Manny Pérez

Manuel Pérez Batista (born May 5, 1969) is a Dominican American actor who has appeared in the television series Third Watch and in the film Washington Heights. He is the cousin of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz.[1]

Manny Pérez
Pérez in 2010
Manuel Pérez Batista

(1969-05-05) May 5, 1969
Years active1993present

Life and career

Pérez was born in Baitoa, Santiago, Dominican Republic and currently lives in Washington Heights, Manhattan.[2]

Pérez is one of 11 siblings. By the time Pérez finished high school, Manny knew he wanted to be an actor, he moved to New York City where he majored in drama at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in 1992.

He has also studied at Ensemble Studio Theatre and is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, in New York City.

After his performance on the film Washington Heights which he also co-wrote and produced, Manny garnered praise from many critics.

The New York Times stated "Mr. Perez has charisma to burn." He won the 2002 Best Actor Award at The Milan International Film Festival in Italy for his performance in Washington Heights.

Pérez was the first ever member of his family to get a university degree.

At the Santo Domingo Invita show Pérez was honored as one of the most prominent Dominican actors in the United States.

In November 2007 Pérez was honored in the Dominican Film Festival held in Puerto Plata along with Dania Ramirez for his humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic. When Pérez received the award he said that his first pair of shoes were given to him at the age of 5 by his father and that he only wore them to go to Mass on Sundays. Pérez also said that when he first got to the United States he was really fat and that he didn't know why since he was poor and didn't eat well until his mother took him to the doctor where they found out that his stomach was full of hookworms that got into his body through his feet since he would always walk barefoot. Pérez donated 10,000 shoes to families who lost everything after Hurricane Noel swept across the Dominican Republic.

In 2012 he was elected by Luz García's Noche de Luz programme as a "Summer's Hot Body".[3][4]


Films and television series that Pérez has appeared in include:[5]

Title Year Role
Veneno (film)2018Jack Veneno
The Blacklist2016Johan Halbeck (1 episode)
Homeland2013El Niño (2 episodes)
El Rey de Najayo (film)2012Julián López
Forged (film)2010 (post-production)Chuco
Criminal Minds2010Manny
Cold Case2010Tut (1 episode)
La Soga (film)2009 (post-production)Luisito (AKA: La Soga)
A Kiss of Chaos2009Tony
Sanctified (film)2008 (in production)
Ego (film)2008 (in production)Cupola
Nothing like the Holidays2008Alexis
Coming Soon...2007 (post-production)Javier
The Ministers2007 (post-production)Det. Manso
Pride and Glory2008 (completed)Coco Dominguez
Rockaway (film)2007 (completed)Antwan
Illegal Tender2007Wilson DeLeon Sr.
Tracks of Color2007George Martinez
Rescue Me2006–2007Luis (5 episodes)
Where God Left His Shoes2007Luis
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002–2007CSU Tech
El Cantante2006Eddie
Night Stalker2005Caleca (1 episode)
Third Watch2005Manny Santiago (10 episodes)
Dragnet2004Sergio (1 episode)
CSI: Miami2004Manny Orantes (1 episode)
The Breakup Artist2004Carlos
Party Monster2003Johnny
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2002Jorge Galvez (1 episode)
Washington Heights2002Carlos
King Rikki2002Jorge Ortega
100 Centre Street2001–2002Ramon Rodriguez (18 episodes)
Brother2000Mexican Mafia Hitman
Dinner Rush2000Gabriel
Rude Awakening 1999Jesus (2 episodes)
On the Q.T.1999Aurelio
Brooklyn South19981 episode
Neto's Run1998Neto
Chick Flick1998
Stick Up1997Eddie
Sleeping Together1997Carlos
Courage Under Fire1996Jenkins
New York Undercover1994–1996Tony (2 episodes)
NYPD Blue1995Tonio (1 episode)
Nyû Yôku no koppu1993Tito

See also


  2. Guzman, Sandra. "'MANNY' OF THE YEAR: DOMINICAN ACTOR PEREZ IS SET TO STAR IN A DOZEN (!) NEW MOVIES" Archived 2007-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, The New York Post, August 8, 2007. Accessed September 23, 2007. "Perez, who moved to Providence, Rhode Island at the age of 10, most of his family still lives there, decided long ago that he was not moving to Los Angeles to make it. He lives in and loves Washington Heights."
  3. "Luz García devela los Cuerpos Hot 2012" (in Spanish). Sociales y Turismo. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. La productora de televisión Luz García, develó ante los medios de comunicación dominicanos los ganadores de la tercera entrega de los "Cuerpos Hot del Verano 2012" durante un cóctel llevado a cabo en M Kitchen. Los ganadores fueron: Jenny Blanco, Joseguillermo Cortines, Irvin Alberti, Yuvelkys Peralta, Manny Pérez, Dalia Fernández, Martha González y Lisbeth Santos. (...)
  4. "Los 7 Cuerpos Hot 2013" (in Spanish). Noche de Luz. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  5. Manny Pérez, Internet Movie Database. Accessed September 23, 2007.
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