Celebrities of Portuguese descent

by Jadeleana | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 01 Aug 2011 | Public

Actors, Actresses, Singers who were born in Portugal or have one parent, or grandparent who descended from Portugal.

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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, ...

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

Producer | Untitled Cristiano Ronaldo/Facebook Drama

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, in Madeira, Portugal to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz Aveiro. Cristiano has an elder brother, Hugo and two elder sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His name was inspired by the former US-president, Ronald Reagan, whom ...

5. Nelly Furtado

Actress | Max Payne

Nelly Furtado was born on December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as Nelly Kim Neto Furtado. She was previously married to Demacio Castellon.

6. 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 ...

7. Meredith Vieira

Actress | Get Him to the Greek

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 Get Him to the Greek (2010), The Stepford Wives (2004) and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). She has been married to Richard M. Cohen since June 14, ...

8. Carmen Miranda

Actress | The Gang's All Here

Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909, near Porto, Portugal, in the town of Marco de Canavezes. Not long after her birth her family moved to Brazil, where her father was involved in the produce business. The family settled in the then-capital city of Rio de ...

9. 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.

10. Brooke Burke-Charvet

Actress | Melissa & Joey

Brooke Burke-Charvet is a host, actress, television personality, fashion designer and entrepreneur. Brooke is recognized for first winning, and then going on to Co- Host 8 seasons of the iconic, "Dancing With The Stars." Recently, Brooke dove back into world of sitcom's playing a recurring role as ...

11. Piper Perabo

Actress | Coyote Ugly

Piper Perabo was born in Dallas, Texas, to Mary Charlotte (Ulland), a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, a poetry professor. Her mother is of Norwegian descent and her father is of German, Irish, and English ancestry (the surname "Perabo" originates in Germany).

After graduating college,...

12. Al Santos

Actor | Jeepers Creepers II

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 ...

13. 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 ...

14. Cerina da Graca

Actress | Love Is an Elevator

Cerina da Graca is an actress and producer, known for Love Is an Elevator (2012), Into the Game (2011) and Sapphire Strange (2013).

15. Vanessa Marcil

Actress | The Rock

Vanessa Marcil was born on October 15, 1968, in Indio, California, to Peter Ortiz, a contractor, and Patricia Marcil Ortiz, an herbalist. She grew up in Palm Desert with her parents and her two older sisters Tina (born October 20, 1959) and Sherry (born September 7, 1962) and her older brother Sam ...

16. Lyndsy Fonseca

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...

17. Paula Labaredas

Actress | Selfie Girl a Barbie Girl Parody

Paula Labaredas was born on July 6, 1982 in Portugal as Paula Maria Esteves Labaredas. She is an actress and producer, known for Selfie Girl a Barbie Girl Parody (2015), Axe to Grind (2015) and Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven (2011).

18. David Lee Roth

Soundtrack | The Green Hornet

David Lee Roth was born in Bloomington Indiana in 1954. A few years later, his father Nathan, a doctor, moved the family to sunny California. The move proved to be a good one because while attending Pasadena Community College, David hooked up with the Van Halen brothers and Michael Anthony to form ...

19. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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 ...

20. Louis Ferreira

Actor | Motive

Louis Ferreira was born on February 20, 1966 in Terceira, Açores, Portugal as Luís Ferreira. He is an actor and producer, known for Motive (2013), SGU Stargate Universe (2009) and Breaking Bad (2008).

21. 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 ...

22. 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 ...

23. Linda Perry

Soundtrack | The Spirit

Linda Perry was born on April 15, 1965 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. She has been married to Sara Gilbert since March 30, 2014. They have one child.