Jose Yenque, a native New Yorker, was introduced to acting very early in life. With over three decades of experience working successfully in theatre, film and television, he is the recipient of numerous important industry awards. But it is for his humanitarian efforts that he is now being recognized by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) with the HOLA ILKA Award. Named after HOLA's founding president Ilka Tanya Pay?ín, the award is presented to performers who contribute to society through humanitarian efforts.
At the Eleventh Annual HOLA Awards, Yenque washonored for his sustained commitment to youth, including his more than 10 years of dedicated efforts to improve the lives of the orphans of Casa Hogar Sion in Tijuana. He is also the co-creator of a service learning opportunity, "Hands Across Our Border," which has brought together hundreds of university students from the U.S. and Mexico to help meet the needs of this extremely vulnerable group of children.
Yenque expresses his feelings about being this year's recipient of the HOLA Ilka Award: "I'm truly grateful to my family, friends, students and all those teachers, role models (and those who will become role models and don't know it yet) for inspiring me to continue to do what I love to do, for guiding me in this wonderful direction, for helping me realize that everything is possible and that giving back is within all of us."
Yenque's career has seen him co-starring with many of Hollywood's leading actors. Currently, he is seen in the role of "Robert" opposite Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in the Mike Mills' feature film "Beginners." The film received rave reviews at the recent Toronto Film Festival and is slated for release in the spring of 2011 through Focus Features.
Among his professional awards are the SAG and the Alma Awards for films such as Steven Soderberg's Academy Award winning "Traffic" opposite Benicio Del Toro, HBO's "The Blue Diner" opposite Miriam Colon and mom Teresa Yenque, and Academy Award winning short film (Student Category) "Wednesday Afternoon". He delivered a stand-out performance in Lifetime Network's thriller "Between" opposite Poppy Montgomery which earned him the 2007 Imagen Award, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos in entertainment.