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Wanda Acuna is a Puerto Rican actress of television and film. Since making her professional debut in 1988, she has appeared in the films “Encino Man” (1992), “The Assault” (1996), “Eye for an Eye” (1996), “Man of Her Dreams” (1997), “Chill Factor” (1999) and “All In” (2006) and in episodes of the TV series “Doogie Howser, M.D,” “Married with Children,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Pensacola: Wings of Gold,” “L.A. Heat,” “JAG” and “Monk.” She also portrayed the role of Keesha Winters on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” from 1994 to 1995.
Childhood and Family:
Wanda Acuna was born on May 13, 1966, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Wanda Acuna made her feature acting debut in the drama “Open Fire” (1988), which was directed by Roger Mende and starred David Carradine, Yung Henry Yu and Hugo Stiglitz. The next year, she appeared in “Dangerous Curves,” a comedy directed by David Lewis that starred Tate Donovan, Grant Heslov and Danielle von Zerneck. She also guest starred in the television series “Doogie Howser, M.D” and “1st & Ten: The Championship,” where she appeared as Maria Gonzales and Betty, respectively.
In 1990, Acuna was cast as Maria in the American/Chinese martial arts co-produced movie “No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers.” The film was directed by Lucas Lowe, written by Keith W. Stranberg and starred Loren Avedon, Keith Vitali and Joseph Campanella. Two years later, Acuna appeared with Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward, Robin Tunney and Michael DeLuise in the comedy “Encino Man,” for director Les Mayfield. Although the film received primarily negative reaction from critics, it was a success at the box office where it grossed over $40 million against a budget of $7.5 million.
In 1994, Acuna originated the role of Keesha Winters on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” but was replaced by Jennifer Gatti in 1995. She then appeared as Babette in an episode of the Fox sitcom “Married with Children” called “Pump Fiction” (1995) before having a supporting role in the Jim Wynorski directed thriller “The Assault” (1996), starring Stacie Randall, Matt McCoy and Melissa Brassellea. She also appeared in John Schlesinger's dramatic movie “Eye for an Eye” (1996), which starred Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, Ed Harris, Beverly D'Angelo and Joe Mantegna.
Acuna next portrayed a waitress in an episode of the UPN sitcom “Moesha” called “Age Ain't Nothing But A Number” (1997) and Lane Lyons in “Looks Can Kill” (1997), an episode of the CBS drama “Diagnosis Murder.” The same year, she also portrayed Vampirette on the television film “House of Frankenstein” and costarred with William R. Moses, Lysette Anthony and Patrick Cassidy in the horror film “Man of Her Dreams,” which was directed by Martin Kitrosser. Following a guest stint in the syndication TV series “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” (1998), Acuna had a small role in “Chill Factor” (1999), an action film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Skeet Ulrich that was directed by Hugh Johnson. The film, however, was poorly received by critics and audiences. Still in 1999, she also guest starred in an episode of “L.A. Heat” called “Strange Currencies.”
In 2001, Acuna appeared as Lucy Galindez on an episode of the CBS series “JAG” called “Retreat, Hell.” The next year, she served as a co-host on the TV series “Opportunity Knocks.” In 2004, she played the role of Cynthia Teal in the direct-to-video release “Doing Hard Time,” which was written and directed by Preston A. Whitmore II and starred Boris Kodjoe, Michael Kenneth Williams and Sticky Fingaz. She next supported Johnny Williams, Carmine Caridi and Kat Hawks on the television film “Mama & Son” (2005).
In 2006, Acuna landed a small role on the film “All In” (2006), which was directed by Nick Vallelonga and starred Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen and Louis Gossett Jr. She also appeared in two episodes of the USA Network series “Monk,” which starred Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk.