Lupe Ontiveros

Lupe Ontiveros

  • Highest Rated: 86% El Norte (1984)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999)
  • Birthday: Sep 17, 1942
  • Birthplace: El Paso, Texas
  • In the early 1970s, after completing college, moved to California and became a Los Angeles County social worker. Took drama class in 1973 at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. After she won an acting competition held by the school, decided to pursue a career in acting. Made first TV appearance in the 1974 made-for-TV drama I Love You...Goodbye. Assisted in the creation of the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles. Appeared in the stage and movie adaptations of Zoot Suit and Real Women Have Curves. Won a National Board of Review award and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in the 2000 film Chuck & Buck. Provided voice of Abuela Elena in the PBS animated series Maya and Miguel. Narrated the 2005 Independent Lens PBS documentary Maid in America, which featured women who work as domestics. By her own account, she has portrayed a maid more than 150 times in her career. Recipient of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Cry Now Actor 2016
No Score Yet Water & Power RHD Veteran 2014
No Score Yet Guido Maria 2013
No Score Yet Aztec Warrior Actor 2013
20% My Uncle Rafael Mrs. Gonzales $0.3M 2012
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Mrs. Cortez 2011
No Score Yet El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances Actor $2.8K 2010
14% Our Family Wedding Momma Cecilia $18.7M 2010
No Score Yet Lies In Plain Sight Actor 2010
54% This Christmas Rosie $49.2M 2007
No Score Yet Dark Mirror Grace 2007
25% Tortilla Heaven Adelfa $74K 2007
No Score Yet A Girl like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Mami 2006
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Cinco de Maya Actor 2006
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Funny Fix-Ups Actor 2005
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Twice the Fun Actor 2005
No Score Yet 30 Days Until I'm Famous Rosa Moreno 2004
57% Passionada Angelica Amonte $0.5M 2003
No Score Yet Mr. St. Nick Tia Sophia 2002
84% Real Women Have Curves Carmen $5.7M 2002
53% Storytelling Consuelo $0.9M 2002
67% A Question of Faith Actor 2001
No Score Yet Gabriela Grandma Josie 2001
84% Chuck & Buck Beverly 2000
67% Luminarias Tia Tonia 2000
13% Candyman: Day of the Dead Abuela 1999
No Score Yet No Mothers Crying No Babies Dying Actor 1999
85% As Good as It Gets Nora 1997
67% Selena Yolanda Saldivar 1997
No Score Yet And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him Dona Rose 1995
85% My Family Irene Sanchez 1995
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) Carmen 1993
No Score Yet Rio Diablo Ducna 1993
29% Universal Soldier Maid 1992
No Score Yet Dolly Dearest Camilla 1992
No Score Yet La Pastorela Parranda (pastore) 1992
No Score Yet A Show of Force Pepita 1990
33% Born in East L.A. Rudy's Mother 1987
No Score Yet When the Bough Breaks Cruz 1986
71% The Goonies Rosalita 1985
86% El Norte Nacha 1984
80% The Border Madam in Whorehouse 1982
56% Zoot Suit Dolores 1981
57% California Suite Maid 1978
86% The Big Fix Maid 1978
17% The World's Greatest Lover Whore #2 1977

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

48% Common Law
2012
  • 2012
11% Rob
2012
Abuelita
  • 2012
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Juanita Mama Solis Juanita Solis
  • 2012
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Cory in the House
2007-2008
Rosalinda Martinez
  • 2007
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel
2004-2007
Voice
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Reba
2001-2007
Penny
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Brothers Garcia
2000-2004
Abuelita
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2002
40% Leap of Faith
2002
Lupe
  • 2002
No Score Yet Pasadena
2001-2002
Pilar
  • 2001
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
Louisa
  • 1997
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Margarita
  • 1988
  • 1987
60% Dudley
1993
Marta
No Score Yet Grand Slam
1990
Grandma Gomez

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