Valente Rodriguez

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Valente Rodriguez
Born (1964-02-04) February 4, 1964 (age 53)
Edcouch, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Valente Rodriguez (born February 4, 1964) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Ernie Cardenas on the sitcom George Lopez. He also starred as Cesar in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced.

Life and career[edit]

Rodriguez was born in Edcouch, Texas, of Mexican descent. He attended the University of Texas-Pan American.

In 1988, Rodriguez moved to Los Angeles, California. He later landed his first leading role in the film Salsa. Other film credits include Impulse, Twenty Bucks, Ed, Volcano, Blood in Blood Out (Bound by Honor), Suckers, Erin Brockovich, Roosters, The Ugly Truth, The New Guy and the critically acclaimed Mi Familia or My Family.

He has also made television appearances as a regular on the Fox's comedy show Culture Clash, as well as Mad About You, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Falcon Crest, Beverly Hills, 90210, Dharma and Greg, Yes, Dear, Gotta Kick It Up!, Sabrina the Teenage Witch,' and he also makes quick appearances in the films The House Bunny and (500) Days of Summer.

Rodriguez is most known for his role on George Lopez as George's best friend and his co-worker throughout the series for 6 years and appeared in 120 episodes.

Recently he can be found on Comcast On Demand's "English For All" under the Learn English category. He plays the character Abro Cadabro, the brother of a woman with whom The Wizard is going on a date.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Salsa Chuey
1990 Impulse Doorman
1993 Twenty Bucks Liquor Store Clerk
1993 Blood In Blood Out Frankie
1993 Roosters Adan
1993 Mr. Jones Orderly
1994 Huck and the King of Hearts Julio
1995 My Family Chucho's Friend
1996 Ed Jesus Rodriquez
1996 Guy Low Rider
1996 The Big Squeeze Father Arias
1996 The Rich Man's Wife Freeway Driver
1997 Volcano Train Driver
1998 No Salida Casper
1999 Deep Blue Sea Helicopter Co-Pilot
2000 Picking Up the Pieces Cuetero
2000 Erin Brockovich Donald
2001 Suckers Marco
2001 The Gristle Simone
2002 The New Guy Ramone
2002 Never Trust a Serial Killer Pinky
2009 (500) Days of Summer Employee #1
2009 The Ugly Truth Javier
2009 The Red Queen Jose Salinas
2009 It's Complicated Reynaldo
2010 Perfect Sunday Junior
2010 Las Angeles Peter
2011 Gone Hollywood Louie
2011 The Little Match Makers Roberto
2015 McFarland, USA Principal Camillo
2014 Los Scavengers Coach Albrown
2015 Endgame Coach Stevens
2016 A Dog and Pony Show Tug Post-production
2017 The Big Shot Roger Billings Filming

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Golden Girls Fred Episode: "Yokel Hero"
1988 Falcon Crest Raoul Episode: "Tuscany Venus"
1991 Ferris Bueller Raoul Episode: "A Night in the Life"
1993 Mad About You Harold the Orderly Episode: "Bedfellows"
1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mr. Pedroza Episode: "Injustice for All"
1997 ER Mr. Trajillo Episode: "Something New"
1997 Total Security Parking Valet Episode: "Dental Men Prefer Blondes"
1997 Dharma & Greg Roman Episode: "The Ex-Files"
1999 The X Files Walter Suarez Episode: "Agua Mala"
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Gustavo Episode: "Sabrina, the Activist"
2001–2002 Yes, Dear Oscar 2 episodes
2002 Gotta Kick It Up! Mr. Reyna TV movie
2002–2007 George Lopez Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas 120 episodes
2006 Freddie Ernie Episode: "Freddie Gets Cross Over George"
2009 The Bill Engvall Show Jack Episode: "Trash Talk"
2010 Miami Medical Fortunato Episode: "What Lies Beneath"
2011 Shameless OSHA Officer Episode: "Daddyz Girl"
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Muy Macho Episode: "Magic Unmasked"
2011 The Mentalist Frank Lopez 2 episodes
2011–2013 Happily Divorced Cesar 34 episodes
2013 The House on South Bronson Valente Episode: "Lost Member"
2014 See Dad Run Bob Episode: "See Dad Lose the Forest for the Treehouse"
2014 Cristela Eddie Episode: "It's Not About the Tamales"

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