Jenny Gago

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Jenny Gago
Born (1953-09-11) September 11, 1953 (age 63)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–present

Jenny Gago (born September 11, 1953) is a Peruvian-American actress.


Gago has appeared in movies and television for 25 years; she has appeared in countless of TV shows including recurring roles as Captain Santina on MacGyver, Detective Beatrice Zapeda in Alien Nation, Anaya on The Agency, and Grandma on Freddie. She has also made guest appearances on such shows as Falcon Crest, Remington Steele, Chicago Hope, The Pretender, Ally McBeal, Crossing Jordan, Lost, and The Closer.

Gago has also had recurring roles on General Hospital, Knots Landing, The Agency, Southland (with Michael Cudlitz), and Freddie (with Freddie Prinze Jr.). She has also appeared in the show Alien Nation, as well as its films, playing the role of Detective Beatrice Zapeda.

Gago has been honored as a positive role model by the National Council of La Raza, the Image Awards, the Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans, the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas and won a Golden Eagle Award for Old Gringo in 1989.[1] Gago played the role of Detective Josie Ochoa[1][2] on the third season of TNT's Southland.

Besides her work in TV shows, Gago has also appeared on films like Innerspace, The Tie That Binds, and Nurse Betty. However, she is perhaps most remembered for her role on the film My Family (with Esai Morales).

Personal life[edit]

Gago was born in Peru. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts from UCLA and attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute on a scholarship.[1] She has a son.[1]


Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Man with Two Brains Nurse #1
1983 Under Fire Miss Panama
1984 The Lonely Guy Seven Deadly Sins
1984 Irreconcilable Differences Tracy
1987 Innerspace Lab Technician
1987 Best Seller Woman in Laundry
1987 No Man's Land Tory Bracey
1989 Valentino Returns Uncredited
1989 Old Gringo La Garduna
1990 Death Merchants Uncredited
1993 Blood In Blood Out Lupe
1995 My Family Maria
1995 The Tie That Binds Maggie Hass
1999 The Prodigal Daughter Rosa Cortez
2000 Road Dogz Ana Carrasco
2000 Along for the Ride Maria
2000 Nurse Betty Mercedes
2001 The Cross Mary, Mother of Jesus Christian film, Short film
2003 Two Harbors Margarita Short film
2005 Coach Carter President Martinez
2005 Meet Me in Miami Josephina
2005 The Needs of Kim Stanley Herself Documentary film
2009 B-Girl Crescencia Dance film
2010 Gallowwalkers Mistress
2011 The Obama Effect Dede Santiago In production

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 A Gun in the House Juanita Romero Television movie
1982 CHiPs Rosa Episode: "A Threat of War"
1983 Women of San Quentin Gloria Television movie
1984 Cagney & Lacey Mrs. Garcia Episode: "Partners"
1984–1986 Knots Landing Maria Recurring character
1984–1986 Hill Street Blues Reporter #2/First Reporter
Episodes: "The Other Side of Oneness", "Come and Get It", "Suitcase", and "I Come on My Knees"
1984–1987 Dallas Nurse/Henrietta Episodes: "Killer at Large", "Battle Lines", "If at First You Don‘t Succeed", "Jamie", "Revenge of the Nerd", "The Ten Percent Solution", and "Some Good, Some Bad"
1985 Hunter Police Dispatcher Episode: "The Shooter"
1985 Falcon Crest Clinic Doctor Episode: "The Trial"
1985 Trapper John, M.D. Tahoe Nurse Episode: "All the King‘s Horses…"
1986 Shattered Spirits Mavis Television movie
1986 Simon & Simon Mrs. Cabrillo Episode: "For the People"
1986 Remington Steele Maria Episode: "Steele at Your Service"
1987 Out on a Limb Maria Television movie
1987 Our House Sergeant Gutierrez Episode: "The Best Intentions"
1987 Convicted: A Mother‘s Story Angie Television movie
1987 Stingray Linda Episode: "The Neniwa"
1987 Max Headroom Uncredited Episode: "Body Banks"
1987 The Bronx Zoo Mrs. Molina Episode: "It‘s Hard to be a Saint in the City"
1987 General Hospital Connie Stevens Recurring character
1988 MacGyver Capt. Santina Episode: "On a Wing and a Prayer"
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Susan Brandes Episode: "Deadline"
1990 Sweet 15 Inez Television movie
1990 Unspeakable Acts Uncredited Television movie
1990 Alien Nation Detective Beatrice Zapeda Recurring character
1990 DEA Teresa Robles Recurring character
1991 Quantum Leap Margarita Lorrea Tearsa
Theresa LaRea
Episode: "Last Dance Before an Execution - May 12, 1971"
1991 The Hit Man Uncredited Television movie
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Carmelina Episode: "The Bust"
1994 Nowhere to Hide Kate Television movie
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon Detective Beatrice Zapeda Television movie
1994 Because Mommy Works Dr. Rita Hernandez Television movie
1994 Alien Nation: Body and Soul Detective Beatrice Zapeda Television movie
1995 Chicago Hope Elena Hayes Episode: "From Soup to Nuts"
1996 Dangerous Minds Amanda Bardales Main character
1996 Alien Nation: Millennium Detective Beatrice Zapeda Television movie
1996 JAG Sergeant Gonzalez Episode: "Boot", Performed: "Marines' Hymn"
1996 Grand Avenue Anna Television movie
1997 Promised Land Rena Episode: "The Outrage"
1997 Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy Detective Beatrice Zapeda Television movie
1999 The X-Files Dr. Katrina Cabrera Episode: "S.R. 819"
1999 Becker Mrs. Cruz Episode: "Activate Your Choices"
1999 The Pretender Warden Anita Esparza Episode: "Countdown"
1999 Popular Mrs. Esposito Episode: "Windstruck"
2000 Any Day Now Uncredited Episode: "Hey, Ugly!"
2000 The Others Gloria Munoz Episode: "Unnamed"
2000 Ally McBeal Dr. Lisa Pontes Episode: "Prime Suspect"
2000 The Invisible Man Mr. White Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
2000 The Princess and the Barrio Boy Mrs. Torres Television movie
2001 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Ana Martel Episode: "Viva Zapatos"
2001 The Division Mrs. Garcia, Rachel’s Mother Episode: "Mothers and Daughters"
2001 The Nightmare Room Mrs. Hanover Episode: "School Spirit"
2001 Family Law Uncredited Episode: "Against All Odds"
2001 The West Wing Bernice Collette, OMB Episode: "The Indians in the Lobby"
2002 Crossing Jordan Mrs. Vega Episode: "Blood Relatives"
2002 American Family Uncredited Episode: "The Sewing Machine"
2002 24 Principal Episode: "10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m."
2002–2003 The Agency Anaya Recurring character
2003 Boston Public Angela Sanchez Episode: "Chapter Sixty-Eight"
2004 Alias Erin Episode: "Taken"
2005 Without a Trace Warden Hilary Gutierrez Episode: "Penitence"
2005 Medical Investigation Uncredited Episode: "Mission La Roca: Part 2"
2005 Lost Agent Alyssa Cole Episode: "The Greater Good"
2005 The Closer Delia Lopez Episode: "Standards and Practices"
2005–2006 Freddie Grandma Main character
2011 Southland Detective II Josie Ochoa Recurring character


  1. ^ a b c d Southland Cast Bios - Jenny Gago
  2. ^ "Southland Scoop: Jenny Gago Joins the Force". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 

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