Alec Mapa, February 2008
July 10, 1965
San Francisco, California, United States
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Writer|
|Spouse(s)||Jamison Hebert (m. 2008)|
Alejandro "Alec" Mapa (//; born July 10, 1965) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He got his first professional break when he was cast to replace B.D. Wong for the role of Song Liling in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. He later gained notoriety for the roles of Adam Benet in Half & Half and Suzuki St. Pierre in Ugly Betty which are his best known roles. He is also known for his recurring role as Vern in Desperate Housewives.
Mapa's senior year productions were Cabaret and Harvey, both in which he had the lead roles. Mapa was also a champion orator in the Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation categories of Speech.
Mapa got his first professional break when he was cast to replace B.D. Wong in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. On television, he has made guest appearances on a wide variety of programs, including The Jamie Foxx Show, Roseanne, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Friends, Murder One and Dharma & Greg. He had a supporting role in the short-lived 2001 comedy Some of My Best Friends. He played Adam Benet in the UPN comedy Half & Half.
He wrote and performed in a one-man play titled "I Remember Mapa", about his experiences growing up gay in San Francisco.
Mapa was a featured performer on the Logo original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack. In 2006 appeared as Vern, Gabrielle's personal shopper, on the TV series Desperate Housewives. He had a recurring role on the 2006-2010 series Ugly Betty, as Suzuki St. Pierre, the flamboyant host of a fictional gossip and news show (who, it is revealed, is actually a straight—and married—journalist named Byron Wu). He performed the voice of Rick's flamboyantly gay uncle Bakla on the 2007-2009 animated series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World.
Mapa's film credits include parts in Bright Lights, Big City, Playing by Heart, Connie and Carla and Marley & Me, among others. He was featured in the movies Super Sweet 16: The Movie and Tru Loved. He also played as a stylist in the movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
In 2008, Mapa hosted Logo's Transamerican Love Story, a reality dating program starring transgender woman Calpernia Addams selecting from among eight potential suitors. In the same year, he also hosted Dancing With Dogs on Animal Planet.
Mapa also performed on the 2009 Atlantis Freedom Caribbean Cruise headlining in the Arcadia Theater.
In 2010, Mapa became one of the co-hosts of Logo's The Gossip Queens, a daily series where he helps present celebrity gossip.
Mapa is openly gay and lends his support to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian American communities. In 2008, Mapa legally married Jamison 'Jamie' Hebert, after dating since 2002. On the TV series The Gossip Queens, Mapa stated in the opening episode that he and his husband had recently adopted a 5-year-old boy. Mapa is Filipino American.
|TV series||1987||ABC Afterschool Special||Peng||"Supermom's Daughter"|
|Film||1988||Bright Lights, Big City||Yasu Wade|
|Film||1988||New Life, AA New Life||Sybil|
|TV series||1990||Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show||Wretched Fan||"Off to See the Wretched"|
|TV series||1992||Flying Blind||Lucas||"Secret of My Great Dress""The Secret of My Great Dress"|
|TV series||1992||Melrose Place||Jeweler #2||"Whole Truth""The Whole Truth"|
|TV series||1993||Key West||"Second Day in Heaven""The Second Day in Heaven"|
|TV series||1993||Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, TheThe Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Nguyen||"Paris, May 1919"|
|TV film||1994||Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart||Hal Trask|
|TV series||1994||Roseanne||Kyle||"Skeleton in the Closet"|
|TV series||1995||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Perry||"Halloween"|
|TV series||1995||Law & Order||Brian Yoshimara||"Rebels"|
|TV series||1995||M.A.N.T.I.S.||Troy||"Sea Wasp""The Sea Wasp"|
|TV series||1995||Seinfeld||Paul||"Pool Guy""The Pool Guy"|
|TV series||1996||Jamie Foxx Show, TheThe Jamie Foxx Show||Ike Yee||"Star Is Almost Born""A Star Is Almost Born"|
|TV series||1996||NYPD Blue||Angela||"Unembraceable You"|
|Film||1996||Substance of Fire, TheThe Substance of Fire||New Receptionist|
|TV series||1997||Murder One||Damien Vasquez||"Chapter Seventeen, Year Two"
"Chapter Eighteen, Year Two"
|TV miniseries||1997||Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer||Damien Vasquez|
|TV series||1997||Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher||Sammy Choi||"Party at Nick's Place"|
|TV series||1997||NYPD Blue||Angela||"I Love Lucy"|
|TV series||1997||Spy Game||Andy Shawn||"With Friends Like These..."
"Well, Nothing to Fear But Death Itself"
|TV series||1998||Friends||HousekeeperThe Housekeeper||"One with All the Thanksgivings, TheThe One with All the Thanksgivings"||a.k.a. "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks"|
|TV series||1998||Holding the Baby||Nelson||"No Man Is a Fantasy Island"|
|Film||1998||Playing by Heart||Lana|
|TV series||1999||Dharma & Greg||Trina||"Welcome to the Hotel Calamari"|
|TV series||2001||Some of My Best Friends||Vern Limoso||"Pilot"
"Blah, Blah, Blah"
"A Brief Encounter"
"Shaggy Dog Story"
"The Marriage Counselor"
"Scenes from an Italian Party"
"Kiss Me Guido"
|TV series||2002||Baby Bob||Brian||"House of the Rising Son"|
|TV series||2002||Half & Half||Adam Benet||"Big Crappy BirthdayThe Big Crappy Birthday Episode"||01 episode; 58 episodes total|
|TV series||2003||Alias||NSC Techie||"NemesisThe Nemesis"|
|TV series||2003||Half & Half||Adam Benet||07 episodes; 58 episodes total|
|Film||2003||Who's Your Daddy?||Nat-San Wang|
|Film||2004||Connie and Carla||Lee / N'Cream|
|TV special||2004||E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment||Himself|
|TV series||2004||Half & Half||Adam Benet||15 episodes; 58 episodes total|
|TV series||2004||I'm with Her||Henry Liu||"Not in My Dress You Won't"|
|TV series||2004||Significant Others||Parent #1||"School, Not CoolA School, Not Cool & a Fool"|
|TV series||2005||Desperate Housewives||Vern||"Color and Light"||05 episodes total|
|TV series||2005||Half & Half||Adam Benet||23 episodes; 58 episodes total|
|Short film||2005||Pollen||Howard||12 minutes|
|TV series||2005||Wisecrack||Himself||stand-up comedy|
|TV series||2006||Desperate Housewives||Vern||"Beautiful Girls"
"The Miracle Song"
|05 episodes total|
|TV series||2006||Half & Half||Adam Benet||11 episodes; 58 episodes total|
|TV series||2006||Help Me Help You||Andrew||"Inger Management"|
|TV series||2007||Desperate Housewives||Vern||"Come Play Wiz Me"
"Into the Woods"
|05 episodes total|
|TV series||2007||Heartland||Teddy DeSilva||"Beautiful DayA Beautiful Day"|
|TV series||2007||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"How Betty Got Her Grieve Back"
"Betty's Wait Problem"
"A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding"
"I See Me, I.C.U."
"Bananas for Betty"
|06 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|TV special||2007||Visible Vote '08: A Presidential Forum, TheThe Visible Vote '08: A Presidential Forum||Himself|
|TV series||2008||Celebracadabra||Pilot Contestant|
|TV special||2008||Dancing with Dogs||Himself (Host)|
|Video||2008||Laughing Matters... The Men||Himself||stand-up comedy; ASIN B0010P5UOU|
|Film||2008||Marley & Me||Jorge|
|TV series||2008||Transamerican Love Story||Himself (Host)||"Getting to Know You"
"Love's a Beach"
"I Love the Nightlife"
"I Like the Way You Move"
"Meet the Folks"
|Film||2008||Tru Loved||Mr. Bushnell|
|TV series||2008||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"Zero Worship"
"Odor in the Court"
"The Kids Are Alright"
"Crimes of Fashion"
"Betty Suarez Land"
|09 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|Film||2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Claude|
|TV special||2009||Alec Mapa: No Fats, Femmes or Asians||Himself||stand-up comedy|
|TV series||2009||Numb3rs||Clerk||"Old Soldiers"|
|Animated TV series||2009||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Uncle Bakla||"House of Race Cards"
|TV series||2009||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"Sisters on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
"There's No Place Like Mode"
"A Mother of a Problem"
"The Born Identity"
"In the Stars"
"The Fall Issue"
"The Butterfly Effect: Part 1"
"Level (7) with Me"
"The Bahamas Triangle"
|11 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|TV special||2010||2010 NewNowNext Awards||Himself|
|TV series||2010||Gossip Queens, TheThe Gossip Queens||Himself (Host)||50 episodes; 68 episodes total|
|TV series||2010||Jonas L.A.||Chef Shiraki||"Wasabi StoryA Wasabi Story"|
|TV special||2010||Pride: The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Slam||Himself||stand-up comedy|
|TV series||2010||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself||"Snatch GameThe Snatch Game"|
|TV series||2010||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"Passion of the BettyThe Passion of the Betty"
"Fire and Nice"
|04 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|TV series||2010||View, TheThe View||Himself
|Film||2011||Going Down in LA-LA Land||Himself|
|TV series||2011||Gossip Queens, TheThe Gossip Queens||Himself (Host)||18 episodes; 68 episodes total|
|Short film||2011||Half-Share||Ito||29 minutes|
|TV series||2011||Rules of Engagement||Restaurant Manager||"Power CoupleThe Power Couple"|
|TV series||2011||RuPaul's Drag U||Himself (Guest Judge)||"Suddenly Single"|
|Film||2011||Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure||Gill Samms|
|Short film||2011||Winner Takes All||Simon||15 minutes; included in the compilation film Black Briefs (2012)|
|Short film||2012||Family Restaurant||Daddy||10 minutes|
|TV series||2012||Scandalicious||Himself (Presenter)||04 episodes|
|TV series||2014||Switched at Birth||Renzo|
- Rotter, Joshua (August 29, 2005), "Half & Half's Alec Mapa Goes All Out", AfterElton.com, retrieved 2007-11-02
- Alec Mapa at the Internet Movie Database
- Hartinger, Brent (November 9, 2008). "More Gay Celebrity Boyfriends!". After Elton. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "The Big Nervous Breakup Episode" at the Internet Movie Database
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