Wanda De Jesus

Wanda De Jesus

Highest Rated: 52% Blood Work (2002)

Lowest Rated: 15% Illegal Tender (2007)

Birthday: Aug 26, 1958

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Character actress Wanda De Jesus essayed determined, street-smart women on both sides of the law in a diverse array of projects, including "Blood Work" (2002), "Sons of Anarchy" (AMC, 2008-2014) and several runs on daytime television and New York theater. Born on August 26, 1958 in the Little Italy neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City, De Jesus was the daughter of first generation immigrants from Puerto Rico, who sent her to The High School of the Performing Arts to nurture her interest in acting. She continued to hone her craft at The City University of New York, where she earned a degree in performing arts in 1981. After graduation, De Jesus briefly forayed into music as the singer for the punk band Coney Island White Fish while also acting at the Public Theater. Her work with the latter company led to a role in the Longacre Theatre's original production of Reinaldo Povod's "Cuba and His Teddy Bear" (1986), starring Robert De Niro, Ralph Macchio and Burt Young. De Jesus followed the show when it moved to Broadway that same year, and also made her television debut with a brief appearance on the daytime drama "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999). She departed both projects the following year for a lead role on "Mariah" (ABC, 1987), a drama series about the staff at a prison. When the program was cut short after seven episodes, De Jesus transitioned into character roles , playing tough, streetwise women in "Downtown" (1990), "RoboCop 2" (1990), and numerous television series. In 1991, she joined the cast of the daytime soap "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1984-1993) as Santana Andrade, the daughter of a wealthy family's maid and secret lover of its patriarch, played by Jed Allen. De Jesus remained with the series for a year before returning to guest work on television, including appearances on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) opposite her longtime significant other, Jimmy Smits. In the 1990s, she returned to features with appearances in "Flawless" (1999) with De Niro and "The Insider" (1999) with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. Strong notices for her turns as Clint Eastwood's love interest in "Blood Work" (2002) and "Almost a Woman" (PBS, 2001), a "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS, 1971- ) American Collection presentation that earned her an Imagen Award, led to recurring roles on such high-profile series as "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012), "All My Children" (ABC/Hulu, 1970-2013) and "Sons of Anarchy" as an associate of a Mexican gangster played by Smits. In 2019, De Jesus returned to the New York stage in The Floating Island Plays, a quarter of productions about the Cuban-American experience by Eduardo Machado.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 25% Letter Never Sent Edith (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 13% The Ministers Captain Diaz (Character) $2.8K 2009
15% 67% Illegal Tender Millie (Character) $3.1M 2007
No Score Yet 43% Arthur Hailey's Detective Sanchez (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time to Pay Magdalena Scanlon (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 42% Almost a Woman Mami (Character) - 2002
52% 40% Blood Work Graciela Rivers (Character) - 2002
40% 53% Flawless Karen (Character) $4.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Executive Power Debra Shelly (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 31% Downtown Luisa Diaz (Character) $2.2M 1990
30% 36% RoboCop 2 Estevez (Character) $45.4M 1990

TV

Credit
87% 91% Sons of Anarchy Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
59% 40% Law & Order: LA Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 66% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2002-2003
21% No Score Yet First Monday Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
84% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Det. Martina Escobar (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live Shot Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet 93% Babylon 5 Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Linda Rodriguez (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1990

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