Plana, Tony 1953-

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Plana, Tony 1953-


Born April 19, 1953, in Havana, Cuba; married Ada Maris (an actress), c. 1988; children: three (including one son). Education: Loyola Marymount University, B.A. (magna cum laude), drama and literature; studied acting at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.


Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 405 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Himber Entertainment, 211 South Beverly Dr., Suite 208, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actor, director, and writer. Appeared with the California Shakespearean Festival, Visalia, CA, 1980; East L.A. Classic Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, cofounder and executive artistic director. Through East L.A. Classic Theatre, founded Beyond Borders: Literacy Through Performing Arts.

Awards, Honors:

NCLR Bravo Award nomination, outstanding actor in a feature film, National Council of La Raza, 1996, for Lone Star; ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actor in a new television series, American Latin Media Arts Awards, 2001, ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actor in a television series, 2002, both for Resurrection Blvd.; Satellite Award, best actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, International Press Academy, 2006, ALMA Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor—television series, miniseries or television movie, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomina- tion (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, 2007, all for Ugly Betty; five Dramalogue awards for stage performances.


Film Appearances:

Seed of Innocence (also known as Teen Mothers), Cannon, 1980.

First Family, 1980.

Rudy Reyna, Zoot Suit, Universal, 1981.

Reza Haddad, Mystique (also known as Brainwash, Circle of Power, and The Naked Weekend), Mehlman, 1981.

National Guard general, Love and Money, Paramount, 1982.

Emiliano Della Serra, An Officer and a Gentleman, Paramount, 1982.

Father Luis Del Amo, "The Benediction," Nightmares, Universal, 1983.

Low rider, Valley Girl (also known as Bad Boyz, College Lovers, and Rebel Dreams), Atlantic, 1983.

Chicano man, Deal of the Century, Warner Bros., 1983.

Carlos, El Norte, Cinecom International/Island Alive, 1984.

Ramos, City Limits, Atlantic, 1985.

Ruben Trevino, Latino, Cinecom International, 1985.

Chico, The Best of Times, Universal, 1986.

Major Maximiliano "Major Max" Casanova, Salvador, Hemdale, 1986.

Jefe, Three Amigos! Orion, 1986.

Feo, Born in East L.A., Universal, 1987.

Miguel, Disorderlies, Warner Bros., 1987.

Voice of Omar Cabezas, Fire from the Mountain (documentary), Common Sense Foundation, 1987.

Gene Rodriguez, Break of Dawn, Cinewest, 1988.

Father Manuel Morantes, Romero, Four Seasons Entertainment, 1989.

Raoul, Buy and Cell, Empire, 1989.

Benjy Klopzik, Why Me?, 1990.

Morales, The Rookie, 1990.

Julio Ramos, Havana, 1990.

Beniamino, One Good Cop (also known as One Man's Justice), Hollywood Pictures, 1991.

Carlos Bruinguier, JFK (also known as JFK—Affaire non classee), 1991.

Al-red, Live Wire, 1992.

KGB investigator, Red Hot, 1993.

Le Arden, Greshnitsa v maske, 1993.

Jorge, A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One), 1994.

Manolo Sanchez, Nixon, 1995.

Martinez, Primal Fear, Paramount, 1996.

Ray, Lone Star, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996.

Marcos, Lorca's friend, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (also known as Death in Granada, Lorca, La desaparicion de Garcia Lorca, and Muerte en Granada), Sony Pictures Releasing, 1997.

Garcia, One Eight Seven, Warner Bros., 1997.

Chief Gomez, Santa Fe, Absolute Unequivocal Productions, 1997.

The cop, Every Dog Has Its Day, Red Dog Films, 1997.

Patrick, Cancion desesperada, 1997.

Down for the Barrio, 1997.

Detective Krause, Shadow of Doubt (also known as Reasonable Doubt), 1998.

Tall, Let the Devil Wear Black, Trimark Pictures, 1999.

Usher, Picking Up the Pieces, 2000.

Chuck Alvarado, Knockout, Renegade Entertainment, 2000.

Captain Martin, Vegas, City of Dreams, 2001.

Warden El Fuego, Half Past Dead (also known as Halbtot—Half Past Dead), Columbia TriStar, 2002.

Voice of the narrator, Dreaming of Julia (also known as Cuban Blood), Velocity Home Entertainment, 2003.

The Emcee, The Lost City, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Hernan Munez, Goal! (also known as Goal!: The Dream Begins and Goal!: The Impossible Dream), Buena Vista, 2005.

Himself, Othar Estrangeiro (documentary), 2006.

Aparicio, The Dead One, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, 2007.

Carlos Gutierrez, Hacia la oscuridad (also known as Towards Darkness), 2007.

Dez, AmericanEast, Distant Horizons, 2007.

Simon Martinez, Change Your Life!, 2007.

"An Officer and a Gentleman": 25 Years Later (documentary short), Paramount Home Entertainment, 2007.

Warden El Fuego, Half Past Dead 2, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007.

Life Is Hot in Cracktown, 2008.

Film Work:

English language voice, The Panama Deception, 1992.

Associate producer, A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One), 1994.

Automated dialogue replacement (ADR), Of Love and Shadows (also known as De amor y de sombras), 1994.

Television Appearances; Series:

Nicky Swarchek, Veronica Clare, 1991.

Luke Ramirez, Bakersfield P.D., Fox, 1993-94.

Voice of Paco, Santo Bugito, CBS, 1996.

Luis Escobar, Total Security, ABC, 1997.

Roberto Santiago, Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2000.

Omar, 24, Fox, 2005.

Ignacio Suarez, Ugly Betty, ABC, 2006—.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Dentist, Sadat, syndicated, 1983.

Commandante Pavon Reyes, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (also known as The Drug Wars Camarena), NBC, 1990.

General Fulgencio Battista, Fidel, Showtime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Alberto "Toto" Corona, The Streets of L.A., CBS, 1979.

Senor Rueda, Madame X, NBC, 1981.

Julio, Listen to Your Heart, CBS, 1983.

White Man Runs Him, Kenny Rogers As "The Gambler," Part III: The Legend Continues (also known as The Gambler III: The Legend Continues), CBS, 1987.

Mike Hernandez, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (also known as The Hillside Stranglers), NBC, 1989.

FBI Agent Alonso, So Proudly We Hail, CBS, 1990.

Mario Portillo Grande, In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing (also known as A Cop for the Killing and In the Line of Duty: Blood Brothers), 1990.

Killer, Keeper of the City, 1991.

Torres, Father and Son: Dangerous Relations (also known as Dangerous Relations and On the Streets of L.A.), NBC, 1993.

Orlavo Galvao, The Burning Season, HBO, 1994.

Richie Guttierez, Silver Strand, PBS, 1995.

Peacock Blues, 1996.

Lieutenant Commander Melges, Sub Down (also known as Sub Down: Take the Dive), USA Network, 1997.

Detective Krause, Shadow of Doubt (also known as Reasonable Doubt), Cinemax, 1998.

Orlando Reyes, Justice (also known as Backlash), Cinemax, 1999.

Raul Castro, My Little Assassin, Lifetime, 1999.

Mayor, Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (also known as Hostage Hotel), TNT, 1999.

Colonel Diaz-Herrera, Noriega: God's Favorite, Showtime, 2000.

Ramone Torres, The Princess and the Barrio Boy, Showtime, 2000.

Usher, Picking Up the Pieces, Cinemax, 2000.

Sheriff Herbst, Vampire Bats, CBS, 2005.

Javier, Slayer, Sci-Fi Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Vostonovich, Callahan, ABC, 1982.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Samuel Delacruz, "Sweet 15," Wonderworks, PBS, 1990.

Voice, 500 Nations, CBS, 1995.

The West, 1996.

Ignacio Suarez, The Beauty of Ugly Betty, ABC, 2007.

Ignacio Suarez, The Beautiful World of Ugly Betty, ABC, 2007.

The 2007 ALMA Awards, ABC, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Amid, "Diplomatic Immunity," What's Happening!, 1978.

Jorge, "For the Benefit of My Patients," Quincy M.E. (also known as Quincy), NBC, 1979.

Peter Sinestra, "Cry for Vengeance," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1979.

Danny, "Kleptos and Maniacs," House Calls, 1981.

Kevin Herman Dracula, "Film at Eleven," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1981.

Freddie, "Conduct Unbecoming," Cagney & Lacey, 1982.

Carlos, "Promised Land," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1983.

Hector Sanchez, "Steele Crazy After All These Years," Remington Steele, 1983.

Chuy Vallestero, "Gang War," T.J. Hooker, 1984.

Roland Maxwell, "Mayo, Hold the Pickle," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Cinco, "Give a Little, Take a Little," Miami Vice, NBC, 1984.

Otero, "The Beach Boy," Hunter, NBC, 1985.

Vern, "The Killer in the Halloween Mask," Hunter, NBC, 1985.

Ernesto Guerrara, "Baseballs of Death," Miami Vice, NBC, 1988.

Ernesto Guerrara, "Indian Wars," Miami Vice, NBC, 1988.

Jorge, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Showtime, 1988.

Antonio Cruz, "Prisoners of Conscience," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.

Edwardo Montoya, Snoops, CBS, 1989.

Rivera, "Urine Trouble Now," L.A. Law, NBC, 1989.

Sal Tortino, Falcon Crest, CBS, 1989.

"Come from the Shadows," 21 Jump Street, 1989.

Sal Tortino, "The Price of Freedom," Falcon Crest, 1989.

Sal Tortino, "Doctor Dollars," Falcon Crest, 1989.

Horner, "In the Forests of the Night," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1990.

Horner, "The Chimes at Midnight," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1990.

District attorney, "Unacceptable Loss," Hunter, NBC, 1990.

Manny, "The Apartment," Seinfeld, 1991.

Lieutenant Alvarez, "The Case of the Libertine Belle," The Golden Girls, 1991.

"Brooklyn and the Beast," Tequila and Bonetti, 1992.

Chico Barranca, "I Killed Chico Barranca," Blossom, 1992.

Rico Garcia, "Stine of Hearts," Nurses, 1992.

Frank, South of Sunset, CBS, 1993.

Juan Gallegos, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Dave's World, CBS, 1994.

Ramon Gutierrez, "Vanishing Act," One West Waikiki, CBS, 1994.

Amaros, "The Marquis: Parts 1 & 2," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as DS9, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1994.

Priest, "A Miracle Happens Here," ER, NBC, 1995.

Assistant District Attorney Julio Salazar, "Chapter Three," Murder One, ABC, 1995.

Desi Ortega, "Death Goes Double Platinum," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1996.

Roscoe Skirt, "Skirt Chasers," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

Marco, "The Match," L.A. Firefighters (also known as Fire Company 132), 1996.

Assistant District Attorney Julio Salazar, "Chapter Three," Murder One, ABC, 1996.

Detective Guerra, "Not Even a Mouse," The Pretender, NBC, 1996.

Latino Laugh Festival, Showtime, 1996.

Voice, The West, PBS, 1996.

Brooklyn South, CBS, 1997.

Albert, "The Neighbor Hood," Coach, ABC, 1997.

Innez, "Father John," Gun (also known as Robert Altman's "Gun"), ABC, 1997.

Voice, "Rage," Extreme Ghostbusters, 1997.

Dr. David Sanders, "The Unknown Patient," Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (also known as Beyond Belief), 1997.

Judge Warren Figueroa, "Just Looking," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1998.

"Queens for a Day," Brooklyn South, 1998.

Voice, "D.O.A.," Godzilla: The Series, 1998.

Chava Rocha, "Substitutes," Martial Law, CBS, 1999.

Andrew Rodriguez, The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1999.

Javier Guerrero, "Prototype," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Javier Guerrero, "Oscar de la Boya," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Javier Guerrero, "The High Cost of Living," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Voices of Victor and Pedro, Clifford the Big Red Dog, PBS, 2000.

Voice, Sammy, NBC, 2000.

Mickey Troop, "Bartlet's Third State of the Union," The West Wing, NBC, 2001.

Mickey Troop, "The War at Home," The West Wing, NBC, 2001.

Captain Ruiz, "John D.O.A.," John Doe, Fox, 2003.

Captain Alameda, "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico," Monk, USA Network, 2003.

Father Sosa, "Coyote," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

Captain Ruiz, "Doe or Die," John Doe, Fox, 2004.

Colonel Okarman, "Hard Time," JAG, CBS, 2004.

"Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," The Division (also known as Heart of the City), Lifetime, 2004.

Elindio Zapata, "Snakes," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I. and Les Experts), CBS, 2005.

Alonzo Lopez, "Standards and Practices," The Closer, TNT, 2005.

Himself, "Round 6," Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 2006.

Pete Ragone, "Wind Beneath My Wings," Commander in Chief, ABC, 2006.

Pete Ragone, "The Price You Pay," Commander in Chief, ABC, 2006.

Himself, "Movies," TV Land Confidential (also known as TV Land Confidential: The Untold Stories), TV Land, 2007.

Also appeared in Baretta, ABC; as owl inspector, "The Owl Specialist," Less Than Perfect, ABC.

Television Director; Movies:

The Princess and the Barrio Boy, Showtime, 2000.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Saliendo," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2001.

"Un Amigo Viejo," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2002.

Greetings from Tucson, The WB, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) Rudy Reyna, Zoot Suit, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Second murderer, Richard III, Center Theater Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1983.

Miguel, Rum and Coke, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA, 1985, then (off-Broadway debut) Public Theatre, 1986.

Sarge, The Boys of Winter, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Charlie Bacon and His Family, South Coast Repertory, 1986.

Dr. Danny Lucchesi, Fugue, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, 1987.

Also appeared as Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Devil, Peer Gynt, and Tilly, He Who Gets Slapped, all Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Santa Maria, CA; Sirhan Sirhan, Sirhan and RFK: A Murder Mystery, Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles.

Stage Director:

Directed productions of Don Jose de la Mancha; The Answer to My Prayer; "The Pain of Macho," HBO New Writer's Festival; The Seductions of Johnny Diego; A Heart's Eye, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles; Adrift, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA.


Video Games:

Voice of Manuel Calavera, Grim Fandango, 1998.

"Airspeeder" pilot and commanding officer of imperial prison ship, Star Wars: Force Commander, 2000.

Voice of Tom and Cuellas, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, 2004.


Television Movies; Stories:

The Princess & the Barrio Boy (also known as She's in Love), 2000.



Tony Plana Website,, October 20, 2007.