Alejandro "Alec" Mapa (//; born July 10, 1965) 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 gained recognition for roles such as Adam Benet on Half & Half, Suzuki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty and Vern on Desperate Housewives. Mapa recurred as Renzo on Switched at Birth.
Alec Mapa, February 2008
July 10, 1965
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
Jamison Hebert (m. 2008)
Mapa co-hosted the Logo network reality dating game show Transamerican Love Story with 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Mapa is gay and lends his support 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 adopted a 5-year-old boy.[when?] Mapa is of Filipino descent.
|1988||Bright Lights, Big City||Yasu Wade|
|1988||A New Life||Sybil|
|1996||The Substance of Fire||New Receptionist|
|1998||Playing by Heart||Lana|
|2003||Who's Your Daddy?||Nat-San Wang|
|2004||Connie and Carla||Lee / N'Cream|
|2008||Marley & Me||Jorge|
|2008||Tru Loved||Mr. Bushnell|
|2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Claude|
|2008||Laughing Matters... The Men||Himself||stand-up comedy; ASIN B0010P5UOU|
|2011||Going Down in LA-LA Land||Himself|
|2011||Half-Share||Ito||Short Film (29 minutes)|
|2011||Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure||Gill Samms|
|2011||Winner Takes All||Simon||Short Film (15 minutes); included in the compilation film Black Briefs (2012)|
|2012||Family Restaurant||Daddy||Short Film (10 minutes)|
|2014||Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy||Himself||concert film of one-man show|
|2014||Such Good People||Jigme Wanchuck|
|TV series||1987||ABC Afterschool Special||Peng||"Supermom's Daughter"|
|TV series||1990||The Cosby Show||Wretched Fan||"Off to See the Wretched"|
|TV series||1992||Flying Blind||Lucas||"The Secret of My Great Dress"|
|TV series||1992||Melrose Place||Jeweler #2||"The Whole Truth"|
|TV series||1993||Key West||"The Second Day in Heaven"|
|TV series||1993||The 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||"The Sea Wasp"|
|TV series||1995||Seinfeld||Paul||"The Pool Guy"|
|TV series||1996||The Jamie Foxx Show||Ike Yee||"A Star Is Almost Born"|
|TV series||1996||NYPD Blue||Angela||"Unembraceable You"|
|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 Like These..."
"Well, Nothing to Fear But Death Itself"
|TV series||1998||Friends||The Housekeeper||"The One with All the Thanksgivings"|
|TV series||1998||Holding the Baby||Nelson||"No Man Is a Fantasy Island"|
|TV series||1999||Dharma & Greg||Trina||"Welcome to the Hotel Calamari"|
|TV series||2001||Some of My Best Friends||Vern Limoso||"Pilot"
"Blah, Blah, Blah"
"A Brief Encounter"
"Shaggy Dog Story"
"The Marriage Counselor"
"Scenes from an Italian Party"
"Kiss Me Guido"
|TV series||2002||Baby Bob||Brian||"House of the Rising Son"|
|TV series||2002||Half & Half||Adam Benet||"The Big Crappy Birthday Episode"||1 episode; 58 episodes total|
|TV series||2003||Alias||NSC Techie||"The Nemesis"|
|TV series||2003||Half & Half||Adam Benet||7 episodes; 58 episodes total|
|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||"A School, Not Cool & a Fool"|
|TV series||2005||Desperate Housewives||Vern||"Color and Light"||5 episodes total|
|TV series||2005||Half & Half||Adam Benet||23 episodes; 58 episodes total|
|TV series||2005||Wisecrack||Himself||stand-up comedy|
|TV series||2006||Desperate Housewives||Vern||"Beautiful Girls"
"The Miracle Song"
|5 episodes total|
|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"
|5 episodes total|
|TV series||2007||Heartland||Teddy DeSilva||"A Beautiful Day"|
|TV series||2007||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"How Betty Got Her Grieve Back"
"Betty's Wait Problem"
"A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding"
"I See Me, I.C.U."
"Bananas for Betty"
|6 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|TV special||2007||The Visible Vote '08: A Presidential Forum||Himself|
|TV series||2008||Celebracadabra||Pilot Contestant|
|TV special||2008||Dancing with Dogs||Himself (Host)|
|TV series||2008||Transamerican Love Story||Himself (Host)||"Getting to Know You"
"Love's a Beach"
"I Love the Nightlife"
"I Like the Way You Move"
"Meet the Folks"
|TV series||2008||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"Zero Worship"
"Odor in the Court"
"The Kids Are Alright"
"Crimes of Fashion"
"Betty Suarez Land"
|9 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|TV special||2009||Alec Mapa: No Fats, Femmes or Asians||Himself||stand-up comedy|
|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"
|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"
"The Fall Issue"
"The Butterfly Effect: Part 1"
"Level (7) with Me"
"The Bahamas Triangle"
|11 episodes; 30 episodes total|
|TV special||2010||2010 NewNowNext Awards||Himself|
|TV series||2010||The Gossip Queens||Himself (Host)||50 episodes; 68 episodes total|
|TV series||2010||Jonas||Chef Shiraki||"A Wasabi Story"|
|TV special||2010||Pride: The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Slam||Himself||stand-up comedy|
|TV series||2010||RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2||Himself||"The Snatch Game"|
|TV series||2010||Ugly Betty||Suzuki St. Pierre||"The Passion of the Betty"
"Fire and Nice"
|TV series||2010||The View||Himself
|TV series||2011||Rules of Engagement||Restaurant Manager||"The Power Couple"|
|TV series||2011||RuPaul's Drag U||Himself (Guest Judge)||"Suddenly Single"|
|TV series||2012||Scandalicious||Himself (Presenter)||4 episodes|
|TV series||2014||Switched at Birth||Renzo|
|TV Series||2015||Major Crimes||Nurse||"The Jumping Off Point"|
|TV series||2016, 2018||Henry Danger||Jack Frittleman||2 episodes|
|TV series||2016||2 Broke Girls||Lawrence||"And the Lost Baggage"|
|TV series||2018||Raven's Home||Mapa||"The Falcon and the Raven, Part 1"|
|TV series||2019||Doom Patrol||Steve / Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man||"Puppet Patrol," "Doom Patrol Patrol"|
- 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
- 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