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Tony Plana

Veteran actor Tony Plana is best known to us as ‘Ignacio’ [or ‘Nacho’ to some!], but with his acting, directing and writing skills, he’s a whole lot more.

Tony was born in Havana, Cuba on April 19th, 1954. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University and was trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

As well as appearing in numerous high profile films such as ‘Goal!’, ‘The Rookie’ & ‘Three Amigos!’, Tony has had many voiceover roles including for ‘Grim Fandango’ a 1998 LucasArts PC Game.

Tony has also acted, directed and written for shows such as ’24’, ‘CSI’ and ‘The West Wing’ and can also be seen teaching acting at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Rio Hondo College.

He has been married to actress Ada Maris since 1988 and they have two children.

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Career Timeline

  • 2006 Cast in ABC’s “Ugly Betty” as Betty’s father, Ignacio Suarez
  • 2005 Had a recurring role on Fox’s “24”
  • 2002 Directed an episode of “Greetings from Tucson” for the Warner Brothers Network
  • 2002 Portrayed the character El Fuego in “Half Past Dead”
  • 2001 Made solo directorial debut with the Showtime movie “The Princess and the Barrio Boy,” featuring Marisol Nichols and Nicholas Gonzalez his co-stars from “Resurrection Blvd”
  • 2000 to 2003 Starred in “Resurrection Blvd.” (Showtime); also directed episodes
  • 1997 Played Luis Escobar in the ABC drama “Total Security”
  • 1994 Co-directed and co-produced “A Million to Juan” (also acted) with Paul Rodriguez
  • 1993 Cast as caring partner Luke Ramirez in the police comedy, “Bakersfield P.D.”
  • 1990 to 1991 TV series debut, “Veronica Claire”
  • 1985 Appeared on Broadway in “The Boys of Winter”
  • 1985 First film in a lead role, Haskell Wexler’s “Latino”
  • 1981 Played Rudy in the film version of “Zoot Suit”
  • 1980 Feature acting debut, “Love & Money”
  • 1979 Broadway debut, reprised role of Rudy in “Zoot Suit”
  • 1979 TV debut, “The Streets of L.A.”
  • 1978 Originated the role of Rudy in the L.A. production “Zoot Suit”
  • 1963 Moved with his family from Cuba to Miami



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