Famous personalities in film, tv and music of Portuguese descent.by ferrettuga10 | created - 16 Nov 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Celebrities born in Portugal or of Portuguese descent.
1. Kali Rocha
Actress | Man with a Plan
Kali Rocha was born on December 5, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Kali Michele Rocha. She is an actress and writer, known for Man with a Plan (2016), Liv and Maddie (2013) and Grey's Anatomy (2005). She has been married to Michael Krikorian since 2006. They have two children.
Actress | Kick-Ass
Lyndsy Marie Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, and was raised first in Alameda and then Moraga, California. Lyndsy competed in the International Modeling & Talent Association, where she was recognized as the second runner-up for "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" and was the first runner-up for...
3. James Franco
Actor | 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...
6. Dave Franco
Actor | Neighbors
David John Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, an author, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. He has two older brothers, actor James Franco and Tom Franco. His father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and his mother is Jewish. Dave made ...
Actress | Faking It
Katie Stevens is a versatile young actress who has quickly established herself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after, vibrant young talents. She leads the cast of Freeform's "The Bold Type," which reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the fictional global ...
10. Kiana Madeira
Actress | Dark Matter
Born in Toronto and raised in the suburbs of Mississauga, Kiana Madeira had her sights set on one thing as a child; to grow up and act alongside Danny Zuko in the hit 1970's movie Grease. Being a 90's kid, she quickly faced the reality that John Travolta was no longer twenty years old and the man ...
11. Paulino Nunes
Actor | Brooklyn
Paulino Nunes was born on April 27, 1968 in Faial, Açores, Portugal as Paulino Cabral Mendonça Nunes. He is an actor, known for Brooklyn (2015), Designated Survivor (2016) and The Girlfriend Experience (2016). He has been married to Francesca since August 6, 2006. They have two children.
13. Dilshad Vadsaria
Actress | Greek
Dilshad Vadsaria was born in Karachi, Pakistan, of Portuguese and Indian descent. She moved with her family to the US at the age of six and spent her childhood in various parts of the country, including Chicago, Richmond (Virginia) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She eventually moved to New York to...
14. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born on August 8, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Karen (Rayment), a real estate agent, and Manuel Mendes, a businessman. His father is of Portuguese descent (from Lagos) and his mother is English (with deep roots in Dorset). He has a sister, Aaliyah. Shawn was ...
17. Daniela Ruah
Actress | NCIS: Los Angeles
Daniela was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Portuguese-born parents, Katharina Lia Azancot Korn and Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah, a doctor. She lived in the US until she was five. Her father's family is Sephardi Jewish, while her mother is of mostly Ashkenazi Jewish, along with Spanish and Sephardi ...
Actor | Fast Five
Joaquim de Almeida was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Son of two pharmacists and the sixth of eight kids, Joaquim showed signs at an early age that his future lay not in the family business. At the age of eighteen, after attending the theater course at the Lisbon Conservatory for two years, he left ...
21. Katy Perry
Actress | The Smurfs
Katy Perry was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California, the middle child of pastor parents, Mary Christine (Perry) and Maurice Keith Hudson. She has an older sister and younger brother, and has English, Portuguese, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Her mother's ...
22. Fernando Fragata
Director | Backlight
Filmmaker Fernando Fragata started his career in Portugal with the short film Love & Alchemy, which won him several International awards for best short film and best director. His other Portuguese films include the romantic comedy Sweet Nightmare and the critically acclaimed action comedy Chasing ...
23. Tom Hanks
Producer | Cast Away
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...
24. Keanu Reeves
Actor | The Matrix
Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, ...
25. Meredith Vieira
Actress | The Stepford Wives
Meredith Vieira was born on December 30, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Meredith Louise Vieira. She is a producer and actress, known for The Stepford Wives (2004), Get Him to the Greek (2010) and Shrek Forever After (2010). She has been married to Richard M. Cohen since June 14, 1986. ...
26. Joe Perry
Soundtrack | Armageddon
As co-founding member, principal co-songwriter, electrifying lead guitarist and co-producer of Aerosmith--America's Greatest Rock & Roll Band--Joe has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock. He has helped to drive his band, over the course of three decades, to sales of more than ...
28. Sean Paul
Soundtrack | Step Up
Sean Paul Francis Henriques (born 9 January 1973), known professionally as Sean Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall rapper, singer and record producer. Sean Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Garth and Frances. His mother is a well-known painter. His paternal grandfather is from a Jewish ...
33. Joseph Oliveira
Actor | Midnight Butterflies
Olive Kitteridge (2013) Black Mass (2014) Ghostbusters Answer The Call (2015) Joseph Oliveira was born in the village of Bretanha in the Island of Sao Miguel, Azores. Portugal. Came to America in the late 60s with his parents. At the age of 16 he started working in the textile mills to help his ...
34. Brooke Burke
Actress | Melissa & Joey
Brooke Burke holds many titles, including: mother, television host, fitness guru, pod-caster, author, social media mogul (with almost 4 million followers), and cancer survivor. Forbes recognized Brooke's work by listing her as one of America's top ten moms to follow.
Brooke wrote her first biography...
35. Piper Perabo
Actress | Coyote Ugly
Piper Perabo is a Golden Globe nominated film, stage and TV actor. Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in New Jersey, she graduated summa cum Laude from Ohio University. In 2000 she was cast in a breakout role in Coyote Ugly. Since then she has been seen in such films as Christopher Nolan's "The ...
36. Jesse Metcalfe
Actor | Desperate Housewives
Jesse Eden Metcalfe was born in Carmel Valley, California, to Nancy (DeMaio) and Jeff Metcalfe. He has Italian, Portuguese, English, French, and Irish ancestry. He was raised in Southeastern Connecticut. Metcalfe attended the Williams School, a private high school in New London, Connecticut. He ...
37. Vanessa Marcil
Actress | The Rock
Vanessa Marcil was born Vanessa Ortiz on October 15, 1968 in Indio, California to Patricia Ortiz (born: Patricia Marcil), an herbalist & Pete Ortiz, a contractor. She grew up in Indio with her parents, big brother: Sam (born November 16, 1958) and big sisters: Tina (born October 20, 1959) & Sherry ...
Actor | The Lion King
Jonathan Taylor Thomas was born Jonathan Taylor Weiss on September 8, 1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to Claudine (Gonsalves) and Stephen Weiss. He has an older brother, Joel, and has Pennsylvania Dutch (German) and Portuguese ancestry. Growing up, he liked the music group Boyz II Men, and his ...
39. Krista Allen
Actress | Significant Mother
Krista was born in Ventura, California and grew up in Austin, Texas. Her idols growing up were Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner. She made her way back to Southern California as a young adult and wanted to try out the acting biz. Just weeks after she landed in LA, she booked the coveted role of "Billie...
41. Shanna Moakler
Actress | The Wedding Singer
Shanna Moakler was born on March 28, 1975 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Shanna Lynn Moakler. She is an actress and producer, known for The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Momma's House 2 (2006) and Love Stinks (1999). She was previously married to Travis Barker.
42. Danica McKellar
Actress | The Wonder Years
Together with her younger sister, Crystal McKellar, she began acting at a young age in her mother's dance studio. In 1982 the family moved to Los Angeles and a few years later she appeared in her first commercial. A few guest appearances in The Twilight Zone (1985) was followed by her breakthrough ...
Actor | Fast Five
Actor Luis Da Silva Jr is an award-winning actor for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Maverick Movie Awards for his role in 'The Devil Goes Down'. Luis has appeared in number of theatrical films and TV projects, sharing the screen with many different talented actors. Many of which are either ...
44. Shane West
Actor | A Walk to Remember
Shane West was born Shannon Bruce Snaith in 1978 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Leah (Launey), a lawyer, and Don Snaith, a drugstore owner. Shane began to pursue an acting career at the age of fifteen, gaining bit parts on various television shows, but it was not until 1999 when West ...
45. Antonio Campos
Producer | Martha Marcy May Marlene
Antonio Campos was born on August 24, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Afterschool (2008) and Buy It Now (2005). He has been married to Sofía Subercaseaux since November 28, 2015. They have one child.
47. Nestor Paiva
Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon
Nestor Paiva was born on June 30, 1905 in Fresno, California, USA as Nestor Caetano Paiva. He was an actor, known for Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), The Madmen of Mandoras (1963) and Road to Rio (1947). He was married to Maxine Kuntzman. He died on September 9, 1966 in Hollywood, California.
48. Don Ho
Soundtrack | Bubble Boy
The icon of breezy island entertainment, Don Ho became synonymous with Hawaii and all it represented...colorful leis and shirts, festive luaus, strumming ukuleles, flowing palm trees, beautiful hula dancers, and, of course, the song "Tiny Bubbles". A trip to the "Aloha State" seemed incomplete ...
49. Joe Raposo
Composer | Sesame Street
Joe Raposo was born on February 8, 1937 in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on Sesame Street (1969), The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Incredible Hulk (2008). He was married to Pat Collins. He died on February 5, 1989 in Bronxville, New York, USA.
50. Mary Astor
Actress | The Maltese Falcon
Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized ...
51. Tamara Mello
Actress | She's All That
Tamara Mello began acting in a community theater as a child. She was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and made her professional debut as a guest star on Boy Meets World (1993). Several other guest starring and small film roles followed until she was ...
52. Kevin Pereira
Producer | Player vs. Pain
Host. Producer. Writer. Serial entrepreneur. Musician. Comedic-foil. Prompter-monkey. Tech-junkie. Kevin Pereira has been labeled many things over the past few years, and for good reason: He's done it all!
Kevin studied film and television production with a scholarship to the Academy of Art ...
53. Al Santos
Actor | Jeepers Creepers 2
Al was born and raised in NY. He jumped in the entertainment biz at the age of fifteen. Having booked the very first casting he went on, (a Gushers Fruit Snack's commercial), he dove in head first.
Later that year FORD models signed him. His first job with FORD brought him to become the face of ...
54. Joe DeRita
Born into a show business family, DeRita began performing at the age of 7. He played the Burlesque circuit until 1942 when he went to headline in California stage shows. He toured with Randolph Scott and Bing Crosby for the USO during World War II. Joe made his film debut in "The Doughgirls" (1944)...
56. Colin Hanks
Actor | King Kong
Colin Lewes Hanks is an American actor. He was born in Sacramento, California, to actors Samantha Lewes and Tom Hanks. Colin is best-known for his work as "Jack Bailey" in the series, The Good Guys (2010) and as "Alex Whitman" in Roswell (1999). Hanks' best-known film role may be in the teen movie, ...
57. Bernardo Santos
Bernardo Santos is an Actor who hails from London. He was originally born in Lisbon, Portugal. He speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently.
Bernardo has been on various Feature Films and TV Series such as Tomb Raider, Hunter Killer and Game Of Thrones. Awarded Short Films like for instance ...
58. Joana Metrass
Actress | Once Upon a Time
Born in Lisbon, Portugal with Italian, French, Argentinian, Jewish, Chinese and Cape Vert heritage.
Known for her work in several international productions including the Abc series "Once upon a time" in the role of Queen Guinevere from Camelot.
She moved to the U.S.A at 17 to do her senior year as an...
59. Amy Poehler
Actress | Inside Out
Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, Irish, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first ...
60. Katie Findlay
Actress | How to Get Away with Murder
Canadian born actor Katie Findlay received rave reviews in 2017 for her work as "Lucy," co-starring with Jay Baruchel in the final season of FXX's critically-acclaimed comedy series Man Seeking Woman. TV audiences may also know Findlay as "Rebecca" from her explosive story line in the first season ...
61. Keana Texeira
Actress | Keana: Candy from Strangers
Born Keana Alexis Texeira in California. Keana is the oldest of five children and resides in Los Angeles, CA. Signed to Warner Music Japan, Keana released her debut single "Could You Be The One" in March 2010 in Japan, which quickly climbed to #1 beating out Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, and ...
62. Tamara Duarte
Actress | Longmire
Tamara Melo Duarte was born in Toronto Canada and is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Rosita in the hit television series Wynonna Earp, Charlie on Degrassi: The Next Gen, and Mandy on Longmire.
She caught the performing and producing bug at a very young by watching then starring, and ...
64. Jasmine Guy
Actress | Harlem Nights
Actress-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theatre and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit...
65. Diogo Morgado
Actor | Son of God
While his acting debut was at the age of 15, Diogo Morgado later became known internationally for his groundbreaking portrayal of "Jesus" in 20th Century Fox's feature film "Son of God" and in The History Channel's highly rated, Emmy nominated miniseries "The Bible." Morgado's recent work includes ...
67. Benedita Pereira
Actress | Ele é Ela
2x Best Actress Award-winner, "Benny" achieved major success in her native Portugal, and was a national TV star by the time she was 18. Born and raised in a close-knit family; her civil engineer father, stay-at-home mom and 2 older siblings, in Porto, Portugal. Benedita decided she was going to be ...
69. Glenn Medeiros
Music_department | Baywatch
Glenn Medeiros was born on June 24, 1970 in Lihue, Hawaii, USA as Glenn Alan Medeiros. He is known for his work on Baywatch (1989), If Looks Could Kill (1991) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He has been married to Tammy Armstrong since 1996. They have two children.
Actress | The Magicians
Olivia Taylor Dudley was born and raised on the Central Coast of California. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 and has been acting ever since. Olivia is known for her roles in projects such as The Vatican Tapes (2015), Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015), and the upcoming SyFy ...
72. Keanu Lee Nunes
Actor | 5000 Years of Heroes
Keanu Lee Nunes is a Canadian actor born in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 5, 1996. Keanu's father was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and raised in South Africa, and his mother is born in King Williams Town, South Africa and is of Chinese ancestry. In 1996, his family relocated to Neuchatel, ...
73. Nuno Malo
Composer | The Celestine Prophecy
His score from "LUV" was nominated for Best Original Score For a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, alongside the scores for "Lincoln" (John Williams), "Skyfall" (Thomas Newman), "The Master" (Jonny Greenwood), "Rise of the Guardians"(Alexandre Desplat), "The Hobbit"(Howard Shore)...
74. David Strathairn
Actor | Good Night, and Good Luck.
David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and ...
76. Bruno de Almeida
Director | Cabaret Maxime
Bruno de Almeida is a New York-based filmmaker. Of Portuguese origins, he was born in Paris in March 1965. He grew up in Lisbon and moved to New York in 1985 where he has been living and working ever since. He is fluent in five languages and has made films in the US, Europe and Latin America.
77. Marliece Andrada
Actress | Baywatch
Marliece Andrada was raised in Manteca, California. She moved to Los Angeles when she graduated from California State University to give acting a try. Marliece was hired as a "Raiderette" during the 1995-1996 season. She was chosen as the most "Photogenic Cheerleader." During her time as a "...
78. Camilla Belle
Actress | Practical Magic
Belle was born as Camilla Belle Routh in Los Angeles, California, to Deborah, a fashion designer, and Jack Wesley Routh, who composed country music and owns a construction company. Her mother is Brazilian and her father, who is from Kingman, Kansas, has English, German, and French ancestry. Camilla...
80. Dorothy DeBorba
Actress | Love Business
Dorothy DeBorba was born on March 28, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dorothy Adelle DeBorba. She was an actress, known for Love Business (1931), The Stolen Jools (1931) and Free Eats (1932). She was married to Max Ferdinand Haberreiter. She died on June 2, 2010 in Walnut Creek, California.
82. Louise Fazenda
Actress | The Bat
When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but ...
86. Emeril Lagasse
Actor | Last Holiday
Chef Emeril Lagasse's passion for food was ignited as a young boy growing up in the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts, where he spent time in the kitchen with his mother, Hilda. As a teenager, he worked at a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of bread and pastry baking. Upon high ...
88. Mandell Maughan
Actress | Me, Myself and I
Mandell is a Portuguese American actress born and raised in Point Loma, a peninsula within Southern California that is often referred to as "Little Portugal". After graduating from The University of Arizona, Mandell moved to Los Angeles and began her career in movies and television. She is known ...
89. Edgar Morais
Actor | You Above All
Edgar Morais was born in Portugal to an antique restorer mother and a contractor father. He was raised in Lisbon where he attended the Mirita Casimiro Professional Theater School, graduating in 2008. Morais made his film acting debut at the age of 17 in Catarina Ruivo's "Daqui Pra Frente" ("From ...
92. Paul De Sousa
Actor | Alita: Battle Angel
Born in Africa from Portuguese parents.
With "theatre" in his blood from age six, endeavoring to continually add to Lusaka's vague social scene, he established the groundwork for the beauty and fashion industry, engulfed himself in the arts - stage, television, radio, film and reporting/writing for ...
93. Nicole da Silva
Actress | Doctor Doctor
Nicole da Silva is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in Wentworth as Franky Doyle and in Southern Star's AFI award-winning drama Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino, for which she received critical acclaim over the show's four-season run. Nicole also gained a Best Actress ...