Alec Mapa

Lowest Rated: 29% A New Life (1988)
Birthday: Jul 10, 1965
Birthplace: Not Available
An inimitable comedian (and comedic actor) who billed himself as "America's favorite gaysian sweetheart," Alec Mapa (pronounced moppa) indeed played off of his Asian American identity and open homosexuality, to such a degree that they became veritable cornerstones of his shtick, as well as his spate of role choices. Mapa grew up in San Francisco during the 1970s, raised in a conservative, Catholic Filipino family but surrounded by bohemian lifestyles and multiculturalism that influenced and shaped him. He formally broke into show business with a role in an ABC After School Special and small turns in Alan Alda's seriocomedy A New Life (1988) and James Bridges' urban addiction drama Bright Lights, Big City (1988). The actor scored his broadest acclaim, however, in 1991, with a lead role as the transvestite opera star Song Liling, in the Broadway production of David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly. In the years that followed, Mapa moved into television and enjoyed guest bits on series including NYPD Blue, Friends, Roseanne, and Seinfeld. With many subsequent roles (including assignments as series regulars), Mapa aggressively strove to break new ground and open new doors in small-screen depictions of gay culture and lifestyles, and won broad acclaim and support in the LGBT community for doing so. Key assignments in this vein included a role as gay, plutonic best friend of homosexual writer Jason Bateman on the short-lived CBS sitcom Some of My Best Friends (2001), a multiseason turn as the gossip-driven executive assistant Adam Benet on the UPN sitcom Half & Half (2003); and, even more visibly, a portrayal of Vern, Gaby's gay best friend, on the series blockbuster Desperate Housewives. Additional features in which Mapa costarred included Connie and Carla (2004), Tru Loved (2007), and You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Grand-Daddy Day Care Actor 2019
83% A Very Sordid Wedding Marty 2017
No Score Yet Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy Screenwriter Producer Actor 2014
No Score Yet Such Good People Rigzang Wangchuck 2014
No Score Yet Beethoven's Treasure Tail Actor 2014
63% Going Down In La-la Land Himself 2012
No Score Yet Half-Share Actor 2011
No Score Yet Winner Takes All Simon 2011
No Score Yet Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Actor 2011
No Score Yet Pride: The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Slam Actor 2010
35% Tru Loved Mr. Bushnell 2008
37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Claude $100.1M 2008
No Score Yet Laughing Matters...The Men Actor 2007
50% Dirty Laundry Daniel 2006
No Score Yet Wisecrack Actor 2005
44% Connie and Carla Lee/N'Cream $8M 2004
60% Playing by Heart Lana 1998
60% The Substance of Fire New Receptionist 1996
63% Bright Lights, Big City Yasu Wade 1988
29% A New Life Sybil 1988

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Talk Show the Game Show
2017
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011-2017
Lawrence
  • 2016
No Score Yet Mom
2013
Milo
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
100% Switched at Birth
2011-2017
Renzo Lorenzo
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Dance Moms
2011-2016
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013-2016
  • 2013
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Appearing
  • 2010
  • 2009
96% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
Suzuki St. Pierre
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Clerk
  • 2009
No Score Yet Heartland
2007
Teddy DeSilva
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2007
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Vern
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Help Me Help You
2006
Andrew
  • 2006
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Trina
  • 1999
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Angela
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1992-1997
Perry
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Brian Yoshimara
  • 1995
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Kyle
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Wretched Fan
  • 1990

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