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Alejandro "Alec" Mapa (/ˈmɑːpə/; born July 10, 1965) is an American[1] actor, comedian and writer.[2] 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 recognition for roles such as Adam Benet on Half & Half, Suzuki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
and Vern on Desperate Housewives. Mapa recurred as Renzo on Switched at Birth. Mapa co-hosted the Logo network reality dating game show Transamerican Love Story with Calpernia Addams
Calpernia Addams
in 2008. In 2013, he debuted in his own one-man show, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, which was made into a concert film and premiered on Showtime in 2015.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Credits

4.1 Writer 4.2 Filmography

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Mapa was born in San Francisco
San Francisco
and attended George Washington High School.[2] While in high school, he played Randolph McAfee in a production of Bye Bye Birdie. 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. Career[edit] Mapa got his first professional break when he was cast to understudy, and then replace B.D. Wong in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. Mapa later played the role on the national tour. Mapa would return to Broadway in an adaptation of L'Hôtel du libre échange
L'Hôtel du libre échange
by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallières, re-titled, "A Little Hotel on the Side" in 1992. The next year, Mapa was back on Broadway in a Stratford Festival inspired production of Timon of Athens. Off-Broadway, Mapa earned a nomination at the 2001 Lucille Lortel Awards for his performance in the Jessica Hagedorn
Jessica Hagedorn
play Dogeaters, and was featured in every play in the "Whitelands" trilogy, a series of plays about gay Asian men written by Chay Yew; "Porcelain" (1992), "A Language of Their Own" (1995), and "Wonderland" (1999). 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
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
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. In his act, he jokes that he is sometimes confused with Rex Lee, another flamboyant Asian homosexual who plays Lloyd on the HBO
HBO
dramedy Entourage. Personal life[edit] Mapa is gay[1] and lends his support to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian American
Asian American
communities. In 2008, Mapa legally married Jamison 'Jamie' Hebert, after dating since 2002.[3] 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. Credits[edit] Writer[edit]

Half & Half (2006): "The Big Nervous Breakup Episode"[4]

Filmography[edit]

Genre Year Title Role Episodes Notes

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
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" "Fight Night" "Blah, Blah, Blah" "A Brief Encounter" "Shaggy Dog Story" "The Marriage Counselor" "Scenes from an Italian Party" "Kiss Me Guido" 08 episodes

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

Film 2005 Hard Pill Protestor

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

Film 2006 Dirty Laundry Daniel

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" "Family/Affair" "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" "Something's Cookin'" "Love's a Beach" "I Love the Nightlife" "I Like the Way You Move" "Meet the Folks" "Season Recap" "Season Finale"

Film 2008 Tru Loved Mr. Bushnell

TV series 2008 Ugly Betty Suzuki St. Pierre "Zero Worship" "Odor in the Court" "The Kids Are Alright" "Jump" "Crimes of Fashion" "Betty Suarez Land" "Ugly Berry" "Crush'd" "Tornado Girl" 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

Documentary 2009 Annul Victory Himself

TV series 2009 Numbers Clerk "Old Soldiers"

Animated TV series 2009 Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Uncle Bakla "House of Race Cards" "Marry X-Mas" voice actor

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" "Curveball" "The Fall Issue" "The Butterfly Effect: Part 1" "Level (7) with Me" "The Bahamas Triangle" "Be-Shure" 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 Chef Shiraki "Wasabi StoryA Wasabi Story"

TV special 2010 Pride: The Gay & Lesbian
Lesbian
Comedy Slam Himself

stand-up comedy

TV series 2010 RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2 Himself "Snatch GameThe Snatch Game"

TV series 2010 Ugly Betty Suzuki St. Pierre "Passion of the BettyThe Passion of the Betty" "Smokin' Hot" "Fire and Nice" "Hello Goodbye" 04 episodes; 30 episodes total

TV series 2010 View, TheThe View Himself Guest Co-Host

02 episodes

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

Film 2014 Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy Himself

concert film of one-man show

TV series 2014 Switched at Birth Renzo

Film 2014 Such Good People Jigme Wanchuck

TV Series 2016 Henry Danger Jack Frittleman

TV Series 2016 2 Broke Girls Lawrence "And the Lost Baggage" 1 episode

References[edit]

^ a b Rotter, Joshua (August 29, 2005), "Half & Half's Alec Mapa Goes All Out", AfterElton.com, archived from the original on November 18, 2007, retrieved 2007-11-02  ^ a b Alec Mapa
Alec Mapa
on IMDb ^ Hartinger, Brent (November 9, 2008). "More Gay Celebrity Boyfriends!". After Elton. Retrieved 12 October 2012.  ^ "The Big Nervous Breakup Episode" on IMDb

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