Miriam Colon was born on August 20, 1936, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Colon made her film debut in the 1953 Puerto Rican film Peloteros. In 1954, she moved to New York City and landed a recurring role on the soap opera Guiding Light. Other films that Colon has appeared in include the 1961 film Battle at Bloody Beach, the 1972 film The Possession of Joel Delaney, the 1992 film Murder, She Wrote: Day of the Dead, the 1993 film The House of the Spirits the 2000 film All the Pretty Horses and the 2009 film Goal! 3: Taking on the World. Colon has also appeared in two western films, The Appaloosa and One-Eyed Jacks with Marlon Brando. However, Colon is best known to audiences for her role as Al Pacino's mother, Mama Montana, in the 1983 film Scarface. Colon is also a Lifetime Member of the Actor's Studio, and is the founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in New York City.