Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 6, 1964
SpouseEric Haze, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
MarkCurvaceous, buxom figure
FactAttended and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens, New York.

Rosie Perez is an American actress, director, and choreographer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 6, 1964, to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, both Puerto Rican immigrants. She has two sisters, Liza and Irene. Perez was raised in Bushwick and attended Grover Cleveland High School. After graduation, she studied at the Lehman College of the City University of New York where she majored in Spanish literature.

Perez’s career began as a dancer on Soul Train in 1984. She made her film debut in the 1985 film Do the Right Thing. She has since appeared in such films as White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Fearless (1993), and The Perez Family (1995). She made her Broadway debut in the musical The Ritz in 1975. She has also directed music videos for such artists as Jennifer Lopez and Prince.

Perez has won several awards for her work, including an Emmy Award for her choreography on In Living Color (1990), and a Tony Award for her role in The Ritz (1975). She has been nominated for several other awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fearless (1993).

Perez has had a long and successful career in both film and television. She has appeared in such films as White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Fearless (1993), The Perez Family (1995), and Do the Right Thing (1985). She has also directed music videos for such artists as Jennifer Lopez and Prince. In addition to her work in film and television, Perez is also a successful stage actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical The Ritz in 1975. She has also won several awards for her work, including an Emmy Award for her choreography on In Living Color (1990), and a Tony Award for her role in The Ritz (1975).

Perez is currently married to director Spike Lee. The couple has one child together, a daughter named Satchel.

General Info

Full NameRosie Perez
Date Of BirthSeptember 6, 1964
Height1.56 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Author, Film director, Television presenter, Social activist, Dancer, Choreographer, Television Director
EducationLos Angeles City College, Grover Cleveland High School


SpouseEric Haze, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
ParentsLydia Pérez, Ismael Serrano
SiblingsCarmen Serrano


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image A...
MoviesWhite Men Can't Jump, Do the Right Thing, Pineapple Express, It Could Happen to You, The Take, Dance with the Devil, Untamed Heart, The Road to El Dorado, Fearless, Won't Back Down, Night on Earth, The 24 Hour Woman, The Counselor, A Brother's Kiss, Puerto Ricans in Paris, Just Like the Son, The Her...
TV ShowsGo, Diego, Go!, Soul Train, Little Bill, The View

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#Marks / Signs
1Curvaceous, buxom figure
2Heavy Brooklyn accent


1Boxing is about pushing through your fears. It's more about fighting yourself. Floyd Mayweather could get punched - like clean shot down the middle to his face - and he wouldn't flinch. And I understand what he's doing.
2Most of the criticism I got early in my career was from the Latin community. They used to take me out to lunch and tell me, "Can you go and take lessons to lessen your accent?". Or, "When you're on a talk show, can you not be so funny and loud?". People gave me so much crap about my voice, and I tried. I really did try to change, but it was the way I spoke. As I got older, the octaves dropped, thank God. Now I find it flattering if a sixteen-year-old comes up and starts imitating me.


1Friends with the late Tupac Shakur.
2Has one half-sister: Carmen Perez.
3Cousin of Sixto Ramos.
4Parents are Ismael Serraro and Lydia Perez.
5Suffered serious neck and hip injuries while filming Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hardwired (2009). She accepted an honor from President Barack Obama, in a wheelchair and neck-brace weeks after having surgery.
6Was appointed to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Barack Obama in 2010.
7Was a former Soul Train (1971) dancer during the 1980s.
8Attended and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens, New York.
9Jumped on stage during the second Technotronic performance when Fred Savage hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) (Season 15, Episode 14: 24 February 1990).
10(January 6, 2000) Arrested for disorderly conduct in New York City following a rally to protest United States Navy bomb tests on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
11Practices kung fu.
12Later became a choreographer of music videos and stage shows for such performers as Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The Boys.




White Men Can't Jump1992Gloria Clemente
Night on Earth1991Angela
WIOU1990-1991TV SeriesLucy Hernandez
In Living Color1990TV SeriesSpike's Joint Customer
Criminal Justice1990TV MovieDenise Moore
21 Jump Street1990TV SeriesRosie Martinez
Do the Right Thing1989Tina
Active Adults2016completedZoe
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero2014-2015TV SeriesAunt Rose
Five Nights in Maine2015Ann
Puerto Ricans in Paris2015Gloria
Pitch Perfect 22015The View Host
The Hero of Color City2014Red (voice)
An American Education2014TV MovieRita Gomez
The Being Experience2013/I
Gods Behaving Badly2013Persephone
The Counselor2013Ruth
The Cleveland Show2012-2013TV SeriesChoni
Falcón2012TV SeriesMadeleine Flowers
Won't Back Down2012Breena Harper
Nurse Jackie2012TV SeriesJules
Small Apartments2012Ms. Baker
Da Brick2011TV MovieAnnalisse
Go, Diego! Go!2005-2011TV SeriesClick
Lies in Plain Sight2010TV MovieMarisol Reyes
Pete Smalls Is Dead2010Julia
Dora the Explorer2010TV SeriesLa Bruja
The Other Guys2010Rosie Perez
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesEva Banks
Lipstick Jungle2008-2009TV SeriesDahlia Morales
Exit 192009TV MovieLorna
Pineapple Express2008Carol Female Cop
Diego's Moonlight Rescue2008TV SeriesClick
The Take2007Marina De La Pena
Lolo's Cafe2006TV MovieMaria (voice)
Just Like the Son2006Mrs. Ponders
All the Invisible Children2005Ruthie (segment "Jesus Children of America")
Jesus Children of America2005ShortRuthie
Lackawanna Blues2005TV MovieBertha
Copshop2004TV MovieHeaven
Frasier1995-2004TV SeriesLizbeth / Francesca
From the 104th Floor2003ShortNarrator (voice)
Widows2002TV Mini-SeriesLinda Pirelli
Riding in Cars with Boys2001Shirley Perro
Human Nature2001Louise
We Deliver2001TV Series
King of the Jungle2000Joanne
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995-2000TV SeriesRobinita Hood / Thumbelina / Witch
The Road to El Dorado2000Chel (voice)
Little Bill1999TV SeriesValencia
The 24 Hour Woman1999Grace Santos
Louis & Frank1998
Perdita Durango1997Perdita Durango
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV MovieThe Girl (segment "Love on the A Train")
A Brother's Kiss1997Debbie
Somebody to Love1994Mercedes
It Could Happen to You1994Muriel Lang
Fearless1993Carla Rodrigo
Untamed Heart1993Cindy


Soul Train's 25th Anniversary1995TV Movie documentary choreographer
In Living Color1990-1993TV Series choreographer - 92 episodes
Do the Right Thing1989choreographer


Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!2006Documentary
In Living Color1991-1993TV Series 59 episodes

Casting Department

In Living Color1992-1993TV Series talent coordinator - 28 episodes


Go, Diego! Go!2009-2010TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
Somebody to Love1994performer: "Romeo's Aria"


Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!2006Documentary executive producer
The 24 Hour Woman1999co-producer
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV Movie executive producer


SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV Movie creator


Home2006/IIIDocumentary very special thanks
The 24 Hour Woman1999special thanks


Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2009-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall2016DocumentaryHerself
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors2015TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Sweet Science of Life with Al Bernstein2015TV SeriesHerself
American Masters2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives2015Documentary
The View2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess / Herself - Co-host / Herself - Guest Co-Hostess
Thank You and Sorry2015TV Mini-Series documentary
The Wendy Williams Show2009-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Entertainment Tonight2010-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The View
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2015TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Today1994-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 8th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2014TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Larry King Now2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights2014TV SpecialHerself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi2014TV SeriesHerself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Steve Harvey2014TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Chew2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Access Hollywood Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bethenny2013TV SeriesHerself
American Latino TV2013TV SeriesHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film2013TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actor
ESPN Friday Night Fights2013TV SeriesHerself - Audience Member
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Anderson Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Road to Brooklyn2012TV Series documentary short
The Rachel Maddow Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHerself
The Cleveland Show2012TV SeriesHerself
Brooklyn Boheme2011DocumentaryHerself
Vine Talk2011TV SeriesHerself
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHerself
Island Summer Celebrity Sports Invitational2009TV MovieHerself
Celebrity Habla2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Pun: The Legacy2008Video documentaryHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Home2006/IIIDocumentaryHerself (as Rorry Perez)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: The Year in Plays
Tribeca Film Festival Presents: Live from the Red Carpet2006TV MovieHerself
Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!2006DocumentaryHerself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History2005TV Special documentaryHerself
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host / Herself - Guest
The Daily Show2003-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Back in Step with the Fly Girls2004ShortHerself - Choreographer
Looking Back in Living Color: The First Season2004Video shortHerself - Choreographer
Dinner for Five2003TV SeriesHerself
The Isaac Mizrahi Show2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker2003Video documentary shortHerself
Until the Violence Stops2003Herself
What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices from Inside a Women's Maximum Security Prison2003DocumentaryHerself
XXI Century2003TV Series documentaryHerself - Actor
IFP Gotham Awards 20022002TV SpecialHost
One World Jam2002TV SpecialHost
One World Jam: A Concert for Global Harmony2002TV SpecialHost
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'2002DocumentaryHerself
My Generation2000DocumentaryHerself
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
¡Mi Gente! My People!1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comic Relief VIII1998TV SpecialHerself
Venice Report1997TV Short documentaryHerself
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
Días de cine1996TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Special1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Girlie Show1996TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Soul Train's 25th Anniversary1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comic Relief VII1995TV Special documentaryHerself
In a New Light: Sex Unplugged1995TV MovieHost
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
CBS This Morning1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
In a New Light '941994TV SpecialHerself
The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Comic Relief VI1994TV Special documentaryHerself
1993 MTV Movie Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
In Living Color1990-1993TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
1992 MTV Movie Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Comic Relief V1992TV SpecialHerself
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Ebony/Jet Showcase1991TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Making 'Do the Right Thing'1989TV Movie documentaryHerself / Tina

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The View
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The View / Herself
Inside Edition2014-2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Co-Hostess, The View / Herself / Herself - The View / ...
Media Buzz2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The View
The Insider2014-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The View
Sexo en el plató2007TV Movie documentaryPerdita Durango
El oficio de actor2005TV Movie documentaryPerdita Durango (uncredited)
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHerself


Won Awards

2011GracieGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Lead in a Drama SpecialLies in Plain Sight (2010)
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album for Children
1998Best ActressFantafestivalPerdita Durango (1997)
1994Special MentionBerlin International Film FestivalFearless (1993)
1994CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressFearless (1993)
1994DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressFearless (1993)
1993BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressFearless (1993)
1993LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressFearless (1993)

Nominated Awards

2016BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a New Television SeriesPenn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014)
2016Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Entertainment Talk Show HostThe View (1997)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialLies in Plain Sight (2010)
2011Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actress - TelevisionLies in Plain Sight (2010)
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsActress in Television - ComedyLipstick Jungle (2008)
2009Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleThe Take (2007)
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting Actress - TelevisionLackawanna Blues (2005)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialLackawanna Blues (2005)
2000ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Feature FilmThe 24 Hour Woman (1999)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActressThe 24 Hour Woman (1999)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleFearless (1993)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureFearless (1993)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in ChoreographyIn Living Color (1990)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressWhite Men Can't Jump (1992)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressWhite Men Can't Jump (1992)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in ChoreographyIn Living Color (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyIn Living Color (1990)

2nd Place Awards

1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressFearless (1993)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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