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Director Gary Marshall calls him his good luck charm; others just call him a very good actor. Born Dec. 22, 1936, in New York, Hector Elizondo studied to be a dancer before an injury forced him to switch his focus to acting.

Making his Broadway debut in the early 1960s, Elizondo moved to the big screen later that decade with the sexploitation flick The Vixens. A variety of strong character parts in films such as The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) and Thieves (1977) followed. In 1982, the actor began his long collaboration with Marshall with Young Doctors in Love. Since then, he's appeared in almost every Marshall film, including The Flamingo Kid and Frankie and Johnny.

No stranger to the small screen, Elizondo won an Emmy for his portrayal of a hospital administrator on "Chicago Hope." Recent films for Elizondo include The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Celestine Prophecy (2006).

Hector Elizondo in Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

2001 PG-13

In director María Ripoll's bilingual drama, widower Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo) is a Los Angeles restaurateur with a booming business and three headstrong daughters (Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello and Elizabeth Peña), who are all on the verge of leaving the house to pursue their individual destinies. He knows he must let go, but things get even more complicated when brassy neighbor Hortensia (Raquel Welch) sets her sights on Martin.

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