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Alec Mapa

Multifaceted performer Alec Mapa was first discovered starring on Broadway in David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning drama, M. Butterfly. Touring with the production across the United States, Mapa garnered brilliant notices for his work in the complex role of Song Liling, but this recognition did not translate into continued work for Mapa.

Chronicling his years as a struggling actor in Los Angeles into his highly acclaimed one-man hit show I Remember Mapa, the performer was awarded the LA Weekly award for Best Solo Performance and the show played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal.

Television producers took notice and the result was numerous guest-starring appearances on more than 35 series, including such shows as Seinfeld, Roseanne, NYPD Blue and Friends. Alec went on to make television history as Vern, TV's first gay Asian series regular on Some of My Best Friends. Mapa currently appears in his second season as the wisecracking receptionist Adam Benet on the hit UPN comedy Half and Half.

Mapa's motion picture appearances include roles in Falling Off the Verge; Playing by Heart; The Substance of Fire; Bright Lights, Big City; A New Life; and Home.

Mapa has appeared in the Broadway productions of A Little Hotel on the Side and Timon of Athens. Off-Broadway, he received rave notices for his performances in the critically acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater productions of A Language of Their Own and Dogeaters. Alec recently flexed his musical comedy muscles in the new Christopher Durang musical Adrift in Macao.

Mapa has won the L.A. Drama Critics Award, the L.A. Ovation Award, two Dramalogue Awards, a Garland Award from Backstage West and a special citation from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for the continuing excellence of his work.

Mapa's two plays, Pointless and Drama (combined with I Remember Mapa into the work Mapa Mia) were nominated for the GLAAD Media Image Award for the season's Best Play.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Alec Mapa Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJuly 10, 1965 (52)
SignCancer
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Alec Mapa compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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