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Also Known As: Alexa Vega, Alexa Ellesse Vega, Alexa Ellesse Pena-Vega Died:
Born: August 27, 1988 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA Profession: actress

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Born in Miami, FL, Alexa PenaVega spent her very early childhood on her fatherâ¿¿s ranch in Ocala, FL. At the age of 4, PenaVegaâ¿¿s family relocated to California. PenaVega was a child actress, featured in movies like "Twister" (1996), and in a number of television series, like "Evening Shade" (CBS 1990-94), "ER" (NBC 1994-2009), "Chicago Hope" (CBS 1994-2000) and "Lifeâ¿¿s Work" (ABC 1996-97). In 2001 PenaVega was cast as Carmen Cortez in "Spy Kids" (2001), a childrenâ¿¿s movie about the two children of a pair of secret agents, who must save their parents from danger. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez, and co-starred Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, and Carla Gugino. The film did so well that a sequel was made the very next year, "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams" (2002). Critical reception for that second film was so positive that a third movie was planned, "Spy Kids 3: Game Over" (2003). Following her work in the Spy Kids franchise, PenaVega appeared in several TV movies including "Odd Girl Out" (2005), "Walkout" (2006) and various other television and film projects. In 2015 it was announced that PenaVega would compete on the 21st season of the dance competition show "Dancing with...

Born in Miami, FL, Alexa PenaVega spent her very early childhood on her fatherâ¿¿s ranch in Ocala, FL. At the age of 4, PenaVegaâ¿¿s family relocated to California. PenaVega was a child actress, featured in movies like "Twister" (1996), and in a number of television series, like "Evening Shade" (CBS 1990-94), "ER" (NBC 1994-2009), "Chicago Hope" (CBS 1994-2000) and "Lifeâ¿¿s Work" (ABC 1996-97). In 2001 PenaVega was cast as Carmen Cortez in "Spy Kids" (2001), a childrenâ¿¿s movie about the two children of a pair of secret agents, who must save their parents from danger. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez, and co-starred Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, and Carla Gugino. The film did so well that a sequel was made the very next year, "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams" (2002). Critical reception for that second film was so positive that a third movie was planned, "Spy Kids 3: Game Over" (2003). Following her work in the Spy Kids franchise, PenaVega appeared in several TV movies including "Odd Girl Out" (2005), "Walkout" (2006) and various other television and film projects. In 2015 it was announced that PenaVega would compete on the 21st season of the dance competition show "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC 2005- ). Her husband Carlos PenaVega announced that he would also compete.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pixies (2015)
3.
 Murder Pact, The (2015)
4.
 Roommate Wanted (2015)
5.
 Do You Believe? (2015)
6.
 Tell Tale Lies (2015)
7.
 23 Blast (2014)
8.
 Remaining, The (2014)
9.
 Bounty Killer (2013)
10.
 Hunters, The (2013)
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1993:
First TV role, playing Emily Newton on the CBS series "Evening Shade"
1994:
Made feature debut portraying Ed O'Neill's perfect daughter in "Little Giants"
1996:
Portrayed the younger version of Helen Hunt's character in the feature "Twister"
1996:
Cast in the ABC comedy series "Life's Work"
1999:
Played Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter in "Deep End of The Ocean"
2001:
Landed breakthrough role as Carmen Cortez in Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids"
2002:
Re-teamed with Rodriguez for the sequel "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams"
2003:
Reprised her role as Carmen for "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over"
2004:
Starred in the teen comedy "Sleepover"
2005:
Played a victim of cyber-bullying in the Lifetime movie "Odd Girl Out"
2006:
Co-starred in the HBO movie "Walkout," based on a true story of the 1968 East L.A. walkouts
2007:
Made her Broadway debut in "Hairspray"
2008:
Played Shilo Wallace in the cult classic "Repo! the Genetic Opera"
2009:
Played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family sitcom "Ruby & The Rockits"
2011:
Once again directed by Robert Rodriguez in "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World"
2015:
Competed on "Dancing with the Stars"
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Education

Notre Dame Catholic High School: Sherman Oaks , California -

Notes

"I met so many people. One, because we did a world tour, and the other, we went to different malls, autograph signings. It was very exciting because the kids are like, 'Oh my gosh, it's so great to meet you' and I just consider myself me. I'm a normal kid and it's just kind of weird but exciting that someone looks up to you so much. That's why you have to set a good example, make sure you're always being humble and grounded and that's something I get with a big family. I have four sisters and since my dad's not here anymore, we're all girls. We do pretty good."-- Vega, Filmbug.com, Summer 2002

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sister:
Makenzie Vega. Actor.
sister:
Krizia. Born c. 1991.
sister:
Greylin. Born c. 2001.
half-sister:
Margaux. Born 1982.
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