Marlene Forte

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Marlene Forte
Forte at the 2012 ALMA Awards
Ana Marlene Forte Machado

Other namesMarlene Forté
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationRutgers University
Montclair State University
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active1990–present
(m. 2006)
RelativesLesley Ann Machado (sister) (HSN host)

Ana Marlene Forte Machado, better known as Marlene Forte, is a Cuban actress and producer.[1] She is perhaps best known for her role as Carmen Ramos on the television soap opera Dallas (2012–2014).[2] Forte also had recurring roles in Fear the Walking Dead, The Fosters and Altered Carbon. Her notable film credits including A Haunted House (2013), El Chicano (2018), Knives Out (2019), and The Way Back (2020).

Life and career[edit]

Forte was born in Havana, Cuba. She studied English literature at Rutgers and education at Montclair State University. She has appeared in many independent films since the early 1990s. She received an Imagen Award nomination for performance in the 2008 film Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story.[3] On television, Forte appeared in recurring roles on Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Crossing Jordan, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her film appearances include the transporter chief in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Mrs. Glass in Real Women Have Curves.[4]

In 2012, Forte was cast on TNT's revamped Dallas, playing Carmen Ramos, longtime Ewing family housekeeper and mother to Elena (played by Jordana Brewster).[5] She played another housekeeper in the 2013 comedy film, A Haunted House, and co-starred in the Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (2014). After Dallas, Forte had recurring role as Elena Gutierrez in the ABC Family drama series, The Fosters from 2015 to 2017.[6]

In 2016, Forte played Celia Flores, the main antagonist during the first half of season 2 of the AMC horror drama series, Fear the Walking Dead.[7][8][9] In 2018, she was cast as Alazne Ortega for the first season of the Netflix science fiction drama series, Altered Carbon.[10] Her other television credits include Claws, Mayans M.C., Runaways, Superstore and The Conners. Forte also played supporting roles in the 2018 superhero film El Chicano as Raúl Castillo's character' mother, 2019 mystery crime comedy Knives Out as Ana de Armas' mother, and 2020 drama film The Way Back. In 2021, she appeared in the Netflix vampire film Night Teeth.

In 2022, Forte starred and produced horror thriller film Hypochondriac that premiered at the South by Southwest festival.[11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Forte married screenwriter Oliver Mayer in 2006. They live in Los Angeles, California.[14] They have no children together, but Forte has daughter Giselle Rodriguez, who works as producer, from a previous relationship. Forte is the sister of former HSN host Lesley Ann Machado.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Color of Love
The Bronx War
1997 Lena's Dreams Lena Also producer
1998 Mob Queen Chica
Bury the Evidence The Naked Woman
2000 Our Song Pilar Brown
The Love Machine Becca Campbell
The Accountant
Cusp Mother Short
2001 Reunion Margaret
2002 Real Women Have Curves Mrs. Glass
2003 What Really Happened During the Cuban Missile Crisis Socorro Short
2004 Darkness Minus Twelve Marta Gutierrez Short
Anyone Short
Indocumentados Mother
2005 Cuco Gomez-Gomez Is Dead! Cuban Lady Short
Shooting Vegetarians Amber
2006 Cut Off Lydia
2007 Adrift in Manhattan Marta Colon
2008 Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee Mrs. Lopefrawitz
2009 Star Trek Transport Chief
2011 My Last Day Without You Luz
Deep Blue Breath Nurse Talbot Short
2013 A Haunted House Rosa
Plush Dr. Ortiz
Times Like These Gladys Short
2014 The Single Moms Club Manny's Mother
2015 I Am Gangster Tia
2016 Irving Vivian Short
2018 El Chicano Susanna Hernandez
2019 Knives Out Mrs. Cabrera
2020 The Way Back Gale
2021 The Guilty House on Fire Caller Voice
Night Teeth Abuela
2022 A Place in the Field Rondi
Hypochondriac Mom Also associate producer
9 Bullets Grandma Lucy
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Tia Ophelia
2023 You Can't Stay Here Angela


Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Undercover Mrs. Flores "Blue Boy"
1997 The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing Monica Smith TV film
Law & Order Sandra Pena "Double Down"
1999 Law & Order Alicia Bowers "Shield"
2000 Judging Amy Margaret Lopez "Zero to Sixty"
Family Law Silvia Guerrero "The Choice"
Mysterious Ways Gloria Capistrano "Reason to Cry"
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Elena Guerro "Golden Boy"
My Wife and Kids Rosa Lopez "Pilot", "A Little Romance"
Crossing Jordan Gloria Recurring role
2002 For the People Marisol Martinez "Racing Form", "Nascent"
2003 Nip/Tuck Miss Michaels "Pilot"
George Lopez Sylvia "Dubya, Dad and Dating: Part 1"
2004 CSI: Miami Judge Veracruz "Pro Per"
2005 Bones Ambassador Olivos "A Boy in a Tree"
2006 The West Wing SSA Linda "The Last Hurrah"
Windfall Mrs. Maduro "Crash Into You"
The Unit Maritza Calderon "Off the Meter"
2007 Seemore's Playhouse Herself
Day Break Mrs. Garza "What If They're Connected?", "What If He's Not Alone?", "What If It's Him?"
Lost Det. Mason "The Man from Tallahassee"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mrs. Pamela Gentry "Big Shots"
Lincoln Heights Mayor Giselle Amezcua "Flashpoint"
ER Mrs. Gonzalez "The War Comes Home"
2008 Jericho Teresa Clemons "Return to Jericho"
Ylse Bianca TV series
Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story Tatita TV film
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress/Television
Cold Case Yesenia Ramos "True Calling"
2008–09 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Rosie Hernandez Recurring role
2010 Criminal Minds Sheriff Ruiz "Rite of Passage"
Community Doctora Escodera "English as a Second Language"
Past Life Lucinda Morales "Gone Daddy Gone"
Eastbound & Down Soledad "Chapter 11"
The Whole Truth Louisa Diaz "Cold Case"
2011 Castle Blanca "The Final Nail"
The Mentalist Isabella Artega "Rhapsody in Red"
Law & Order: LA Inez Gomez "Westwood"
2011–13 Caribe Road Capt. Garcia Recurring role
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Kathy's Grandmother "Past History", "Girlfriends", "It's a Miracle", "Money for Nothin'"
2012–14 Dallas Carmen Ramos Recurring role
2013 Major Crimes Mary Torres "The Deep End"
2015 Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story Evelyn Chavez TV film
Code Black Lucia "We Plug Holes"
2015–17 The Fosters Elena Gutierrez Recurring role
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Rita Ortega "Undocumented"
Fear the Walking Dead Celia Flores "Blood in the Streets", "Sicut Cervus", "Shiva"
2017 Superstore Connie Sosa "Integrity Award"
APB Mita "Hard Reset", "Personal Matters", "Above & Beyond", "Last Train to Europa"
2017–18 Marvel's Runaways Graciela Aguirre 3 episodes
2018 Altered Carbon Alazne Ortega 6 episodes
Mayans M.C. 2 episodes
2017-2021 Superstore Connie Sosa 3 episodes
2019 Snowfall I.A. Detective Vasquez Episode: "The Bottoms"
Ghostwriter Grandma Episode
2020 All Rise Josephine Calderon Episode: "Bye Bye Bernie"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Nurse Marlene Episode: "The Spite Store"
The Conners Tia Elsie Episode: "Tats and Tias"
2021 Ghostwriter Grandma Episode: "Ghost Castaways, Part 2"
Good Girls Rio's Grandmother Episodes: "Grandma Loves Grisham" and "Broken Toys"
Grey's Anatomy Carmen Delgado Episodes: "I'm Still Standing" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
The Resident Cherry Sandoval Episode: "The Long and Winding Road"
2022 The Lincoln Lawyer Judge Medina Episode: "Momentum"
2023 The Rookie Carla Juarez 3 episodes


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  2. ^ Estes, Mark O. "Dallas Exclusive Interview: Marlene Forte Gives Us Info On The New Generations of Ewings". TVOvermind. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Marlene Forte". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ Brooks, Summer (May 25, 2009). "Marlene Forte: On A Trek Full of Forte'tude". Slice of Sci-Fi. Farpoint Media. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Keck, William (April 21, 2011). "TNT's Dallas Casts Final Series Regular Role". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'The Fosters' Books Patrick Duffy, Two More (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Who Is Celia Flores on 'Fear the Walking Dead'?". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  8. ^ Dominic Patten. "'Fear The Walking Dead': Gale Anne Hurd On Fiery Midseason Finale – Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  9. ^ "'Fear the Walking Dead' Mid-Season Finale Burns Abigail Property, Splits The Cast". Inverse. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (13 September 2016). "'Altered Carbon': Trieu Tran & Marlene Forte Join Cast of Netflix Series". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (December 14, 2021). "Zach Villa, Madeline Zima, Paget Brewster & More Board Addison Heimann's Horror-Thriller 'Hypochondriac'".
  12. ^ "Film Review: HYPOCHONDRIAC: Good Performances Sail Through Piecemeal Narrative [SXSW 2022]". March 26, 2022.
  13. ^ Grobar, Matt (February 23, 2022). "XYZ Films Acquires Rights To Upcoming SXSW Midnighters Pic 'Hypochondriac' Starring Zach Villa & More".
  14. ^ "Oliver Mayer". August 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Marlene Forte is Living Happily with Husband Oliver Mayer and Children; Know her Married Life". hitberry.

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