Actress and radio personality Tonita Castro died on Mother’s Day, May 8, of cancer. She was 63.
Castro is best known for her series regular role on the Fox multi-camera comedy series Dads and her heavily recurring role on NBC’s single-camera comedy series Go On. She most recently did a recurring guest arc on the freshman CBS comedy Life in Pieces and guest starred in the pilot for the new Fox comedy The Grinder.
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.
“We had to start from scratch,” Castro told Fox News Latino. “My mother was a widow with seven kids, and she cleaned and ironed and was proud of the honest work she did.”
The hardship did not stop Castro from pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher. She switched careers after landing a gig as a news reader at Radio Express in Los Angeles before quickly being promoted to co-host of a Spanish-language show. She stayed there for nearly two decades.
Castro did not get into acting until 2005. After juggling radio with occasional acting gigs — she guest starred on a wide variety of series, from dark dramas including Dexter and Southland to such comedies as Glee, Two and a Half Men, The Sarah Silverman Program, Raising Hope, Awkward and The League — she left radio about three years ago to pursue acting full time. Since then, also recurred on Kroll Show. Castro’s feature credits include Funny People, Friends with Money, Imagine That and Our Family Wedding.