Americans of Mexican descent

by obed_dy | created - 31 Jul 2013 | updated - 22 Nov 2016 | Public

1. Sara Paxton

Actress | The Innkeepers

Sara Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, California. At a young age she began acting in television commercials.

She was cast in her first film at the age of 8 as a child at school and at the party in Liar Liar (1997). Her first major television series role was on the WB's Greetings from Tucson (2002)....

2. Selena Gomez

Actress | Spring Breakers

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 ...

3. Fergie

Soundtrack | Nine

Stacy Ann Ferguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, to Theresa Ann (Gore) and Jon Patrick Ferguson, both schoolteachers. Her ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, Mexican, German, Swedish, and Luxembourgian. When she was a teenager, her parents divorced, which was a big challenge for...

4. Louis C.K.

Writer | Louie

Louis C.K. was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Louis Szekely. He is a writer and producer, known for Louie (2010), American Hustle (2013) and Horace and Pete (2016). He was previously married to Alix Bailey.

5. Lynda Carter

Actress | Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Linda Jean Cordova Carter. She is an actress, known for Wonder Woman (1975), Sky High (2005) and The Dukes of Hazzard (2005). She has been married to Robert Altman since January 29, 1984. They have two children. She was previously ...

6. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots). Her ...

7. Alexis Bledel

Actress | Gilmore Girls

Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas, to Nanette (Dozier) and Martin Bledel. Her parents are both Spanish-speakers (her mother was born in Arizona and raised in Mexico, and her father was born in Argentina), and Alexis's ancestry includes Danish, Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, and ...

8. Demi Lovato

Soundtrack | Camp Rock

Born in 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Demi Lovato started out as a child actor on Barney & Friends. In 2007, Demi Lovato got a part on a short Disney Channel show called As the Bell Rings, and then she landed the starring role of the movie Camp Rock. While filming Camp Rock, Demi Lovato began ...

9. Taboo

Soundtrack | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Taboo was born on July 14, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jaime Luis Gomez. He has been married to Jaymie Dizon since July 12, 2008. They have one child.

10. Eva Longoria

Actress | Desperate Housewives

Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ella Eva (Mireles) and Enrique Longoria, Jr. The youngest of four sisters who grew up in a Mexican-American family on a ranch near Corpus Christi, Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in...

11. James Roday

Actor | Psych

James David Rodríguez was born on April 4, 1976. He is the son of Jim Rodríguez and Deborah Collins. Roday was born in San Antonio. He attended Taft High School. He studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He has acted in ...

12. Daniela Bobadilla

Actress | Anger Management

Daniela Bobadilla is most renowned for her role as Sam Goodson in the FX series "Anger Management" where she starred opposite Charlie Sheen as his high octane daughter. She also portrayed the role of Emma in the NBC series "Awake" alongside Jason Isaacs. Most recently she played Riley Taft "Perfect...

13. Sabrina Bryan

Actress | The Cheetah Girls 2

Sabrina Bryan was born on September 16, 1984 in Yorba Linda, California, USA as Reba Sabrina Hinojos. She is an actress, known for The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), Sydney White (2007) and The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008). She has been married to Jordan Lundberg since October 6, 2018.

14. Nicole Richie

Actress | Chuck

The outspoken, wise-cracking comedic socialite and star of The Simple Life (2003), Nicole Camille Escovedo was born in Berkeley, California on September 21, 1981. She is the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey, and socialite Paris Hilton's former best friend. ...

15. Chris Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Chris Weitz was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher John Weitz. He is a producer and writer, known for About a Boy (2002), The Golden Compass (2007) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). He has been married to Mercedes Martinez since 2006. They have one child.

16. Uma Thurman

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman),...

17. Edward James Olmos

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered...

18. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

19. Michael Peña

Actor | American Hustle

Michael Peña was born and raised in Chicago, to Nicolasa, a social worker, and Eleuterio Peña, who worked at a button factory. His parents were originally from Mexico. After graduating from high school, he went to an open casting call for the Peter Bogdanovich feature To Sir, with Love II (1996), ...

20. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

21. Becky G

Actress | Power Rangers

Rebbeca Marie Gomez, better known by her stage name Becky G, is an American singer and actress. Gomez first gained recognition in 2011 when she began posting videos of herself covering popular songs online. One of her videos caught the attention of producer Dr. Luke, who subsequently offered her a ...

22. George Lopez

Producer | George Lopez

George Lopez was born on April 23, 1961, in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, the son of Frieda and Anatasio Lopez, a migrant worker. He is of Mestizo Mexican descent. He was deserted by his father when he was two months old and by his mother when he was 10 years old, but was raised by his ...

23. Tessa Thompson

Actress | Creed

The actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of ...

24. Roberto Orci

Producer | Star Trek

Roberto Orci was born on July 20, 1973 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek (2009), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Fringe (2008).

25. Mario Lopez

Actor | Get Him to the Greek

Born in San Diego, California, on October 10th, 1973, to Mario Sr. and Elvira, Mario Lopez's first professional role was on the series, a.k.a. Pablo (1984). Mario is probably best known to youngsters, however, as A.C. Slater from NBC's popular 1980s teen comedy series Saved by the Bell (1989).

Among...

26. Christian Serratos

Actress | The Walking Dead

Christian Marie Serratos (born September 21, 1990) is an American actress who plays Rosita Espinosa in AMC's The Walking Dead TV series, based on the comic book of the same name. She is also known for playing Suzie Crabgrass in the Nickelodeon series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and ...

27. Stefano Langone

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Stefano Langone was born on February 27, 1989 in Bellevue, Washington, USA as Stefano James Langone.

28. Scout Taylor-Compton

Actress | Halloween

Scout Taylor-Compton began acting with a featured role in the A.F.I. film A.W.O.L (2006) starring David Morse. Since then, her performances in seven independent films, over fifteen student films, and three music videos formed a firm foundation that led to her leading role in MGM's Sleepover (2004). ...

29. Edward Furlong

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Edward Walter Furlong was born in Glendale, California. His mother, Eleanor (Tafoya), is from a Mexican family, and worked at a youth center. Furlong had no acting ambitions until he was approached by casting agent Mali Finn, who was looking for a young actor to play the role of John Connor in what...

30. Seychelle Gabriel

Actress | The Last Airbender

As though being tapped to portray the young Eva Mendes in Frank Miller's The Spirit wasn't enough to jump start her career, Seychelle Gabriel has gone on to several great roles in many high-profile projects. Born in Burbank, Calif., Gabriel embarked upon a performing arts career at a very early age...

31. Clifton Collins Jr.

Actor | Star Trek

An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, Clifton Collins Jr. is a native Angeleno who grew up destined to become a part of the Latino entertainment industry. His great-grandparents on his mother's side were a Mexican trumpet player and ...

32. Joanna Kerns

Actress | Knocked Up

Joanna Kerns was born on February 12, 1953 in San Francisco, California, USA as Joanne Crussie DeVarona. She is an actress and director, known for Knocked Up (2007), Growing Pains (1985) and Girl, Interrupted (1999). She has been married to Marc Appleton since September 30, 1994. She was previously...

33. Francia Raisa

Actress | Grown-ish

Francia Raísa can currently be seen in the Freeform original series Grown-ish (2018), the spin-off of ABC's award-winning hit series Black-ish (2014). Raísa stars as Ana, an outspoken and conservative freshman, alongside Yara Shahidi's Zoe as they try to navigate the world of college. The series ...

34. Mondo Guerra

Actor | Red Pearl

Mondo Guerra was born as Armando Thomas Guerra. He was previously married to Duchaine, Benjamin Walter.

35. Elizabeth Tulloch

Actress | The Artist

Elizabeth "Bitsie" Tulloch (born January 19, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Juliette Silverton/Eve in the NBC television series Grimm.

Tulloch was born in San Diego, California, but grew up in Spain, Uruguay, and Argentina. "Bitsie" is not a contraction of Tulloch's given...

36. 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 ...

37. Hayley Orrantia

Actress | The Goldbergs

Hayley Orrantia plays the role of "Erica Goldberg" on the ABC comedy, The Goldbergs (2013). Originally from Highland Village, Texas, she is an actress, singer and songwriter. Hayley began singing professionally at the age of 13 and acting at the age of 14. Prior to "The Goldbergs", she performed in...

38. Jay Hernandez

Actor | Hostel

With talent, the requisite good looks, and plenty of on-screen charisma, Jay Hernandez was born in Montebello, California, to Isis (Maldonado), an accountant and secretary, and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic. He is of Mexican descent. Jay had a serendipitous experience that led to his career. ...

39. Vinessa Shaw

Actress | 3:10 to Yuma

Vinessa Shaw was born on July 19, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw. She is an actress and director, known for 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Hocus Pocus (1993) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). She has been married to Kristopher Gifford since 2017. They have one child.

40. Michael Trevino

Actor | The Vampire Diaries

Michael Trevino (born January 25, 1985) is best known for playing Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries. Recently, he has appeared on the TV series 90210, The Riches, and The Originals.

Michael Trevino was born on January 25, 1985 in Montebello, California and raised in Valencia, California. He was ...

41. Kid Cudi

Soundtrack | Need for Speed

Kid Cudi was born on January 30, 1984 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA as Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi.

42. Kevin Alejandro

Actor | Arrow

Kevin Alejandro was born on April 7, 1976 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Kevin Michael Alejandro. He is an actor and director, known for Arrow (2012), Southland (2009) and Bedtime Story (2018). He has been married to Leslie de Jesus Alejandro since February 14, 2004. They have one child.

43. 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 (1984), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), and also St. Elsewhere (1982). At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy...

44. Rebecca Black

Actress | Tu xia chuan qi

Rebecca Black is best known for her song "Friday" which became an Internet sensation in March 2011. According to Billboard.com, she is just one of the pop stars coming from a production company called Ark Music Factory.

45. Ryan Guzman

Actor | The Boy Next Door

Ryan Anthony Guzman is an American actor, model, and mixed martial arts fighter. He was born September 21, 1987 in Abilene, Texas, to Lisa (Hudson) and Ray Guzman. After his father's service in the Air Force ended, the family moved to Sacramento, CA to raise Ryan and later on his younger brother ...

46. Alana De La Garza

Actress | Law & Order

Alana De La Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio and later relocated to Texas, ultimately attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After college, she moved to Orlando, Florida, landing roles in a number of independent films as well as commercials. Her work took her to New York, where she ...

47. Griffin Dunne

Actor | After Hours

Griffin Dunne was born on June 8, 1955 in New York City, the oldest child of Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer, and Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne, an activist. His sister was actress Dominique Dunne. He grew up mainly in Los Angeles, California and attended school in Colorado before ...



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