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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 22, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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After more than two decades of work on stage, film and television, versatile supporting actor Hector Elizondo gained widespread recognition in large part due to his recurring collaborations with prolific director Garry Marshall. Having entertained earlier interests in sports, music and dance, Elizondo came to acting relatively late in life, but began making headway with stage roles in such Broadway and off-Broadway productions as "The Great White Hope" and "Steambath" - the latter of which won him an Obie Award. Supporting turns in features like "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974) and "American Gigolo" (1980) provided exposure, but it was the role of a transvestite Mafioso in Marshall's feature directorial debut "Young Doctors in Love" (1982) that would alter the trajectory of Elizondo's career from that point forward. Marshall enlisted the chameleon-like actor for virtually every one of his future film projects, although it was Elizondo's performance as a kind-hearted hotel manager in "Pretty Woman" (1990) that made him, if not a household name, an instantly recognizable face. In addition to his continued work with Marshall, he appeared in dozens of other film and television projects,...

After more than two decades of work on stage, film and television, versatile supporting actor Hector Elizondo gained widespread recognition in large part due to his recurring collaborations with prolific director Garry Marshall. Having entertained earlier interests in sports, music and dance, Elizondo came to acting relatively late in life, but began making headway with stage roles in such Broadway and off-Broadway productions as "The Great White Hope" and "Steambath" - the latter of which won him an Obie Award. Supporting turns in features like "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974) and "American Gigolo" (1980) provided exposure, but it was the role of a transvestite Mafioso in Marshall's feature directorial debut "Young Doctors in Love" (1982) that would alter the trajectory of Elizondo's career from that point forward. Marshall enlisted the chameleon-like actor for virtually every one of his future film projects, although it was Elizondo's performance as a kind-hearted hotel manager in "Pretty Woman" (1990) that made him, if not a household name, an instantly recognizable face. In addition to his continued work with Marshall, he appeared in dozens of other film and television projects, including an award-winning tenure as part of the medical staff on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). Nearly 30 years after his collaboration with the director first began, Elizondo proved just as dependable and enthusiastic as ever as part of the star-studded cast in Marshall's romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" (2011). Blessed with wit, charm and an impressive range, Elizondo continued to deliver performances that went beyond any perceived limitations imposed by either age or ethnicity.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Go For Sisters (2013)
3.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
4.
 Valentine's Day (2010)
5.
 I-See-You.Com (2008)
6.
 Georgia Rule (2007)
7.
 Music Within (2007)
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Grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side
1947:
TV debut, "The Wendy Barrie Show"
1948:
Landed a recurring role on the children's TV series, "Oky Doky Ranch"
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Played conga drums in a New York nightclub
1959:
Danced with the Ballet Arts Company of Carnegie Hall
1961:
Stage debut in Equity Library Theatre production of "Mr. Roberts"
1964:
Film debut "The Fat Black Pussycat"
1965:
Off-Broadway debut, "Kill the One-Eyed Man"
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Acted with the Theatre Company of Boston in "Armstrong's Last Goodnight" and "So Proudly We Hail"
1969:
Made Broadway debut in "The Great White Hope," opposite James Earl Jones
1969:
Appeared in "The Vixens"
1971:
Won an OBIE Award for his outstanding performance as God in the guise of a Puerto Rican bath attendant in "Steambath"
1972:
Had small roles in the films "Pocket Money" and "Deadhead Miles"
1975:
Had small role in the NBC TV movie "Columbo: A Case of Immunity"
1976:
Starred as Abraham Rodriguez in TV series, "Popi"
1976:
Played Pancho Villa in the ABC film "Wanted: The Sundance Woman"
1977:
Nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance in "Sly Fox," opposite Jackie Gleason
1980:
Had a small role in "American Gigolo" as a detective; first pairing with Richard Gere
1980:
Played Det. Sergeant Dan 'The Bean' Delgado in the TV series, "Freebie and the Bean"
1981:
Played a cop in the thriller "The Fan"
1982:
Offered hilarious turn as a drag queen in Garry Marshall's "Young Doctors in Love"
1983:
Moved to Los Angeles
1983:
Played Captain Louis Renault in the short-lived NBC series "Casablanca"
1983:
Starred in the NBC movie "Women of San Quentin"
1984:
Directorial debut, TV series, "aka Pablo" (also star)
1984:
Had small role in Marshall's comedy "The Flamingo Kid"
1985:
Portrayed District Attorney Jesse Steinberg on TV series, "Foley Square"
1986:
Third comedy with Marshall, "Nothing in Common"
1987:
Had bit part as skipper of a garbage scow in the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell starrer "Overboard"; directed by Marshall
1987:
Played Dave Whitman in the Fox TV series "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"
1988:
Featured as yet another cop in the ABC movie "Addicted to His Love"
1989:
Had small role in "Leviathan"
1990:
Updated the fairy godmother role in Marshall's blockbuster modern Cinderella tale "Pretty Woman"; second film with Gere
1990:
Played Hasan Demir in the TNT production "Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files"
1991:
Featured as the owner of the diner where "Frankie and Johnny" work in Marshall's thoughtful romance, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
1991:
Played a coach in the football comedy "Nescessary Roughness"
1992:
Starred as Sandy Stern in the ABC miniseries "The Burden of Proof"
1992:
Voiced the character of Sheldon Fallbrook on "Batman: The Animated Series"
1993:
Earned Emmy Award nomination for his supporting role in the American Playhouse production of "Mrs. Cage"
1994:
Played Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS medical drama series, "Chicago Hope"; nominated for Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1995, 1996 and 1998; won in 1997
1994:
Appeared as Dr. Watters on an episode of the TV series "Picket Fences"
1994:
Played small role as the rich man who trains a vulnerable Dana Delaney to be a dominatrix in Marshall's unpopular S&M comedy "Exit to Eden"
1994:
Had featured role in unecessary sequel "Beverly Hills Cop III"
1994:
Lent voice to the character Malcho on the CBS syndicated cartoon series "Disney's Aladdin"
1996:
Played himself on an episode of the CBS comedy "Murphy Brown," where Marshall had a regular co-starring role
1996:
Acted in the Marshall comedy "Dear God"
1998:
Appeared as Dr Phillip Watters in an episode of the CBS drama "Early Edition"
1999:
Had featured role in "The Other Sister," Marshall's tale of a young developmentally disabled couple in love
1999:
Stole scenes as the new husband of Gere's ex-wife in the blockbuster romantic comedy "Runaway Bride"
2001:
Starred opposite Raquel Welch in "Tortilla Soup," a remake of "Eat Drink Man Woman" re-set in the Latino community of L.A.
2001:
Once again worked with Garry Marshall, playing the head of security for the monarch of a small country in the comedy "The Princess Diaries"
2004:
Again played head of security for the monarch in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"
2007:
Cast in the Garry Marshall-directed dark comedy "Georgia Rule"
2007:
Had a supporting role in Gabriel Garcia Márquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
2011:
Co-starred with Tim Allen on ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing"
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year¿s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall; Elizondo, Ashton Kutcher, and Jessica Biel were the only actors from "Valentine's Day" to return, but playing different characters
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Education

High School of Music and Art: New York , New York -
Commerce High School: New York , New York -
Stella Adler Studio: Los Angeles , California -
City College of New York: New York , New York - 1956
Ballet Arts Company: New York , New York - 1962 - 1963

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wife:
Carolee Campbell. Printer, photographer, former actor. Born c. 1938; met at Actors Studio; married on April 13, 1969; became a well-known soap opera actor; won an Emmy for her role in "This Is My Son" (1977); runs a small publishing company, Ninja Press.

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father:
Martin Echevarria Elizondo. Accountant. Of Basque-Puerto Rican descent.
mother:
Carmen Medina Elizondo. Born in Puerto Rico.
son:
Rodd Elizondo. Preschool teacher. Born c. 1956; mother is Elizondo's first wife.

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