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Jenny Gago stars in "Southland" on TNT as Detective Josie Ochoa.

Jenny Gago is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected Latina actresses. Her powerful portrayal of the matriarch Maria Sanchez in Gregory Nava's hit film "My Family" was critically acclaimed. Gago has starred in many feature films, including "Coach Carter," "The Tie That Binds," "Bound by Honor," "Under Fire" and "Nurse Betty." She was honored with the Golden Eagle Award for her performance as Garduna in the film "Old Gringo."

Gago's television films include "Grand Avenue," "Nowhere to Hide" and "Sweet 15." She has also had regular roles on such series as "DEA," "Dangerous Minds," "Alien Nation" and "Freddie." Gago was a member of the esteemed cast of the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries "American Family" on PBS. Some of her more recent guest-starring roles include "Crossing Jordan," "24," "The West Wing," "The Agency," "Alias," "Jack& Bobby," "Without a Trace" and "Lost."

After earning her degree in theater arts from UCLA, Gago was then personally awarded a scholarship by Lee Strasberg to attend his Institute. In addition to honors from such prestigious organizations as the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, the Image Awards, the National Council of La Raza, the TELACU Education Foundation, The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas, the Bravo Awards and the Alma Awards, Gago has also received awards from the County of Los Angeles and El Centro. The U.S. House of Representatives recently acknowledged her for "her talents and portrayal of Latino characters in the film and television industry, as well as her dedication and drive to pursue nontraditional roles to pave the way for other Latinos."

Gago's passion is her 13-year-old son, Sean. She loves family, friends, music and dancing (especially salsa). She volunteers regularly in schools to support the importance of education.

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How old is Jenny Gago? Find out here.

Age: 63 years old
Birthday: September 11, 1953
Birthplace: Peru

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