Puertorican Heritage Actors

by conectate-263-4168 | created - 27 Nov 2014 | updated - 09 May 2017 | Public

1. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).

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2. Roselyn Sanchez

Actress | Act of Valor

Roselyn Sanchez was born on April 2, 1973 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is an actress, known for Act of Valor (2012), Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Without a Trace (2002). She has been married to Eric Winter since November 29, 2008. They have two children. She was previously married to Gary Stretch.

3. Jennifer Lopez

Actress | Gigli

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1969 in the The Bronx, New York City. Her parents, Lupe López & David López were born in Ponce, Puerto Rico: the second largest Puerto Rican city. The two were brought to the continental United States during their childhoods and, eventually, met while living...

4. Raul Julia

Actor | The Addams Family

Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active ...

5. Rosie Perez

Actress | White Men Can't Jump

Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California. ...

6. Amaury Nolasco

Actor | Prison Break

Amaury Nolasco was born on December 24, 1970 in Puerto Rico as Amaury Nolasco Garrido. He is an actor and producer, known for Prison Break (2005), Transformers (2007) and A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).

7. Luis Guzmán

Actor | Traffic

Actor of Puerto Rican descent who gained fame making many memorable films in the 1980s and 1990s due to his villainous physical appearance. Guzmán born in August 28, 1956 in Cayey, Puerto Rico, but he raised in New York City's Greenwich Village, as well as the surrounding Lower East Side ...

8. José Ferrer

Actor | Dune

José Ferrer was born on January 8, 1912 in Santurce, Puerto Rico as José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón. He was an actor, known for Dune (1984), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and Moulin Rouge (1952). He was married to Stella Daphne Magee, Rosemary Clooney, Phyllis Hill and Uta Hagen. He died on ...

9. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

10. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Avatar

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

11. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Avatar

Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. ...

12. Dayanara Torres

Actress | Hataw na

Young beauty queen raised in small town of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. Represented Toa Alta in the Miss Puerto Rico contest, where she won. Eventually represented Puerto Rico in the 1993 Miss Universe contest, where she walked away with the crown. After winning the crown, she filmed a movie for famed ...

13. Freddie Prinze

Actor | Chico and the Man

Freddie Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother, Aurea Elena Ruiz, and a German immigrant father, Edward Karl Pruetzel. Freddie grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City. As a chubby child, he was often bullied, but was quite ...

14. Carlos Ponce

Actor | Couples Retreat

Award-winning actor, singer, songwriter, composer and TV personality, the multifaceted Carlos Ponce has enjoyed a storied career in the entertainment industry. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Carlos made his acting debut at the age of six. Since then he has starred in numerous productions on small ...

15. Miguel Ferrer

Actor | Traffic

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...

16. Talisa Soto

Actress | Mortal Kombat

Born to a Puerto Rican family in Brooklyn, Talisa was raised there and in Massachusetts. She started modeling at age 15 and has appeared on the covers of "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," "Glamour," and "Self," as well as in a "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue. She has been making film appearances since ...

17. Jimmy Smits

Actor | NYPD Blue

Jimmy Smits was born on July 9, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jimmy L. Smits. He is an actor and producer, known for NYPD Blue (1993), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The West Wing (1999). He was previously married to Barbara Smits.

18. John Leguizamo

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naive young men, such as Johnny in Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco in Carlito's Way (1993); a heroic Army Green Beret, ...

19. Naya Rivera

Actress | Glee

Naya Rivera was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California, USA as Naya Marie Rivera. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Royal Family (1991) and The Master of Disguise (2002). She was previously married to Ryan Dorsey.

20. Wilson Cruz

Actor | Star Trek: Discovery

Wilson Cruz, whose heritage is Puerto Rican, was born in New York City, the eldest of three brothers. Early on, his parents encouraged his interest in the theater. At age seven, Wilson began appearing in plays, among them "Cradle of Fire," "Supporting Cast," "Becoming Memories," and "The Roar of ...

21. Lymari Nadal

Actress | American Gangster

Lymari came to Los Angeles in 2001, and at 22 years old finished her Masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, where she also took acting classes.

After graduating, she went on to work in theater in San Juan. Her first TV show, a sitcom based on her own experiences in grad ...

22. Freddie Prinze Jr.

Actor | She's All That

Freddie Prinze, Jr. was born on March 8, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, to Kathy Prinze (née Kathy Elaine Barber) and comedian/actor Freddie Prinze. He is of Puerto Rican, German, English, and Irish descent. Freddie lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in his early life. He attended three different...

23. Rosario Dawson

Actress | Rent

This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...

24. Esai Morales

Actor | La Bamba

Award-winning actor Esai Morales is a graduate of New York's High School for the Performing Arts. He was born in Brooklyn, to Puerto Rican parents, and began his acting career on the stage, first appearing in El Hermano at the Ensemble Theatre Studio and at New York's Shakespeare Festival In The ...

25. Denise Quiñones

Actress | Smallville

Denise Quiñones was born on September 9, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico as Denise Marie Quiñones August. She is an actress, known for Smallville (2001), Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles (2006) and Aquaman (2006).

26. Lin-Manuel Miranda

Soundtrack | Mary Poppins Returns

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the first incarnation of "In the Heights" his sophomore year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Off-Broadway, "In The Heights" received nine Drama Desk nominations, including best music, best lyrics, and it won the award for outstanding ensemble performance; received ...

27. Gina Rodriguez

Actress | Deepwater Horizon

Named the "next big thing" and one of the "top 35 Latinos under 35," by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina Rodriguez's profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in FILLY BROWN during the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Gina Rodriguez was born in Chicago, ...

28. Miriam Colon

Actress | Scarface

Miriam Colon was born on August 20, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico as Miriam Colon Valle. She was an actress, known for Scarface (1983), Sabrina (1995) and Goal! The Dream Begins (2005). She was married to Fred Valle and George Paul Edgar. She died on March 3, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

29. Shalim Ortiz

Actor | Grand Hotel

Shalim Ortiz is a Puerto Rican artist that has been one of the few Latino actors of his generation to successfully establish himself both in the English and Spanish markets. Working throughout the arts, Shalim has received critical acclaim in acting (television & film), theatre & as a recording ...

30. Jeirmarie Osorio

Actress | Fast Five

Jeirmarie Osorio is an actress, known for Fast Five (2011), Celia (2015) and Santa Diabla (2013).

31. Modesto Lacen

Actor | Celia

Loíza, Puerto Rico, Theater, film, radio and television actor and producer with a history of 20 years of uninterrupted work in Puerto Rico, the United States, Spain and Colombia, among others. He began working professionally as a teenager and continued his training in the Drama Department of the ...

32. Chita Rivera

Actress | Chicago

An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. She recently starred in The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally ...

33. Adrienne Houghton

Actress | Coach Carter

Adrienne Eliza Bailon was born on October 24, 1983 in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, New York. She was raised by her loving mother, Nilda Felix, father, Freddie, and stepfather, Joe. Adrienne also has an older sister named Claudette, who is three years older than Adrienne. When they were younger,...

34. Melonie Diaz

Actress | Fruitvale Station

Melonie Diaz was raised on New York's Lower East Side. She was bitten by the acting bug while attending the Henry Street Settlement. Melonie was also a student at the Professional Performing Arts High School. Her parents are of Puerto Rican descent. She has one older sister and is very close with ...

35. Marc Anthony

Actor | Man on Fire

Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968), known professionally as Marc Anthony, is an American singer, actor, and producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammy Award and six-time Latin Grammy Award winner has sold more than 12 million albums ...

36. Ana Ortiz

Actress | Ugly Betty

Ana Ortiz was born on January 25, 1971 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Ana Louise Ortiz. She is an actress, known for Ugly Betty (2006), Devious Maids (2013) and Such Good People (2014). She has been married to Noah Lebenzon since June 9, 2007. They have two children.

37. Victoria Justice

Actress | Victorious

Victoria Justice is an American actress and singer. She was born on February 19, 1993 in Hollywood, Florida, USA. She is the daughter of Serene Reed and Zack Justice. Her mother has Puerto Rican ancestry, while her father is of English, German, and Irish descent. She has a younger half-sister, ...

38. April L. Hernandez

Actress | Freedom Writers

One of the most respected Latina actresses in Hollywood, April Hernandez-Castillo's personal life story is one of victory. Her feature film debut as Eva Benitez in the Image Award-nominated MTV film, Freedom Writers (2007), alongside Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, put her in the ranks of some ...

39. Daniella Alonso

Actress | Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Daniella Alonso was born in New York City, to a large family of Puerto Rican, Peruvian, and Japanese descent, and was raised in an all-women household. At age fifteen, she was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency, and began booking jobs for teen magazines like Seventeen, YM, and Teen, which led ...

40. Raquel Castro

Actress | Jersey Girl

Raquel's path in the world of entertainment, was nurtured and encouraged from an early age. By age four, she was regularly appearing on Sesame Street and Nick Jr. However at age 7, Raquel became a break-out star playing the lead role in the feature film Jersey Girl alongside mega-stars Jennifer ...

41. Alanna Ubach

Actress | Coco

Hardly recognizable from one character to the next, Ubach has starred in over 150 theater, film and television projects, including the Peabody Award-winning "Men of a Certain Age" and the Oscar-winning "Coco" as Mama Imelda, the family's matriarch. She was noted by the New York Times as "a ...

42. Kiele Sanchez

Actress | A Perfect Getaway

Kiele Sanchez was born on October 13, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Kiele Michelle Sanchez. She is an actress, known for A Perfect Getaway (2009), The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and Lost (2004). She has been married to Zach Gilford since December 29, 2012. They have one child. She was previously ...

43. Freddy Rodríguez

Actor | Planet Terror

Freddy Rodríguez was born on January 17, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Planet Terror (2007), Poseidon (2006) and Harsh Times (2005). He has been married to Maria Elsie Rivera since December 23, 1995. They have two children.

44. Lana Parrilla

Actress | Once Upon a Time

Lana Maria Parrilla (born July 15, 1977) is an American actress. Parrilla is best known for her roles on television and radio. She was a regular cast member in the fifth season of the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996) from 2000 to 2001. She later starred in Boomtown (2002-2003), Windfall (2006), ...

45. Esmeralda Santiago

Writer | Almost a Woman

Esmeralda Santiago was born on May 17, 1948 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is an actress and writer, known for Almost a Woman (2002).

46. Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

Actress | Bamboozled

Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz made her feature film debut in Spike Lee's Bamboozled. She appeared as supporting actress in Sundance Award-winning independent feature Down to the Bone, played Tituba in The History Channel's series "Witch Hunt." and has a special guest appearance in the upcoming ...

47. Laura Aleman

Actress | Runner Runner

Laura Aleman is known for her work on Runner Runner (2013), StartUp (2016) and Cleaners (2013).

48. Mariana Paola Vicente

Actress | Self/less

Mariana Paola Vicente is an actress, known for Self/less (2015), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) and Get Hard (2015).

49. Cordelia González

Actress | Born on the Fourth of July

Cordelia González is a movie and theatre Actress, Master of Ceremonies, Voice and Broadcast Media professional born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Mrs. González has a Bachelor's Degree in Drama / Theatre Arts and Stagecraft from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and also a Master of Fine ...

50. Judy Reyes

Actress | Scrubs

Judy Reyes was born on November 5, 1967 in Bronx, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Scrubs (2001), Devious Maids (2013) and The Circle (2017). She was previously married to Edwin M. Figueroa.

51. Justina Machado

Actress | Torque

Justina Machado was born on September 6, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Torque (2004), Six Feet Under (2001) and One Day at a Time (2017).

52. Wilmer Calderon

Actor | Fast & Furious

Wilmer Calderon was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and moved to Brandon, Florida near Tampa at the age of two. He learned to speak Spanish at home from his parents and English from watching "Sesame Street." At the age of five he started playing baseball, a year round sport in Florida, and it quickly...

53. Andrea Navedo

Actress | Remember Me

Andrea Navedo is an actress, known for Remember Me (2010), Bright (2017) and Jane the Virgin (2014).

54. Ivonne Coll

Actress | Instinct

"A formidable actress as she continues to deliver breakthrough performances on television, film and theater" -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Ivonne Coll is a Theater, Television, and Film award-winning actress born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico where as a child she trained in classical ballet and ...

55. Yara Martinez

Actress | The Hitcher

Yara Martinez was born in Puerto Rico. She is an actress, known for The Hitcher (2007), True Detective (2014) and The Unit (2006). She has been married to Joe Lewis since 2018.

56. Norma Maldonado

Actress | The Good Doctor

Born on Governor's Island, New York, actress Norma Maldonado has had a love for acting since childhood. She is of Puerto Rican and Spanish heritage. Norma's father, Juan Arturo Maldonado, was in Air America for the US Air Force. Her family frequently relocated and required her to adapt to many new ...

57. John Ortiz

Actor | Silver Linings Playbook

John Ortiz was born on May 23, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Gangster (2007) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). He is married to Jennifer Ortiz. They have one child.

58. Luis Roberto Guzmán

Actor | El Pantera

In the beginning, he tried to enter the musical group Menudo, but didn't make it. Later he entered the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, completing his studies in the Department of Drama. He moved to Mexico in 1999. He continues academic study with Patricia Reyes Spindola and Art Studies ...

59. Ramon Fernandez

Actor | No Reservations

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, the son of a Puerto Rican matador and an American film production secretary, Ramon was raised in the world of Show Biz from an early age. His mother worked on such classic films as "Patton", "Dr. Zhivago" and "The Great White Hope".

After graduating from Roger ...

60. Luna Lauren Velez

Actress | Dexter

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York among eight siblings, including her twin sister Lorraine, Lauren Velez dreamed of becoming an actress ever since she played a groundhog in a school play in second grade. Immediately following high school, she received a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey...

61. Lorraine Velez

Actress | Doctor Who

Lorraine Velez was born on November 2, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Piñero (2001) and Law & Order (1990).

62. John Vargas

Actor | Primary Colors

John Vargas was born on April 24, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA as John Maldonado. He is known for his work on Primary Colors (1998).

63. Ramón Franco

Actor | Once Upon a Time ...in Hollywood

Ramon Franco was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx. In 2014 he made Grantland's list of "The 10 Most Underappreciated Actors on TV This Year" for his role as Fausto Galvan in the Peabody award-winning show "The Bridge". He's best known to movie audiences through his co-starring role...

64. Christian Navarro

Actor | 13 Reasons Why

Christian Navarro is an actor, known for 13 Reasons Why (2017), Vinyl (2016) and Rosewood (2015).

65. Brandon Larracuente

Actor | 13 Reasons Why

Brandon Larracuente was born in Pleasantville, NY, USA. At the age of 4, he was introduced to theatre when asked to be a part of two operas at the New Rochelle Opera House. He began acting at the age of 8, where he starred in an Off Broadway show called "Desire". Upon relocating to Florida, he ...



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