Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1964-09-06 (57 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

59 Movies · 25 TV shows

Biography

Rosa María Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, choreographer and community activist. Her film breakthrough performance was her portrayal of Tina in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), which she followed with White Men Can't Jump (1992). Among many honors, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993) as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color (1990–1994). Perez has also performed in stage plays on Broadway, such as The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Fish in the Dark. In addition, she was a co-host on the ABC talk show The View during the series' 18th season.

Personal Life

Perez suffered abuse during her childhood along with her siblings from her mother. As a result, she has suffered from high anxiety, PTSD, and depression but with therapy it has been greatly reduced.Rosie Perez resides in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. She has a few siblings that also reside in NYC. Her oldest brother Jay Perez, second oldest brother Ray Perez, youngest sister Lydia Pabon and her sister Sally Pabon, who was on Soul train with her. Rosie Perez had a wedding in Brooklyn to her ex husband and had much of her family attend along with a few celebrities. Perez married artist Eric Haze on September 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. They had decided to get married the night before while attending the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez boxing match. The couple slept over at the MGM Grand hotel-casino and were married in the morning. They live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Perez had previously married filmmaker and playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld in 1998 but the couple divorced in 2001 after ten years together.Perez stated on the Pineapple Express DVD commentary that she is allergic to dairy products. She was a friend of the late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.

Early Life

Perez was born on September 6, 1964 in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine seaman. Her mother Lydia Perez (née Fontañez y Reyes) was born October 13, 1939 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her father was from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Her mother was married to a man 20 years her senior, Arturo Perez and already had five children when she became pregnant with Rosie after having an affair with a naval sea merchant Ismael Serrano. Rosie was born at the now-closed Greenpoint Hospital in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Rosie is one of ten children birthed by her mother Lydia Perez. These were Jay Perez, Ray Perez, Magda Perez, Lisy Perez, Sonia Perez, Rosie Perez, Sam Pabon, Sally Pabon, Lydia Pabon and Danny Pabon. Rosie and her siblings grew up in the Bushwick Ridgewood neighborhood. On and off Rosie’s mother was in jail. Rosie’s mother gave birth to her youngest child while incarcerated. She was for a time raised by an aunt and then like her siblings went through group homes and foster care. Her and her siblings were often split up. She was then transferred to a group foster home and lived in foster care in New York and Peekskill until age eight, and was still legally considered a ward of the State of New York until age twelve. Her mother and aunt frequently visited, and her father made an unsuccessful custody bid at one point. When she was in third grade, Perez learned that she had a speech impediment. She had a strict Catholic upbringing, which she has credited to the influence of the nuns during her childhood. She eventually moved in with paternal aunt, Ana Dominga Otero Serrano-Roque, and attended Grover Cleveland High School, in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. Her mother died of AIDS-related complications in 1999. When her mother died she was living in poverty in Queensbridge houses.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½

NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½

2021
An unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic, weaving together visual imagery and first-hand a...
With/In Volume 1

With/In Volume 1

2021
The filmmakers behind With/In range from seasoned directors to first-timers, all provided with the same iPhone and basic gear to bring their visions to life.
Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

2021
As Emily struggles to fit in at home and at school, she discovers a small red puppy who is destined to become her best friend. Emily and her uncle have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the r...
Sesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny Days

Sesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny Days

2021
For more than a half-century, Sesame Street has addressed and explained diversity, equity, and inclusion around the globe by using the universal tools of music, empathy and celebrity. The effort that ...

2020.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
The Last Thing He Wanted

The Last Thing He Wanted

2020
At the turning point of the Iran-Contra affair, Elena McMahon, a fearless investigative journalist covering the 1984 US presidential campaign, puts herself in danger when she abandons her assigned tas...
Inside the Rain

Inside the Rain

6
2020
Facing expulsion from college over a misunderstanding, a bipolar student indulges his misery at a strip club where he befriends a gorgeous, intelligent, outrageous woman and they hatch a madcap scheme...
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

6.32
2020
A young girl who had a hit placed on her after she stole a rare diamond from a crime lord is helped by a singer, an assassin and a police detective.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

2020
Celebrities recall their most mind-bending trips via animations, reenactments and more in this comedic documentary exploring the story of psychedelics.
TV
The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

2020
The flight attendant woke up in her hotel room with a dead body next to her. Afraid to call the police, she continues her morning as if nothing happened. FBI agents in New York questioned her about he...
Goldie

Goldie

2020
While she pursues her dreams of being a dancer, a teenager in a shelter wages war against the system to keep her sisters together. The story is about displaced youth, ambition, and maintaining their s...

2019.

1 Movie
The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don't Die

5.67
2019
In a small town, zombies suddenly show up. Three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert are going to have to band together to defeat the zombies.

2018.

1 TV show
TV
Rise

Rise

6
2018
A working class high school drama department and the students come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.

2017.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters

2017
When his antiques dealer dad ends up in the hospital following a rather mysterious accident, book-smart Barnaby teams up with NYC tough girl Nina to save the family's cash- strapped business.
TV
Moltissimo

Moltissimo

2017
Vice's online cookery video channel - Test Kitchen and treat special guests to personalized meals made with ingredients straight from the rooftop garden is being taken over by chef, author, and restau...
Active Adults

Active Adults

2017
As Malcolm's grandparents try to start their lives, they fall apart.

2016.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
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Search Party

Search Party

2016
A dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college friend suddenly disappears.
Five Nights in Maine

Five Nights in Maine

2016
A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her dau...
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

2016
Spike Lee chronicles Michael Jackson's rise to fame.
Muhammad Ali: A Life

Muhammad Ali: A Life

2016
Muhammad Ali: A Life takes a look back at the life and career of the world champion boxer and activist. No athlete has ever contributed more to his country or to the world than Muhammad Ali.
De Puerto Rico para el mundo

De Puerto Rico para el mundo

2016
The Puerto Rican diaspora includes renowned artists who have converted New York, Florida, Chicago, Hawaii, Santa Cruz and Dominican Republic into their second home.

2015.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

2015
In 1998 The Source Magazine voted "The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All-Time." The documentary film is the story of quirky friends who became unlikely legends by engaging their listeners and breaking th...
TV
Thank You and Sorry

Thank You and Sorry

2015
Jack Antonoff deals with problems at home, including hiring a new manager and pleasing his girlfriend back in New York, when he tours with his band, Bleachers. Through documentary and comedy, we get a...
Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

6.19
2015
The wrestlers are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name, and reg...
Puerto Ricans in Paris

Puerto Ricans in Paris

2015
NYPD detectives Luis and Eddie went to Paris to help catch the black market thief who ripped off a French designer's handbag. While Eddie's wife Gloria remains in New York, the hopelessly unhip odd co...

2014.

2 Movies
Fugly!

Fugly!

2014
In this film based on John Leguizamo's one-man show, Jesse Sanchez, a comic, reflects on life from the bottom of a bathtub. The story unfolds with love, loss, mistakes, adventure and redemption.
The Hero of Color City

The Hero of Color City

9
2014
An imaginative tale about the adventures of a diverse band of crayons as they try to protect not only their homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster.

2013.

3 Movies
Picasso Baby

Picasso Baby

2013
Jay Z performs Picasso Baby at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly

2013
Greek gods in New York help a young couple.
The Counselor

The Counselor

1
2013
A lawyer tries to get involved in drug traffickers.

2012.

3 Movies
Brooklyn Boheme

Brooklyn Boheme

2012
Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to a vibrant African American artistic community who resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn during the 80's and 90's that included the great Spike Lee, Chris...
Small Apartments

Small Apartments

2012
When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find that the distraction of lust, the death of his beloved brother, and a crew of ...
Won't Back Down

Won't Back Down

2012
Jamie Fitzpatrick and Nona Alberts are both trying to fix their community's broken school and ensure a bright future for their children, but they have one thing in common. As they battle a bureaucracy...

2010.

2 Movies
Pete Smalls Is Dead

Pete Smalls Is Dead

2010
Two friends attend an old friend's funeral and discover there is more to his death than they thought.
The Other Guys

The Other Guys

6.71
2010
NYPD detectives Gamble and Hoitz don't get much attention as they work day to day. Two cops get the chance to prove to their colleagues that they have the right stuff when a small case turns into a bi...

2009.

2 Movies
Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later

Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later

2009
In this documentary directed by Spike Lee, he interviews the cast and crew of his 1989 film DO THE RIGHT THING. It also includes footage from a twentieth-anniversary screening of the film.
Big Pun: The Legacy

Big Pun: The Legacy

2009
His rhymes caught the attention of millions. His flow is un-matched by any. His story is captivating and triumphant. "Big Pun: The Legacy" chronicles the life of the Grammy Nominated artist "Big Pun" ...

2008.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Go Diego Go!: Moonlight Rescue

Go Diego Go!: Moonlight Rescue

2008
Newly hatched baby sea turtles need moonlight to find their way back to the ocean in Diego's new DVD premiere movie. Diego and Tuga the Leatherback Sea Turtle need your help to find their four pieces ...
TV
The Wendy Williams Show

The Wendy Williams Show

2008
Wendy Williams is the host of a syndicated talk show. Wendy injects her television series with the same style that characterizes her radio show, and divides on-air time between probing celebrity inter...
Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

5.78
2008
A stoner and his dealer are on the run after the pothead witnessed a cop commit a murder.

2007.

1 Movie
The Take

The Take

2007
The armored truck driver was shot during a robbery in East L.A.

2006.

4 Movies
¡Yo soy Boricua, pa' que tú lo sepas!

¡Yo soy Boricua, pa' que tú lo sepas!

2006
Rosie Perez made a directorial debut in this tribute to Puerto Rican pride. She takes an in-depth look at the history of Puerto Rican-U.S. Relations. With careful consideration of historical context, ...
Just Like the Son

Just Like the Son

2006
A thief takes a huge turn when he abducts a boy from a foster home and takes him to his sister's house in Texas.
Home

Home

2006
Young Irish immigrant, Alan Cooke contemplates the great metropolis New York City, and the very meaning of home itself. A vivid moving and poetic portrayal of life in contemporary New York featuring a...

2005.

3 Movies · 4 TV shows
TV
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

6.08
2005
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who is the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. Late Show with David Letterman airs on CBS...
TV
The Reichen Show

The Reichen Show

2005
There is a list of celebrity interviews.
TV
Go, Diego, Go!

Go, Diego, Go!

6.5
2005
Go, Diego, Go! is a children's television series created by Chris Gifferd and Valerie Walsh, and is a spinoff of Dora the Explorer. The show began on September 6, 2005 and ended on September 16, 2011....
TV
The Tyra Banks Show

The Tyra Banks Show

5.5
2005
The Tyra Banks Show is an American talk show hosted by Tyra Banks. On Friday, May 28, the last new episode aired. There were many special guest stars on the show, including Mike Epps, Cheryl Tiegs, an...
Jesus Children of America

Jesus Children of America

2005
A Brooklyn teen learns she was born HIV-positive.
All the Invisible Children

All the Invisible Children

2005
There were seven short films about a different child's plight.
Lackawanna Blues

Lackawanna Blues

2005
A young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in Lackawanna, New York.

2003.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.

2002.

2 Movies
Widows

Widows

2002
The widows of three men killed while trying to steal a famous painting, join forces to find their husband's killers and finish the job of stealing the painting.
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'

The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'

2002
Featuring inverviews from: Afrika Bambaataa, Ashford & Simpson, Jackson Browne, Kim Burell, Taylor Dayne, Carmen Electra, Faith Evans, Roberta Flack, Joel Gray, Kc & the Sunshine Band, Eartha Kitt, Pa...

2001.

2 Movies
Human Nature

Human Nature

2001
Human Nature follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan trains the wild man, Puff, in the way...
Riding in Cars with Boys

Riding in Cars with Boys

9
2001
A single mother with dreams of becoming a writer has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the father of the drug-addicted father.

2000.

2 Movies
King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

2000
A man with a child. He likes to sneak out for cigarettes with his mother. Life's simple pleasures were torn from him when he witnessed his mother being killed. He has to overcome the child in order to...
The Road to El Dorado

The Road to El Dorado

7.16
2000
Two con-men end up with a map to the fabled "city of gold" after a failed scam. The map leads the pair to a mythical city where the startled inhabitants begin to worship them as gods. The only questio...

1999.

1 Movie
The 24 Hour Woman

The 24 Hour Woman

1999
Grace wants to be 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 as a mother and 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 as a TV producer.

1997.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
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The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

1997
The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes. The tales showcase an ensemble of familiar faces, and range from sto...
A Brother's Kiss

A Brother's Kiss

1997
The brothers are in Harlem. Lex was in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street. Mick had a problem when Lex called.
Dance with the Devil

Dance with the Devil

6
1997
She's sexy, shameless and loves taking people to their limit. She's a dangerous young woman who dreams about a jaguar that licks her naked body and sleeps by her side. Her past is bathed in blood and ...

1996.

2 TV shows
TV
Saturday Night Special

Saturday Night Special

1996
On Saturday nights on Fox, there is a comedy-variety show called Saturday Night Special.
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are tackled by The World's Fakest News Team.

1995.

2 TV shows
TV
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

1995
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is an American anthology animated television series that premiered March 26, 1995, on HBO. Narrated by Robert Guillaume, the series aired 39 episodes fr...

1994.

2 Movies
Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love

1994
Mercedes wants to be an actress. She's in a relationship with a man who considers himself a respected actor. He doesn't have money or dance, but he is in love with Mercedes.
It Could Happen to You

It Could Happen to You

4
1994
Charlie Lang is a New York City cop. Lang offered Yvonne Biasi half of the winnings of his lottery ticket when he realized he had no money to tip her. The ticket is worth $4 million. Lang proceeds to ...

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Fearless

Fearless

6
1993
Max Klein became a different person after the air disaster. He doesn't feel connected to his past. When Bill can't help Max, he has him meet a woman who is grieving over the death of her baby in a car...
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.
Untamed Heart

Untamed Heart

1993
A young waitress who seems to have bad taste in men is on her way home one night when a group of men attempt to rape her. Adam, the mysterious busboy who works at the same diner, helps fight off the a...

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
White Men Can't Jump

White Men Can't Jump

5.5
1992
Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane are basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast and funny.
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was hosted by Jay Leno from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. Three days after Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the Tonight Sho...

1991.

1 Movie
Night on Earth

Night on Earth

5.75
1991
An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same night.

1990.

1 Movie
Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

1990
A knife-scarred victim must identify her attacker. The accused is offered a deal if he pleads guilty. Is the justice system guiltier than the victim?

1989.

2 Movies
Making 'Do the Right Thing'

Making 'Do the Right Thing'

1989
Do the Right Thing has a documentary.
Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

7.4
1989
The owner of a pizzeria is an Italian. Buggin' Out is upset that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame only features Italian actors. Buggin' Out thinks a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should feature black ac...

1987.

1 TV show
TV
21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

8
1987
21 Jump Street is about a group of young cops who use their youthful appearance to go undercover and solve crimes involving teenagers and young adults.

1971.

1 TV show
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.
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