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Tony Plana

Actor & Director Known for "Ugly Betty;" Supporter of Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Advocate for Alzheimer's Disease

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 Tony Plana Biography

José Antonio Plana, better known as Tony Plana, is a Cuban-American actor and director. He is known for having played Betty Suarez's father, Ignacio Suarez, on the ABC television show "Ugly Betty" and for voicing Manuel "Manny" Calavera in the video game "Grim Fandango."

While he is known to a broad audience for his roles in feature films and television, Plana is also known for his skills in acting and directing for the stage. He has created and directed a number of productions of the works of Shakespeare for minority audiences and he has been active in both the Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York City theater communities, including leading appearances on Broadway and at New York City's Public Theater. He originated the role of Rudy in the L.A. production of the Luis Valdez play "Zoot Suit," going on to play Rudy in the film version as well.

Plana has acted, directed and written for television in series, mini-series, and specials such as "Hill Street Blues," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Resurrection Boulevard," "Commander in Chief," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The West Wing," "24," and "Cagney & Lacey."

Plana has acted in films such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Three Amigos, Goal!, Lone Star, and others. In 2011, Plana guest-starred in "Desperate Housewives" as Gabrielle Solis's abusive stepfather, Alejandro Perez. He also directed "Witch's Lament," a "Desperate Housewives" episode in the show's eighth season. In 2011, he appeared in "Body of Proof" in the episode "Helping Hand."

Plana, during his acting career, participated in the web series "Los Americans," which is characterized by having a multigenerational outlook and focusing a middle-class family living in Los Angeles.

Plana teaches acting at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Rio Hondo College. In 2012, he served as an official judge for the Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Plana, who was born in Havana, Cuba, is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and was trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Plana is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. He is also an advocate for Alzheimer's disease awareness and prevention. His mother, Conchita, a former banker, suffers from the heartbreaking disease.

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  • Teaching Our Teachers

    The Power of Theater in the Classroom

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Finding Help and Hope

  • Latino Today

    My Journey from Cuba to My Life as an Actor

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Tony Plana

Actor & Director Known for "Ugly Betty;" Supporter of Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Advocate for Alzheimer's Disease

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Tony Plana Biography

José Antonio Plana, better known as Tony Plana, is a Cuban-American actor and director. He is known for having played Betty Suarez's father, Ignacio Suarez, on the ABC television show "Ugly Betty" and for voicing Manuel "Manny" Calavera in the video game "Grim Fandango."

While he is known to a broad audience for his roles in feature films and television, Plana is also known for his skills in acting and directing for the stage. He has created and directed a number of productions of the works of Shakespeare for minority audiences and he has been active in both the Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York City theater communities, including leading appearances on Broadway and at New York City's Public Theater. He originated the role of Rudy in the L.A. production of the Luis Valdez play "Zoot Suit," going on to play Rudy in the film version as well.

Plana has acted, directed and written for television in series, mini-series, and specials such as "Hill Street Blues," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Resurrection Boulevard," "Commander in Chief," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The West Wing," "24," and "Cagney & Lacey."

Plana has acted in films such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Three Amigos, Goal!, Lone Star, and others. In 2011, Plana guest-starred in "Desperate Housewives" as Gabrielle Solis's abusive stepfather, Alejandro Perez. He also directed "Witch's Lament," a "Desperate Housewives" episode in the show's eighth season. In 2011, he appeared in "Body of Proof" in the episode "Helping Hand."

Plana, during his acting career, participated in the web series "Los Americans," which is characterized by having a multigenerational outlook and focusing a middle-class family living in Los Angeles.

Plana teaches acting at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Rio Hondo College. In 2012, he served as an official judge for the Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Plana, who was born in Havana, Cuba, is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and was trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Plana is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. He is also an advocate for Alzheimer's disease awareness and prevention. His mother, Conchita, a former banker, suffers from the heartbreaking disease.

Tony Plana Videos

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  • Tony Plana INTERVIEW BY LEILA CIANCAGLINI FROM ...
  • Tony Plana at NHMC's The Impact Awards

Speaker Lists Featuring Tony Plana

Tony Plana Speaking Topics

  • Teaching Our Teachers

    The Power of Theater in the Classroom

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Finding Help and Hope

  • Latino Today

    My Journey from Cuba to My Life as an Actor

FAQs on booking Tony Plana

  • How to book Tony Plana?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tony Plana for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Tony Plana, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tony Plana or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tony Plana?

    Booking fees for Tony Plana, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tony Plana, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tony Plana?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tony Plana for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tony Plana for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tony Plana or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tony Plana or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tony Plana is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tony Plana for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Tony Plana generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Hill Harper, John Quiñones, Maria Hinojosa, Victoria Rowell and Holly Robinson Peete. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tony Plana for an upcoming event.

Tony Plana Speaker Videos

  • Tony Plana talks with our own Sonia Tello
    Tony Plana INTERVIEW BY LEILA CIANCAGLINI FROM ...
  • Tony Plana at NHMC's The Impact Awards
    TONY PLANA RED CARPET INTERVIEW with Marabina Jaimes ...
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories - Tony Plana - Cannibalistic Entity

Tony Plana Speaking Topics

  • Teaching Our Teachers

    The Power of Theater in the Classroom

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Finding Help and Hope

  • Latino Today

    My Journey from Cuba to My Life as an Actor

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