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Elizabeth Peña
Born September 23, 1961 (1961-09-23) (age 48)[1]
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S
Other name(s) Elizabeth Anne Dickinson
Elizabeth Pena
Occupation Actress, Director
Years active 1979 - Present
Spouse(s) William Kibler (1988)
Hans Rolla (1994-Present)
2 children

Elizabeth Peña (born September 23, 1961)[1] is an American actress.

Peña was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, daughter of Estella Margarita (née Toirac), an arts administrator and producer, and Mario Peña, a Cuban-born actor, writer, and director who co-founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble.[1] Peña graduated from New York's famous High School of Performing Arts in 1977. Her classmates include Ving Rhames (with whom she would later co-star in Jacob's Ladder) and Esai Morales (with whom she would later co-star in La Bamba).

Peña has appeared in movies such as La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Lone Star, Vibes, and Rush Hour. She recently starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. as Tia Bibi Corrades and voiced the character Mirage in Pixar's animated film The Incredibles. She guest stars in the 18th episode of Numb3rs season two as Sonya Benavides. Although the actress does speak spanish, she does not dub her own voice for Spanish releases.

Peña also starred in the television series I Married Dora, a sitcom that lasted only 13 episodes in 1987. In the final show, the cast broke the "fourth wall" of suspended disbelief by announcing their cancellation on-camera and taking a curtain call.

Writer-director John Sayles produced the critically-acclaimed but short-lived television series Shannon's Deal (1989-1991) co-starring Peña. In 1996 Sayles wrote and directed the mystery film Lone Star and again cast her in a co-starring role.


Personal life

Her first marriage to William Kibler ended in divorce in 1988. She then married Hans Rolla, a carpenter by trade, in 1994. They have two children: one daughter and one son.


Year Title Role Notes
1979 El Super Aurelita
1980 Times Square Disco Hostess
1981 They All Laughed Rita
1985 Crossover Dreams Liz Garcia
Cagney & Lacey Adelita Carrena 1 episode: "Ordinary Hero"
T.J. Hooker Maria 1 episode: "Rip-off"
1986 Down and Out in Beverly Hills Carmen
Hill Street Blues Alice 1 episode: "Come and Get It"
1987 La Bamba Rosie Morales
*batteries not included Marisa Esteval
I Married Dora Dora Calderon 13 episodes (1987-1988)
1988 Vibes Consuelo
1989 Blue Steel Tracy Perez
Shannon's Deal Lucy Acosta TV movie
1990 11 episodes (1990-1991)
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Mika Camarena TV mini-series
Jacob's Ladder Jezzie
1992 The Waterdance Rosa
Fugitive Among Us Flo Martin TV movie
1993 Dream On Debra 1 episode: "Super Freak"
L.A. Law Jinx Baldasseri 4 episodes (1993-1994)
1994 Dead Funny Viv Saunders
Roomates Lisa TV movies
1995 Two Elizabeth Gaitan
Across the Moon Carmen
The Outer Limits Dr. Jennifer Martinez 1 episode: "Living Hell"
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Kate Haley
The Invaders Ellen Garza TV movies
1996 It Came from Outer Space II Ellen Fields
Lone Star Pilar
1997 Contagious Det. Luisa Rojas TV movies
The Second Civil War Christina
Gridlock'd Admissions Person
Dead Man's Gun Gisella 1 episode: "Fortune Teller"
1998 The Pass Zeena
Rush Hour Johnson
The Eddie Files Aunt Ida 1 episode: "Charts & Graphs: The Dessert Derby"
Strangeland Toni Gage
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within Rosario Ames TV movies
1999 Border Line Maria Rodriguez
Seven Girlfriends Martha
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories
Things Behind the Sun Carmen
Tortilla Soup Leticia Naranjo
Resurrection Blvd. Beatriz 'Bibi' Corrales 1 episode: "Arriba Y Abajo"
On the Borderline Connie
2002 Impostor Midwife
ZigZag Ms. Tate
Boston Public Superintendent Elizabeth Vasquez 1 episode: "Chapter Forty-Seven"
2003 1 episode: "Chapter Fifty-Four"
CSI: Miami Mercedes Escalante 1 episode: "Simple Man"
2004 The Hollywood Mom's Mystery Theresa Shoe TV movies
Suburban Madness Clara Harris
Maya & Miguel Rosa Santos (voice) 1 episode: "Rhymes with Gato"
The Incredibles Mirage (voice)
NCIS FBI Agent Lina Reyes 1 episode: "Terminal Leave"
Justice League Paran Dul (voice) 4 episodes (2004-2005)
2005 How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Lolita
Without a Trace Rosie Diaz 1 episode: "Neither Rain Nor Sleet"
Transamerica Margaret
Down in the Valley Gale
Keep Your Distance Holly
The Lost City Miliciana Muñoz
Sueño Mirabela
Numb3rs Sonya Benavides 1 episode: "Assassin"
2006 Minoriteam Maria / Gold Digger (voice) 1 episode: "Landon in Love"
2007 Adrift in Manhattan Isabel Parades
American Dad! Store Owner (voice) 1 episode: "American Dream Factory"
D-War Agent Linda Perez
Goal II: Living the Dream Rosa Maria
Love Comes Lately
2008 Racing for Time Flores TV movie
Nothing Like the Holidays Anna Rodriguez
2009 Ghost Whisperer Marla 1 episode: "This Joint's Haunted"
Down for Life Mrs. Castro
Becoming Eduardo Leticia
A Single Woman Storyteller


Year Title Notes
2002 "Resurrection Blvd." Justica TV episode
2003 "The Brothers Garcia" It Was Fun While It Lasted TV episode


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