Tony Plana

Tony Plana


4/19/1954, Havana, Cuba

Birth Name

Jose Antonio Plana


  • Tony Plana as Ignacio of Ugly Betty.
  • Tony Plana and Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty i...
  • Tony Plana as Ignacio on Ugly Betty.
  • Tony Plana stars as Ignacio on Ugly Betty.
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Tony Plana was born Jose Antonio Plana on April 10, 1952, in Havana, Cuba. His family fled from Cuba to Miami in 1960, and later settled in Culver City, California. The actor married Ada Maris in 1988, and the couple have two children. Plana began his acting career…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Tony was nominated, along with his Ugly Betty castmates for a SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2008.

    • Tony won the 'Nostros Golden Eagle Award' for "Most Promising Actor" for his role in Zoot Suit playing Rudy.

    • Tony has taught acting at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Rio Hondo Community College.

    • Tony appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, whilst his wife appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise.

    • Tony originally played Rudy in the play Zoot Suit. When it was adapted to make a film, he played the same character.

    • Tony has served for the American Red Cross.

    • Tony has developed a program called Beyond Borders. It is a literacy program that encourages children to embrace their lives beyond personal, cultural and vocational 'borders'.

    • Tony has appeared in two movies about past presidents. They are JFK and Nixon.

    • Tony has acted in many plays. His credits include The Boys Of Winter and Zoot Suit.

    • Tony has acted in many movies. Some of the most famous are Half Past Dead, An Officer And A Gentlemen and The Rookie.

    • Tony's wife Ada Marris, had done acting on The Brother's Garcia. Tony formerly directed many episodes of the same Nickelodeon series.

    • Tony has received two IMAGEN awards. One for The Princess and the Barrio Boy and The Brother's Garcia third season finale, Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover. He directed both of them.

    • Tony's solo directorial debut was The Princess and the Barrio Boy.

    • Tony co-founded the East L.A. Classic Theater, a theater comprised mostly of Hispanic Americans. He is also the the executive artistic director.

    • Tony has directed adapted versions of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. These often represent different issues in society, most commonly racism.

    • Tony has received two ALMA award nominations for his role in Resurrection Boulevard. In 2008, he won a ALMA Award for Outstanding Latin Lead Ensemble along with Ugly Betty castmates America Ferrera, Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato.

    • Tony is 5' 5½" (1.66 m).

    • Tony Plana won the 2006 ISP Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for "Ugly Betty".

    • Tony has 2 children a boy and a girl. They are named Alejandro and Isabel.

    • Married to Ada Maris, since 1988.

    • Graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

  • Quotes

    • Tony: (upon being asked if he ever hears his father in his voice when parenting) Oh, that happens to me all the time! Happens to me with my children. My father's still alive and I see him playing with the grandchildren, in a way that he never played with us. And yet, in some ways, I see him playing with us, because he doesn't have the disciplinary responsibilities, being a grandparent.

    • Tony: (about his character on "Resurrection Blvd.")It is a fun character [to play] because he's always got an edge. He's always gotten up on the wrong side of the bed. It's been delightful for me. It's been great.