Actress Jassaro Jinaro Dies

Brazilian born actress Jossara Jinaro died April 27, 2022 as a result of cancer at the age of 48.  Her husband Matt Bogado said that she was surrounded by family at the time of her death.  He added, “Jossara was an amazing wife, mother, artist, and friend. She had the most beautiful, kind soul and wouldn’t take no for an answer.  Even in her last moments, she was still fighting.”

She made her television debut in 1998 in “Reyes y Rey”.  From there she went on to appear in over 50 productions including “Tales from the East Side”, “Viva Vegas!”, “Judging Amy” where she played Courtney Messina – the daughter of Cheech Marin’s character, “American Family”, an episode of “ER”, “Without a Trace”, an episode of the daytime drama “The Young and the Restless”, “The Closer”, the daytime drama “Passions”, “Doctor Who: Alternate Empire”, “East Los High”, “I Am the (…)”, and her final role in “Nancy Hernandez & the Black Widows”.  “She will appear in “10 Tricks” as will which is currently in post-production.

Jinaro also lent her voice to over two dozen productions including “Happy Feet”, “From Mexico with Love”, “Little Fockers”, “A Gifted Man”, “Luck”, “Coco”, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”, “The Romanoffs”, “Runaways”, and “Better Things”.  “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is currently in post-production.

She was born May 25, 1973 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but was raised in Columbia after her mother married a diplomat.  While she loved to watch movies as a small child, it was the dance floor that first sparked her interest.  She began taking dance lessons when she was just five years old.  Her first stage performance came when she was eight years old.

Guerrillas kidnapped her step-father in Columbia and once he was released, the family left Columbia in search of a safer home and settled in the United States.

Now fluent in English, Jassaro left home at 16 to pursue her dream of being an entertainer.  Her first job was playing Janet Jackson at the Old Indiana Fun Park earned her a spot in a BFA musical theatre program where she graduated at the top of her class.

She returned to Columbia in 2009 to appear in the Novela “La Bella Ceci y El Imprudente”.

A multi-talented individual, Jassaro also plays the guitar and clarinet.

Jinaro is survived by her husband Matt and children Liam and Emrys.

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