Mapa at the 2016 Straight for Equality Gala
|Date of Birth:||July 10, 1965 (age 51)|
|Origin:||San Francisco, California, United States|
Alejandro "Alec" Mapa is an American actor, comedian and writer. 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, and Vern on Desperate Housewives.
Mapa was born in San Francisco and attended George Washington High School. 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.
Mapa got his first professional break when he was cast to replace B.D. Wong in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. 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 also played Adam Benet in the UPN comedy Half & Half and even wrote an episode titled "The Big Nervous Breakup Episode".
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. 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 co-hosted Logo's Transamerican Love Story, a reality dating show starring transgender woman 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 his act, he jokes that he is sometimes confused with Rex Lee, another flamboyant Asian homosexual who plays Lloyd on the HBO dramedy Entourage.
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 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.
In 2014, Mapa had a recurring role as Renzo Alec in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth.
Mapa is Filipino American and openly homosexual. He often lends his help to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian American communities. In 2008, Mapa legally married Jamison 'Jamie' Hebert, after dating since 2002. 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.
- He has long been a supporter of causes benefiting AIDS, and the Gay, Lesbian and Asian-American communities, including Project Angel Food and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
- On April 18, 2005, he was awarded a Visionary Award from East West Players, the nation's premier Asian American theater organization.
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