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Alec Mapa



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Beethoven's Treasure Tail
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Such Good People
  • Rigzang Wangchuck
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
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Claude
2008
No Score Yet Laughing Matters...The Men
  • Actor
2007
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
2004
60% Playing by Heart
  • Lana
1998
60% The Substance of Fire
  • New Receptionist
1996
61% Bright Lights, Big City
  • Yasu Wade
1988
29% A New Life
  • Sybil
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Vern
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Suzuki St. Pierre
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Brian Yoshimara
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011
  • Lawrence
No Score Yet Mom
2013
  • Milo
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Clerk
No Score Yet Dance Moms
2011-2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
2011-2015
  • Renzo Lorenzo

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