Celebs with the Caribbean flair!

A list of celebrities who were you either born in the Caribbean or have parents who are Caribbean.
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Lenny Kravitz
Actor, Precious
Four time Grammy Award-winner Leonard Albert Kravitz was born on May 26, 1964 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the only child of actress Roxie Roker and Hollywood producer Sy Kravitz. The family moved to California when Lenny was ten. His father was Jewish and his mother was of African-American and Afro-Bahamian ancestry...
 
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Cameron Diaz
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
 
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Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father...
 
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Rihanna
Soundtrack, Star Trek Beyond
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in a parish in Barbados called St. Michael, to Monica (Braithwaite), an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor. Her mother has Afro-Guyanese ancestry and her father has Afro-Barbadian, English, Scottish and Irish ancestry (known as "Redlegs" in the Caribbean)...
 
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Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
 
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Frankie Muniz
Frankie was born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, to Denise, a nurse, and Francisco Muniz III, a restaurateur. His father is of Puerto Rican heritage and his mother is of Irish and Italian descent. Frankie was home-schooled since Grade Six. He started his acting career performing the role of Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" for three years...
 
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Luis Guzmán
Actor of Puerto Rican descent who made many memorable films in the 1980s due to his villainous persona. Presently resides with his wife and many kids in Vermont.
 
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Ramón Franco
Actor, The Bridge
Ramon Franco was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx.He is considered by many in the industry to be one of the finest character actors of his generation. 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"...
 
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Freddie Prinze Jr.
Actor, Scooby-Doo
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. His father was of German and Puerto Rican descent, and his mother is of British Isles and German ancestry. Freddie lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico...
 
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Rosario Dawson
Actress, Sin City
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, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen...
 
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Christina Milian
Actress, American Pie
Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian is an American singer, songwriter and actress. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; "AM to PM" charted within the Top 40 of the U.S...
 
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Romina
Romina was born in Coral Gables, Florida and although not large in stature, this actress, producer, writer, poet and singer is casting a broad shadow across Hollywood. Romina's love of acting began at age 13 when she took her first drama class while attending Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. She has appeared in films such as "Wild Child"...
 
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Nadine Velazquez
Actress, Flight
Nadine Velazquez stars in History's new scripted drama, SIX, as 'Jackie Ortiz", a strong wife of a Navy Seal who holds the Ortiz family together. Known for her role as 'Sophia' on FXX's THE LEAGUE, which ended its successful seven year run in 2015 and as 'Catalina', the sexy hotel maid/stripper with a heart of gold...
 
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Jennifer Lopez
Actress, Out of Sight
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of the South Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer always dreamed of being a multi-tasking superstar...
 
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Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
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. Born on February 19...
 
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Carlos Ponce
Carlos attended South Miami High School in Miami, Florida, where he was active in the drama department's annual shows. He graduated in 1990.
 
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Rick Fox
Actor, Shameless
Born in Toronto, Rick Fox moved to the Bahamas when he was very young. His father is Afro-Bahamian, and his mother, who is Canadian, is of Italian and Scottish descent. Rick went to Warsaw Indiana high school as an exchange student and played basketball there. A complaint was filed about his eligibility...
 
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Hemky Madera
Actor, Rango
Born Hemky Louis Madera in Queens, New York on January 26, 1977 to Dominican parents Luis and Gisela Madera. Moved to Santiago, Dominican Republic at the age of 2 months. Graduated from Santiago Christian School and after a series of different jobs, Hemky decided to give his long standing desire to act a go...
 
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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 the next seven years...
 
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Ivonne Coll
Ivonne Coll is a TV, film and theater actress born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Her film debut as the "redheaded Yolanda" in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather II made her an international star and one of the first Puerto Rican actresses to cross over from the Latin world to Hollywood. After representing Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe Pageant...
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
 
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Raul Julia
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 in student dramatics...
 
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Shalim Ortiz
Actor, Heroes
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 artist...
 
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Julian Acosta
From Jesus Christ and Johnny Ramone, to a violently brilliant billionaire and a libidinous priest, all the way to gritty cops, international drug lords, straight laced lawyers, gay hustlers, crooked doctors and razor sharp political animals, Julian Acosta has been a part of some of television's most talked about projects...
 
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Wilmer Calderon
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 became his major preoccupation throughout his school years...
 
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Nia Long
Stunning pop culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner Nia Long returns to the big screen this fall in the highly anticipated Universal Pictures sequel The best man holiday (in theaters November 15th) where she reunites with original castmates Taye Diggs ("Private Practice")...
 
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Talisa Soto
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 1988, beginning with Spike of Bensonhurst.
 
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Eva Mendes
Actress, Hitch
Eva Mendes was born in Miami, Florida but raised in Los Angeles, California of Cuban-American heritage. In college, she began acting, studying underneath acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. This led to her desire to appear in feature films. Though taking many smaller roles in movies, she was little known until playing the girlfriend of Denzel Washington's character in Training Day...
 
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Meagan Good
Meagan Monique Good was born on 8 August 1981 in Panorama City, California, USA, to Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, who worked as her manager, and Leondis "Leon" Good, an LAPD officer. She began appearing on commercials at the age of four. Then she started guest-starring on series like The Parent 'Hood, Touched by an Angel...
 
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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 Bexar County, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. Army and was originally from Puerto Rico...
 
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Dania Ramirez
Actress, Premium Rush
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
 
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Nicki Minaj
Soundtrack, Despicable Me 2
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She grew up in a troubled family with a father that was a drug addict who later changed after he checked into rehab and started going to church. Minaj went to LaGaurdia High School and studied singing and acting...
 
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Valery M. Ortiz
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ortiz grew up in Orlando, Florida. An early love of dancing led to major roles in local theater productions. Her passion and talent eventually brought her to Los Angeles, where she immediately found success hosting a local television program. Other acting and hosting opportunities quickly followed...
 
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Melonie Diaz
Melonie Diaz was raised in New York's lower east side. She was bitten by the acting bug while she attended the Henry Street Settlement. Melonie also attended the Professional Performing Arts High School. Her mother and father are both of Puerto Rican descent. She has one older sister and is very close with her family.
 
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Lillian Hurst
Actress, Orange County
Hurst was born in the Villa Palmera section of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the middle class families live. Her father was the owner of the "Farmacia Imperial" (Imperial Pharmacy) located in the neighborhood of Barrio Obrero. Hurst is also a cousin of Puerto Rican television producer Tommy Muñiz. She received her primary and secondary education in the capital...
 
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Pili Montilla
Actress, Unknowns
EMMY award winning TV host, producer & social media influencer, Pili Montilla, has made a name for herself as the "go to" host in the bilingual entertainment world. Always immersed in the world of music, Pili has built a solid and reputable reputation as a music reporter both in the mass market as well as in the fast growing alternative music scene...
 
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Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
 
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Persia White
At the age of eight, Persia White started showing her talents at the Coconut Grove Childrens' Theatre in Miami, Florida, where she was born. She is Puerto Rican, African-American and Irish. Most recognized as "Lynn" in the long running hit CW series "Girlfriends."
 
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Jessica Pimentel
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Pimentel is an American actress whose parents were immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She is a Latina of mixed heritage including Taino Native American. She is a graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts (a.k.a. "Fame") in New York City and the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts...
 
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Adamari López
Adamari Lopez was born on May 8th, in Puerto Rico. When she was 8 years old she appeared in the telenovela "Maria Eugenia" in which she was given a good part. She then had roles in "Yo se Que entita", "Vivir Para Ti", "Aventurera". When she was 12, she participated in projects from Puerto Rico-Venezuela - Diana Carolina and El Angel del Barrio...
 
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Dayanara Torres
Actress, Watch Over Me
The life of Dayanara Torres reads like a modern-day fairy tale . . . From her modest upbringing in Puerto Rico; to being discovered on the streets of her hometown; becoming Miss Universe at the tender age of 18 and, soon-after, a movie star in the Philippines and Puerto Rico; marrying and divorcing; raising two beautiful princes; and bravely striving to rebuild her career ...
 
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Renoly Santiago
Actor, Con Air
Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey. Before establishing himself as an accomplished entertainer, Renoly started singing, acting, dancing and writing early on, following his calling while very young; earning a dance scholarship to the Ballet Hispanico and a place at The Professional Children's School in New York...
 
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Dania Ramirez
Actress, Premium Rush
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
 
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José Guillermo Cortines
José Guillermo Cortines (born December 5, 1973) is a Dominican actor and singer who is involved in films, telenovelas, musical theatre and television. Jose Guillermo studied in Santo Domingo. He graduated from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) in 1996 having specialized in Graphic Design and Publicity...
 
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Manny Perez
Actor, Homeland
Manny Perez is becoming one of the most recognized Latino Actors in Hollywood. He has embarked into the most pivotal steps in his career. In the past few years he has been cast from leads to co-starring roles in over a dozen films; in major and independent releases. He also won an Alma Award in 2008...
 
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Bertila Damas
Bertila Damas is an American television, film and theater actress. She was born in Cuba of a Puerto Rican-American Mother and Cuban Father. She is known for her no nonsense approach to acting and life as well as her irreverent sense of humor, her compassion, and a straight-up, heart of gold, no crap kind of energy...
 
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Nadine Velazquez
Actress, Flight
Nadine Velazquez stars in History's new scripted drama, SIX, as 'Jackie Ortiz", a strong wife of a Navy Seal who holds the Ortiz family together. Known for her role as 'Sophia' on FXX's THE LEAGUE, which ended its successful seven year run in 2015 and as 'Catalina', the sexy hotel maid/stripper with a heart of gold...
 
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Rosie Perez
Self, The View
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 located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California...
 
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David Gallagher
Actor, 7th Heaven
David Lee Gallagher was born on February 9, 1985 in College Point, New York, to Elena (Lopez) and Darren James Gallagher. His stepfather is Vincent Casey. David is of Irish (father) and Cuban (mother) descent. At not even two years old, he landed his first print ad job and he has since done commercials for corporations such as Walt Disney World...
 
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JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Actress, Reba
JoAnna Garcia Swisher was born in Tampa, Florida. She began performing at the age of ten, when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead. She continued to act in high school where she was discovered by Nickelodeon and commuted from Florida to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to star for two seasons in the television series...
 
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Desi Arnaz Jr.
Desi Arnaz Jr. has lived in Boulder City, Nevada, since 1986, where he owns the Historic Boulder Theatre and helps direct non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) with his wife, Amy Arnaz. Boulder Theatre was built in 1932 during the construction of Hoover Dam and operated as a movie theatre until it could no longer compete with the new...
 
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Nelson Ascencio
Nelson Ascencio is an Actor/Writer best known for his time on MADtv, as well as appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Paul and most recently The Hunger Games franchise as Flavius. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studios. He then moved to Los Angeles where he got involved at the Groundlings Theatre. Since then he continues to write and produce his own material.
 
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Mercedes Ruehl
Actress, Big
Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City to Mercedes Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance before coming to her most successfully received role in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. She played the part of Jeff Bridges's on-screen supportive yet neurotic girlfriend...
 
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Bobby Cannavale
Actor, Ant-Man
In both career and in real life, Bobby Cannavale tends to choose the unconventional way of doing things. In the beginning, his decisions may have cost the dark, swarthily good-looking actor some acting roles and/or good-paying money but, in the end, his strong work ethic and sense of self, despite a lack of formal training...
 
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Irene Cara
Actress, Fame
Irene Cara began performing on stage at the tender age of five; her professional debut on stage was in Maggie Flynn, a Jack Cassidy-Shirley Jones Broadway musical. By the time she was 10, she had starred on and off Broadway. Her first national TV series was on the The Electric Company, playing a member of the Short Circus...
 
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Nestor Carbonell
He is most often recognized for his integral role in the series "Lost" as Richard Alpert, as well as his turn as Mayor Anthony Garcia opposite Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". He reprised his role as the Mayor in the box-office hit "The Dark Knight Rises". Nestor can be seen starring in Universal's "Bates Motel" (2013-2017) as Sheriff Alex Romero...
 
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Nona Gaye
It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992...