Hispanic Actors can be found in just about every film that comes out. They range from young actors to long-time veterans, and they all bring a unique culture to Hollywood. The country’s 50 most well-known Hispanic actors are listed here, from least to most well-known.
Table of Contents
- 1. Wagner Moura
- 2. Eugenio Derbez
- 3. Ricardo Montalbán
- 4. Mario López
- 5. Jay Hernandez
- 6. Moises Arias
- 7. Gael García Bernal
- 8. Ryan Guzman
- 9. Carlos Bardem
- 10. John Ortiz
- 11. Tyler Posey
- 12. Anthony Quinn
- 13. Rodrigo Santoro
- 14. Michael Trevino
- 15. William Levy
- 16. Freddie Prinze Jr.
- 17. Tony Revolori
- 18. Mark Consuelos
- 19. Esai Morales
- 20. Luis Guzmán
- 21. Wilmer Valderrama
- 22. Miguel Ferrer
- 23. Wilson Cruz
- 24. Frankie Muniz
- 25. Gabriel Iglesias
- 26. Danny Trejo
- 27. Benjamin Bratt
- 28. Adam Rodríguez
- 29. Demián Bichir
- 30. Guillermo Díaz
- 31. Adrian Grenier
- 32. Cheech Marin
- 33. Edward James Olmos
- 34. Alfred Molina
- 35. Bobby Cannavale
- 36. Héctor Elizondo
- 37. Desi Arnaz
- 38. Martin Sheen
- 39. Jimmy Smits
- 40. Diego Luna
- 41. Antonio Banderas
- 42. Raúl Juliá
- 43. Andy Garcia
- 44. Lin-Manuel Miranda
- 45. John Leguizamo
- 46. Michael Peña
- 47. Pedro Pascal
- 48. Oscar Isaac
- 49. Benicio Del Toro
- 50. Javier Bardem
1. Wagner Moura
Wagner Maniçoba de Moura, a Brazilian actor, filmmaker, director, singer, and journalist, was born in 1976. In addition to being a well-known and respected actor in his native Brazil, he has received recognition for his performances in Elite Squad (2007), Elite Squad: Elysium (2013), and Spider The Enemy Within (2010. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his depiction of Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos (2015–2016).
2. Eugenio Derbez
Actor and comedian Eugenio González Derbez was born in Mexico in 1961. The Book of Life, The Angry Birds Movie 2, and The Secret Life of Pets are just a few of the movies and TV shows in which he has starred. He had numerous guest appearances in American movies and TV shows in the 2010s, including Miracles from Heaven, Girl in Progress, Rob!, and Jack and Jill.
3. Ricardo Montalbán
Mexican actor Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino (1920–2009) worked in film and television. Beginning in the early 1970s, he played Armando in the Planet of the Apes movie series Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1973) and Escapes the Planet of the Apes (1971). He appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the 1967 television series Star Trek as the genetically modified human villain Khan Noonien Singh (1982).
4. Mario López
American actor and television host Mario Lopez was born in 1973. He has made appearances on Broadway, in movies, and on several television shows. He is well known for playing A.C. Slater on the 2020 spinoff series of Saved by the Bell, Among other programs, Saved by the Bell: The College Years.
5. Jay Hernandez
American actor and model Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr., also known as Jay Hernandez, was born in 1978. Hernandez made his cinematic debut alongside Kirsten Dunst in the love story Crazy/Beautiful after making his television debut on NBC’s Hang Time (2001). He has appeared in several movies, including Suicide Squad as Chato Santana/El Diablo and Friday Night Lights (2004), Hostel (2005), and Bad Moms (2016).
6. Moises Arias
Moises Arias was born in 1994. He is a Latin American actor. Moise is best known for playing Rico on the television series Hannah Montana. Some of his most prominent roles are Rico from the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, Biaggio from the 2013 Sundance film The Kings of Summer, Cokestraw from the 2019 SXSW comedy-drama The Wall of Mexico, and Bigfoot from the Colombian military drama Monos.
7. Gael García Bernal
Gael Garcia Bernal is a Mexican actor and producer born in 1978. He was most famous for playing Jack Russell / Werewolf in the Marvel Cinematic Universe television, particularly Werewolf by Night, and on the Amazon Studios streaming television as Rodrigo de Souza’s program Mozart in the Jungle. Additionally, he has been seen in the films Old, Babel, Y Tu mamá también The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros, Bad Education, and The Motorcycle Diaries.
8. Ryan Guzman
Ryan Anthony Guzman was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1987. He is a former model and American actor best known for his leading performances as Sean Asa in the Step Up film series’ Step Up Revolution and Step Up: All In, as Noah Sandborn in the sexual, psychological thriller The Boy Next Door, and as Edmundo “Eddie” Diaz in Fox’s 9-1-1.
9. Carlos Bardem
Actor and writer Carlos Encinas Bardem, was born in Spain in 1963. He frequently plays strong guys or downright villains in films. He is the brother of actors Mónica and Javier Bardem and the son of actress Pilar Bardem. He graduated with a degree in history and a license in international relations. In the movie Not Love, Just Frenzy, he made his feature film debut (1996)
10. John Ortiz
Actor John Ortiz was born in the United States in 1968. He is well-known for playing the bad guy Arturo Braga in the Fast & Furious films from 2009, and 2013 and Clyde in the 2010 film Jack Goes Boating; He was a Best Supporting Actor nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards as a result of this. He co-founded and served as artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company.
11. Tyler Posey
American actor and singer Tyler Garcia-Posey was born in 1991. His father is from the British Isles, while his mother is from Mexico. He appeared in several children’s films and television shows during his formative years, for which he received two nominations for Young Artist Awards. He is most known for playing Scott McCall, the show’s title character, in the MTV series Teen Wolf (2011-2017).
12. Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn was the stage name of Manuel Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, an Irish-Mexican-American actor who lived from 1915 to 2001. He was renowned for playing earthy, passionate characters in several critically acclaimed movies both in Hollywood and abroad. His performance as Zorba, the Greek’s title character, earned him an Oscar nomination.
13. Rodrigo Santoro
A Brazilian actor by the name of Rodrigo Junqueira Reis Santoro. He gained widespread recognition for his performance as Persian King Xerxes in the 2006 film 300 and its 2007 sequel 300: Rise of an Empire (2014). Other well-known films include Rio (2009), I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), Che (2008), Carandiru (2003), Love Actually (2003), Brainstorm (2001), and Rio (2011).
14. Michael Trevino
Michael Anthony Trevino was born in Los Angeles in 1985. An American actor, His father was born in Fresno, California, to Mexican immigrants; his mother was originally from Zacatecas, Mexico. His most notable performances were Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries on The CW and Kyle Valenti in Roswell, New Mexico.
15. William Levy
William Gutierrez-Levy, an actor and former model, was born in Cojimar, Cuba, in 1980. He made his Univision broadcast debut in the Venevision International production of Olvidarte James. He then made cameos in Mi Vida Eres Tu and Acorralada. In 2008’s Retazos de Vida, directed by Viviana Cordero, he made his film debut. His breakthrough role was in the Mexican soap opera Pasión, for which he received an invitation from producer Carla Estrada.
16. Freddie Prinze Jr.
In 1976, a young Frederick, James Prinze, was born in Los Angeles, California. He traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his mother. He is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer of both television and movies. He has acted in movies including She’s All That (1999), Scooby-Doo (2002), Summer Catch (2001), and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (1998). He also appeared in I’m still aware of your summertime behavior (1997), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).
17. Tony Revolori
Actor Anthony Revolori was born in the United States in 1996. Sonia and Mario Quinonez, his parents, are natives of Jutiapa, Guatemala. He was nominated for multiple acting accolades for his performances as Zero Moustafa in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2021).
18. Mark Consuelos
American actor Mark Andrew Consuelos was born in 1971. Saul Consuelos, a Mexican, and Camilla Consuelos, an Italian, were Mark’s parents when he was born in Zaragoza, Spain. His most prominent roles include Hiram Lodge on The CW program Riverdale and Mateo Santos on the ABC soap opera All My Children.
19. Esai Morales
American actor Esai Manuel Morales Jr. was born in 1962. He played prominent roles in La Bamba movies with Lou Diamond Phillips and Bad Boys with Sean Penn (1987). In addition to playing Lt. Tony Rodriguez on NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004, Joseph Adama in the science fiction series Caprica from 2009 to 2010, Camino del Rio in the Netflix original series Ozark (2017), and Deathstroke / Slade Wilson in the superhero series Titans.
20. Luis Guzmán
Actor Luis Guzmán was born in Puerto Rico in 1956. During his forty-year career, he has made countless film and television appearances. Guzmán has worked with director Steven Soderbergh frequently, appearing in such movies as Out of Sight (1998) and The Limey (2001). (1999).
21. Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida, in 1980. Both his mother and father are from Colombia. He is an American actor, television personality, and producer. His roles as Fez in the sitcom That ’70s Show (1998–2006), Agustin Madrigal in Encanto, and Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk to Dawn: The Series are among his most well-known ones (2014–2016).
22. Miguel Ferrer
Actor Miguel José Ferrer was American and lived from 1955 until 2017. In the 1987 movie RoboCop, he played Bob Morton, his breakout role. Additionally, he has appeared in movies such as Quigley in Blank Check (1994) and Harbinger in Hot Shots! Part II (1993), Shan Yu in Mulan (1998), Eduardo Ruiz in Traffic (2000), and Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3. (2013).
23. Wilson Cruz
Born in 1973, Wilson Cruz is an American actor best known for playing Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery, Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, Angel in the Broadway tour of Rent, and Junito on Noah’s Arc. As an Afro-Puerto Rican man, he has worked as an LGBT advocate, particularly for gay kids of color.
24. Frankie Muniz
American actor Francisco James Muniz IV was born in 1985. While Muniz’s father is Puerto Rican (of Spanish origin from Asturias), his mother is half-Irish and half-Italian. His role as Malcolm in the Middle’s titular character on the Fox sitcom from 2000 to 2006 made him most famous and led to nominations for two Golden Globes Awards and an Emmy. He is also recognized for his work in the movies Agent Cody Banks (2003), Racing Stripes (2003), Big Fat Liar (2002), Deuces Wild (2002), and (2005).
25. Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Jess Iglesias, commonly known as Fluffy, is an American actor and stand-up comedian born in 1976. He has Mexican ancestry. He has acted in many live-action and animated TV episodes, motion pictures, and sitcoms. He voiced Speedy Gonzales in Space Jam: A New Legacy in addition to acting in the Netflix sitcom Mr. Iglesias and Tobias in the films Magic Mike (2012) and its sequel (2015).
26. Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo was born in 1944 to Mexican-American parents in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. He is an actor from the USA. He has appeared in several films, including Desperado, Heat, and the From Dusk Till Dawn trilogy. He played the role of Isador “Machete” Cortez, which was created for the Spy Kids series and eventually developed into its franchise, together with regular collaborator and his second cousin Robert Rodriguez.
27. Benjamin Bratt
American actor and producer Benjamin Bratt was born in 1963 and had experience in both film and television. His father is an American with ancestors from both Germany and England. In the 1990s, he played supporting parts in blockbuster films, including Demolition Man (1993), The River Wild (1994), and Clear and Present Danger (1994). He appeared in the NBC drama series Law & Order from 1995 to 1999 as Detective Rey Curtis from the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
28. Adam Rodríguez
Adam Michael Rodriguez was born in 1975). His mother is of Puerto Rican ancestry, whereas his father is a mix of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. He is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He rose to fame as Eric Delko on CSI: Miami. He played Task Force Agent Luke Alvez on Criminal Minds. Rodriguez was born in Yonkers, New York, the son of Janet Rodriguez, an airline ticket agent, and Ramon Rodriguez, a senior executive with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
29. Demián Bichir
Actor Demián Bichir Nájera was born in Mexico in 1963. He started as a telenovela star before making Hollywood movies. For his performance in A Better Life, He was a candidate for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
30. Guillermo Díaz
Actor Guillermo Dáz was born in the United States in 1975. Daz was raised in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and was born to Cuban parents in New Jersey. He is well-known for the movies Stonewall, 200 Cigarettes, and Half Baked from 1998. (1995). His most well-known performance was as Diego “Huck” Muoz in the drama Scandal.
31. Adrian Grenier
Adrian Sean Grenier is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. He was born in 1976. Grenier was born in New Mexico’s Santa Fe. A family predominance of Mexican, Spanish, and some French ancestry gave birth to his mother in New Mexico. He achieved his greatest fame for playing Vincent Chase in the television series Entourage (2004–2011). He has acted in movies like Marauders (2017), Trash Fire (2016), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and Drive Me Crazy (1999). (2016). He will appear in the Netflix series Clickbait in 2021.
32. Cheech Marin
Richard Anthony “Cheech” Marin, an American actor, musician, comedian, and activist, was best known for his work with Cheech & Chong in the 1970s and early 1980s. Marin was born in 1946. Several Disney movies, including Oliver & Company, The Lion King, the Cars series, Coco, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, feature characters he has voiced. Despite Marin not speaking Spanish well, his characters’ pronounced Chicano accents have become his signature.
33. Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos, an American actor, activist, director, and producer, was born in 1947. His mother was an American with Mexican ancestry, while his father had immigrated from Mexico to California in 1945. He gained the most notoriety for his roles in Miami Vice as Lieutenant Martin “Marty” Castillo (1984–1989), William Adama in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009), and instructor Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. In 1992, he also directed American Me.
34. Alfred Molina
In 1953, Alfredo Molina, an English actor most recognized for his work in theater and film, was born. In 2017, For his depiction of Robert Aldrich in the miniseries Feud, he received nominations for both a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. For his role in Frida, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has also garnered nominations for five Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Tony Awards, the Independent Spirit Award, and the British Independent Film Award.
American actor Roberto Michael Cannavale was born in 1970. His mother is Cuban and immigrated to the United States in 1960, while his father is of Italian origin. His most well-known television roles are those in Mr. Robot, Vinyl, and Third Watch, and recurring roles in Boardwalk Empire and Will & Grace. Cannavale is well renowned for his theater and movie roles.
36. Héctor Elizondo
Character actor Héctor Elizondo was born in the United States in 1936. He is well-known for his roles as Ed Alzate in the television series Last Man Standing and Phillip Watters in the show Chicago Hope. Elizondo has won two ALMA Awards, an Obie Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Additionally, he has been nominated for five Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Satellite Award.
37. Desi Arnaz
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, an American actor, bandleader, and producer of film and television who was born in Cuba, lived from 1917 until 1986. He co-starred with his then-wife Lucille Ball in the American television series I Love Lucy as Ricky Ricardo. With the I Love Lucy series, Arnaz and Ball are recognized as the creators of the syndicated rerun.
38. Martin Sheen
Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born 1940) in Antonio Gerardo. He known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor. He first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses (1968) and Badlands (1973), and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role as Captain Benjamin Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979).
39. Jimmy Smits
Jimmy L. Smits, an actor, was born in the U.S. in 1955. His most well-known roles include lawyer Victor Sifuentes in the legal drama L.A. Law from the 1980s to the 1990s, NYPD Detective Bobby Simone in the police drama NYPD Blue from the 1990s to the 2000s, and Matt Santos in the political drama The West Wing.
40. Diego Luna
Diego Luna Alexander is a Mexican actor who was born in 1979. After a career in Mexican telenovelas, Y Tu Mamá También, Open Range, Milk, Rudo y Cursi, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, The Terminal, and Berlin, I Love You are just a few of his acting credits. He plays Narcos: Mexico’s drug lord Miguel ngel Félix Gallardo in the show’s first two seasons. He portrays Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
41. Antonio Banderas
Spanish actor and singer José Antonio Dominguez Bandera, better known by his stage as Antonio Banderas, was born in 1960. He has won numerous honors for his work in various genres. He has received an Academy Award nomination, a Tony Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, the European Film Award, the Cannes Film Festival Award, and more.
42. Raúl Juliá
An actor from Puerto Rico named Ral Rafael Carlos Juliá Arcelay lived from 1940 to 1994. He was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and while still in school, he loved performing; after finishing his education, he followed a career in acting. He first performed locally for a while before being persuaded to relocate to New York City by actor and entertainment figure Orson Bean. He was rated one of the top actors who were never nominated for an Academy Award by The Daily Telegraph in 2017.
43. Andy Garcia
An American actor, director, and singer named Andrés Arturo Garcia Menéndez were born in 1956. He originally gained notoriety for his performance in The Untouchables (1987) by Brian De Palma, which starred Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, and Kevin Costner. For his efforts in 2005, he received Latin Grammy and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
44. Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American composer, songwriter, actor, and director born in 1980. He has Puerto Rican ancestry. He is renowned for writing the scores for Disney’s Encanto and the Broadway musicals Hamilton (2015) and In the Heights (2005). (2021). With Tick, Tick Boom! (2021), an Andrew Garfield-led historical musical drama centered on Jonathan Larson, Miranda made her directorial debut. Additionally, he provided a voice in the 2021 animated movie Vivo.
45. John Leguizamo
John Alberto Leguizamo Peláez was born in 1960. He is an American actor, comedian, and director. By 2021, Leguizamo will have made over 100 film and television appearances, produced over 20 movies and documentaries, featured in several Broadway musicals, won numerous accolades—including a Special Tony Award—and performed in over 30 television shows. He has received four Primetime Emmy nominations and one win for his performance in the 1999 film Freak.
46. Michael Peña
Michael Anthony Pena, a Chilean, was born in 1976 in Santiago. He is an actor from the USA. He has acted in numerous movies, including Tower Heist (2009), Observe and Report (2009), World Trade Center (2006), and Crash (2004). (2011). For his work in End of Watch, At the Independent Spirit Awards, he was up for Best Supporting Male.
47. Pedro Pascal
Actor José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, of Chilean and American descent, was born in 1975. Before being acknowledged for his role as Oberyn Martell (2014) and Javier Pea in the Netflix biographical crime thriller Narcos, which is presently in its fourth season, he started as a guest star on numerous television shows, including the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2015–2017). In the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett, which debuted in 2019, he reprises his title role from the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
48. Oscar Isaac
American actor Oscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in Guatemala in 1979. He is renowned for his adaptability and has received recognition for dispelling stereotypes about Latino characters in Hollywood. His honors include a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award, a National Board of Review Award, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2016, Time magazine ranked him among the top 100 global influencers.
49. Benicio Del Toro
Benicio del Toro, a Puerto Rican actor, and producer, was born in 1967. He received honors from the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild, the Academy, and the Silver Bear for depicting the cynical but morally pure police officer Javier Rodriguez in the movie Traffic. He has also received widespread praise and countless honors (2000).
50. Javier Bardem
Spanish actor Javier ngel Encinas Bardem was born in 1969. He is well-known for his parts in blockbusters and foreign films. For his portrayal of the psychotic killer Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers’ modern western thriller No Country for Old Men, he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (2007). Since 2010, Bardem has been wed to actress Penélope Cruz. Bardem joined Greenpeace as an ambassador for the preservation of Antarctica in 2018.