Top 50 Filipino American Artists
Tia Carrere was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer. Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother Rae took Tia to her first singing lesson at age ten)...
Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. She is the daughter of Helen Ramos Bercero and Vincent Charles Minnillo, a crew member on an Air Force aircraft (he has since retired). Her father is American, from Ohio, and is of half Italian, one quarter Russian-Jewish...
Nicole Scherzinger was born on June 29 in Honolulu, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. While attending a performing arts high school, she won the Coca-Cola Classic Talent Contest and performed in many plays at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. She then furthered her studies majoring in theater arts at Wright State University before entering the premiere season of the WB's television show...
Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born in Salinas, California. Her family moved to San Diego, California whilst she was still a toddler. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens
, who is also an actress. Her mother, Gina (Guangco), an officer worker, is from the Philippines. Her father, Gregory Hudgens, a firefighter, has Irish and Native American ancestry...
David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry. When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Bautista pushed himself to achieve his dream of being a Superstar...
Rachel Bilson was born in Los Angeles, to Janice (Stango), a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson
. Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is of Italian descent. She began acting while still at Notre Dame High School. She graduated high school in 1999 and went to Grossmont College but dropped out after a year and was encouraged to pursue a career in acting by her father...
Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler was born in Madrid, Spain, to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias
and Spanish-Filipino socialite Isabel Preysler
. In 1979, his parents' marriage was annulled. He was eight years old when he moved to the U.S., and at the age of 15, secretly began writing music. He studied...
Lea Salonga began her singing career at the age of ten, when she recorded her first album, Small Voice. She also hosted her own musical TV show, "Love, Lea". She starred in "Miss Saigon" and was then offered the role of the singing voice of Jasmine in the Disney film Aladdin
. She has continued to record albums. Lea has performed for Queen Elizabeth II
, George Bush
, and Bill Clinton
Phoebe Belle Cates was born on July 16, 1963 in New York City, New York, and raised there. She is the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates
, who was a Broadway producer and television pioneer. Her uncle was director/producer Gilbert Cates
. Phoebe is of Russian Jewish, and one quarter Chinese, descent...
Sharon Leal is a military brat. She was born in Tuscon, Arizona. Sharon then moved with her parents to the Philippines, till she was 6 years old. She went to prayer-school there. Then, her parents packed up to move back to the US and settled in Fresno, California. Her mother, Angelita, who is Filipino...
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld
, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld
, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin
. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry is Filipino...
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Mitchell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Filipino mother and a father of Irish and Scottish descent. Even as a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Shay began dance lessons at the age of five...
Nia Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, on December 10, 1961. Her family moved to West Covina, California, where she and her two sisters, Paula and Cynthia, grew up. At eight years old she began performing with her family, giving concerts for community groups and conventions and doing dances of different cultures...
Shannyn Sossamon, who credits her striking looks to a mix of English, French, Hawaiian, Dutch, Irish, Filipino, and German ancestry, was born Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of one, Shannyn and her family moved to a new locale: Reno, Nevada. Her youth was spent at a dance studio...
Maureen Mendoza was born in 1975 as Maureen Cecilia Mendoza, better known as Maui. She's a Filipino American Actress born to a Former Filipino International Singer Ofrecila Cecilia Mendoza with her twin sister Ofelia Nuestro in Asia, and Maui's Father is a Chemical Engineer, Mr. Domingo Mendoza. Her family migrated to Chicago...
Billy Dec is 2 Time Emmy Award Winning Producer, Actor, Entertainment TV Personality, Attorney and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, Chicago's premier hospitality and entertainment development company, specializing in the creation, marketing and management of some of the city's top venues including Rockit...
Californian Charlyne Yi has many strings to her bow as an actress, comedian, writer, musician and artist. She was born in Los Angeles, to Lydia and Luciano Yi. After attending the University of California, Riverside, she left and began a career as a comedian. Her innovative routine includes jokes, music, magic and crowd participation...
Jose Llana was born in Manila, Philippines and raised near Washington, D.C. He moved to New York City after high school to attend The Manhattan School of Music Conservatory as a classical voice major. At the age of nineteen, during his freshman year, he landed his first starring role on Broadway in The King and I as Lun Tha opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy...
Born in the Philippines, Paolo is one of two children. The Montalban family moved to America when Paolo was just one year old. He lived in an apartment in Manhattan, and then in New Jersey, where he grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by mostly Filipinos. He grew up in a musical family: his father played the piano...
Steven R. McQueen
Steven R. McQueen (born Steven Chadwick McQueen; July 13, 1988) is an American actor who plays Jeremy Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries. He is best known for his role on the TV series Everwood. Steven has also starred in a film called Piranha 3-D as Jake Forester along with stars Elizabeth Shue and Jerry O' Connell...
Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, better known as Charice, was born in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines. When she was three years old, she witnessed her abusive father point a gun at her mom during an episode of domestic violence. Along with her mother and younger brother Carl, they left their father in search of a better life...
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, is one of today's hottest triple threats with an extensive list of accomplishments including acting, singing, and dancing. The talented rising star opened for the Jonas Brothers Asia 2012 tour. She also concluded her starring role in Godspell on Broadway, the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz alongside Hunter Parrish and Corbin Bleu...
Lalaine Vergara-Paras, or simply Lalaine, is best known for her role as Miranda Sanchez, Lizzie's (Hilary Duff
's) best friend, in the hit TV series Lizzie McGuire
. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Lalaine is about to release a music album.
At 12 years old, Brandon landed his first big break with the starring role of "Mowgli" in Walt Disney's "Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story." It went straight to video and is still being shown domestically as well as foreign. That same year, 1997, he filmed the Disney Channel movie "P.U.N.K.S." where he played a leading role as Johnny Pasiotopolis...
Originally from Hawaii, Filipino-American actor Kimee Balmilero has been performing professionally since high school. Her credits include, the Original Broadway Cast of "Mamma Mia!", the 2nd National Touring Company of "Miss Saigon", "General Hospital" and the 3-time Emmy Nominated TV series "Hi-5." Kimee has appeared on "The Today Show"...
Sean Michael Afable
Sean Michael Afable was born in Southern California on November 20th, 1988, raised in a Filipino and European family. Growing up with 1 brother, his 18 first cousins, and his cat Winston; he enjoyed the life of a big family. Sean graduated Parkridge private high school on November 20, 2005... what a great way to celebrate his birthday...
Her youthful ambition and undeniable talent have taken Jasmine into other creative arenas. She has been featured in print advertisements for Target National, Mary Kate and Ashley, American Girl, Levi's, Hilary Duff, Robinsons May, Macys, Mervyns, Girl Scouts, Sparklets Drinking Water, Kohls as well as principal roles in television commercials for Chevrolet...
Music man and entertainer Ro Shon Fegan began his claim to fame here in Los Angeles at the age of 18 months. His first creative moments of his career was actually a national soda commercial where he collaborated with the musical classic group Boyz II Men. And his momentum for the creative industry took off from there...
Actress Rachel Louise Grant De Longueuil was born on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines. She is related to British royalty through her grandfather, the late Baron Raymond De Longueuil (second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II of England) whose mother was Ernestine Maude Bowes-Lyon. Rachel is the middle of three sisters and spent much of her childhood in the English town of Nottingham...
Hammett was born in San Francisco, California on November 18, 1962, to Teofila (Oyao) and Dennis L. Hammett, a merchant seaman. He learned guitar at age 15 and joined Metallica to replace Dave Mustaine in 1982. He has won several Grammys with Metallica and participated in their class action law suit against Napster...