Jose Yenque has over a decade of experience as a professional actor and devoted humanitarian, which earned him an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from California State University San Marcos in 2011.
- 2014 Will be seen in the soon to be released comedy "Mucho Dinero" opposite Eddie Griffin and Danny Trejo.
- Recently guest starred as the president of Colombia in the upcoming NBC fall comedy "1600 Penn" with Bill Pullman & Jenna Elfman.
- 2012 Imagen award nomination "Best Supporting Actor" for his role as DEA agent Enrique “Kike” Camara in 20th Century Fox’s International release “Miss Bala,” produced by Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna. This film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was Mexico’s official selection for 2012 Oscar competition for Best Foreign Film. Three 2012 Ariel Award nominations.
In 2011- Role: Robert in “Beginners,” directed by Mike Mills, working opposite the legendary Christopher Plummer (2012 Oscar winner).
(TV): Nickelodeon’s new hit “Supah Ninjas,” in the role of Officer Ramirez as well as in the movie thriller “Borderline Murder” which premiered in 2011 on the Lifetime Movie Network.
His past film credits include: Steven Soderbergh’s Academy Award winning "Traffic", HBO’s “The Blue Diner,” (w/ his mother/actor Teresa Yenque), and the Academy Award winning short film (student category) "Wednesday Afternoon." His television credits include: “CSI Miami,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Law & Order – SVU,” “Heroes,” and “Lost,” among many more.
Yenque’s work has been recognized by numerous organizations within the entertainment industry, including SAG and the NCLR (Alma Award). In 2007, he earned the Imagen Award for his stand-out performance in Lifetime Network’s thriller “Between,” opposite Poppy Montgomery which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
At the age of 14 years, Yenque’s life was turned around by the transformative power of art when his mother actress Teresa Yenque (30 Rock, Law & Order) enrolled him in a drama workshop that helped him go from a shy, 230lbs young man who stuttered, to a confident and gifted actor, at home on the stage and comfortable with himself.
Thanks to this life-changing experience, Yenque has a passion for helping teens make it through those sometimes-difficult years, using art as a vehicle for development and self-confidence.
His humanitarian efforts and educational outreach include substantive and ongoing service to the children of the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, motivational talks at orphanages and youth development centers throughout Latin America, and lectures/workshops on high school/college campuses from coast to coast.
He has taken the lead in significant humanitarian and educational projects, in an effort to utilize his recognition in the entertainment industry to the benefit of those in need, and regularly seeks out opportunities to help other non-profit organizations realize their goals, lending his talents to many causes close to his heart. His energy, charisma, and professionalism have benefitted fundraising and public awareness campaigns for “Campus Chill Out” (of the National Wildlife Federation), The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, The Cameroonian Women’s Association neonatal incubator drive, and the Foundation for Orphaned, Abandoned and Disabled African Children.
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