Valente Rodriguez: Bio, Early Life, Career, Net worth, & More

Who is Valente Rodriguez?

Valente Rodriguez is a popular American actor and producer. Rising to popularity with his role as Ernie Cardenas on the sitcom George Lopez, Valente Rodriquez had the starring role as Cesar in the sitcom Happily Divorced.

Likewise, Valente Rodriguez has made guest appearances in several other TV shows such as Yes, Dear, Mad About You, and ER. He has also acted in films including Salsa, Blood In Blood Out, and Suckers.

Valente Rodriguez Biography
Valente Rodriguez Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameValente Rodriguez
BirthdayFebruary 14, 1964
Age59 years old
Sun signAquarius
TraitsPositive traits- Affectionate, Loyal, and Independent
Negative traits- Stubborn, Cold, and Impulsive
BirthplaceEdcouch, Texas, USA
Height5 feet and 5 inches
Eyes ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Marital statusUnmarried
UniversityUniversity of Texas-Pan American
ProfessionActor and producer
Net WorthUSD 1 million
Social MediaInstagram

Early Life and Childhood

Valente Rodriguez was born on February 14, 1964. He was born in Edcouch, Texas, USA. As of 2023, Valente Rodriguez is 59 years old.

Valente Rodriguez is of Mexican descent. A student of the University of Texas-Pan American, Valente Rodriguez’s parents were migrant farm workers.

Valente Rodriguez Young Photo
Valente Rodriguez Young Photo

Growing up in a working-class family, Valente Rodriguez understood the importance of hard work from an early age. He was raised in Rio Grande Valley and is the youngest of eight siblings.

As a child, Valente was studious and he performed well in his academics. According to several reports, Valente was the first person in the family to graduate high school.

Likewise, he was also a first-generation college student. While studying at the University of Texas-Pan American, Valente took summer theater classes.

Valente acted in many mainstage plays and this pushed him to pursue a career in acting later in his life. Similarly, as a theater student, Valente was also a part of a promotional commercial for his university.

In 1987, Valente Rodriguez graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American. With a degree in theater, Valente decided to relocate to Los Angeles and become a full-time actor.

During the process of his move to Hollywood, Valente received help from his university’s theater department head, Marian Monta. Monta gave Valente USD 2,000 to help him kick-start his acting career.

In 2006, after Valente Rodriguez was able to make a name for himself in Hollywood, the actor was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas-Pan American.


Valente Rodriguez relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to pursue a career in acting. The Texas native’s first leading role was in the film Salsa.

Valente Rodriguez from Salsa
Valente Rodriguez from Salsa

He has also made appearances in several other films including Impulse, Twenty Bucks, Ed, Volcano, Blood In Blood Out (Bound by Honor), Suckers, Erin Brockovich, Roosters, The Ugly Truth, and The New Guy.

Additionally, Valente Rodriguez also acted in the critically acclaimed film Mi Familia or My Family. Moreover, he has also had brief appearances in movies including The House Bunny and 500 Days of Summer.

Although Valente Rodriguez gained considerable success through his career in films, the actor is mostly known for his TV roles. Valente Rodriguez’s most popular role to date is of Ernie Cardenas on the sitcom George Lopez.

George Lopez, also known as The George Lopez Show, was a popular American sitcom that aired for six seasons on ABC from March 27, 2002, to May 8, 2007. Created by George Lopez, Bruce Helford, and Robert Borden, George Lopez is currently being syndicated on TBS.

In the show, comedian George Lopez plays a fictionalized version of himself. Centered around Lopez’s life at work and his interactions with his family in Los Angeles, the sitcom starred many known faces including Constance Marie, Luis Armand Garcia, Masiela Lusha, Belita Moreno, Emiliano Díez, and Aimee Garcia.

In the show, Valente Rodriguez starred as Ernesto “Ernie” Cardenas. Playing the role of George’s childhood best friend, Ernie is also George’s former work colleague.

Ernie, who is employed on the assembly line at Power Bros, is presented as an inept, big-eared, awkward, dim-witted, and silly character. Despite his inability to interact with women, Ernie is a loyal friend to George and is overall, a lovable character in the show.

Ernie Cardenas from George Lopez
Valente as Ernie Cardenas in George Lopez

Apart from this, Valente Rodriguez has also guest starred in many television shows. Along with his regular role on Fox’s comedy show Culture Clash, Valente has appeared in TV shows including Mad About You, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Falcon Crest, Beverly Hills, 90210, Dharma and Greg, Yes, Dear, Gotta Kick It Up!, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Likewise, Valente’s other acting credits include Happily Divorced, Wizards of Waverly Place, High School Musical: The Musical -The Series, and Adam Ruins Everything. Valente, who is available on Comcast On Demand’s “English For All” under the Learn English category, portrays the role of Abro Cadabro on the platform.

With regards to his theater career, Valente Rodriguez was associated with the Latino Theater Lab which was founded by Jose Luis Valenzuela in 1985. Valente has acted in several plays including The Inspector General, La Virgen del Tepeyac, and Stone Wedding.

In addition, he has worked with the Improvisational Theater Project. As a member of the Improvisational Theater Project, Valente Rodriguez has acted in several of their plays.

When it comes to his work as a producer, Valente Rodriguez has produced a few series and short films. The former University of Texas-Pan American student served as an executive producer in three episodes of The Trainee.

Likewise, he directed the movie Goonie-Boys: Curse of the Mayan Coin. Recently, Valente Rodriguez worked in Netflix’s comedy show, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!

Helmed by Jim Patterson and Jamie Foxx, the show stars many popular actors including Heather Hemmens, Porscha Coleman, and Kyla-Drew. As of late, Valente Rodriguez is all set to appear in Proof Sheet as Guillermo Benavides which is currently in its post-production process.

Valente Rodriguez Net Worth

As of 2023, Valente Rodriguez has a net worth of approximately USD 1 million. Valente has accumulated such impressive earnings as a result of his successful acting career spanning over three decades.

The Texas-born actor starred in the hit sitcom George Lopez as Ernie Cardenas which made him a household name in Hollywood. Valente has made a sizable income from his work in George Lopez and has also managed to make remarkable earnings as a result of his successful roles in several TV shows and movies. As a result, Valente Rodriguez leads a lavish lifestyle.

Ernie Cardenas from George Lopez now
Valente Rodriguez Photo

Personal Life and Dating History

Throughout the three decades of being in the public eye, Valente Rodriguez has managed to keep the details of his personal life under wraps. The George Lopez actor is unmarried and is also reportedly single. He has no children, biological or adopted.

Social Media

Valente Rodriguez Instagram

On Instagram, Valente Rodriguez is active under the username “vguez”. The Blood In Blood Out actor has over 6,670 followers on the social networking platform and himself follows 121 other accounts.

Valente mostly shares photos related to his professional life on his Instagram account and often shares many throwback pictures from his George Lopez days.

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