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Also Known As: Mayte Michelle Rodriguez Died:
Born: July 12, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bexar County, Texas, USA Profession: actress

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

In a karmic twist of fate, Michelle Rodriquez's signature roles came in productions whose titles eerily sum up her Hollywood career. Between her striking debut in the female boxing movie "Girlfight" (2000), her turn as Vin Diesel's gearhead girlfriend in the action film "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), and her role as a tough ex-cop on the hit TV series "Lost" (ABC, 2004- ), the titles mirrored her hardened personality and sometimes troubled personal life. She was a raw, talented actress who found the Byzantine maze of Hollywood almost as hard to navigate as the American legal system. Her various arrests for everything from assault to drunk driving temporarily sidetracked her promising career and landed her in jail, but her fighting spirit would not allow her to go down for the count.

In a karmic twist of fate, Michelle Rodriquez's signature roles came in productions whose titles eerily sum up her Hollywood career. Between her striking debut in the female boxing movie "Girlfight" (2000), her turn as Vin Diesel's gearhead girlfriend in the action film "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), and her role as a tough ex-cop on the hit TV series "Lost" (ABC, 2004- ), the titles mirrored her hardened personality and sometimes troubled personal life. She was a raw, talented actress who found the Byzantine maze of Hollywood almost as hard to navigate as the American legal system. Her various arrests for everything from assault to drunk driving temporarily sidetracked her promising career and landed her in jail, but her fighting spirit would not allow her to go down for the count.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Turbo (2013)
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 Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
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 Machete Kills (2013)
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 Big Fix, The (2011)
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 Machete (2010)
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 Avatar (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Texas until her parents separated at age eight
1986:
Lived with her maternal grandmother in the Dominican Republic
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Briefly moved to Puerto Rico to live with her father
1990:
Settled in Jersey City, NJ with her mother
1999:
Cast as an extra in NYC film productions "Summer of Sam" (1999) and "For Love of the Game" (1999)
2000:
Landed breakthrough role as Diana, the tough and troubled high school student who finds an outlet for her aggression in boxing in "Girlfight"
2001:
Played a tough NYC cabbie in Showtime movie "3 A.M."
2001:
Co-starred as a gang member with a penchant for racing sports cars in "The Fast and the Furious"
2002:
Co-starred with Milla Jovovich in Paul Anderson's "Resident Evil"
2002:
Played one of Kate Bosworth's friends and roommates in the surfer film "Blue Crush"
2003:
Portrayed the character Chris in the summer action feature "S.W.A.T."
2004:
Lent her voice to the video games "True Crime: Street of LA" and "Halo2"
2005:
Joined the second season of ABC's "Lost" as ex-police officer Ana-Lucia Cortez; character killed off at the end of season
2006:
Starred in the big-screen version of the popular video game "BloodRayne"
2006:
Co-starred in the horror film "The Breed"
2008:
Cast in actor Stuart Townsend's directorial debut "Battle in Seattle"
2009:
Reprised role for the fourth film "Fast & Furious"
2009:
Cast in James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic "Avatar"
2010:
Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez
2012:
Reprised role opposite Milla Jovovich in action horror sequel "Resident Evil: Retribution," written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
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Notes

In March 2002, Rodriguez was arrested for allegedly attacking her female roommate. She pleaded innocent to charges of assault and harassment and posted $2500 bail.

"If I'm a sex symbol, than so are half the people in Jersey." --Michelle Rodriguez quoted in "E! Sizzling Sixteen 2001", January 2001.

"We had to work on calming her face and relaxing her. She got to a point where she reached that quietness on her own pretty quickly. She's got the goods to be a truly great actress." --"Girlfight" director Karyn Kusama quoted in USA Today, October 19, 2000.

"I was always the girl in Jersey City who was the big tomboy, considered the butch because I was so masculine. I was always wearing baggy jeans with my boxers coming out. It was my defense against being considered that sexy person that the guys would try to lay. So, instead, they just considered me one of the guys." --Rodriguez on her teen years, quoted in Time Out New York, September 28-October 5, 2000.

"Guys think a girl won't lift up her hands or defend herself. But they'd be amazed when that beast is let loose." --Michelle Rodriguez quoted in Talk, June-July 2000.

In June 2004, due to dangerous driving and a DUI Rodriguez was sentenced to several hours in jail and will take part in community service in the morgues at two local hospitals; she will also attend a three-month alcohol program and must get involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Rafael Rodriguez. US Army officer. Puerto Rican; separated from Rodriguez's mother c. 1986; died in 1997.
mother:
Carmen Rodriguez. Dominican; separated from Rodriguez's father c. 1986.
brother:
Omar Rodriguez. Mechanical engineer. Born c. 1970; twin of Raul.
brother:
Raul Rodriguez. Store manager. Born c. 1970; twin of Omar.
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