Best Portuguese Stars

by patricialamas-vampiria | created - 03 Jun 2012 | updated - 03 Jun 2012 | Public

Portuguese Film and Music Stars.

1. 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 ...

Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, by some accounts, the highest-earning woman in the United States and noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang's All Here. Though hailed as a talented performer, her movie roles in the United States soon became cartoonish and she grew to resent them.

2. 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.

Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, and its single "I'm Like a Bird", which won a 2001 Juno Award for Single of the Year and a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her second studio album, Folklore, was released. It was less commercially successful in the US but produced three international singles: "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Try", and "Força" (the theme of the 2004 European Football Championship, held in Portugal).

3. Joaquim de Almeida

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 ...

He achieved international fame with his portrayals of Félix Cortez in the 1994 thriller Clear and Present Danger and Bucho in the 1995 action thriller Desperado. Several years later, he became popular for playing Ramon Salazar on the Fox thriller drama series 24, between 2003 and 2004, and Hernan Reyes in 2011 street racing film Fast Five.

4. Maria de Medeiros

Actress | Pulp Fiction

Maria de Medeiros is the oldest of three daughters by the pianist, maestro and composer António Vitorino D'Almeida and Maria Armanda Esteves. Her sisters are Inês de Medeiros, stage actress and film and stage director and Ana Medeiros, violinist, composer, and music teacher.

Studied at Lycée ...

Her considerable resemblance to Anaïs Nin landed her the primary role in Henry & June (1990), in which she played the author. In 1990, she played the role of Maria in Ken McMullen's film about the rise of the Paris Commune, 1871. In 1994, Medeiros appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, playing Butch Coolidge's (Bruce Willis) girlfriend, Fabienne.

5. 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 ...

Best known for playing NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles.

6. Louis Ferreira

Actor | Shooter

Louis Ferreira was born on February 20, 1966 in Terceira, Açores, Portugal as Luís Ferreira. He is an actor and producer, known for Shooter (2007), Saw IV (2007) and Motive (2013).

Known for a broad range of TV series, including Touch, NCIS, Missing, Durham County, Urban Angel, 21 Jump Street, Hidden Hills, ER, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, The Outer Limits, Star Trek: Voyager, Highlander, The Sentinel, Mutant X, and The Pretender. He also hosted the TV series Letters to God.

7. Nuno Lopes

Actor | São Jorge

Nuno Lopes was born on May 6, 1978 in Lisbon, Portugal as Nuno Miguel Pereira Lopes. He is an actor, known for São Jorge (2016), Linhas de Wellington (2012) and Goodnight Irene (2008).

Amazing actor, he has recently shot Paolo Marinou-Blanco's Goodnight Irene.

8. Manoel de Oliveira

Director | Je rentre à la maison

Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for Je rentre à la maison (2001), Os Canibais (1988) and Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997). He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de ...

As a Film Director, has received multiple honours such as those of the Cannes, Venice and Montréal film festivals. He has been awarded two Career Golden Lions, in 1985 and 2004, and a Golden Palm for his lifetime achievements in 2008.

9. 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 ...

Currently shooting Red Butterfly in NYC.

10. Nuno Bettencourt

Soundtrack | Rock of Ages

Nuno Bettencourt was born on September 20, 1966 in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Açores, Portugal as Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt. He has been married to Suze DeMarchi since August 27, 1994. They have two children.

Portuguese guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the Boston rock band Extreme whose hits include the acoustic ballads "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted". The songs reached #1 and #4, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1991.



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