Hispanic & Latinx Actors and Actresses

by miriette | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Represented to the best of my ability; shows ethnic background, not necessarily where they live or hold citizenship (that is, some are American citizens, but I did not include that information because it is not relevant to the interest of this list) *For curiosity's sake, I have also included some actors and actresses that have been cast as Hispanic or Latinx characters (though they themselves are not) in multiple and/or notable roles (indicated with an asterisk)

1. Oscar Isaac

Actor | Ex Machina

Oscar Isaac was born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia, and a Cuban father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, a pulmonologist. Oscar was raised in Miami, Florida. Before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals in his band the Blinking ...

b. Guatemala; Guatemalan, Cuban

2. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Fast & Furious 7

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez was born on July 12, 1978 in San Antonio, Texas to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, a housewife, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, a U.S. Army solider. Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. Michelle always knew she was ...

b. Texas, U.S.; Dominican, Puerto Rican

3. Elsa Pataky

Actress | Furious 6

Elsa Pataky was born Elsa Lafuente Medianu in Madrid, Spain. Her mother, Cristina Pataky Medianu, is a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry, and her father, José Francisco Lafuente, is a Spanish biochemist. She attended the Universidad de San Pablo CEU where she studied journalism and began...

b. Spain; Spanish, Romanian, Hungarian

4. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

b. Spain; Spanish

5. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Her father's of Lebanese descent & her mother's of Mexican/Spanish ancestry. After having seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) in a local movie theater, she decided she wanted to become an actress. At 12, she was ...

b. Mexico; Lebanese-Mexican, Spanish-Mexican

6. Antonio Banderas

Actor | The Mask of Zorro

Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series.

He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, ...

b. Spain; Spanish

7. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem belongs to a family of actors that have been working on films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were...

b. Spain; Spanish

8. 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 ...

*b. Portugal; Portuguese

9. Cheech Marin

Actor | Born in East L.A.

Cheech Marin was born on July 13, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Anthony Marin. He is an actor and writer, known for Born in East L.A. (1987), Tin Cup (1996) and Up in Smoke (1978). He has been married to Natasha Rubin since August 8, 2009. He was previously married to Patti Heid ...

b. California, U.S.; Mexican

10. Selena Gomez

Actress | Monte Carlo

Actress and singer Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother is of part Italian ancestry, and her father is of Mexican descent. She was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died in 1995.

Her first acting role ...

b. Texas, U.S.; Mexican

11. Ana de Armas

Actress | Blade Runner 2049

Ana de Armas was born in Cuba on April 30, 1988. At the age of 14, she began her studies at the National Theatre School of Havana, where she graduated after 4 years. At the age of 16, she made her first film, Una rosa de Francia (2006), directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. A few titles came after ...

b. Cuba; Cuban, Spanish

12. Sarah Shahi

Actress | Bullet to the Head

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouzshahi in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish-Iranian mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As ...

b. Texas, U.S.; Spanish-Iranian, Persian

13. 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, ...

b. Illinois, U.S.; Puerto Rican

14. Judy Reyes

Actress | Scrubs

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

b. New York, U.S.; Dominican

15. Andrea Navedo

Actress | Remember Me

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

b. New York, U.S.; Puerto Rican

16. Justin Baldoni

Producer | Five Feet Apart

Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, producer, speaker, and entrepreneur who is focused creating impactful media and entertainment.

After creating and directing the award-winning documentary series, My Last Days, Baldoni made his feature film directorial debut this year with FIVE FEET APART. He ...

*b. California, U.S.; Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian

17. 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 ...

b. Puerto Rico; Puerto Rican

18. Tyler Posey

Actor | Teen Wolf

Tyler was born in Santa Monica, California, and lives in the Los Angeles area with his two dogs. He is the son of Cyndi Garcia (1959-2014) and actor/writer John Posey. He is of Mexican (mother) and British Isles (father) descent. Tyler developed an early interest in the arts, and began his acting ...

b. California, U.S.; Mexican, British Isles

19. Eric Balfour

Actor | Country Comfort

Eric Balfour was born on April 24, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Eric Salter Balfour. He is an actor and producer, known for Country Comfort (2021), Haven (2010) and Six Feet Under (2001). He has been married to Erin Chiamulon since May 30, 2015. They have one child.

*b. California, U.S.; Ashkenazi Jewish (Romanian Jewish, Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Belarusian Jewish)

20. Sônia Braga

Actress | Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos

Sônia Braga was born June 8, 1950, in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil, to a seamstress mother and a realtor father. She starred in the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976), in the central role of Dona Flor. She earned American recognition and a Golden Globe ...

b. Brazil; Brazilian

21. Fernando Rey

Actor | Tristana

Fernando Rey, the great Spanish movie actor primarily known in the United States for his role as "Frog One" in The French Connection (1971) and its sequel, was born Fernando Casado D'Arambillet on September 20 1917, in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, the son of Colonel Casado Veiga. Originally, the young...

b. Spain; Spanish

22. Maria Canals-Barrera

Actress | Wizards of Waverly Place

Maria Canals-Barrera was born on September 28, 1966 in Miami, Florida, USA as Maria Pilar Canals. She is an actress, known for Wizards of Waverly Place (2007), Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009) and The Master of Disguise (2002). She has been married to David Barrera since January 16, 1999....

b. Florida, U.S.; Cuban

23. Eugenio Derbez

Actor | No se aceptan devoluciones

Actor, writer, director and producer, Eugenio Derbez has a degree in Film Directing from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater, as well as a degree in Acting from Televisa's Acting School. He has also studied and is trained in the arts of Dance, Music and Singing, and still today he ...

b. Mexico; Mexican

24. Carmen Maura

Actress | Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"

Descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura, Carmen lead an art gallery and appeared in various roles in night- clubs. With Tigres de papel (1977) she had her first successful appearance on the movie screen and thereafter she worked at the theatre, the movies and in TV ...

b. Spain; Spanish

25. Mónica Cruz

Actress | L'inchiesta

Mónica Cruz was born on March 16, 1977 in Madrid, Spain as Mónica Cruz Sánchez. She is known for her work on The Final Inquiry (2006), Un paso adelante (2002) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).

b. Spain; Spanish

26. Óscar Jaenada

Actor | The Losers

Óscar Jaenada was born on May 4, 1975 in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Óscar Jaenada Gajo. He is an actor and producer, known for The Losers (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Cantinflas (2014).

b. Spain; Spanish

27. Paz Vega

Actress | Lucía y el sexo

Actress Paz Campos Trigo was born in Seville, Spain, to a bullfighter father. She has been based in Los Angeles since 2008.

She has starred in dozens of films in Europe and North America. After six successful seasons as Laura in "Seven Lives" (Telecinco,) one of Spain's longest running sitcoms, the ...

b. Spain; Spanish

28. 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 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). He was previously married to Barbara Smits.

b. New York, U.S.; Puerto Rican, Surinamese-Dutch



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