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Tonita Castro

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Tonita Castro

Tonita Castro, a Mexican-born actress known best for her co-star roles on the TV sitcoms “Dads” and “Go On,” died May 8 of stomach cancer, according to multiple news sources. She was 63.

In addition to her television roles, she played roles in movies including the Adam Sandler comedy “Funny People” (2009), “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (2012) that starred Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, and “The Book of Life,” in which she provided the voice of an animated character.

After immigrating to the U.S. during the 1970s, Castro hosted a Spanish-language TV show in Los Angeles before switching to acting around the year 2000.


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 “She was a self-made woman in the industry,” Castro’s longtime agent, Nikkolas Rey, told the Hollywood Reporter. “She had a gift of comedy. She would make a joke about anything.”

Rey also noted that although she played stereotypical maids and shopkeepers early in her career of about 15 years, her talents paid off with better acting roles.

“She wasn’t the maid anymore,” Rey told the Hollywood Reporter. “I would ask her if she would get nervous working with people like (Matthew) Perry or Adam Sandler, but she had nerves of steel. She kept them on their toes and would improv with them and that’s why they liked her. That’s a gift she had and that’s why she worked with so many people.”

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