According to a message on her Facebook page by her husband, Matt Bogado, Jossara Jinaro, a seasoned television actress, filmmaker, producer, and SAG activist, died of cancer on April 27.
“With great sorrow, I announce the passing of my wife, Jossara Jinaro on this date, April 27, 2022. Jossara bravely fought cancer and came home to be surrounded by family. 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 is now resting in peace and will be remembered forever. Myself, Liam, and Emrys will miss her so deeply, although we know she is in our hearts and guiding us every step of the way.”
A public memorial service will be held in the Bay Area at some point.
Jinaro has a long Hollywood career, starring in shows like “ER” (NBC, 1994-2009), “Judging Amy” (CBS, 1999-2005), and “Strong Medicine” (Lifetime, 1999-2005).
She was born in Brazil and raised in Colombia as the adopted daughter of a diplomat. The family relocated to the United States after her stepfather was kidnapped by guerillas.
She moved to Chicago at the age of 16 and promptly signed with her first agent, who placed her in theatrical work. Another agent suggested she go to Los Angeles, and she did so soon after, landing a role as Virginia Bustos in the Alma-nominated sitcom “Viva Vegas” with Columbia Tri-Star.
She made her television debut as Cheech Marin’s daughter on “Judging Amy,” then moved on to “ER.”
Her performance in “Passions” was nominated for a GLAAD award in 2006. In 2009, she returned to Colombia to work on the novel “La Bella Ceci y El Imprudente,” before returning to Hollywood to star in the television series “East Los High.”
Jinaro began making her own short films, which eventually grew into a feature picture that was accepted into Panavision’s new filmmaker’s programme. Desert Road Kill, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award, has taken her around film festivals.
Her film credits include Rob Zombie’s Devil’s Rejects, Anne Hathaway’s Havoc, Leah Thompson’s TenTricks, Stephen Baldwin’s Fly Boys, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Michael Pena, and most recently, Lion Gate’s urban hip-hop film Go For It!
Her husband and two children are among the survivors.