Mexicans in U.S. Television

by penchofifteenpolls | created - 28 Mar 2018 | updated - 20 Apr 2018 | Public

Absent for years, then only seen in small roles or cameos, Mexican actors have slowly won a place in United States television and now many of them have lead or recurring roles in famous series.

Which of these Mexican actors working in U.S. television plays your favourite role?

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1. Martha Higareda

Actress | Amar te duele

Higareda was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, the daughter of actress Martha Cervantes and therapist and artist Jose Luis Higareda, and sister of actress Miriam Higareda. She began acting on stage at a very early age, along with dancing jazz, flamenco, tap and folklore. At 14, she moved to ...

As Kristin Ortega in Altered Carbon (2018)

2. Demián Bichir

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Demián Bichir Najera was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Maricruz Nájera (María de la Cruz Nájera Botello), an actress, and Alejandro Bichir (Alejandro Bichir Batres), a theatre director. His parents met in the theatre. He has two brothers who are also actors, Bruno Bichir and Odiseo Bichir. Demián...

As Marco Ruiz in The Bridge (2013) Also Esteban Reyes in Weeds.

3. Karla Souza

Actress | How to Get Away with Murder

Karla Souza was born in 1986 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Karla Olivares Souza. She is an actress, known for How to Get Away with Murder (2014), Suave patria (2012) and The Noble Family (2013). She has been married to Marshall Trenkmann since May 2014. They have one child.

4. Gael García Bernal

Actor | Mozart in the Jungle

Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. García Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When...

5. Eiza González

Actress | Baby Driver

Eiza González Reyna is a Mexican actress and singer. She was born on January 30, 1990 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Carlos González and Glenda Reyna. Her mother is a yesteryear Mexican model. She has one elder brother, Yulen. She lost her father in a motorcycle accident when she was just 12. Later in ...

As Santánico Pandemonium in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (2014)

6. Adan Canto

Actor | Designated Survivor

Adan Canto was born on December 5, 1981 in Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. He is an actor and producer, known for Designated Survivor (2016), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Narcos (2015).

As Aaron Shore in Designated Survivor (2016) also A.J. Menendez in Blood & Oil and Dominic in Mixology.

7. Sara Ramirez

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Sara Ramirez was born on August 31, 1975 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. She is an actress, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), You've Got Mail (1998) and Spider-Man (2002). She has been married to Ryan DeBolt since July 4, 2012.

As Dr. Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy (2005) Also Kat Sandoval in Madam Secretary.

8. Jaime Camil

Actor | Jane the Virgin

Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Award, Teen Choice Award nominee and Imagen Award winner Jaime Camil, named by VANITY FAIR as one of the Best New TV Characters of 2014, plays "the scene-stealing comedic bright spot," Rogelio de la Vega, the supremely vain, but totally well-meaning, famous ...

As Rogelio de la Vega in Jane the Virgin (2014)

9. Natalia Cordova-Buckley

Actress | Bates Motel

Natalia Cordova-Buckley was born on November 25, 1982 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is an actress and producer, known for Bates Motel (2013), Coco (2017) and Destroyer (2018). She has been married to Brian Buckley since November 11, 2011.

As Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)

10. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born on February 25, 1981 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He is an actor, known for The Magnificent Seven (2016), Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Widows (2018).

11. Ana de la Reguera

Actress | Nacho Libre

Ana de la Reguera grew up in the tropical state of Veracruz, on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. She began her performance arts studies in the Cultural Institute of Veracruz, then left for Televisa's Center for Artistic Education (CEA) and TV Aztecas' artistic institute (CEFAC) in Mexico City, later ...

As Marisol Silva in Goliath (2016) also Alicia Jiménez in Power.

12. Diego Boneta

Actor | Luis Miguel: La Serie

Diego Andrés González Boneta was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to engineers Lauro Andrés González Lima and Astrid Boneta López. His father is Mexican, and his mother was born in the U.S., to a Puerto Rican father and a Spanish mother.

Diego recently starred as the titular character in "Luis Miguel, ...

As Pete Martinez in Scream Queens (2015) also Miles in Underemployed.

13. Stephanie Sigman

Actress | Spectre

Stephanie Sigman is a Mexican-American actress. Her breakthrough role was in the 2011 crime drama film Miss Bala. She has gone on to appear in Pioneer (2013), Spectre (2015), Going Under (2016), and Annabelle: Creation (2017). On television, Sigman starred as Valeria Vélez in the first and second ...

As Jessica Cortez in S.W.A.T. (2017) also Valeria Velez in Narcos and Eva in The Bridge.

14. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

As Thomas Jefferson Alcalá in The Man and the City (1971)

15. Daniela Bobadilla

Actress | Anger Management

Daniela Bobadilla is most renowned for her role as Sam Goodson in the FX series "Anger Management" where she starred opposite Charlie Sheen as his high octane daughter. She also portrayed the role of Emma in the NBC series "Awake" alongside Jason Isaacs. Most recently she played Riley Taft "Perfect...

As Sam Goodson in Anger Management (2012) also Lexie Brooks in The Middle and Emma in Awake.

16. Ricardo Montalban

Actor | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Handsome Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of continental elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino / Ramon Novarro "Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority ...

As Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island (1977) also Zach Powers in The Colbys and David Valerio in Executive Suite among others.

17. Paulina Gaitan

Actress | Sin nombre

Paulina Gaitan was born on February 19, 1992 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is an actress and producer, known for Sin Nombre (2009), Trade (2007) and Narcos (2015).

As Jahel Valenzuela in The River (2012) also Tata Escobar in Narcos.

18. Alfonso Herrera

Actor | Amar te duele

Arguably one of Latin America's widely-known talents, backed by years of remarkable performances in television and film, Alfonso's stardom was first introduced by his leading role in one of the most successful television series in the history of Latin America, "Rebelde". Rebelde became a grossing ...

As Hernando Herrera in Sense8 (2015) also Father Tomás Ortega in The Exorcist.

19. Ona Grauer

Actress | House of the Dead

Ona Grauer was born on November 16, 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico as Ana-Margarita Grauer. She is an actress, known for House of the Dead (2003), Elysium (2013) and Firewall (2006). She is married to Aaron Dudley. They have two children.

As Abby St. James in The Bridge (2010) also Katarina Weigel in Intelligence and Katrina in The Collector among others.

20. Jacob Vargas

Actor | Luke Cage

Jacob Vargas began his acting career when he was discovered breakdancing in a schoolyard at age 12. His introduction to acting came with a bit part as a breakdancer on the hit TV show Diff'rent Strokes (1978). In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work ...

As Domingo Colom in Luke Cage (2016) also Horacio in Mosaic and Allesandro Montez in Sons of Anarchy.

21. Laura Cerón

Actress | ER

Laura Ceron born in Mexico City was raised in Chicago Suburb Elgin.

Was a member of The Latino Chicago Theater Company, where they created many original productions and innovative stylized theatrical form such as "Cartooning", which merged 'Commedia dell'arte' along with 'Carpero' style Theater. ...

As nurse Chuny Marquez in ER (1994) also Celia Delgado in Shameless.

22. Damián Alcázar

Actor | La ley de Herodes

Damián Alcázar (born January 8, 1953 in Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico) is a Mexican actor, who is best known for portraying Colombian drug lord Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela in the Netflix series Narcos.

Damián Alcázar studied acting first at the National Institute of Fine Arts and at the Theatrical ...

As Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela in Narcos (2015)

23. Veronica Falcón

Actress | Perpetual Grace, LTD

Veronica Falcon was born in Mexico City, August 8th 1966. She is considered one of Mexico's most respected, versatile & talented actors as well as an exceptional choreographer. For several years, she was the artistic director of her own theater company. Miss Falcon has performed on stage, ...

As Camila Vargas in Queen of the South (2016)

24. Aarón Díaz

Actor | Quantico

Aaron Diaz Spencer, born March 7, 1982 in Puerto Vallarta, México. His father is Mexican and his mother American. While still very young, he moved with his family to the city of San Miguel de Allende, where he spent much of his childhood. He later moves to California to attend high school, he also ...

As León Vélez in Quantico (2015)

25. Paola Nuñez

Actress | Amor en custodia

Paola Núñez started acting when she was 12 years old. Seven years later she moved from her tiny town of Tecate, to Mexico City to begin her acting career. There she graduated from the acting school CEFAC.

She immediately began working on day-time television serials, in commercial theater and feature...

As María García in The Son (2017)

26. Dyana Ortelli

Actress | ¡Three Amigos!

Dyana Ortelli was born on May 1, 1961 in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico as Dyana Elizondo. She is known for her work on ¡Three Amigos! (1986), Coco (2017) and La Bamba (1987).

27. Ana Alicia

Actress | Halloween II

Born in Mexico City, Mexico on December 12, 1956, Ana Alicia became the third of four children to Carlos Celestino Ortiz and Alicia Torres Ortiz. She grew up in El Paso, Texas from age 6 after the passing of her father. There, she lived with her grandmother, widowed mother, her uncle Louie and ...

As Melissa Agretti Cumson in Falcon Crest (1981)

28. Bruno Bichir

Actor | El Callejón de los Milagros

Bruno Bichir is one of the most talented actors working in current Mexican cinema, theater and television. He comes directly from a family of artists, where all of its five members (his parents and his two older brothers) are as well highly recognized actors and directors. Bruno has worked with ...

As Chief in Titans (2018) also Fernando Duque in Narcos and Sebastián Cerisola in The Bridge among others.



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