Elizabeth Peña

Elizabeth Peña (September 23, 1961 - October 14, 2014) was an American actress, and the daughter of a theater-company co-founder, who has also compiled experience as a television director in her own right. Peña was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, daughter of Estella Margarita (née Toirac), an arts administrator and producer, and Mario Peña, the Cuban-born actor, writer, and director who jointly founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble. It is unknown whether Peña was named after the town of her birth. Peña graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1977. Her classmates included Ving Rhames, alongside whom she would later co-star in Jacob's Ladder, and Esai Morales, alongside whom she would later co-star in La Bamba. She is also a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. In 1979, Peña appeared in her first film, El Super, "an exceptionally moving and melancholy comedy about a family of lower-middle-class Cuban refugees attempting to adjust to life in Spanish Harlem.", New York City. Peña worked once again with film director, Leon Ichaso in his next feature Crossover Dreams opposite Ruben Blades. Peña has appeared in movies such as La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Lone Star, Vibes, and Rush Hour. In 2002, she starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. as Tia Bibi Corrades in the episode "Justicia," which she also directed. During the next year, 2003, she appeared in and directed "It Was Fun While It Lasted," an episode of The ...

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The Incredibles (2004)

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Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Bird
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  Holly Hunter  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jason Lee

Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Bird
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  Holly Hunter  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jason Lee

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. His girlfriend, Jezzie, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Danny Aiello  •  Matt Craven

After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. His girlfriend, Jezzie, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Danny Aiello  •  Matt Craven

*batteries not included (1987)

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In a soon to be demolished block of apartments, the residents resist the criminal methods used to force them to leave so a greedy tycoon can build his new skyscraper. When tiny mechanical aliens land for a recharge, they decide to stay and help out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Frank McRae  •  Elizabeth Peña

In a soon to be demolished block of apartments, the residents resist the criminal methods used to force them to leave so a greedy tycoon can build his new skyscraper. When tiny mechanical aliens land for a recharge, they decide to stay and help out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Frank McRae  •  Elizabeth Peña

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Bette Midler  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Little Richard

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Bette Midler  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Little Richard

Down in the Valley (2005)

On a trip to the beach, a teenage girl named Tobe meets a charismatic stranger named Harlan, who dresses like a cowboy and claims to be a former ranch hand. The pair feel an instant attraction and begin a relationship, but her father, a lawman, is suspicious of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Jacobson
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  David Morse  •  Rory Culkin

On a trip to the beach, a teenage girl named Tobe meets a charismatic stranger named Harlan, who dresses like a cowboy and claims to be a former ranch hand. The pair feel an instant attraction and begin a relationship, but her father, a lawman, is suspicious of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Jacobson
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  David Morse  •  Rory Culkin

Goal! II: Living the Dream (2007)

Tempted away from Newcastle United to join Real Madrid, rising star Santiago Munez finds this latest change of fortune the greatest challenge yet - personally as well as professionally. He is reunited with Gavin Harris, though they must compete to be on the team, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaume Collet-Serra
CAST:  Kuno Becker  •  Stephen Dillane  •  Anna Friel  •  Leonor Varela

Tempted away from Newcastle United to join Real Madrid, rising star Santiago Munez finds this latest change of fortune the greatest challenge yet - personally as well as professionally. He is reunited with Gavin Harris, though they must compete to be on the team, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaume Collet-Serra
CAST:  Kuno Becker  •  Stephen Dillane  •  Anna Friel  •  Leonor Varela

Impostor (2001)

A top-secret government weapons designer is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Fleder
CAST:  Gary Sinise  •  Madeleine Stowe  •  Tony Shalhoub  •  Mekhi Phifer

A top-secret government weapons designer is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Fleder
CAST:  Gary Sinise  •  Madeleine Stowe  •  Tony Shalhoub  •  Mekhi Phifer

La Bamba (1987)

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Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called "Donna" that he wrote for his girlfriend. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob, and becomes haunted by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Valdez
CAST:  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Danielle von Zerneck  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Rosanna DeSoto

Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called "Donna" that he wrote for his girlfriend. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob, and becomes haunted by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Valdez
CAST:  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Danielle von Zerneck  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Rosanna DeSoto

Lone Star (1996)

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Kris Kristofferson

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Kris Kristofferson

Rush Hour (1998)

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Chris Tucker  •  Ken Leung  •  Tom Wilkinson

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Chris Tucker  •  Ken Leung  •  Tom Wilkinson

The Waterdance (1992)

Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as each character tries to deal with his new found handicap and the problems that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Steinberg  •  Neal Jimenez
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  Helen Hunt  •  Wesley Snipes  •  William Forsythe

Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as each character tries to deal with his new found handicap and the problems that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Steinberg  •  Neal Jimenez
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  Helen Hunt  •  Wesley Snipes  •  William Forsythe

Transamerica (2005)

Bree is about to get a sex reassignment surgery that will finally allow her to actually be what she’s already been in her mind for a long time: a transitioned woman. Yet before this happens she suddenly runs into her son who ends up coming for the trip across the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Tucker
CAST:  Felicity Huffman  •  Kevin Zegers  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Danny Burstein

Bree is about to get a sex reassignment surgery that will finally allow her to actually be what she’s already been in her mind for a long time: a transitioned woman. Yet before this happens she suddenly runs into her son who ends up coming for the trip across the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Tucker
CAST:  Felicity Huffman  •  Kevin Zegers  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Danny Burstein

Vibes (1988)

Medium Sylvia Pickel and psychometrist Nick Deezy meet at a psychic research facility in New York. Not long after, they're contacted by Harry Buscafusco, who offers them $50,000 to find his lost son in South America, in the heart of Incan territory where they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Kwapis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Cyndi Lauper  •  Peter Falk  •  Julian Sands

Medium Sylvia Pickel and psychometrist Nick Deezy meet at a psychic research facility in New York. Not long after, they're contacted by Harry Buscafusco, who offers them $50,000 to find his lost son in South America, in the heart of Incan territory where they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Kwapis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Cyndi Lauper  •  Peter Falk  •  Julian Sands

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)

Jesse becomes reunited with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight H. Little
CAST:  Jason James Richter  •  Michael Madsen  •  Jayne Atkinson  •  August Schellenberg

Jesse becomes reunited with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight H. Little
CAST:  Jason James Richter  •  Michael Madsen  •  Jayne Atkinson  •  August Schellenberg

They All Laughed (1981)

New York's Odyssey Detective Agency is hired by two different clients to follow two women suspected of infidelity. Ladies' man John Russo trails Angela Niotes, the elegant wife of a wealthy Italian industrialist, while Charles Rutledge and Arthur Brodsky follow ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Patti Hansen  •  John Ritter

New York's Odyssey Detective Agency is hired by two different clients to follow two women suspected of infidelity. Ladies' man John Russo trails Angela Niotes, the elegant wife of a wealthy Italian industrialist, while Charles Rutledge and Arthur Brodsky follow ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Patti Hansen  •  John Ritter

Times Square (1980)

When a 13-year-old girl befriends a defiant antisocial child of the streets, the mismatched runaways set off to the Big Apple to find their own adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Moyle
CAST:  Tim Curry  •  Trini Alvarado  •  Robin Johnson  •  Steve James

When a 13-year-old girl befriends a defiant antisocial child of the streets, the mismatched runaways set off to the Big Apple to find their own adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Moyle
CAST:  Tim Curry  •  Trini Alvarado  •  Robin Johnson  •  Steve James

Strangeland (1998)

A pierced and tattooed sadist, Captain Howdy, trolls the Internet for naive teens, luring them to his home to torture and defile them. When Howdy kidnaps and tortures the daughter of police Detective Mike Gage, he is caught. Deemed insane, he is sent to an asylum ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Pieplow
CAST:  Kevin Gage  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Brett Harrelson  •  Robert Englund

A pierced and tattooed sadist, Captain Howdy, trolls the Internet for naive teens, luring them to his home to torture and defile them. When Howdy kidnaps and tortures the daughter of police Detective Mike Gage, he is caught. Deemed insane, he is sent to an asylum ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Pieplow
CAST:  Kevin Gage  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Brett Harrelson  •  Robert Englund

Zig Zag (2002)

An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David S. Goyer
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Oliver Platt  •  Natasha Lyonne

An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David S. Goyer
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Oliver Platt  •  Natasha Lyonne

Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Timothy Hutton  •  Joan Plowright  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Daniel Magder

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Timothy Hutton  •  Joan Plowright  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Daniel Magder

The Invaders (1995)

They look like us. They sound like us. And they've come with a hidden agenda of global proportions in this sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1960's cult series. Scott Bakula stars as Nolan Wood, a pilot who uncovers a plot to promote the ecological destruction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Shapiro
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Richard Thomas  •  Roy Thinnes

They look like us. They sound like us. And they've come with a hidden agenda of global proportions in this sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1960's cult series. Scott Bakula stars as Nolan Wood, a pilot who uncovers a plot to promote the ecological destruction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Shapiro
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Richard Thomas  •  Roy Thinnes
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