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Tony Plana

Highest Rated:   94% Lone Star (1996)
Lowest Rated:   0% Live Wire (1992)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Seneca
  • Actor
2019
53% Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  • Jesse
$11.9M 2017
No Score Yet Butterfly Caught
  • Michael Channis
2017
50% America Adrift
  • William Fernandez
2016
No Score Yet Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret
  • Juan Martinez
2013
50% Pain & Gain
  • Captain Lopez
$49.4M 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
$10.4k 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
42% Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
  • Hernan Munez
$4.3M 2005
25% The Lost City
  • The Emcee
$2.5M 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
$15.4M 2002
62% Fidel
  • Fulgencio Batista
2002
No Score Yet The Princess and the Barrio Boy
  • Ramone Torres
  • Director
2001
50% 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
37% Eraser
  • Little Mike
1996
94% Lone Star
  • Ray
1996
75% Primal Fear
  • Martinez
1996
74% 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
29% The Rookie
  • Morales
1990
No Score Yet Why Me?
  • Benjy Klopzik
1990
28% Havana
  • Julio Ramos
1990
No Score Yet Sweet 15
  • Samuel Dela Cruz
1990
No Score Yet Break of Dawn
  • Rodriguez
1989
78% 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
33% 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
46% Three Amigos!
  • Jefe
1986
88% Salvador
  • Maj. Max
1986
31% 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
86% El Norte
  • Carlos
1984
11% Deal of the Century
  • Chicano Man
1983
29% 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
79% An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Emiliano Della Serra
1982
56% Zoot Suit
  • Rudy
1981
No Score Yet Teen Mothers
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Streets of L.A.
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Knockout
  • Chuck
1941

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
2000
  • Voice
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Admiral Ray Parker Admiral Ed Parker Adm. Ed Parker
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
95% Elementary
2012-2019
  • General Howard Alvero General Alvero
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shooter
2016-2018
  • Actor
  • 2018
No Score Yet Bull
2016
  • Sean Perkins
  • 2018
  • 2017
89% Lethal Weapon
2016-2019
  • Ronnie Delgado
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
92% Superstore
2015
  • Actor
  • 2017
92% Colony
2016-2018
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
25% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016-2017
  • Father Consolmango
  • 2017
  • 2016
81% Castle
2009-2016
  • Father Arguello
  • 2015
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
  • 2013
89% Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • President Velverde
  • 2012
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
  • JP Suarez
  • 2012
  • 2011
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Armando Rosas
  • 2011
72% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Alejandro
  • Director
  • 2011
59% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2010
94% Royal Pains
2009-2016
  • Marcos
  • 2010
  • 2009
97% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Ignacio
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
86% 24
2001-2014
  • Omar
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Elindio Zapata
  • 2005
25% Greetings from Tucson
2002-2003
  • Director
  • 2003
79% John Doe
2002-2003
  • Albert Ruiz
  • 2003
91% Monk
2002-2009
  • Capt. Alameda
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Brothers Garcia
2000-2004
  • Principal Vasquez
  • 2003
No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd.
2000-2002
  • Roberto Santiago
  • Director
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Troop
  • 2001
20% City of Angels
2000
  • Javier Guerrero
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
  • Andrew
  • 1999
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Judge Figueroa
  • 1998
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • Albert
  • 1997
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Desi Ortega
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Priest
  • 1996
  • 1995
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Amaros
  • 1994
70% Bakersfield P.D.
1993-1994
  • Luke Ramirez
  • 1993
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
  • Chico
  • 1992
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Manny
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • Lt. Alvarez
  • Guest
  • 1991
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Horner
  • 1990
No Score Yet Hunter
1984-1991
  • Vern DA Kapano
  • 1990
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1989
No Score Yet House Calls
1979-1982
  • Danny
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • Herman
  • 1981
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
  • Jorge
  • 1979

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