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Tony Plana



The slightly gritty and wizened Cuban-American actor Tony Plana boasts a resumé that is no less than extraordinary. Whatever the limitations of Hispanic typecasting, Plana soared high above them from the time of his debut in the early '80s, seeking out roles in several of Hollywood's most respected and venerable films -- ethnically themed and otherwise. He first culled attention as Rudy in Luis Valdez's stylized, theatrical period piece Zoot Suit (1981), starring a then-unknown Edward James Olmos. Plana's subsequent efforts read like a best-of early-'80s cinema; he tackled An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Love and Money (1982), Valley Girl (1983), and El Norte (1983), all within a few years of one another. Plana was particularly effective as Fr. Manuel Morantes in John Duigan's wondrous, overlooked biopic Romero (1989, about archbishop and activist Oscar Romero) and as Carlos Bringuier in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991). In the 2000s, Plana unveiled a heightened interest in television, gracing the casts of such series as Ally McBeal and The Drew Carey Show as an occasional guest performer. Plana is best known to younger viewers, however, for two small-screen portrayals: that of cutthroat terrorist Omar in 24, and -- on a very different note, Ignacio -- the widower dad of the title character -- on the comedy drama Ugly Betty.

Educationally, Plana trained in the drama programs at Loyola Marymount University and London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made the leap from acting to directing with two projects: A Million to Juan (1994, co-helmed with Paul Rodriguez) and The Princess and the Barrio Boy (2000). The latter constitutes Plana's directorial debut. It tells of a young well-to-do Hispanic woman (Marisol Nichols) who bucks convention by falling for a working-class boy, and simultaneously attempts to stand in the way of her father's marriage to a wicked lover.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Adrift
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret
  • Juan Martinez
2013
49% Pain & Gain
  • Captain Lopez
2013
No Score Yet Meddling Mom
  • Luis
2013
60% The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez
  • Dominguez
2012
No Score Yet The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vincente Fernandez
  • Actor
2012
50% Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • Lou
2009
No Score Yet The Dead One
  • Aparicio
2007
11% Towards Darkness
  • Carlos Gutierrez
2007
No Score Yet Half Past Dead 2
  • Warden
2007
No Score Yet Slayer
  • Javier
2006
No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog - Growing Up With Clifford
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Vampire Bats
  • Sheriff Herbst
2005
44% Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
  • Hernan Munez
2005
25% The Lost City
  • The Emcee
2005
No Score Yet Dreaming of Julia
  • [Narrator]
2004
No Score Yet The Jesus Experience: Christianity Around the World
  • Actor
2002
3% Half Past Dead
  • El Fuego
2002
60% Fidel
  • Fulgencio Batista
2002
No Score Yet The Princess and the Barrio Boy
  • Ramone Torres
  • Director
2001
60% Noriega: God's Favorite
  • Col. Diaz-Herrera
2000
No Score Yet Hostage Hotel
  • Mayor
1999
No Score Yet My Little Assassin
  • Actor
1999
57% Let the Devil Wear Black
  • Tall
1999
No Score Yet Justice
  • Orlando Reyes
1999
No Score Yet Shadow of Doubt
  • Detective Krause
1998
No Score Yet Down for the Barrio
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Sub Down
  • Melges
1997
30% One Eight Seven
  • Garcia
1997
No Score Yet Every Dog Has Its Day
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Chief Gomez
1997
36% Eraser
  • Little Mike
1996
93% Lone Star
  • Ray
1996
74% Primal Fear
  • Martinez
1996
No Score Yet Sweet 15
  • Actor
1996
75% Nixon
  • Manolo Sanchez
1995
No Score Yet Silver Strand
  • Richie Gutiercez
1995
No Score Yet The Burning Season
  • Galvao
1994
No Score Yet A Million to Juan
  • Jorge
1994
No Score Yet Red Hot
  • KGB Investigator
1993
No Score Yet Dangerous Relations
  • Torres
1993
No Score Yet On the Streets of L.A.
  • Actor
1993
0% Live Wire
  • Al-red
1992
No Score Yet The Panama Deception
  • Narrator [English version]
1992
No Score Yet Keeper of the City
  • Actor
1992
84% JFK
  • Carlos Bringuier
1991
15% One Good Cop
  • Beniamino
1991
No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations
  • Torres
1991
31% The Rookie
  • Morales
1990
No Score Yet Why Me?
  • Benjy Klopzik
1990
24% Havana
  • Julio Ramos
1990
No Score Yet Sweet 15
  • Samuel Dela Cruz
1990
No Score Yet Break of Dawn
  • Rodriguez
1989
75% Romero
  • Fr. Manuel Morantes
1989
No Score Yet The Case of the Hillside Stranglers
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Buy & Cell
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Rompe el Alba
  • Actor
1988
43% Born in East L.A.
  • Feo
1987
No Score Yet Disorderlies
  • Miguel
1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues
  • Actor
1987
44% Three Amigos!
  • Jefe
1986
92% Salvador
  • Maj. Max
1986
33% The Best of Times
  • Chico
1986
No Score Yet City Limits
  • Ramos
1985
No Score Yet Latino: America's Secret War in Nicaragua
  • Ruben
1985
84% El Norte
  • Carlos
1984
13% Deal of the Century
  • Chicano Man
1983
17% Nightmares
  • Del Amo
1983
No Score Yet Circle of Power
  • Reza Haddad
1983
No Score Yet Sadat
  • Actor
1983
83% Valley Girl
  • Low Rider
1983
No Score Yet Listen to Your Heart
  • Actor
1983
81% An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Emiliano Della Serra
1982
No Score Yet Zoot Suit
  • Rudy
1981
No Score Yet Teen Mothers
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Streets of L.A.
  • Actor
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
57% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009
  • Marcos
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Armando Rosas
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Judge Figueroa
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Horner
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Admiral Ed Parker Adm. Ed Parker
Monk
2002-2009
  • Capt. Alameda
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Amaros
20% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016
  • Father Consolmango
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • President Velverde
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Troop
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Priest
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Father Arguello
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Director
  • Alejandro
62% Lethal Weapon
2016
  • Ronnie Delgado
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Ignacio
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • JP Suarez
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Elindio Zapata
87% 24
2014
  • Omar
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Manny

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