Tony Plana

 

Date Of Birth

April 19, 1954
 

Biography

Cuban-American actor and director Tony Plana was born on April 19, 1954 in Havana, Cuba. His family moved to the United States in 1963, and from Miami, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the Loyola Marymount University. He also underwent training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has an extensive career in television, film and stage, starting his career in 1978 with a guest role in the television series What’s Happening! In 1979, he made his Broadway debut, playing the role of Rudy Reyna in the stage production of Zoot Suit, a role that he would later reprise in its 1981 film adaptation. In 1980, he made his film debut, appearing in the independent drama Seed of Innocence.

Plana’s many television credits include guest roles in programs such as Remington Steele, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, Hunter, Seinfeld, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Bakersfield P.D., Ally McBeal, The Drew Carey Show, City of Angels, John Doe, 24, CSI and Monk. He is also known for his many film roles, the most notable of which includes Three Amigos!, An Officer and a Gentleman, Lone Star, Konckout and Goal! He also has extensive credits as a voice actor, lending his voice to animated shows such as Extreme Ghostbusters and Godzilla: The Series, and to most, as the voice of Manny Calavera in the video game Grim Fandango.

Plana continued to be involved in acting and directing for stage. He remains active in the Los Angeles and New York theater communities, notably directing productions of Shakespeare plays aimed at minorities. He also teaches acting in two schools in California. With his busy schedule, he still manages to squeeze in regular television roles, one of which is being the title character’s father Ignacio Suarez in the ABC series Ugly Betty. When the series ended in 2010, he became a guest star in Desperate Housewives and on Law & Order: LA. He also appeared in films like 2011’s America and The Miracle of Spanish Harlem.
 

Birth Name

Tony Plana
 

Filmography

2012: The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez - Dr. Dominguez
2011: Desperate Housewives (TV series) - Alejandro
2011: Law & Order: LA (TV series) - Jorge Gomez
2011: America - Leopoldo
2011: Body of Proof (TV series) - Armando Rosas
2011: Los Americans (TV series) - Max
2010: The Miracle of Spanish Harlem - Mariano
2010: Change Your Life! (video) - Simon Martinez
2010: Flowers for Norma (short) - Older Gentleman #1
2010: Royal Pains (TV series) - Marcos
2006-2010: Ugly Betty (TV series) - Ignacio Suarez
2009: Life Is Hot in Cracktown - Lou
2008: AmericanEast - Dez
2007: Half Past Dead 2 (video) - Warden El Fuego
2007: Hacia la oscuridad - Carlos Gutierrez
2007: The Dead One - Aparicio
2006: Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game) (voice)
2006: Slayer (TV movie) - Javier
2006: Commander in Chief (TV series) - Pete Ragone
2005: Vampire Bats (TV movie) - Sheriff Herbst
2005: Goal! The Dream Begins - Hernan Munez
2005: The Closer (TV series) - Alonzo Lopez
2005: The Lost City - The Emcee
2005: 24 (TV series) - Omar
2005: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Elindio Zapata
2004: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Video Game) - Tom/Cuellas (voice)
2004: The Division (TV series)
2004: JAG (TV series) - Colonel Okarman
2003: Cuban Blood - The narrator (voice)
2003: L.A. Dragnet (TV series) - Father Sosa
2003: Monk (TV series) - Capt. Alameda
2003: John Doe (TV series) - Captain Ruiz
2002: Half Past Dead - Warden El Fuego
2002: Less Than Perfect (TV series) - Owl Inspector
2000-2002: Resurrection Blvd. (TV series) - Roberto Santiago
2002: Fidel (TV movie) - Gen. Fulgencio Battista
2001: Vegas, City of Dreams - Captain Martin
2001: The West Wing (TV series) - Mickey Troop
2000: The Princess & the Barrio Boy (TV movie) - Ramon Torres
2000: Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV series short) - Pedro/Victor
2000: Noriega: God's Favorite (TV movie) - Colonel Diaz-Herrera
2000: Picking Up the Pieces - Usher
2000: Knockout - Chuck Alvarado
2000: City of Angels (TV series) - Javier Guerrero
2000: Star Wars: Force Commander (Video Game) - Airspeeder Pilot (voice)/Imperial Prison Ship Comm Officer (voice)
1999: Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (TV movie) - Mayor
1999: The Drew Carey Show (TV series) - Andrew Rodriguez
1999: My Little Assassin (TV movie)
1999: Every Dog Has Its Day - The Cop
1999: Justice (TV movie) - Orlando Reyes
1999: Martial Law (TV series) - Chava Rocha
1999: Let the Devil Wear Black - Tall
1998: Ally McBeal (TV series) - Judge Warren Figueroa
1998: Godzilla: The Series (TV series)
1998: Brooklyn South (TV series) - Lt. Casisas
1998: Shadow of Doubt - Detective Krause
1998: Grim Fandango (Video Game) - Manuel 'Manny' Calavera (voice)
1997: Extreme Ghostbusters (TV series)
1997: Sub Down (video) - Lt.Commander Melges
1997: Canción desesperada - Patrick
1997: Total Security (TV series) - Luis Escobar
1997: One Eight Seven - Principal Garcia
1997: Santa Fe - Chief Gomez
1997: Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV series) - Dr. David Sanders
1997: Gun (TV series) - Innez
1997: Coach (TV series) - Albert
1997: Down for the Barrio
1996: Santo Bugito (TV series) - Paco
1996: The Pretender (TV series) - Det. Guerra
1996: Death in Granada - Marcos, Lorca's friend
1996: Lone Star - Ray
1996: Nash Bridges (TV series) - Roscoe Skirt
1996: Primal Fear - Martinez
1996: Murder, She Wrote (TV series) - Desi Ortega
1996L L.A. Firefighters (TV series) - Marco
1996: Peacock Blues (TV short)
1995: Nixon - Manolo Sanchez
1995: ER (TV series) - Priest
1995: Silver Strand (TV movie) - Richie Guttierez
1995: Murder One (TV series) - A.D.A. Julio Salazar
1995: 500 Nations (TV mini-series)
1994: Dave's World (TV series) - Juan Gallegos
1994: The Burning Season (TV movie) - Galvao
1993-1994: Bakersfield P.D. (TV series) - Luke Ramirez
1994: One West Waikiki (TV series) - Ramon Guiterrez
1994: A Million to Juan - Jorge
1994: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV series) - Amaros
1993: Red Hot - KGB Investigator
1993: Father & Son: Dangerous Relations (TV movie) - Torres
1993: Nurses (TV series) - Rico Garcia
1993: Greshnitsa v maske - Le Arden
1992: Blossom (TV series) - Chico Barranca
1992: Live Wire - Al-red
1992: Tequila and Bonetti (TV series) - Arturo Medina
1991: Keeper of the City (TV movie) - Killer
1991: JFK - Carlos Bringuier
1991: The Golden Girls (TV series) - Lt. Alvarez
1991: Veronica Clare (TV series) - Nicky Swarchek
1991: One Good Cop - Beniamino
1991: Seinfeld (TV series) - Manny
1990: Havana - Julio Ramos
1990: The Rookie - Morales
1990: In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing (TV movie) - Mario Portillo Grande
1990: Beauty and the Beast (TV series) - Horner
1985-1990: Hunter (TV series) - D.A./Otero/Vern, Mechanic
1990: So Proudly We Hail (TV movie) - FBI Agent Alonso
1990: Why Me? - Benjy Klopzik
1990: Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (TV mini-series) - Pavon Reyes
1990: Sweet 15 (TV movie) - Samuel
1989: Falcon Crest (TV series) - Sal Tortino
1989: 21 Jump Street (TV series) - Robert Mendez
1989: Romero - Father Manuel Morantes
1989: L.A. Law (TV series) - Rivera
1989: The Equalizer (TV series) - Antonio Cruz
1989: The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (TV movie) - Mike Hernandez
1988: Break of Dawn (TV movie) - Rodriguez
1984-1988: Miami Vice (TV series) - Cinco/Ernesto Guerrero
1987: Buy & Cell - Raoul
1987: Born in East L.A. - Feo
1987: Disorderlies - Miguel
1987: Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (TV movie)
1986: ¡Three Amigos! - Jefe
1986: Salvador - Major Maximiliano 'Max' Casanova
1986: The Best of Times - Chico
1985: Latino - Ruben
1984: City Limits - Ramos
1981-1984: Hill Street Blues (TV series) - Kevin Herman Dracula/Roland Maxwell
1984: T.J. Hooker (TV series) - Chuy Vallestero
1983: Deal of the Century - Chicano Man
1983: Sadat (TV movie) - Dentist
1983: El Norte - Carlos
1983: Nightmares - Father Luis Del Amo
1983: Valley Girl - Low Rider
1983: Remington Steele (TV series) - Hector Sanchez
1983: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV series) - Carlos
1983: Listen to Your Heart (TV movie) - Julio
1983: What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon - Officer Ignatz
1982: Cagney & Lacey (TV series) - Freddie
1982: An Officer and a Gentleman - Emiliano Della Serra
1982: Love & Money - National Guard General
1981: Zoot Suit - Rudy
1981: Madame X (TV movie) - Senor Rueda
1981: House Calls (TV series) - Danny
1981: Circle of Power - Reza Haddad
1980: First Family
1980: Seed of Innocence
1979: Barnaby Jones (TV series) - Peter Sinestra
1979: Quincy M.E. (TV series) - Jorge
1979: The Streets of L.A. (TV movie) - Alberto 'Toto' Corona
1979: The Paper Chase (TV series) - Marcos
1978: The Boss' Son - Juan
1978: What's Happening!! (TV series) - Amid

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