Tony Plana

Actor, Director, Producer
Actor Tony Plana's career was filled with landmark roles in projects that changed Hollywood's portrayal of Latinos and their culture. The Cuban-born and London-trained actor, who appeared in numerous movie and ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1952 in Cuba

Filmography

Actor (125)

Cristela 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane the Virgin 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taxi Brooklyn 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alpha House 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meddling Mom 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Pain & Gain 2013 (Movie)

Captain George Lopez (Actor)

Psych 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rob 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernández 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Dominguez (Actor)

Body of Proof 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2006 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Life is Hot in Cracktown 2009 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Towards Darkness 2008 (Movie)

Carlos Gutierrez (Actor)

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

El Muerto 2007 (Movie)

The Caretaker (Actor)

Commander in Chief 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goal! The Dream Begins 2006 (Movie)

Hernan Munez (Actor)

The Lost City 2006 (Movie)

The Emcee (Actor)

24 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blossom 1991 - 1993, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1991 - 1995, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Doe 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder One 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1991 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1991 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clifford the Big Red Dog 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Fidel 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Past Dead 2002 (Movie)

El Fuego (Actor)

The West Wing 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Knockout 2000 (Movie)

Chuck Alvarado (Actor)

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Usher (Actor)

Sammy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Vegas City of Dreams 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Fe 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Total Security 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreaming of Julia 1997 (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Primal Fear 1996 (Movie)

Martinez (Actor)

Santo Bugito 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Silver Strand 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Manolo Sanchez (Actor)

South of Sunset 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

One West Waikiki 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burning Season 1994 (Movie)

Orlavo Galvao (Actor)

Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Panama Deception 1992 (Movie)

English-language Voiceover (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Carlos Bringuier (Actor)

One Good Cop 1991 (Movie)

Beniamino (Actor)

Seinfeld 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica Clare 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Havana 1990 (Movie)

Julio Ramos (Actor)

So Proudly We Hail 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rookie 1990 (Movie)

Morales (Actor)

Why Me? 1990 (Movie)

Benjy Klopzik (Actor)

Buy and Cell 1989 (Movie)

Raoul (Actor)

Romero 1989 (Movie)

Father Manuel Morantes (Actor)

Break of Dawn 1988 (Movie)

Gene Rodriguez (Actor)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

Feo (Actor)

Disorderlies 1987 (Movie)

Miguel (Actor)

Fire From the Mountain 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Salvador 1986 (Movie)

Major Max (Actor)

The Best of Times 1986 (Movie)

Chico (Actor)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

Jefe (Actor)

City Limits 1985 (Movie)

Ramos (Actor)

Latino 1985 (Movie)

Ruben Trevino (Actor)

El Norte 1984 (Movie)

Carlos--Bus Boy (Actor)

Callahan 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Chicano Man (Actor)

Nightmares 1983 (Movie)

Del Amo (Actor)

Valley Girl 1983 (Movie)

Low Rider (Actor)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

Emiliano Della Serra (Actor)

Love and Money 1982 (Movie)

National Guard General (Actor)

Madame X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoot Suit 1981 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Mystique 1980 (Movie)

Reza Hadda (Actor)

The Streets of L.A. 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage Hotel (TV Show)

Actor

Keeper of the City (TV Show)

Actor

Listen to Your Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Live Wire (TV Show)

Actor

My Little Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Noriega: God's Favorite (TV Show)

Actor

Sadat (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Slayer (TV Show)

Actor

Sub Down (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet 15 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire Bats (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (1)

Greetings From Tucson 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Actor Tony Plana's career was filled with landmark roles in projects that changed Hollywood's portrayal of Latinos and their culture. The Cuban-born and London-trained actor, who appeared in numerous movie and television projects, gained prominence after starring in the theatrical and 1981 film version of "Zoot Suit," a musical about the wrongful persecution of a group of young Mexican-Americans in the 1940s. The character actor's raw and emotional intensity often found him cast in tough guy roles, from a Mohawk-sporting flight trainee in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) to a Mexican bandit in "¡Three Amigos!" (1986). Plana also found success as a director, helming episodes for the Latino-centric series "Resurrection Blvd." (Showtime, 2000-02), in which he also starred. But it was playing against type as sympathetic widower and patriarch Ignacio Suarez in the groundbreaking television series "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006- ) that showcased Plana's versatility and ability to connect with audiences, making him one of the more beloved and respected character actors working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Ada Maris

Wife
Married in 1988 starred in "Nurses" (NBC) and Nickelodeon's "The Brothers Garcia"

Alejandro Plana

Son
Mother, Ada Maris

Isabel Plana Actor

Daughter
Mother, Ada Maris

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California
Graduated magna cum laude

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California
Graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit

2006

Cast in ABC's "Ugly Betty" as Betty's father, Ignacio Suarez

2005

Had a recurring role on FOX's "24"

2002

Portrayed the character El Fuego in "Half Past Dead"

2002

Directed an episode of "Greetings from Tucson" for the WB Network

2001

Made solo directorial debut with the Showtime movie "The Princess and the Barrio Boy," featuring Marisol Nichols and Nicholas Gonzalez his co-stars from "Resurrection Blvd"

2000

Starred in "Resurrection Blvd." (Showtime); also directed episodes

1997

Played Luis Escobar in the ABC drama "Total Security"

1994

Co-directed and co-produced "A Million to Juan" (also acted) with Paul Rodriguez

1993

Cast as caring partner Luke Ramirez in the police comedy, "Bakersfield P.D." (FOX)

1990

TV series debut, "Veronica Claire"

1985

First film in a lead role was in Haskell Wexler's "Latino"

1985

Appeared on Broadway in "The Boys of Winter"

1981

Played Rudy in the film version of "Zoot Suit"

1980

Feature acting debut, "Love & Money"

1979

TV debut, "The Streets of L.A." (CBS)

1979

Broadway debut, reprised role of Rudy in "Zoot Suit"

1978

Originated the role of Rudy in the L.A. production of "Zoot Suit"

Moved with his family to Los Angeles at age nine

Bonus Trivia

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Plana is also the co-founder and executive artistic director of the East L.A. Classic Theatre, a group comprised primarily of Hispanic American theatre professionals.

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