Rey, Antonia 1927–

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Rey, Antonia 1927–


Original name, Antonia Francesch; born October 12, 1927, in Havana, Cuba; daughter of Antonio (a dentist) and Emilia (a nurse; maiden name, Rangel) Francesch; married Andres Castro (a director), December 17, 1958. Education: Graduated from University of Havana; studied with Andres Castro in New York City.


Actress. Worked as assistant to the director of Westside Repertory Theatre, New York City.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Lifetime Achievement Award, Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) Award, 2003.


Film Appearances:

Mrs. Amador, Coogan's Bluff, 1968.

Mrs. Cruz, Popi, 1969.

Concha, Doc, 1971.

Waitress, Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? (also known as Death of a Hooker), 1971.

Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? (also known as Barney), 1971.

Modesta, To Find a Man (also known as Sex and the Teenager), 1972.

Mrs. Rosiello, The Lords of Flatbush, 1974.

Pearl, The Money (also known as Atlantic City Jackpot), 1975.

Danitza Giorgio, King of the Gypsies, 1978.

Berger's mother, Hair, 1979.

Carmelita, Boardwalk, 1979.

Estancia, The Changeling (also known as L'Enfant du Diable), 1980.

Spanish woman, The Clairvoyant (also known as The Killing Hour and The Killing Kind), 1982.

Counter woman at McDonald's, Moscow on the Hudson, 1984.

Puerto Rican nurse, Garbo Talks (also known as Garbo Talks!), 1984.

Flora, Beat Street, 1984.

Aunt Sadie, Wise Guys, 1986.

Clara, Forever, Lulu! (also known as Crazy Streets), 1986.

Bandana's mother, Spike of Bensonhurst (also known as Throw Back!), 1988.

Market woman, White Hot (also known as Crack in the Mirror), 1989.

Woman on subway, Jacob's Ladder (also known as Dante's Inferno), 1990.

Soledad, True Colors, 1991.

La Mama, I Was on Mars, 1991.

Jesus's mother, Chain of Desire, 1992.

Fortune teller, Only You (also known as Him and Just in Time), 1994.

Gypsy woman, It Runs in the Family (also known as My Summer Story), 1994.

Grandmother, Tarantella, 1995.

Made Men, 1996.

Josephina Zito, Kiss Me, Guido, Paramount, 1997.

Mrs. Ochoa, The Object of My Affection, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1998.

Tenant, Gloria, Columbia, 1999.

Senora, Pinero, Miramax, 2001.

Rosa, Grandchildren (short), 2003.

Consuela, The Reality Trap, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Appeared in The Secret Storm.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mrs. Profaci, Honor Thy Father, 1973.

Rita Alvarez, The Marcus–Nelson Murders (also known as Kojak: "The Marcus–Nelson Murders"), 1973.

Mrs. Terranova, Siege, 1978.

Lucy, The Last Tenant, 1978.

Grandma Perez, The Gentleman Bandit (also known as The Bandit Priest), 1981.

Mrs. Gomez, Dream House, 1981.

Out of the Darkness, 1985.

Mrs. Diaz, Action Family, 1987.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Emma, Rappaccini's Daughter, PBS, 1980.

CityKids, ABC, 1993.

Also appeared as Sophie, Ladies in Waiting, PBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Taxi driver, One More Try, 1982.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Naked City, 1962.

Aunt Rosa, "All in the Famiglia," Who's the Boss?, 1988.

Aunt Rosa, "Inherit the Wind," Who's the Boss?, 1990.

Mrs. Samaras, "New York News," New York News, CBS, 1995.

"The Bug," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Maggie Mendez, "Maledictus," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2002.

Connie, "Two Hundred and Thirty–Three Days," Third Watch, NBC, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Numancia Cervantes, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba, 1948.

(Broadway debut) Loopa, Bajour, Shubert Theatre, 1964.

Madrecita, Camino Real, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Constanzia, The Engagement Baby, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Flower vendor, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Mrs. Murino, 42 Seconds from Broadway, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Sophia, New York 1937, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Assunta, The Rose Tattoo, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1995.

Also appeared as Lucia, Mike Downstairs, Broadway production; prisoner, Poets from the Inside, and Mamita, The Wonderful Year, both Public Theatre, New York City; Fula Lopez, In the Summer House, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City; Maria, Back Bog Beast, American Place Theatre, New York City; mother, Blood Wedding, Intar Hispanic American Theatre, New York City; Ranevsky, The Cherry Orchard, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Warren's Profession, and in The Importance of Being Earnest, all Westside Repertory Theatre, New York City.

Major Tours:

Appeared in tours of The Rose Tattoo and A Streetcar Named Desire, both U.S. cities.