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Also Known As: Rosa Maria Serrano Died:
Born: September 6, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: choreographer, dancer, actor, producer, director

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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.

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.

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 Counselor, The (2013)
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 Won't Back Down (2012)
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 Small Apartments (2012)
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 Other Guys, The (2010)
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 Take, The (2007)
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1982:
Made first TV appearance as a dancer on "Soul Train"
1988:
Spotted by Spike Lee at the LA club Funky Reggae; approached her to appear in his film "Do the Right Thing"
1989:
Made film debut in "Do the Right Thing" as Lee's Puerto Rican girlfriend
1990:
Made TV acting debut on HBO's "Criminal Justice"
1990:
Served as choreographer of the Fly Girls on Fox's sketch comedy series "In Living Color"
1990:
Landed recurring role on the TV series "WIOU" (CBS)
1992:
Played major role in hit comedy "White Men Can't Jump" opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson
1993:
Made TV debut as executive producer and hosted "Rosie Perez Presents Society's Ride" (HBO)
1993:
Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an airplane crash survivor in "Fearless"
1994:
Cast as Nicolas Cage's free-spending wife in "It Could Happen to You"
1997:
Directed by future husband Seth Zvi Rosenfeld in "A Brother's Kiss"
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:
Portrayed title role in "Perdita Durango"; the character of Perdita Durango previously appeared in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," played by Isabella Rossellini
1998:
Co-produced "The 24 Hour Woman"; also starred as a TV talk show host
2000:
Lent her voice to the animated "Road to El Dorado"
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"
2005:
Appeared in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one-man show
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
2007:
Cast in the Broadway revival of "The Ritz," directed by Joe Mantello
2008:
Played a crooked cop in the comedy "Pineapple Express"
2008:
Played John Leguizamo's wife in the crime drama "The Take"
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ("The Take")
2008:
Landed recurring role on NBC's short-lived "Lipstick Jungle"
2011:
Co-starred in off-Broadway production "Close Up Space"
2012:
Cast alongside Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in inner city school drama "Won┬┐t Back Down"
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Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

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

"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, November 5, 1993

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husband:
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld. Director, screenwriter. Born c. 1961; engaged as of December 1996; met during filming of "A Brother's Kiss"; married on July 8, 1999 in a ceremony at the Ethical Cultural Society and rewed on July 9, 1999 in a "legal" ceremony; announced separation in November 2001.

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grandfather:
Florentino Reyes Fontanez. Born c. 1899.
father:
Ismail Serrano. Never married Perez's mother.
step-father:
Ventura Perez. Died in 1980.
mother:
Lydia Perez. 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 who fathered her two youngest children; contracted AIDS.
half-sister:
Magda Perez.
half-brother:
Ray Perez.
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