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Elizabeth Pena

Biography

Actress who has already established guest performances in shows want CSI Miami and American Father. She acquired a starring function in the Pixar cartoon film The Incredibles. She starred in her initial film, Jacob’s Ladder, using a fellow classmate. She was among the founders from the Hispanic Company of Latin Stars. She acquired two kids with her hubby, Hans Rolla. She was a visitor voice actor over the animated present American Father with Seth Macfarlane as Stan Smith.

Quick Facts


Full Name Elizabeth Peña
Date Of Birth September 23, 1959
Place Of Birth Elizabeth, NJ
Height 1.57 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, High School of Performing Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Hans Rolla
Children Fiona Rolla, Kaelan Rolla
Parents Mario Peña, Estella Margarita Peña
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Supporting Role, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a New Television Series, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
Movies La Bamba, Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder, The Incredibles, Lone Star, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Batteries Not Included, Nothing like the Holidays, Tortilla Soup, El Super, Blue Steel, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Transamerica, D-War, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, Grandma, Goal II: Living the Dream, Across the Moon, Love Comes Lately, Strangeland, The Perfect Family, Impostor, The Waterdance, The Lost City, Keep Your Distance, Crossover Dreams, Girl on the Edge, Things Behind the Sun, Dead Funny, Ana Maria in Novela Land, Adrift in Manhattan, Vibes, Sueño, Down in the Valley, The Second Civil War, Suburban Madness, They All Laughed, Seven Girlfriends, Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within, Mother and Child, Ten Tiny Love Stories, Shannon's Deal, Down for Life, Zig Zag, Hollywood Mom's Mystery, Becoming Eduardo, Racing for Time, On the Borderline, Fugitive Among Us, A Single Woman, In the Dark
TV Shows Maya & Miguel, Resurrection Blvd., The Invaders, Shannon's Deal, I Married Dora, Tough Cookies, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Was cremated and ashes scattered at the sea.
2Had two children with Hans Rolla: Fiona and Kaelan Rolla.
3Classmates with Ving Rhames and Esai Morales.
4Daughter of Estella Margarita and Mario Peña.
5She was a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
6Despite playing her mother on Modern Family (2009), Peña was just 13 years older than Sofía Vergara.
7Attended and graduated from Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts in 1977.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Ari Gold Projectpost-productionMarlena
Ana Maria in Novela Land2015Sra. Soto
Girl on the Edge2015Esther
Grandma2015Carla
Matador2014TV SeriesMaritza Sandoval
Modern Family2013TV SeriesPilar
Plush2013Dr. Lopez
Disney Infinity2013Video GameMirage (voice, as Elizabeth Pena)
Blaze You Out2013Dona
Major Crimes2013TV SeriesRosa Vega
In the Dark2013TV MovieDr. Weinette
King John2013TV MovieOlga
Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot2012Video GameMirage (English version, voice)
Common Law2012TV SeriesTravis' Foster Mother
Prime Suspect2012TV SeriesGloria Lopez
Charlie's Angels2011TV SeriesWarden Gloria Galvez
The Perfect Family2011Christina Reyes
Off the Map2011TV SeriesInez
Funny or Die Presents...2011TV SeriesTriple-Chief Rodrigomirez (segment "United States Police Department")
Outlaw2010TV SeriesJudge Patino
Down for Life2009Mrs. Castro
Becoming Eduardo2009Leticia
Mother and Child2009Amanda
Prototype2009Video Game voice
Ghost Whisperer2009TV SeriesMarla
Nothing Like the Holidays2008Anna Rodriguez
A Single Woman2008Storyteller
Racing for Time2008TV MovieFlores
Love Comes Lately2007Esperanza
Dragon Wars: D-War2007Agent Linda Perez (as Elizabeth Pena)
Goal II: Living the Dream2007Rosa Maria
American Dad!2007TV SeriesStore Owner
Adrift in Manhattan2007Isabel Parades
Minoriteam2006TV SeriesMaria / Gold Digger
Numb3rs2005TV SeriesSonya Benavides
The Lost City2005Miliciana Muñoz
Keep Your Distance2005Holly
Sueño2005Mirabela
Justice League2004-2005TV SeriesParan Dul
Down in the Valley2005Gale
Transamerica2005Margaret
Without a Trace2005TV SeriesRosie Diaz
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer2005Lolita
NCIS2004TV SeriesFBI Agent Lina Reyes
The Incredibles2004Video GameMirage (voice)
The Incredibles2004Mirage (voice)
Maya & Miguel2004TV SeriesRosa Santos
Suburban Madness2004TV MovieClara Harris
The Hollywood Mom's Mystery2004TV MovieTheresa Shoe
CSI: Miami2003TV SeriesMercedes Escalante
Boston Public2002-2003TV SeriesSuperintendent Elizabeth Vasquez
Ten Tiny Love Stories2002Nine
Zig Zag2002Ms. Tate
Impostor2001Midwife (as Elizabeth Pena)
On the Borderline2001Connie
Old Love2001Short
Resurrection Blvd.2000-2001TV SeriesBibi Corrales
Tortilla Soup2001Leticia Naranjo
Things Behind the Sun2001Carmen
Seven Girlfriends1999Martha
Border Line1999TV MovieMaria Rodriguez
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within1998TV MovieRosario Ames
Strangeland1998Toni Gage
The Eddie Files1998TV SeriesAunt Ida
Rush Hour1998Johnson
The Pass1998Zeena
Dellaventura1997TV SeriesSimone
Dead Man's Gun1997TV SeriesMadam Gisella
The Second Civil War1997TV MovieChristina
Gridlock'd1997Admissions Person (as Elizabeth Anne Dickinson)
Contagious1997TV MovieDet. Luisa Rojas
Two1996TV SeriesElizabeth Gaitan
Recon1996ShortOfficer Santiago
Lone Star1996Pilar
It Came from Outer Space II1996TV MovieEllen Fields
The Invaders1995TV SeriesEllen Garza
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home1995Kate Haley
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesDr. Jennifer Martinez
Across the Moon1995Carmen
Roomates1994TV MovieLisa
Dead Funny1994Viv Saunders
L.A. Law1993-1994TV SeriesJinx Baldasseri
Dream On1993TV SeriesDebra
Fugitive Among Us1992TV MovieFlo Martin
The Waterdance1992Rosa
Shannon's Deal1990-1991TV SeriesLucy Acosta
Jacob's Ladder1990/IJezzie
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story1990TV Mini-SeriesMika Camarena
Blue Steel1990Tracy Perez (as Elizabeth Pena)
Shannon's Deal1989TV MovieLucy Acosta
Vibes1988Consuelo
I Married Dora1987-1988TV SeriesDora Calderon
*batteries not included1987Marisa Esteval
La Bamba1987Rosie Morales
Tough Cookies1986TV SeriesOff. Connie Rivera
Hill Street Blues1986TV SeriesAlice
Down and Out in Beverly Hills1986Carmen
T.J. Hooker1985TV SeriesMaria
Cagney & Lacey1985TV SeriesAdelita Carrena
Crossover Dreams1985Liz Garcia
They All Laughed1981Rita
Times Square1980Disco Hostess (as Elizabeth Pena)
El Super1979Aurelita

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ylse2010TV Series 1 episode
The Brothers Garcia2003TV Series 1 episode
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Modern Family2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Rush Hour 32007in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHerself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Adio Kerida2002/IDocumentaryNarrator
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHerself
2002 ALMA Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of 'Rush Hour'1999Video documentary shortHerself
The 1995 NCLR Bravo Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
Building 'Jacob's Ladder'1990Video documentary shortHerself
Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville1987TV Movie documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - Modern Family
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
La noche desesperada2007TV MovieMargaret

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureTortilla Soup (2001)
2001ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a New Television SeriesResurrection Blvd. (2000)
1999ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Feature FilmRush Hour (1998)
1998ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-SeriesContagious (1997)
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleLone Star (1996)
1996NCLR Bravo AwardNCLR Bravo AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Feature FilmLone Star (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress - Feature FilmAna Maria in Novela Land (2015)
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsActress in FilmNothing Like the Holidays (2008)
1999ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in Made-for Television Movie or Mini-SeriesAldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - Action/AdventureRush Hour (1998)
1998ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Feature FilmGridlock'd (1997)


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#Quote
1I worked very hard to get Jacob's Ladder (1990). At first, they wanted Susan Sarandon, Andie MacDowell or Michelle Pfeiffer. At some point, they wanted Susan Sarandon, and Madonna wanted the part. They auditioned all of them. I begged to be auditioned. I begged and begged and when I auditioned, the chemistry was right and Adrian [Lyne] and I were just taken with each other. I auditioned for six months, twice a week. The reason I kept going back was because Adrian was literally fighting for me to get the role.
2(on her refusal to portray Latin stereotypes) There are a lot of jobs I've turned down because they wanted me to play what I call "Miss Cuchifrito" types.

#Trademark
1Seductive husky voice

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