Elizabeth Peña

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Elizabeth Peña
Born September 23, 1961 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died October 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA from cirrhosis of the liver
Sometimes credited as Elizabeth Pena
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Tough Cookies Connie Rivera 1986 1
I Married Dora Dora Calderon 1987–1988 1
Shannon's Deal Lucy Acosta 1990–1991 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
T.J. Hooker Maria 5x06 - Rip-Off November 20, 1985
Hill Street Blues Alice 6x22 - Come and Get It April 3, 1986
L.A. Law Jinx Baldasseri 8x02 - Leap of Faith October 14, 1993
L.A. Law Jinx Baldasseri 8x07 - Pacific Rimshot November 18, 1993
L.A. Law Jinx Baldasseri 8x08 - Eli's Gumming December 9, 1993
L.A. Law Jinx Baldasseri 8x21 - Whistle Stop May 12, 1994
The Outer Limits Dr. Jennifer Martinez 1x09 - Living Hell May 12, 1995
Boston Public Superintendent Elizabeth Vasquez 3x03 - Chapter Forty-Seven November 4, 2002
Boston Public Superintendent Elizabeth Vasquez 3x10 - Chapter Fifty-Four January 13, 2003
CSI: Miami Councilwoman Mercedes Escalante 1x17 - Simple Man February 24, 2003
NCIS FBI Agent Lina Reyes 2x06 - Terminal Leave November 16, 2004
Without a Trace Rosie Diaz 3x14 - Neither Rain Nor Sleet February 10, 2005
NUMB3RS Sonya Benavides 2x05 - Assassin October 21, 2005
Ghost Whisperer Marla 4x12 - This Joint's Haunted January 16, 2009
Modern Family Pilar 4x13 - Fulgencio January 23, 2013
Modern Family Pilar 5x10 - The Old Man and the Tree December 11, 2013

Awards and Accolades

ALMA Awards

(4 Wins in 7 Nominations)


  • Moved to New York City when she was 8 years old
  • Attended and graduated from Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts in 1977
  • Her father, Mario was an actor, director & writer who co-founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble
  • Her mother, Estella is an arts administrator and producer
  • Had a sister, Tania
  • Was married to William Stephan Kebler in 1988
  • Was married to Hans Rolla from 1994 until her death in 2014; they have two children, Fiona and Kaelan
  • Was a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors