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May 31, 1955 |
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, Writer, College Theatre Professor|
Roma Maffia (born May 31, 1955) is an American actress.
Life and career
Roma Maffia was born in Manhattan, New York, of German, Spanish, English, and Afro-Caribbean descent; her Italian surname derives from her stepfather. Ever since Maffia was small, she was interested in television, and celebrities. She did her first play in high school, playing one of the Von Trapp family members in The Sound of Music.
Maffia began her official acting career in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions. In 1994 she played Carmen in director Ron Howard's film The Paper. Soon after, she landed a role on the television series Chicago Hope. Maffia's television career continued as she played 'Grace Alvarez,' the forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force for four seasons on NBC's Profiler. She has had guest-star and recurring roles on shows such as ER, The West Wing, Law & Order, and The Sopranos.
Her most widely seen performances may be playing Seattle attorney Catherine Alvarez in the film Disclosure (1994), starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. She followed this up with a series of performances as Vanessa Galiano in the TV series, Law & Order and as Judge Victoria Peyton on ABC's Boston Legal.
Since 2003 Maffia has appeared as Liz Cruz on the FX Network series Nip/Tuck, the anesthesiologist colleague of two dysfunctional plastic surgeons. Maffia and Julian McMahon worked on the TV show Profiler.
Maffia is a 1973 graduate of St. Michael Academy (New York City).
In April 2013, Entertainment Weekley announced that Maffia will join Pretty Little Liars in season four. Her character, Linda Tanner, is a state investigator and the co-worker of Gabriel Holbrook (Sean Faris).
|1983||Stuck on You!||Attila's Sister|
|1988||Married to the Mob||Angie's First Customer|
|1991||American Blue Note||Marie|
|1995||Nick of Time||Ms. Jones|
|1997||Kiss the Girls||Dr. Ruocco|
|2000||Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her||Debbie||Segment: "Love Waits For Kathy"|
|2001||The New Women||Virginia VanUpp|
|2001||I Am Sam||First Family Court Judge||uncredited|
|2002||Treading Water||The Agent|
|2003||Holes||Atty. Carla Morengo|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Voice||Video game|
|2007||Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary||Dr. Willa Peterson|
|2007||Ghost ImageI||Detective Amos|
|2008||The Blue Tooth Virgin||Dr. Christopher|
2014-2015 That Gal Who Was in That Thing
|1985–86||The Equalizer||Sindee||Episode: "Desperately"
Episode: "Dead Drop"
|1988||Internal Affairs||Diane||TV film|
|1993||The X-Files||Uncredited||Episode: "Born Again"|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||New York Cabbie||Episode: "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920"|
|1994–95||Chicago Hope||Angela Giandamenicio||Episodes: "Pilot"
"Over the Rainbow"
"With the Greatest of Ease"
"You Gotta Have Heart"
"Great White Hope"
|1995||Her Deadly Rival||Officer Caldwell||TV film|
|1995||The Heidi Chronicles||TV film|
|1995||Courthouse||Ms. Marino||Episodes: "Order on the Court"
"One Strike and You're Out"
"Injustice for All"
|1996||Wings||Claire Barnett||Episode: "Porno for Pyros"|
|1996||Her Costly Affair||Sally Canter||NBC TV film|
|1996||Mistrial'||Laurie Meisinger||TV film|
|1996–2000||Profiler||Grace Alvarez||82 episodes|
|1997||The Defenders: Payback||Julie Bishop||TV film|
|1998||The Daily Show||Herself||Episode dated 06-23-98|
|1998||Welcome to Paradox||Barbara Cloak||Episode: "Research Alpha"|
|1998||Route 9||Agent Ellen Marks||TV film|
|2000||The David Cassidy Story||Ruth Aarons||TV film|
|2001||The West Wing||Officer Rhonda Sachs||Episode: "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail"|
|2001||Gideon's Crossing||Valerie Thomlinson||Episode: "Freak Shows"|
|2001||The Division||Sandra||Episode: "Intervention"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Werner's Attorney||Episode: "Fear of Flirting"|
|2001||ER||Ms. Prager||Episodes: "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"
"I'll be Home for Christmas"
|2002||Judging Amy||Amanda York||Episode: "Tidal Wave"|
|2002||Taina||Gladys||Episode: "The Fear Factors"|
|2002||For the People||Sophia||Episode: "Lonely Hearts"|
|2002||Endgame: Ethics and Values in America||Julia||TV film|
|2002||The Sopranos||Professor Longo-Murphy||Episode: "Christopher"|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Adelle Cross||Episode: "Fight Night"|
|2003||Boomtown||Sally Jacobson||Episode: "Inadmissible"|
|2003–06||Law & Order||Vanessa Galliano||Episodes: "Ill-Conceived"
"The Dead Wives Club"
"Cost of Capital"
|2003–10||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" Troy Cruz||Series Regular|
|2004||Century City||Janice Cahn||Episode: "To Know Her"|
|2005||Strong Medicine||Rafael's mother||Episode: "Dying Inside"|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Dr. Hillary Sloan||Episode: "The Ghost Within"|
|2007–08||Boston Legal||Judge Victoria Peyton||9 episodes|
|2009||Dexter||Marriage Therapist||Episode: "If I Had a Hammer"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Det. Reese Evans||Episode: "Conflicted"|
|2009||Eastwick||Mme. Aleksandra||Episode: "Madams and Madames"|
|2010||Medium||Victoria Gossett||Episode: "Dead Meat"|
|2011||Off the Map||Matilda||Episode: "Everything's as It Should Be"|
|2012||Grey's Anatomy||Roberta Thompson||4 episodes|
|2013–present||Pretty Little Liars||Linda Tanner||13 episodes|
|2013||NCIS||NCIS Special Agent Vera Strickland||Episode: "Under the Radar"|
- Newfield, Jack (2009). The Life and Crimes of Don King: The Shame of Boxing in America. Harbor Electronic Publishing. p. 305.
- Gemelli, Zoë (2008-01-26). "Nip/Tuck's Roma Maffia". Curve. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Hoffman, Jan (1995-01-08). "UP AND COMING: Roma Maffia; Ask Her Anything, But Don't Ask, 'What Is She?'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Reliable sources differ in regards to Maffia's surname. Articles in Curve and The New York Times state that "Maffia" is her stepfather's surname. But in The Life and Crimes of Don King: The Shame of Boxing in America, which features an interview with her brother, Joseph, it is reported that "Maffia" is their birth father's surname.
- "'Pretty Little Liars': Roma Maffia cast!".