Manny Pérez

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Manny Pérez
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Born Manuel Pérez Batista
(1969-05-05) May 5, 1969 (age 45)
Baitoa, Santiago, Dominican Republic
Years active 1993–present

Manuel "Manny" Pérez Batista (born May 5, 1969) is a Dominican actor, who has appeared in the television series Third Watch and in the film Washington Heights. He is the cousin of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz.[1]

Biography[edit]

Pérez was born in Baitoa, Santiago, Dominican Republic, and currently lives in Washington Heights, Manhattan.[2]

Pérez is one of 11 siblings. By the time Pérez finished high school, Manny knew he wanted to be an actor, he moved to New York where he majored in drama at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in 1992.

He has also studied at Ensemble Studio Theatre and is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, in New York City.

After his performance on the film Washington Heights which he also co-wrote and produced, Manny garnered praise from many critics.

The New York Times stated "Mr. Perez has charisma to burn." He won the 2002 Best Actor Award at The Milan International Film Festival in Italy for his performance in Washington Heights.

Pérez was the first ever member of his family to get a university degree.

At the Santo Domingo Invita show Pérez was honored as one of the most prominent Dominican actors in the United States.

In November 2007 Pérez was honored in the Dominican Film Festival held in Puerto Plata along with Dania Ramirez for his humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic. When Pérez received the award he said that his first pair of shoes were given to him at the age of 5 by his father and that he only wore them to go to Mass on Sundays. Pérez also said that when he first got to the United States he was really fat and that he didn't know why since he was poor and didn't eat well until his mother took him to the doctor where they found out that his stomach was full of hookworms that got into his body through his feet since he would always walk barefoot. Pérez donated 10,000 shoes to families who lost everything after Hurricane Noel swept across the Dominican Republic.

In 2012 he was elected by Luz García’s Noche de Luz programme as a "Summer’s Hot Body".[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

Films and television series that Pérez has appeared in include:[5]

Title Year Role
Homeland 2013 El Niño (2 episodes)
El Rey de Najayo (film) 2012 Julián López
Forged (film) 2010 (post-production) Chuco
Cold Case 2010 Tut (1 episode)
La Soga (film) 2009 (post-production) Luisito (AKA: La Soga)
A Kiss of Chaos 2009 Tony
Sanctified (film) 2008 (in production)
Ego (film) 2008 (in production) Cupola
Nothing like the Holidays 2008 Alexis
Coming Soon... 2007 (post-production) Javier
The Ministers 2007 (post-production) Det. Manso
Pride and Glory 2008 (completed) Coco Dominguez
Rockaway (film) 2007 (completed) Antwan
Illegal Tender 2007 Wilson DeLeon Sr.
Tracks of Color 2007 George Martinez
Rescue Me 2006–2007 Luis (5 episodes)
Amexicano 2007 Diego
Where God Left His Shoes 2007 Luis
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002–2007 CSU Tech
Yellow 2006 Angelo
El Cantante 2006 Eddie
Bella 2006 Manny
Night Stalker 2005 Caleca (1 episode)
Third Watch 2005 Manny Santiago (10 episodes)
Dragnet 2004 Sergio (1 episode)
CSI: Miami 2004 Manny Orantes (1 episode)
The Breakup Artist 2004 Carlos
Party Monster 2003 Johnny
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 Jorge Galvez (1 episode)
Washington Heights 2002 Carlos
King Rikki 2002 Jorge Ortega
100 Centre Street 2001–2002 Ramon Rodriguez (18 episodes)
Brother 2000 Mexican Mafia Hitman
Dinner Rush 2000 Gabriel
Rude Awakening 1999 Jesus (2 episodes)
On the Q.T. 1999 Aurelio
Brooklyn South 1998 1 episode
Neto's Run 1998 Neto
Chick Flick 1998
Stick Up 1997 Eddie
Sleeping Together 1997 Carlos
Bullet 1996 Flaco
Courage Under Fire 1996 Jenkins
New York Undercover 1994–1996 Tony (2 episodes)
NYPD Blue 1995 Tonio (1 episode)
Crooklyn 1994 Hector
Nyû Yôku no koppu 1993 Tito

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.latina.com/entertainment/buzz/latino-stars-never-knew-were-related#axzz2i110t76J
  2. ^ Guzman, Sandra. "'MANNY' OF THE YEAR: DOMINICAN ACTOR PEREZ IS SET TO STAR IN A DOZEN (!) NEW MOVIES", The New York Post, August 8, 2007. Accessed September 23, 2007. "Perez, who moved to Providence, Rhode Island at the age of 10, most of his family still lives there, decided long ago that he was not moving to Los Angeles to make it. He lives in and loves Washington Heights."
  3. ^ "Luz García devela los Cuerpos Hot 2012" (in Spanish). Sociales y Turismo. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. "La productora de televisión Luz García, develó ante los medios de comunicación dominicanos los ganadores de la tercera entrega de los “Cuerpos Hot del Verano 2012” durante un cóctel llevado a cabo en M Kitchen. Los ganadores fueron: Jenny Blanco, Joseguillermo Cortines, Irvin Alberti, Yuvelkys Peralta, Manny Pérez, Dalia Fernández, Martha González y Lisbeth Santos. (...)" 
  4. ^ "Los 7 Cuerpos Hot 2013" (in Spanish). Noche de Luz. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Manny Pérez, Internet Movie Database. Accessed September 23, 2007.

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