Famous Cuban Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

A Spanish-Cuban actress, Ana de Armas worked in Spanish films and television shows before moving to Hollywood. Overcoming the obstacle of not knowing English, she established herself as a solid actress by working in films like Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049. She will play a Bond girl in No Time to Die movie and will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde.

 2 Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986

Desi Arnaz was born wealthy but lost everything in the 1933 Cuban Revolution. He paired up with his first wife, Lucille Ball, in I Love Lucy, thus inventing the modern sitcom/syndicated show format, with live audiences. He owned a production company and was the bandleader of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

 3 Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Three-time Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan was named one of Billboard’s Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Miami Sound Machine singer is known for her hits Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Don't Wanna Lose You. One of the best-selling Latin artists, she has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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 4 Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA

 5 Joey Diaz

Joey Diaz
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Joey Diaz began his career as a stand-up comedian and then graduated to acting, appearing in projects such as My Name Is Earl and Spider-Man 2. He is now known for his appearances on the podcasts The Joe Rogan Experience, The Church of What's Happening Now, and Uncle Joey's Joint.

 6 Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: July 16, 2003

Celia Cruz was a Cuban-American singer who achieved popularity in Cuba as a singer of guarachas during the 1950s. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most famous Latin artists, Cruz was nicknamed the Queen of Salsa. She is also revered for popularizing Latin music in the USA. Celia Cruz also won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards. 

 7 Steven Bauer

Steven Bauer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Steven Bauer is a Cuban-American actor best known for playing Cuban drug lord, Manny Ribera, in the American crime drama film, Scarface, a film which gave him an opportunity to work with actors like Al Pacino. Bauer received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film. He then went on to establish himself as a serious actor.

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 8 William Levy

William Levy
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cojímar, Cuba
Cuban-American actor William Levy started as a model and then appeared on Spanish reality shows such as Isla de la Tentación. He has lent his voice to the dubbed version of Planet 51. He has also appeared in series such as Star and telenovelas such as Cuidado con el ángel.

 9 Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba, Cuba

 10 David Fumero

David Fumero
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 11 Daisy Fuentes

Daisy Fuentes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Cuban-American TV personality Daisy Fuentes became MTV's first Latina VJ and Revlon's first global Latina spokesperson. She also hosted America's Funniest Home Videos and later launched a clothing and haircare line. She has worked for cancer research and other charitable causes, too. She is married to singer Richard Marx.

 12 Faizon Love

Faizon Love
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: June 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Faizon Love is a Cuban-American comedian and actor known for playing important roles in films like Friday, Torque, and Couples Retreat. In 2014, he was caught up in a controversy when he made a series of contentious comments on Twitter pertaining to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. In 2017, he was arrested after being accused of misdemeanor assault.

 13 Anabelle Acosta

Anabelle Acosta
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Anabelle Acosta is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Natalie Vasquez in the thriller drama TV series, Quantico. Born in Havana, Cuba, Acosta went on to establish herself as an actress in the American film and TV industry. She is also known for playing Annabella in the comedy-drama television series, Ballers.

 14 Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baracoa, Cuba

Selenis Leyva is best known as Gloria Mendoza from the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. The Cuban-born actor was raised in The Bronx and is thus considered a prominent Afro-Latina icon. She has also penned a book and is a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, too.

 15 Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: November 11, 1994

 16 Konnan

Konnan
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Famous As: Professional wrestler and Podcaster
Birthdate: June 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba

Konnan is an American Cuban former professional wrestler who wrestled for national and independent promotions in Mexico and the USA. He held 15 title belts in nine promotions during an illustrious career that spanned almost 30 years. Konnan is also known for his involvement in the creation of Lucha Underground.

 17 Tony Plana

Tony Plana
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 18 Danay García

Danay García
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 19 Jon Secada

Jon Secada
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Jon Secada is a singer, voice actor, and songwriter. Having sold more than 15 million records, Secada is often counted among the best-selling Latin music artists. Apart from recording his own songs, he has also contributed as a songwriter for songs recorded by artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan. Secada has received two Grammy Awards so far.
 

 20 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 21 La Lupe

La Lupe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Cuba
Died: February 29, 1992

La Lupe was a Cuban singer best remembered for her energetic and controversial live performances. She had a prolific and successful career throughout the 1960s and 1970s, during which she was one of the most acclaimed Latin singers in the United States. One of La Lupe's recordings was featured in the 1996 American comedy film The Birdcage.

 22 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a Cuban-born American politician and lobbyist. She is best known for representing Florida's 27th congressional district at the U.S. House of Representatives from 29 August 1989 to 3 January 2019. The first female Republican to be elected from Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is also the first Cuban-American politician elected to Congress.

 23 Livia Brito

Livia Brito
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ciego De Avila, Cuba

 24 Cristina Saralegui

Cristina Saralegui
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Famous As: Journalist, Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana

 25 Cami-Li

Cami-Li
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 26 Niurka Marcos

Niurka Marcos
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 27 Tomas Milian

Tomas Milian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: March 22, 2017

Tomas Milian was a Cuban-born singer and actor best remembered for starring in European genre films. He also played important roles in non-genre films like La Luna, which earned him the Nastro d'Argento under the Best Supporting Actor category. Tomas Milian is also remembered for appearing in many Spaghetti Western films in the late-1960s and early-1970s. 
 

 28 Alberto Guerra

Alberto Guerra
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Habana, Cuba

 29 César Évora

César Évora
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 30 Millard Mitchell

Millard Mitchell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 13, 1953

 31 Francisco Gattorno

Francisco Gattorno
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba

 32 Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Born to journalist parents, who were both part of the Cuban intellectual sphere, Carmen Herrera received elite art education in Paris. The political unrest in Cuba forced her to leave her architecture studies incomplete and move to the U.S. She later established herself as a master painter of abstract art.

 33 Leonardo Padura Fuentes

Leonardo Padura Fuentes
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Famous As: Novelist and journalist. As of 2007, he is one of Cuba's best-known writers internationally
Birthdate: October 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cuba, Havana

Leonardo Padura Fuentes is a Cuban journalist and novelist. One of the best known Cuban writers to have achieved international fame, Padura was honored with the prestigious National Prize for Literature in 2012. In 2015, he received the Princess of Asturias Award, one of the most prominent literary prizes in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

 34 Chelo Alonso

Chelo Alonso
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Famous As: Former actress known for playing femmes fatales with fiery tempers and sensual dance scenes
Birthdate: April 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camagüey, Cuba
Died: February 20, 2019

 35 Raquel Olmedo

Raquel Olmedo
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caibarién, Las Villas, Cuba

Raquel Olmedo is a Cuban-born Mexican actress who achieved popularity during the last few years of Mexican cinema's Golden Age. She is best known for her portrayal of Doña Ramona González in the telenovela Abismo de pasión, which earned her the TVyNovelas Award. In 1984, Olmedo was inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias for her television work.
 

 36 Malillany Marín

Malillany Marín
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: December 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 37 Karla Cossío

Karla Cossío
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 38 Otto Sirgo

Otto Sirgo
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 39 Fannie Kauffman

Fannie Kauffman
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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: April 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: February 21, 2009

 40 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: December 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: April 16, 1996

 41 Amalia Aguilar

Amalia Aguilar
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: July 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matanzas, Cuba
Died: November 8, 2021

 42 Humberto Solás

Humberto Solás
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Famous As: Film maker
Birthdate: December 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: September 18, 2008

 43 Jesús Díaz

Jesús Díaz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: May 3, 2002

Jesús Díaz was a Cuban writer and screenwriter best remembered for his books, The Initials of the Earth and That's Not the Way It Was. As a screenwriter, he contributed immensely to several films such as Alice in Wondertown and Polvo rojo.