Tony Plana - Actor Bio
As Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera in "Ugly Betty," he received the 2006 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy and an ALMA Award nomination for best supporting actor in a television comedy. Plana also starred as Roberto Santiago in Showtime's groundbreaking series, "Resurrection Boulevard," for which he received 2001 and 2002 ALMA Award nominations for Best Actor.
On television he starred in the Showtime Original Miniseries "Fidel," as the notorious Cuban dictator, Batista, as well as Showtime's "Noriega: God's Favorite." He has portrayed leading roles in four critically acclaimed television series, "Veronica Claire," "Bakersfield P.D.," "Total Security" and "City of Angels."
He has also appeared in several Emmy Award-winning programs, such as "Sweet 15," "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story," "The Burning Season: The Life and Death of Chico Mendes" and a special episode of "L.A. Law," which also received an Imagen Award. He has portrayed recurring roles on "The West Wing," "24," "CSI," "Monk," "Almost Perfect" and "The Closer."
He is the recipient of two Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards for outstanding work in film and television, as well as five Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards for Theatre. In 2005 he was honored as Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University's Department of Education and in 2006 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Millenium Momentum Foundation at the Music Center.