Valente Rodriguez was born in south Texas. His first acting job was a feature film called Salsa the Motion Picture in January of 1988. Since then Valente has appeared in numerous productions. His films include: Blood in… Blood out…, Mi Familia, Roosters, Erin Brockovich, Deep Blue Sea, Volcano, The Ugly Truth, It’s Complicated, McFarland USA, and Instant Family. His TV work includes: series regular roles on The George Lopez Show as Ernie (120 episodes) and the Fran Drescher show Happily Divorced. Valente has also appeared on Golden Girls, Mad About You, X-Files, and ER. He has performed on numerous stages in LA and through out the United States, and has produced three films in the Rio Grande Valley, directing one of them.