Elizabeth Peña

Birthday:

09/23/1961

Place of birth:

Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA:

Biography:

Elizabeth Peña (born September 23, 1961 - died October 14, 2014) was an American actress, and the daughter of a theater-company co-founder, who has also compiled experience as a television director in her own right. Peña was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, daughter of Estella Margarita (née Toirac), an arts administrator and producer, and Mario Peña, the Cuban-born actor, writer, and director who jointly founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble. It is unknown whether Peña was named after the town of her birth. Peña graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1977. Her classmates included Ving Rhames, alongside whom she would later co-star in Jacob's Ladder, and Esai Morales, alongside whom she would later co-star in La Bamba. She is also a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. In 1979, Peña appeared in her first film, El Super, "an exceptionally moving and melancholy comedy about a family of lower-middle-class Cuban refugees attempting to adjust to life in Spanish Harlem.", New York City. Peña worked once again with film director, Leon Ichaso in his next feature Crossover Dreams opposite Ruben Blades. Peña has appeared in movies such as La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Lone Star, Vibes, and Rush Hour. In 2002, she starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. as Tia Bibi Corrades in the episode "Justicia," which she also directed. During the next year, 2003, she appeared in and directed "It Was Fun While It Lasted," an episode of The Brothers Garcia. She also provided the voice of the character Mirage in Pixar's animated film The Incredibles. She guest starred in the 18th episode of Numb3rs, Season Two, as Sonya Benavides. Although the actress does speak Spanish, she does not dub her own voice for Spanish releases. Peña is also noted for having starred in I Married Dora, a sitcom that lasted only 13 episodes in 1987, as Dora Calderon, the "Dora" of the show's title. In the final show, the cast broke the "fourth wall" of suspended disbelief by announcing their cancellation on-camera and taking a curtain call. Writer-director John Sayles produced the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series Shannon's Deal (1989–1991) co-starring Peña alongside series lead Jamey Sheridan. In 1996 Sayles wrote and directed the mystery film Lone Star and again cast her in a co-starring role. Peña died on October 14, 2014 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 55. Description above from the Wikipedia article Elizabeth Peña, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Film Credits

Grandma (2015)
as Carla
Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015)
as Sra. Soto
Girl on the Edge (2015)
as Esther
Plush (2013)
as Dr. Lopez
Blaze You Out (2013)
as Dona
In the Dark (2013)
as Dr. Weinette
The Perfect Family (2011)
as Christina Rayes
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
as Anna Rodriguez
A Single Woman (2008)
as Storyteller
Racing for Time (2008)
as Flores
Love Comes Lately (2007)
as Esperanza
Goal! II: Living the Dream (2007)
as Rosa Maria
디워 (2007)
as Agent Linda Perez
Adrift in Manhattan (2007)
as Isabel Parades
Transamerica (2005)
as Margaret
Sueño (2005)
as Mirabela
Keep Your Distance (2005)
as Holly
Down in the Valley (2005)
as Gale
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)
as Lolita
The Incredibles (2004)
as Mirage (voice)
Suburban Madness (2004)
as Clara Harris
Zig Zag (2002)
as Ms. Tate
On the Borderline (2001)
as Connie
Things Behind the Sun (2001)
as Carmen
Tortilla Soup (2001)
as Leticia Narnjo
Border Line (1999)
as Maria Rodriguez
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)
as Rosario Ames
Strangeland (1998)
as Toni Gage
Rush Hour (1998)
as Tania Johnson
The Pass (1998)
as Zeena
The Second Civil War (1997)
as Christina
Contagious (1997)
as Det. Luisa Rojas
Lone Star (1996)
as Pilar
It Came from Outer Space II (1995)
as Ellen Fields
The Invaders (1995)
as Ellen Garza
Free Willy 2 - The Adventure Home (1995)
as Kate Haley
Across the Moon (1995)
as Carmen
Roomates (1994)
as Lisa
Dead Funny (1994)
as Viv Saunders
The Waterdance (1992)
as Rosa
Fugitive Among Us (1992)
as Flo Martin
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
as Jezebel
Blue Steel (1990)
as Tracy Perez
Vibes (1988)
as Consuelo
*batteries not included (1987)
as Marisa Esteval
La Bamba (1987)
as Rosie Morales
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
as Carmen
Crossover Dreams (1985)
as Liz Garcia
Times Square (1980)
as Disco Hostess
El Super (1979)
as Aurelita