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Lillian Hurst

Hurst was born in the Villa Palmera section of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the middle class families live. Her father was the owner of the "Farmacia Imperial" (Imperial Pharmacy) located in the neighborhood of Barrio Obrero. Hurst is also a cousin of Puerto Rican television producer Tommy Muñiz. She received her primary and secondary education in the capital.At a young age, Hurst told her parents that she wanted to be an actress. They enrolled her in the modeling academy of Ana Santisteban. In 1960, when she was 17 years old, she was clowning around with her friends while waiting for her turn at the academy. Producer Gaspar Pumarejo happened to encounter Hurst when he entered the academy looking for "fresh" talent for a new show that he was producing.That year Hurst was contracted and she starred in the television comedy Pompilia y su Familia (Pompilia and her Family), which was broadcast on WAPA-TV. Later, she hosted La Hora del Niño(The Children's Hour) on Channel 6. Some of the other comedies in which she participated in the 1960s were Casos y Cosas de la Casa (Cases and Things of the House) with actor Braulio Castillo and Matrimonio y Algo Mas (Marriage and Something More). In 1969, Hurst was contracted by Panamericana de Television of Lima, Peru to work in the program El Hit del Momento (The Hit of the Moment), for one year.When Hurst returned to Puerto Rico, she went to work in some of the programs produced by her cousin, Tommy Muñiz. She also participated in various theater productions for the first time. Among them were La Casa de las Hojas Azules (The House with the Blue Leaves) and La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja (The True Story of Pedro Navaja). In 1980, Hurst wrote and produced a stage show which she presented at the Condado Beach Hotel in San Juan.Hurst went to New York were she worked for a short time on some Off-Broadway productions. Then in 1989, she moved to Los Angeles, California where she enrolled in Santa Monica College and majored in psychology. Hurst was able to work in both Spanish and English language productions. She landed a role as "Mrs. Maris" in Windows (1991), which was presented at the Taper Forum Theater and as "Lola" in La Balada de Tina Jaurez (The Ballad of Tina Juarez) (1992). She was also the founder of an acting school for Hispanic children.Hurst has participated in twenty movies, including the 2005 film English as a Second Language. She has also made over thirty television guest appearances in programs such as JAG, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, ER, Lost, and a recurring role in Dharma and Greg, where she played the role of "Celia" in sixteen episodes. She also appeared in the Ugly Betty episode "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara" as Yolanda Salazar, the grandmother of Betty Suarez. As of 2007, Lillian Hurst was residing in Los Angeles, California, continuing her work as an actress.

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Aug 13, 1949 In San Juan, Puerto Rico
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series True Blood 2008-09-07
Known For
Poster of True Blood
Poster of Ugly Betty
Poster of Lost
Poster of Arrested Development
True Blood Unknown 2008-09-07
Side Order of Life Unknown 2007-07-15
Reaper Unknown 2007-09-25
The Unit Unknown 2006
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
The Nine Unknown 2006-10-04
The Comeback Esperanza 11 episodes, 2005-2014 2005-06-05
Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Huff Unknown 2004-11-07
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
Dragnet Unknown 2003-02-02
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Arrested Development Unknown 2003-11-02
George Lopez Unknown 2002-03-27
Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Seven Days Unknown 1998-10-07
The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
Dharma & Greg Unknown 1997-09-24
The Pretender Unknown 1996-09-19
Profiler Unknown 1996-09-21
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21