- Alec Mapa
name = Alec Mapa
caption = Alec Mapa, February 2008
birthname = Alejandro Mapa
birthdate = birth date and age|1965|7|10
San Francisco, CaliforniaUSA
occupation = Actor, Comedian, Writer
Alec Mapa (pron-en|ˈmɑːpə "MAH-puh"; born
July 10, 1965) is an American actor, comedian and writer.
Filipino American,citation |first=Joshua |last=Rotter |url=http://www.afterelton.com/archive/elton/TV/2005/8/alecmapa.html |title=Half & Half's Alec Mapa Goes All Out |date= August 29, 2005|accessdate=2007-11-02 |periodical= AfterElton.com] was born in San Franciscoand attended George Washington High School (San Francisco).
Mapa is openly
gayand lends his support to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian Americancommunities.
One of Mapa's earliest appearances was in 1980 as a drama student at Washington High School's production of "
Bye Bye Birdie" where he starred as Randolph McAffee. He later appeared in R.E.M.'s seminal video for the song " Losing My Religion" as the boy tied to a tree with an arrow in his heart.
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.
He got his first professional break when he was cast to replace
B.D. Wongin the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. On television, he has made guest appearances on a wide variety of programs, including " Jamie Foxx Show", "Roseanne", " Seinfeld", " NYPD Blue", " Friends", "Murder One" and " Dharma & Greg". He co-starred with Jason Batemanin the short-lived 2001 comedy " Some of My Best Friends". He played Adam Benet in the UPNcomedy " 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 comedyseries " Wisecrack". He recently appeared as Vern, Gabrielle's gaybest friend, on the hit ABC series " Desperate Housewives". He currently plays a recurring role in " Ugly Betty", as the on-screen host of the fashion-oriented television channel that covers the inside gossip from Mode and other fashion magazines.
Mapa's film credits include parts in "Bright Lights, Big City", "
Playing by Heart", and " Connie and Carla", among others. He was recently featured in the movies "" and " Tru Loved".
Currently he is hosting "
Transamerican Love Story". This show is a reality dating program starring transgender woman Calpernia Addamsselecting from among eight potential suitors.
Bright Lights, Big City(1988)
* A New Life (1988)
* Who's Your Daddy? (2003)
Playing by Heart(2003)
Connie and Carla(2004)
The Substance of Fire(2005)
You Don't Mess with the Zohan(2008)
Half & Half(2006) The Big Nervous Breakup Episode [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795115/ The Big Nervous Breakup Episode] ]
*Is sometimes confused with
Rex Leewhom plays Lloyd on the hit HBO Dramady "Entourage"
* [http://www.alecmapaofficialsite.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/therealalecmapa Official MySpace]
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