An actress who appeared in series-regular roles on two recent broadcast comedy series has died. Deadline.com reports that Tonita Castro, known for her regular roles on the NBC sitcom “Go On” and the Fox series “Dads,” died Sunday, May 8, of cancer. She was 63.
Castro played Fausta on “Go On,” which starred Matthew Perry, from 2012-2013, following it up with the role of Edna on the Seth Green-Giovanni Ribisi series “Dads” from 2013-2014. In 2015 she appeared in guest arcs on Nickelodeon’s “Bella and the Bulldogs” and CBS’s “Life in Pieces.”
Castro began acting on TV and in movies in 2005, with her early career including a guest spot on “The Shield.” She went on to appearances on a number of series, including “The League,” “Glee,” “Dexter” and “Two and a Half Men.”
Her film roles included performances in “Friends with Money” (2006) and “Bad Ass” (2012).
“Castro came to the United States from Mexico in the late 1970s, following the death of her father, and to help support her family she took several jobs, including cleaning houses,” Deadline reports.
She’s quoted telling Fox News Latino: “We had to start from scratch. My mother was a widow with seven kids, and she cleaned and ironed and was proud of the honest work she did.”
Castro initially chased the dream of becoming a teacher, but landed a job as a news reader and parlayed it into a long run as co-host of a Spanish-language show on Radio Express in L.A., the report notes.
Here’s a clip featuring Castro talking about getting her full-season role on “Dads.”