Miriam Colon

Miriam Colon

Highest Rated: 94% Lone Star (1996)

Lowest Rated: 14% Gloria (1999)

Birthday: Aug 20, 1936

Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Colon was just a young girl in the 1940s when her recently divorced mother moved the family to a public housing project called "Residencial Las Casas" located in Barrio Obrero, San Juan. She attended the Ramon Baldorioty de Castro High School located in Old San Juan, where she was always actively participated in the school's plays. Her first drama teacher, Marcos Colon (no relation to Miriam) believed that she was very talented and with his help she was permitted to observe the students in the "Drama Department of the University of Puerto Rico". She was a good student in high school and was awarded scholarships which enable her to enroll in the "Dramatic Workshop and Technical Institude" and also in "The Lee Strasburg Acting Studio" in New York City.In 1953, Colon debuted as "Lolita" in her first movie which was locally produced, called Peloteros (Baseball Players), starring Ramón (Diplo) Rivero.In 1954, Colon moved to New York, where she worked in theater and later landed a role in the American soap opera "Guiding Light". On one occasion she attended a presentation of Rene Marques "La Carreta" (The Oxcart). That presentation motivated her to form the first Hispanic theater group, with the help of "La Carreta"'s producer, Roberto Rodriguez. It was called "El Circulo Dramatico" (The Drama Circuit).From 1954 to 1974, Colon made over 250 guest appearances in television shows. She appeared mostly in westerns such as "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The High Chaparral" and "Have Gun, Will Travel" where she played a Mexican woman.In 1961, Colon participated in the movie One-eyed Jacks as "Redhead" starring Marlon Brando and in 1979, she starred alongside Jose Ferrer, Raul Julia and Henry Darrow in the movie Life of Sin, where she played the role of the infamous Puerto Rican female gangster "Isabel la Negra". In 1983 she played "Tony Montana's" (Al Pacino) mother in Scarface. According to Colon, her inspiration for the role of "Montana's" mother came from her own mother. She was also cast as "Maria" in the 1999 film Gloria with Sharon Stone.

Highest Rated Movies



57% The Girl Is In Trouble Grandma 2015
50% Foreverland Esperanza 2013
69% Bless Me, Ultima Ultima $1.6M 2013
65% Gun Hill Road Gloria $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet The Cry Gloria the Curandera 2008
No Score Yet Almost a Woman Tata 2006
42% Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) Mercedes $4.3M 2005
32% All the Pretty Horses Dona Alfonsa $14.8M 2000
No Score Yet The Blue Diner Meche 2000
14% Gloria Maria 1999
No Score Yet Mistrial Mrs. Cruz 1996
94% Lone Star Mercedes Cruz 1996
No Score Yet Oedipus Mayor Actor 1996
65% Sabrina Rosa 1995
30% The House of the Spirits Nun 1994
No Score Yet A Life of Sin Isabel LaNegra 1992
No Score Yet Lightning Field (The Lightning Incident) Actor 1991
94% City of Hope Mrs. Ramirez 1991
No Score Yet Secrets Bien Gardés Ina Dietz 1984
81% Scarface Mama Montana $0.7M 1983
40% Back Roads Angel 1981
No Score Yet Starstruck Yolanda 1981
No Score Yet The Possession of Joel Delaney Veronica, Maid 1972
No Score Yet The Appaloosa Ana 1966
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West Eva Talbot 1966
No Score Yet Thunder Island Anita Chavez 1963
No Score Yet The Outsider Anita 1961
No Score Yet Battle at Bloody Beach Nahni 1961
56% One-Eyed Jacks Redhead 1961
No Score Yet Los Peloteros Actor 1953


No Score Yet Hawthorne
Mama Renata 2011
66% How to Make It in America
No Score Yet Jonny Zero
Lupe Calvo Lupe 2005
No Score Yet Third Watch
Theresa Caffey 2001
84% NYPD Blue
Mrs. Santiago 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Consuelo Montejano 1992
No Score Yet Law & Order
Mrs. Rivers 1991
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Anna Martinez 1987
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
Carlotta 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Mora Paulette Indian Woman Shona 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
Anita 1969
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
Trinidad 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Mercedes Anza 1967
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Maria 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Lolla 1962


Alfonsa says: In the end, Mr. Cole, we all get cured of our sentiments. Those whom life doesn't cure, death will.

Mama Montana says: You know, all we hear about it in the papers, it's animals like you and the killings. It's Cubans like you who were given a bad name to all our people, people who come here and work hard, and make a good living for themselves. People who send you to school...

Gina says: No no Mama, that is all you're saying that's your son.

Mama Montana says: SON! I wish I had one. He's a bum.

Gina says: No.

Mama Montana says: He was a bum then, and he's a bum now! Who do you think you are? Hmm? We haven't heard a word from you in 5 years. (cinco anos) You still gonna show up here and throw some money around and you think you can get my respect? You think you can buy me with jewelry?