Modern Family and Lone Star Actress Elizabeth Peña Dies at 55
The actress died Tuesday after a brief illness
La Bamba and Lone Star actress Elizabeth Peña has died. She was 55.
Peña’s manager, Gina Rugolo, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.
Peña’s career spanned four decades and included roles in films like Rush Hour, Jacob’s Ladder and Free Willy 2.
She also appeared on such TV shows as L.A. Law, Dream On, Resurrection Blvd. and Modern Family, where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara‘s character, Gloria.
She also provided her voice to The Incredibles, the Justice League cartoon series and American Dad.
Peña recently played the mother of the title character on the El Rey Network drama Matador.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña,” the El Rey network said in a statement. “She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and friends during this difficult time. She will be deeply missed.”
She is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.