Tony Plana

Tony Plana

  • Highest Rated: 94% Lone Star (1996)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Live Wire (1992)
  • Birthday: Apr 19, 1952
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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
51% 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
35% 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
38% 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
82% 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

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Admiral Ray Parker Admiral Ed Parker Adm. Ed Parker
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
96% Elementary
2012
General Howard Alvero General Alvero
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shooter
2016-2018
  • 2018
No Score Yet Bull
2016
Sean Perkins
  • 2018
  • 2017
89% Lethal Weapon
2016
Ronnie Delgado
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
88% Superstore
2015
  • 2017
92% Colony
2016-2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
25% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016-2017
Father Consolmango
  • 2017
  • 2016
80% Castle
2009-2016
Father Arguello
  • 2015
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2013
92% Psych
2006-2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
President Velverde
  • 2012
92% Person Of Interest
2011
JP Suarez
  • 2012
  • 2011
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Armando Rosas
  • 2011
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Director Alejandro
  • 2011
59% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice Narrator
  • 2010
92% 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
No Score Yet John Doe
2002-2003
Albert Ruiz
  • 2003
90% Monk
2002-2009
Capt. Alameda
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Brothers Garcia
2000-2004
Principal Vasquez
  • 2003
No Score Yet Clifford the Big Red Dog
2000-2003
Voice
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd.
2000-2002
Director Roberto Santiago
  • 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
  • 1997
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
Guest Lt. Alvarez
  • 1991
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Horner
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
  • 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

QUOTES FROM Tony Plana CHARACTERS

El Guapo
Jefe, you do not understand women. You cannot force open the petals of a flower. When the flower is ready, it opens itself up to you.
Jefe
When do you think Carmen will 'open up her flower' to you?
El Guapo
Tonight, or I will kill her.
Lucky Day
Not so fast El Guapo! Or I'll pump you so full of lead you'll be using your dick for a pencil!
El Guapo
What do you mean?
Lucky Day
I don't know.
Jefe
I think he means that if you...
El Guapo
Shut up!
Tony
There they are. Commie bastards!
Little Mike
They're not communists any more, Tony. They're a federation of independent liberated states.
Tony
Don't make me hurt you, Mikey.