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Manny Perez (1969)

Manuel Perez Batista

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Manuel "Manny" Pérez Batista is a Dominican actor, who has appeared in the television series Third Watch and in the film Washington Heights. Pérez was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and currently resides in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Pérez is one of 11 siblings. By the time Pérez finished high school, Manny knew he wanted to be an actor, he moved to New York where he majored in drama at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in 1992.

He has also studied at Ensemble Studio Theatre and is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, in New York City.

After his performance on the film Washington Heights which he also co-wrote and produced, Manny garnered praise from many critics.

The New York Times stated "Mr. Perez has charisma to burn." He won the 2002 Best Actor Award at The Milan International Film Festival in Italy for his performance in Washington Heights.

Pérez was the first ever member of his family to get a university degree.

At the Santo Domingo Invita show Pérez was honored as one of the most prominent Dominican actors in the United States.

In November 2007 Pérez was honored in the Dominican Film Festival held in Puerto Plata along with Dania Ramirez for his humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic. When Pérez received the award he said that his first pair of shoes where given by his father to him at the age of 5 and that he only wore them to go to Mass on Sundays. Pérez also said that when he first got to the United States he was really fat and that he didn't know why since he was poor and didn't eat well. Until his mother took him to the doctor where they found out that his stomach was full of hookworms that got into his body through his feet since he always walk barefoot. Pérez donated 10,000 shoes to families who lost everything after Hurricane Noel swept across the Dominican Republic.

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