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      Tony Plana

      Tony Plana

      Highest Rated: 90% Salvador (1986)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 19, 1952

      Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

      Actor Tony Plana 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, 2006-10) 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Salvador
      JFK
      Romero
      An Officer and a Gentleman Primal Fear
      Nixon
      Roman J. Israel, Esq.
      Zoot Suit

      Photos

      Psych, Corbin Bernsen (L), Tony Plana (C), Jeffrey Tambor (R), 'No Country For Two Old Men', Season 7, Ep. #4, 03/20/2013, ©USA Psych, Tony Plana, 'No Country For Two Old Men', Season 7, Ep. #4, 03/20/2013, ©USA Psych, Corbin Bernsen (L), Tony Plana (C), Kurt Fuller (R), 'No Country For Two Old Men', Season 7, Ep. #4, 03/20/2013, ©USA The Fosters, Tony Plana, 'Not That Kind of Girl', Season 2, Ep. #20, 03/16/2015, ©KSITE HALF PAST DEAD, Nia Peeples, Tony Plana, 2002, ©Sony Pictures The Fosters, Tony Plana, 'Not That Kind of Girl', Season 2, Ep. #20, 03/16/2015, ©KSITE HALF PAST DEAD, Tony Plana, 2002, ©Sony Pictures The Fosters, Tony Plana, 'Not That Kind of Girl', Season 2, Ep. #20, 03/16/2015, ©KSITE The Fosters, Tony Plana, 'Not That Kind of Girl', Season 2, Ep. #20, 03/16/2015, ©KSITE Taxi Brooklyn, Tony Plana, 'Double Identity', Season 1, Ep. #9, 08/20/2014, ©NBC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera (L), Tony Plana (R), 'Dead Arm', Season 1, Ep. #11, 01/16/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Tony Plana, 'Dead Arm', Season 1, Ep. #11, 01/16/2015, ©ABC GOAL!, Kuno Becker,(far right), 2005, ©Walt Disney Co Cristela, Tony Plana, 'Dead Arm', Season 1, Ep. #11, 01/16/2015, ©ABC HALF PAST DEAD, Nia Peeples, Tony Plana, 2002, ©Sony Pictures HALF PAST DEAD, Tony Plana, 2002, ©Sony Pictures HALF PAST DEAD, Eva-Maria Schonecker, Tony Plana, 2002, ©Sony Pictures HALF PAST DEAD, Morris Chestnut (l.), Eva-Marie Schonecker, Tony Plana, 2002, ©Sony Pictures GOAL!, Kuno Becker, Miriam Colon, Tony Plana, Alfredo Rodriquez, 2005, ©Walt Disney Co The Fosters, Tony Plana, 'Not That Kind of Girl', Season 2, Ep. #20, 03/16/2015, ©KSITE

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 86% A Snowy Day in Oakland Jesus Salgado (Character) - 2023
      40% 38% Wasp Network Luis Posada Carriles (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Butterfly Caught Michael Channis (Character) - 2017
      55% 57% Roman J. Israel, Esq. Jessie Salinas (Character) $11.7M 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel El Cardenal (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America Adrift William Fernandez (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swimming in the Desert Paul (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 42% Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Prosecutor Juan Martinez (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 87% A Miracle in Spanish Harlem Mariano (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 7% Meddling Mom Luis (Character) - 2013
      40% 68% The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Dr. Dominguez (Character) $9.9K 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America Leopoldo (Character) - 2010
      50% 54% Life Is Hot in Cracktown Lou (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearing Everett Unknown (Voice) - 2008
      11% 50% Towards Darkness Carlos Gutierrez (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 28% The Dead One Aparicio (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 47% Half Past Dead 2 Warden El Fuego (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 19% Slayer Javier (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 26% Vampire Bats Sheriff Herbst (Character) - 2005
      26% 64% The Lost City The Emcee (Character) $2.5M 2005
      43% 77% Goal! The Dream Begins Hernan Munez (Character) $4.3M 2005
      3% 37% Half Past Dead El Fuego (Character) $15.4M 2002
      No Score Yet 64% The Princess and the Barrio Boy Ramon Torres (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 2000
      No Score Yet 32% Picking Up the Pieces Usher (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Knockout Chuck (Character) $127.9K 2000
      50% 30% Noriega: God's Favorite Colonel Diaz-Herrera (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 17% Justice Orlando Reyes (Character) - 1999
      30% 68% One Eight Seven Principal Garcia (Character) $5.7M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Santa Fe Chief Gomez (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 62% Sub Down Lt.Commander Melges (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Down for the Barrio Cesar (Character) - 1996
      77% 89% Primal Fear Martinez (Character) $56.1M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories From the Edge Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 38% The Silver Strand Richie Guttierez (Character) - 1995
      75% 74% Nixon Manolo Sanchez (Character) $13.7M 1995
      No Score Yet 59% A Million to Juan Jorge (Character) $1.2M 1994
      No Score Yet 71% The Burning Season Galvao (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Torres (Character) - 1993
      0% 29% Live Wire Al-red (Character) - 1992
      84% 88% JFK Carlos Bringuier (Character) - 1991
      14% 36% One Good Cop Beniamino (Character) $11.3M 1991
      No Score Yet 29% Sweet 15 Samuel (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 39% Why Me? Benjy Klopzik (Character) $49.9K 1990
      27% 57% Havana Julio Ramos (Character) $8.8M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing Mario Portillo Grande (Character) - 1990
      82% 80% Romero Father Manuel Morantes (Character) $167.0K 1989
      No Score Yet 11% The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Mike Hernandez (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 40% Buy & Cell Raoul (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Break of Dawn Rodriguez (Character) - 1988
      40% 61% Born in East L.A. Feo (Character) $14.5M 1987
      No Score Yet 53% Disorderlies Miguel (Character) $8.4M 1987
      45% 67% Three Amigos! Jefe (Character) $36.2M 1986
      90% 85% Salvador Maj. Maximiliano 'Major Max' Casanova (presdential candidate) (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Latino Ruben (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 8% City Limits Ramos (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 89% Listen to Your Heart Julio (Character) - 1983
      29% 32% Nightmares Father Luis Del Amo (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Money National Guard General (Character) - 1982
      79% 81% An Officer and a Gentleman Emiliano Della Serra (Character) - 1982
      55% 74% Zoot Suit Rudy (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      93% 81% Superstore Ron (Guest Star) 2017 2019 2021
      67% 67% CONNECTING... Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
      40% 62% Deputy Jorge Reyes (Guest Star) 2020
      88% 55% Room 104 Bracamonte (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Admiral Ray Parker (Guest Star) 2014-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elena of Avalor Oapa (Guest Voice) 2018-2019
      No Score Yet 89% StartUp Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      95% 88% Elementary General Howard Alvero (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 75% Shooter Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Sean Perkins (Guest Star) 2018
      89% 76% Lethal Weapon Ronnie Delgado (Guest Star) 2016-2018
      92% 79% Colony Proxy Alcala (Guest Star) 2017
      25% 47% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 83% Motive Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      53% 61% Cristela Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      100% 86% Jane The Virgin Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Menendez (Guest Star) 2013
      92% 78% Person of Interest J.P. Suarez (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Alejandro (Guest Star),
      Director
      2011
      59% 56% Law & Order: LA Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      76% 61% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      94% 75% Royal Pains Marcos (Guest Star) 2010
      97% 83% Ugly Betty Ignacio Suarez (Character) 2006-2010
      82% No Score Yet Commander in Chief Pete Ragone (Guest Star) 2006
      83% 85% The Closer Alonzo Lopez (Guest Star) 2005
      87% 87% 24 Omar (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      91% 89% Monk Capt. Alameda (Guest Star) 2003
      41% No Score Yet Greetings From Tucson Director 2003
      73% No Score Yet John Doe Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd. Roberto Santiago (Character) 2000-2002
      81% 95% The West Wing Mickey Troop (Guest Star) 2001
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction? Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      57% No Score Yet Gun Unknown (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Albert (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Desi Ortega (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 85% ER Priest (Guest Star) 1995
      91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      67% No Score Yet Bakersfield, P.D. Luke Ramirez (Character) 1993-1994
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Amaros (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nurses Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      0% No Score Yet Tequila and Bonetti Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Alvarez (Guest Star) 1991
      89% 92% Seinfeld Manny (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Louis Horner (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Otero (Guest Star) 1985 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Antonio Cruz (Guest Star) 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Kevin Herman Dracula (Guest Star) 1981 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1978