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Perdita Durango 2000 (Movie)

Perdita Durango (Actor)

The 9th Annual Gotham Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

of Chel (Voice)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Grace Santos (Actor)

Christian Slater: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Louis and Frank 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Brother's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Debbie (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Somebody to Love 1996 (Movie)

Mercedes (Actor)

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light: Sex Unplugged 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

Muriel Lang (Actor)

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Carla Rodrigo (Actor)

Rosie Perez Presents Society's Ride 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Untamed Heart 1993 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Dance Now 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

Gloria Clemente (Actor)

Story of a People: Expressions in Black 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Brooklyn Boheme (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Justice (TV Show)

Actor

In the Woods (Movie)

(Actor)

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Lies in Plain Sight (TV Show)

Actor

Poof! (TV Show)

Actor

Widows (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Yo Soy Boricua Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (1)

Yo Soy Boricua Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! 2005 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

choreography("Fight the Power") (Choreographer)

Biography

Discovered by Spike Lee while dancing in a club, Rosie Perez was an Oscar-nominated actress and producer whose performances combined a brassy dynamism with an earthy sexuality. Lee provided her debut in his landmark 1989 feature "Do the Right Thing," which led to subsequent feature roles as well as an Emmy-nominated turn as choreographer for the comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94). She soon shed her Fly Girl persona and displayed a skill at emotionally nuanced performances in films like "White Men Can't Jump" (1993), "Fearless" (1993) and "The 24-Hour Woman" (1997). Perez later added producing and directing to her resume, most notably with "Yo Soy Boricua! Pa' Que Lo Tu Sepas!" (2006), a documentary about her Puerto Rican heritage. Consistently dependable in nearly any role handed to her, Perez held firm to her status as one of the most accomplished Latin actresses of the 1990s and 2000s.

Relationships

Florentino Fontanez

Grandfather
Born c. 1899

Lydia Perez

Mother
Married Ventura Perez at age 14 Suffered from mental illness; had total of 10 children; after husband's death, lived with a man who was a heroin addict and whom she contracted AIDS from

Ventura Perez

Step-Father
Father of Rosie's six half-sisters and four half-brothers Died 1980

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Story Editor

Husband
Met during filming of "A Brother's Kiss" (1997) Married July 8, 1999 in a ceremony at the Ethical Cultural Society and renewed vows on July 9, 1999 in a "legal" ceremony Announced separation November 2001 Divorced December 2001

Ismail Serrano

Father
Never married Perez's mother

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in inner city school drama "Won’t Back Down"

2011

Co-starred in off-Broadway production "Close Up Space"

2008

Landed recurring role on NBC's short-lived "Lipstick Jungle"

2008

Played a crooked cop in the comedy "Pineapple Express"

2008

Nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ("The Take")

2008

Played John Leguizamo's wife in the crime drama "The Take"

2007

Cast in the Broadway revival of "The Ritz," directed by Joe Mantello

2006

Debut as a documentary director, "You Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!" (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!), which traced the history of Puerto Rican culture from its beginnings

2005

Appeared in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one-man show

2001

Made official NYC stage acting debut in the play "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot"

2001

Starred opposite John Leguizamo in "King of the Jungle"

2000

Lent her voice to the animated "Road to El Dorado"

1998

Co-produced "The 24 Hour Woman"; also starred as a TV talk show host

1997

Portrayed title role in "Perdita Durango"; the character of Perdita Durango previously appeared in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," played by Isabella Rossellini

1997

Created (also executive produced) the HBO original presentation "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"; also acted opposite Michael McGlone in the "Love on the A Train" segment

1997

Directed by future husband Seth Zvi Rosenfeld in "A Brother's Kiss"

1994

Cast as Nicolas Cage's free-spending wife in "It Could Happen to You"

1993

Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an airplane crash survivor in "Fearless"

1993

Made TV debut as executive producer and hosted "Rosie Perez Presents Society's Ride" (HBO)

1992

Played major role in hit comedy "White Men Can't Jump" opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson

1990

Made TV acting debut on HBO's "Criminal Justice"

1990

Landed recurring role on the TV series "WIOU" (CBS)

1990

Served as choreographer of the Fly Girls on Fox's sketch comedy series "In Living Color"

1989

Made film debut in "Do the Right Thing" as Lee's Puerto Rican girlfriend

1988

Spotted by Spike Lee at the LA club Funky Reggae; approached her to appear in his film "Do the Right Thing"

1982

Made first TV appearance as a dancer on "Soul Train"

Bonus Trivia

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"I started lying about my age when I was 18 to be older. When I turned 21, I started lying that I was 18. It's a weakness in me." – Perez on why her age has been reported being 21-31, from Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 5, 1993

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Perez was one of several protesters who were arrested in January 2000 at a demonstration outside the United Nations over the U.S. Navy's use of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques as a practice testing ground for bombing raids.

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