Who is Valente Rodriguez
Valente Rodriguez is an American actor, best known to the world for his roles as Ernie Cardenas in the TV series “George Lopez” (2002-2007), and as Cesar in the TV series “Happily Divorced” (2011-2013), among several other notable roles that he’s had during his career.
Valente Rodriguez Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Valente Rodriguez was born on 14 February 1964 under the Aquarius zodiac sign, in Edcouch, Texas USA.
Of Mexican ancestry, he hasn’t revealed the names of his parents, but has said that he comes from a hard-working family. Valente grew up in his hometown in the Rio Grande Valley, and after high school, enrolled at the University of Texas-Pan American. Following his graduation, he moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career.
While at the University, Valente was a valued member of the theater department and after graduation, the department head, Marian Monta gave him $2,000 to help him settle in Los Angeles before his career took off.
Valente made his acting debut in 1988 as Chuey in the romantic drama film “Salsa”, starring Draco Rosa, Rodney Harvey, and Magali Alvarado. He continued his career with minor roles in such projects as the Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama series “The Golden Girls” (1988), then the award-nominated crime-drama film “Blood In, Blood Out” (1993), and in the romantic drama film “Mr. Jones”, with Richard Gere and Lena Olin in the lead roles.
Next, he appeared in the adventure film “Huck and the King of Hearts” (1994), based on the novel by Mark Twain and directed by Michael Keusch, while it starred Chauncey Leopardi, Graham Greene and Dee Wallace.
Throughout the ‘90s, he was building his portfolio by appearing in such films as “Ed”, “The Big Squeeze”, and “The Rich Man’s Wife”, all in 1996, while in 1998 he was Casper in the film “No Salida”. Moreover, in 1999 he appeared in the highly-acclaimed sci-fi action-drama series “The X-Files”.
He started the new millennium with the part of Donald in the Oscar-winning biopic “Erin Brockovich”, starring Julia Roberts, and appeared in several other films, including “Picking Up the Pieces”, and “The Gristle” (2001).
Rise to Prominence
In 2002, Valente secured his first major role as Ernesto ‘Ernie’ Cardenas in the TV comedy series “George Lopez”, and has starred in all 120 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series as George Lopez’s best friend and co-worker, which launched him to stardom.
Once the series ended in 2007, he continued his career rather successfully, featuring in the award-winning romantic comedy-drama film “500 Days of Summer”, then he appeared in the romantic comedy film “The Ugly Truth”, with Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, and Bree Turner in the lead roles. Moreover, he starred in the comedy film “The Red Queen” (2009), while in 2010 he starred with Danny Trejo in the comedy film “Perfect Sunday”.
From 2011 to 2013 he starred as Cesar in the TV series “Happily Divorced”, written and starring Fran Drescher.
His next prominent role was in the award-winning biopic “McFarland, USA” in 2015, with Kevin Costner, Maria Bello and Ramiro Rodriguez, while in 2018 he was Judge Rivas in the film “Instant Family”, followed in 2019 by portraying Father David in the film “Countdown”, a thriller-horror written and directed by Justin Dec, and starring Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway and Talitha Eliana Bateman.
He was Principal Gutierrez in the TV series “High School Musical: The Musical- The Series” (2019-2020), while most recently, he portrayed Manny in seven episodes of the TV comedy series “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me”, created by Jamie Foxx, who is also the star of the series alongside Kyla-Drew and Porscha Coleman.
Furthermore, he appeared in the comedy film “Welcome to Our World” (2021), and is currently working on the thriller mystery film “Proof Sheet”, written and directed by Richard Kilroy, and starring Leo Llenas, Juan Javier Cardenas and Alejandro Delgado.
As of early 2022, Valente Rodriguez’s net worth has been estimated to be around $1.7 million, earned through his successful career as an actor.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Despite attaining world fame, Valente has successfully hidden away information about his personal life.
For now, he likes his private details to remain private, this includes his love life, but according to sources, he is currently single and solely focused on his career.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent actor has black hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m), while his weight is currently unknown – he weighed approximately 190lbs (85kgs), but has since undergone a weight loss, and is now drastically thinner, though his exact weight. His vital statistics are unknown.