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Roma Maffia

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Photos Roma Maffia Birth name: Roma Maffia
Birth date: 1958/05/31 (64 years old)
Birth place : Manhattan New-York
Height: 1.78 m

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Biography for Roma Maffia

From a hit new television drama to a medley of feature films, Roma Maffia graces the entertainment mediums with her trademark sophistication and charismatic appeal.

Roma currently portrays the smart, no-nonsense anesthesiologist, Dr. Liz Cruz, on the hit FX drama, "Nip/Tuck" (2003). Often the voice of reason in an otherwise unpredictable environment, Liz is tough on the surface yet shows warmth and concern for her patients as well as for her co-workers. An out-and-proud lesbian, she is the only female seen as a true equal in the life of Dr. Troy. Roma's Liz began as a recurring role in the show's first season, and she has become a series regular for the second season.

Roma started her acting career performing off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and in regional productions ranging from Shakespeare to Sam Shephard. At a benefit reading for the New Group in New York, she was asked by casting director Jane Jenkins to audition for a role in director Ron Howard's feature film "The Paper," and found a career mentor: "Ron tells people he discovered me, which is absolutely true."

When "The Paper" opened in Los Angeles, Roma took her first trip to Hollywood and her career quickly flourished. She soon met television producer David E. Kelley, who cast her as Adam Arkin's secretary, Angela, in his new series, "Chicago Hope" (1994).

During her one season on "Chicago Hope" (1994), Maffia landed a plum role in the Barry Levinson film _Disclosure sexual-harassment lawyer, Katherine Alvarez. Garnering rave reviews for her performance, Roma quickly landed feature film roles in director John Badham's Nick of Time (1995), playing a kidnapper opposite Christopher Walken and Johnny Depp; and Eraser (1996) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Additional feature credits include Holes (2003); I Am Sam (2001) with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer; Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000) with Glenn Close and Holly Hunter; Double Jeopardy (1999) opposite Ashley Judd; and Kiss the Girls (1997) with Morgan Freeman.

For television, Roma played the dedicated and intelligent Grace Alvarez, forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force for four seasons on NBC's primetime series "Profiler" (1996). Her telefilm credits include Her Costly Affair (1996) (TV) (aka "Consensual Relations") for NBC; HBO's Mistrial (1996) (TV) with Bill Pullman; and Showtime's The Defenders: Payback (1997) (TV). She had a recurring role on NBC's "ER" (1994), and she has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including NBC's "The West Wing" (1999), HBO's "The Sopranos" (1999) and NBC's "Law & Order" (1990).

In her free time, Roma is involved with the Unusual Suspects, a mentoring program in which actors, writers and directors help kids within the foster care and juvenile systems create theatre through their own words and life experiences. And though she is happiest when acting, she also finds time to run on her treadmill, write, play ping-pong and hang out with her two dogs, Lou Lu and Lucky.

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Filmography

Title Role
Yonkers Joe (2007) (filming) Santini
Kingshighway (2008) (post-production) Rosa
Ghost Image (2007) (post-production) Detective Amos
Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary (2007) Dr. Willa Peterson
Nip/Tuck Dr. Liz Cruz / ... (54 episodes, 2003-2006)
Ghost Whisperer Dr. Hillary Sloan (1 episode, 2006)
Law & Order Vanessa Galiano / ... (3 episodes, 2003-2006)
Strong Medicine Rafael's mother (1 episode, 2005)
Century City Janice Cahn (1 episode, 2004)
Boomtown Sally Jacobson (1 episode, 2003)
Holes (2003) Carla Morengo
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Adelle Cross (1 episode, 2002)
The Sopranos Professor Longo-Murphy (1 episode, 2002)
For the People Sophia (1 episode, 2002)
Taina Gladys (1 episode, 2002)
Judging Amy Amanda York (1 episode, 2002)
Treading Water (2002) The Agent
ER Ms. Prager, Peter's Attorney (3 episodes, 2001)
I Am Sam (2001) (uncredited) First Family Court Judge
Ally McBeal Werner's Attorney (1 episode, 2001)
The Division Sandra (1 episode, 2001)
Gideon's Crossing Valerie Thomlinson (1 episode, 2001)
The New Women (2001) Virginia VanUpp
The West Wing Officer Rhonda Sachs (1 episode, 2001)
Profiler Grace Alvarez (80 episodes, 1996-2000)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000) Debbie (segment Love Waits For Kathy)
The David Cassidy Story (2000) (TV) Ruth Aarons
Double Jeopardy (1999) Margaret Skolowski
Route 9 (1998) (TV) Agent Ellen Marks
Welcome to Paradox (1 episode, 1998)
The Defenders: Payback (1997) (TV) Julie Bishop
Kiss the Girls (1997) Dr. Ruocco
Mistrial (1996) (TV) Laurie Meisinger
Her Costly Affair (1996) (TV) Sally Canter
Wings Claire Barnett (1 episode, 1996)
Eraser (1996) Claire Isaacs
Nick of Time (1995) Ms. Jones
Courthouse Ms. Marino (3 episodes, 1995)
The Heidi Chronicles (1995) (TV)
Her Deadly Rival (1995) (TV) Officer Caldwell
Chicago Hope Angela Giandamenicio (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Disclosure (1994) Catherine Alvarez
The Paper (1994) Carmen
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles New York Cabbie (1 episode, 1993)
American Blue Note (1991) Marie
Internal Affairs (1988) (TV) Diane
Married to the Mob (1988) Angie's First Customer
The Equalizer Sindee (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Stuck on You! (1983) Attila's Sister

Trivia

Despite her name, she is not of Italian descent but of West Indian, English, and German descent. "Maffia" is last name of her Italian stepfather who adopted her. Her mother named her after Rome, Italy after picking the city out of a map.

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