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Born: April 19, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cuba Profession: actor, producer, director

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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, 2006-10) 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.

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, 2006-10) 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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Inner City (2017)
3.
 Pain & Gain (2013)
6.
 Towards Darkness (2007)
7.
 El Muerto (2007)
8.
 Lost City, The (2005)
9.
 Vampire Bats (2005)
10.
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Moved with his family to Los Angeles at age nine
1978:
Originated the role of Rudy in the L.A. production of "Zoot Suit"
1979:
Broadway debut, reprised role of Rudy in "Zoot Suit"
1979:
TV debut, "The Streets of L.A." (CBS)
1980:
Feature acting debut, "Love & Money"
1981:
Played Rudy in the film version of "Zoot Suit"
1985:
First film in a lead role was in Haskell Wexler's "Latino"
1985:
Appeared on Broadway in "The Boys of Winter"
1990:
TV series debut, "Veronica Claire"
1993:
Cast as caring partner Luke Ramirez in the police comedy, "Bakersfield P.D." (FOX)
1994:
Co-directed and co-produced "A Million to Juan" (also acted) with Paul Rodriguez
1997:
Played Luis Escobar in the ABC drama "Total Security"
2000:
Starred in "Resurrection Blvd." (Showtime); also directed episodes
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"
2002:
Portrayed the character El Fuego in "Half Past Dead"
2002:
Directed an episode of "Greetings from Tucson" for the WB Network
2005:
Had a recurring role on FOX's "24"
2006:
Cast in ABC's "Ugly Betty" as Betty's father, Ignacio Suarez
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit
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Education

Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles , California -
Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles , California -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

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wife:
Ada Maris. Actor. Has one son with Plana.

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son:
Alejandro Plana. Born c. 1990; mother Ada Maris.

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