Jeff Valdez Poster


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Overview (1)

Nickname Ed Sullivan of Latino Talent

Mini Bio (1)

Multi-talented comic/writer/producer, Jeff Valdez knew show business was his calling. Born in Pueblo, Colorado, in a large Hispanic family, he wanted to see Latinos represented in television beyond subservient or demeaning caricature portrayals. Following several years as a stand-up comic, he actively changed the face of TV. Blocked by much opposition, his relentless efforts ultimately culminated in Sí TV. As co-founder and executive producer of the Latino-themed cable network, Valdez brought English-language programs to television that appealed to Latino audiences and had cross-over appeal. As of 2000, Sí TV's Talent Advisory Board was composed of such luminary figures in the entertainment industry as Cheech Marin, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, Erik Estrada, Maria Conchita Alonso, Roseanne, Geraldo Rivera, Daisy Fuentes, Mario Lopez, and Carlos Mencia. Valdez was listed in the "Los Angeles Times 36 Faces To Watch in 97" and "100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business." He received a 1998 Hispanic Achievement Award in the Entertainment category by "Hispanic Magazine" for his positive impact on the Hispanic community. Valdez also received the 1998 ALMA Award for pioneering bilingual programming that portrayed positive images of contemporary Hispanics in the United States.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Vicki McClure Davidson

Trivia (3)

Did stand-up comedy early in his career.
Was appointed by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Is the youngest of nine children.

Personal Quotes (2)

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
I acquire a lot of my material for writing based on the characters from my family - it's quite a character study growing up with that many people.

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