Valente Rodriguez
Valente Rodriguez plays the part of Ernie Cardenas, George's best friend from high school and co-worker at Powers Aviation, on the series.
Basic Information
Born (1964-02-14) February 14, 1964 (age 57)
Birthplace: Edcouch, TX, U.S.
Gender Male
Occupation: Actor
Years Active: 1983-present
Family/Personal Information
Character Information
Appeared on: George Lopez (TV series)
Appeared as: Ernie Cardenas
Episodes appeared in: 120 episodes

Valente Rodriguez (born on February 14, 1964) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas on the sitcom George Lopez. Valente also co- starred as Cesar in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced which starred Fran Drescher.

Life and career

Born in Edcouch, Texas, Valente attended the University of Texas-Pan American. In 1988, Rodriguez moved to Los Angeles. He later landed his first leading role in the film Salsa. Other film credits include Impulse, Bound by Honor, Twenty Bucks, Ed, Volcano, Blood in Blood Out, Suckers, Erin Brockovich, Roosters, The Ugly Truth, The New Guy and the critically acclaimed Mi Familia or My Family.

Rodriguez has also made television appearances as a regular on the Fox's comedy show Culture Clash, as well as the NBC-TV sitcoms Mad About You and Golden Girls, ABC's Growing Pains, CBS-TV's Falcon Crest, Beverly Hills, 90210, Dharma and Greg, Yes, Dear, George Lopez, and he also makes a quick cameo appearance on the film The House Bunny and (500) Days of Summer.

He also played as Mr. Reyna in Gotta Kick It Up!. Rodriguez also appeared in an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a resident of an apartment building which was going to be knocked down to make a parking lot for a university.

Valente also appears on Comcast On Demand's "English For All" under the Learn English category. He plays the character Abro Cadabro, the brother of a woman with whom The Wizard is going on a date.


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