Famous Mexican Film & Theater Personalities

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Find out more about the greatest Mexican Film & Theater Personalities, including Guillermo del Toro, Salma Hayek, Louis C.K., Alejandro González Iñárritu and Anthony Quinn.
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Salma Hayek
(The First Mexican Actress to be Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress)
Salma Hayek
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Birthdate: September 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Hailing from Mexico, Salma Hayek moved to Hollywood and attained fame with films like Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West, Dogma, Tale of Tales, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Her breakthrough role was the film Frida in 2002 for which she received critical appreciation. She works to raise awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.

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Lupita Nyong'o
(Named One of Africa’s “50 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes in 2020)
Lupita Nyong'o
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Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

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Guillermo del Toro
(Film Director Best Known For Movies 'Pan's Labyrinth' & 'The Shape of Water')
Guillermo del Toro
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Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular Mexican filmmakers of all time. Along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, he is known as one of the Three Amigos of Cinema. He also played a major role as a former special effects makeup artist. In 2018, he was named in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Anahí
(Mexican Actress, Singer and Former Member of the Popular Group ‘RBD')
Anahí
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Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican singer-actor Anahi began her entertainment career with the show Chiquilladas as a toddler. She later soared to fame as Mia Colucci from the popular telenovela Rebelde and was also part of the hit pop group RBD. She is best known for her Billboard-topping track Rumba.

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Eiza González
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Birthdate: 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican actor Eiza González, best known for her role as Santanico Pandemonium in From Dusk till Dawn, had dropped out of school to be part of the telenovela Lola, érase una vez. She has released a chart-topping album, Contracorriente, and has spoken about her struggle with depression and compulsive overeating.
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
(Director, Best Known for Making Psychological Drama Films)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
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Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican filmmaker, Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu, is known internationally for his films about the human condition. Beginning his entertainment career as a radio host, he started composing music and producing films as the years went by. The recipient of many prestigious awards, he is the first Mexican filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Sara Ramirez
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Dr. Callie Torres’ in the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Sara Ramirez
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Birthdate: August 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mazatlán, Mexico

Mexican American actor, singer, and songwriter Sara Ramirez is the recipient of several awards, including a Tony Award. Born in Mexico, they moved to America as a child. They became interested in acting in their teens and acted in school plays before taking up roles in theater plays. Soon, they ventured into TV and films as well.

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Diego Luna
(Actor Known for His Role in the Films 'Y tu mamá también', 'Rudo y Cursi' and 'Milk')
Diego Luna
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Birthdate: December 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toluca, Mexico

Diego Luna is a Mexican actor, singer, producer, and director. The son of a popular set designer, he was exposed to show business as a young boy. He started acting when he was just seven and appeared in many telenovelas. He then moved to films and has appeared in many hit films, including Open Range and The Terminal.  

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Alfonso Cuarón
(Mexican Filmmaker Known for Directing Films in a Variety of Genres)
Alfonso Cuarón
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Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Alfonso Cuarón is a Mexican filmmaker who works in a wide range of genres. He has multiple romantic, action, drama, and fantasy movies to his credit. The son of a doctor and a biochemist, he chose an unconventional profession for himself. After completing his studies, he began working as a director. He has received four Academy Awards. 

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Thalía
(Famous as 'Queen of Latin Pop')
Thalía
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Birthdate: August 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Four-time Latin Billboard Award-winning artist Thalia, known as the “Queen of Latin Pop,” was part of the band Timbiriche before venturing into a solo career. She has also been a successful telenovela actor, owns a fashion brand, has her own radio show, and has written four books, including a memoir.
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Gael García Bernal
(Mexican Actor Known for His Work in Films That Portrayed Men and Women in Taboo or Nonconformist Relationships)
Gael García Bernal
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Birthdate: November 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Being the son of actor Patricia Bernal and director José Ángel García, Gael García Bernal was no stranger to entertainment as a kid. The Mexican actor-director is known for dealing with taboo relationships in his films and for his Golden Globe-winning role in the series Mozart in the Jungle.

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Kate del Castillo
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Birthdate: October 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Kate del Castillo is a Mexican-American actress. One of the most popular actresses in the world of telenovela, del Castillo was named in People en Español magazine's Stars of the Year list in 2007. Also a humanitarian, Kate del Castillo helped launch an international anti-trafficking program called the Blue Heart Campaign to fight human trafficking.

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Eugenio Derbez
(Mexican Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Films: 'Instructions Not Included' and 'CODA')
Eugenio Derbez
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Birthdate: September 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villa Milpa Alta, Mexico

Eugenio Derbez is a Mexican actor and filmmaker best known for co-creating and starring in the family sitcom La familia P. Luche. After establishing himself in the Mexican film industry, he ventured into American films and TV series as well. His feature film Instructions Not Included became the most successful Spanish-language film in US. 

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Ricardo Montalbán
(Actor who played the role of Mr. Roarke on the series, Fantasy Island and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actor's Guild in 1993.)
Ricardo Montalbán
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Birthdate: November 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalbán was a Mexican actor who achieved immense popularity in Hollywood during his illustrious career that spanned 70 years! He was the recipient of several prestigious awards including an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ricardo Montalbán is credited with establishing the Nosotros Foundation where he served as the first president.

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Dolores del Río
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Birthdate: August 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durango, Mexico
Died: April 11, 1983
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Dulce María
(Actress, Singer,)
Dulce María
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Birthdate: December 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City

Starting her entertainment career at age 5, Dulce María was seen in countless commercials before she began performing in music groups and telenovelas. She soared to fame as Roberta Alexandra from the popular series Rebelde. She also released hit singles such as No Sé Llorar and worked with PETA.

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Karla Souza
(Mexican-American Actress Known for Her TV Series: 'How to Get Away With Murder' and 'Home Economics')
Karla Souza
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Birthdate: December 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Karla Souza is a Mexican-American actress best known for her portrayal of Laurel Castillo in the popular legal thriller television series, How to Get Away with Murder. An acclaimed and prominent actress in the Mexican film industry, Karla Souza is the recipient of the Premios Luminus, ACE Award, and Pantalla de Cristal Film Festival Award.

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Vicente Fernández
(Singer, actor, and movie producer whose career has spanned more than fifty years and resulted in seven Latin Grammy Awards.)
Vicente Fernández
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Birthdate: February 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: December 12, 2021
One of Mexico’s best-known cultural icons, singer-actor Vicente Fernández gained nicknames such as The King of Ranchera Music. Known for his signature oversized sombrero and eye-catching costumes, he sold more than 50 million albums throughout his career and won 3 Grammys and 9 Latin Grammys. He also produced Mexican films.
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Demián Bichir
(Mexican Actor Best Known for His Film 'A Better Life')
Demián Bichir
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Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico

Demián Bichir is a Mexican actor who was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The son of two popular acting professionals, he developed an early interest in acting. He attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before beginning his film career. He is also an American Civil Liberties Union Ambassador for Immigration Rights. 

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Luis Buñuel
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer)
Luis Buñuel
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Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

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Cantinflas
(One of the Most Popular Entertainers in the History of Latin-American Cinema)
Cantinflas
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Birthdate: August 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 20, 1993

Cantinflas was a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Dubbed the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico, Cantinflas is best remembered for playing Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Regarded as one of the most popular Mexican comedians of all time, Cantinflas is celebrated as a popular icon throughout Spain and Latin America. 

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Angelique Boyer
(French-Mexican Actress)
Angelique Boyer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Claude, France
French-Mexican actor Angelique Boyer is best known for her appearances in telenovelas such as Corazón Salvaje and Rebelde. She was previously part of the band Rabanitos Verdes. She has won awards such as the Premios Juventud and the Premios TVyNovelas. She has also been part of the film J-ok'el.
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Mario Van Peebles
(Director and Actor Best Known for His Films: ‘New Jack City’ and ‘USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage’)
Mario Van Peebles
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Birthdate: January 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico
Mexican-born American director and actor Mario Van Peebles gained fame with films such as USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage and New Jack City, both of which he directed and appeared in. He is the son of director Melvin Van Peebles and portrayed him in his biopic Baadasssss!
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Maite Perroni
(Mexican Singer-Songwriter and Actress Known for Her Multiple Roles in TV Series)
Maite Perroni
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Birthdate: March 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican actor Maite Perroni, known as The New Queen of The Telenovelas, soared to fame as Guadalupe "Lupita" Fernández in the Mexican telenovela Rebelde and as Alma Solares in the Netflix series Dark Desire. She became an international sensation with the Latin Grammy-nominated pop group RBD and later went solo.
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Jaime Camil
(Television and film actor best known for playing Rogelio de la Vega on the CW series Jane the Virgin)
Jaime Camil
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Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Jaime Camil is a Mexican singer, actor, and TV personality best known for his portrayal of Rogelio de la Vega in the popular American romantic comedy-drama telenovela Jane the Virgin. His performance in the telenovela earned him a couple of nominations at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. He also won three successive Teen Choice Awards starting from 2017.

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Adan Canto
(Actor)
Adan Canto
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Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Acuña Municipality, Mexico
Adan Canto is best known as Sunspot from the film X-Men: Days of Future Past and as Paul Torres in the series The Following. He played real-life politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in the Netflix series Narcos. He also directed the award-winning short film The Shot through his own production house.
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Yalitza Aparicio
(Mexican Actress Best Known for Her Debut 2018 Drama Film 'Roma')
Yalitza Aparicio
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Birthdate: December 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexican actor Yalitza Aparicio is best known for her Academy Award-nominated debut performance as Cleo in the film Roma. Though initially aspiring to be a school teacher, she later switched to acting. She is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and has graced the cover of Vogue México.

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David Casta
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Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States

Best known for his performance as Diego Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, David Castañeda is an American-born actor who was raised in Mexico. While initially aspiring to be a civil engineer, he later switched to studying film production. He has also been part of films such as El Chicano and The Guilty.

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Stephanie Sigman
(Mexican-American Actress)
Stephanie Sigman
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Birthdate: February 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
Apart from making headlines for being the first Mexican-origin Bond girl, in Spectre, Stephanie Sigman also made waves playing Pablo Escobar’s mistress, Valeria, in the Netflix hit Narcos. A former model, she likes to keep in shape through boxing. Fans loved her in Annabelle: Creation and S.W.A.T., too.
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Diego Boneta
(Actor who gained wider recognition after starring in Rock of Ages alongside Tom Cruise and the Netflix biographical series Luis Miguel: The Series)
Diego Boneta
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Birthdate: November 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican singer and actor Diego Boneta rose to prominence starring in the 2012 American jukebox musical comedy film Rock of Ages. Boneta then furthered his acting career featuring in several films and television series, particularly playing the titular character in the Spanish-language American biographical television series Luis Miguel: The Series. Boneta has also released the studio albums Diego and Indigo.

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Camila Sodi
(Mexican Singer, Actress and Model)
Camila Sodi
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Birthdate: May 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican actor/singer Camila Sodi, niece of entertainer Thalía and part of the famed Sodi family, is best known for series such as Falsa identidad and Rubí. Fans also loved her in the telenovelas Inocente de ti and A que no me dejas, and in films such as Camino a Marte.
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Laura Harring
(Mexican-American Actress and the First Hispanic Woman to be Crowned Miss USA in 1985)
Laura Harring
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Birthdate: March 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico

Laura Harring is a Mexican-American actress best known for playing Camilla and Rita Rhodes in the neo-noir mystery film Mulholland Drive, for which she won an ALMA Award. Before establishing herself as an actress, Laura Harring achieved popularity by entering beauty pageants; in 1985, she was crowned Miss USA, becoming the first Hispanic woman to win the title.

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Ana de la Reguera
(Actor, Television actor, Film actor, Model)
Ana de la Reguera
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Birthdate: April 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Veracruz

Ana de la Reguera is a Mexican actress best known for her appearance in the comedy film Nacho Libre. The daughter of a famous TV personality, she started taking dance lessons as a young girl and went on to study performance arts. She began her acting career with telenovelas and gradually made her way into films. 

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Martha Higareda
(Silver Goddess "Revelation Actress" and MTV Latino Movie Award winner)
Martha Higareda
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Birthdate: August 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villahermosa, Mexico
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Barbara Mori
(Mexican Actress Best Known for Her Role in One of the Most Successful Telenovelas of All-Time, 'Rubí')
Barbara Mori
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Birthdate: February 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Mexican actor Barbara Mori, who soared to fame with the telenovela Rubí, was scouted at 14, while working as a waitress. The former model became a grandmother at 38, when her son had a daughter. She became a sensation in India after being part of the Bollywood film Kites.
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Danna Paola
(Singer)
Danna Paola
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Birthdate: June 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City
From beginning her career with the Mexican Sesame Street at 4, to appearing as lphaba in the Spanish-language production of Wicked, Danna Paola has had a versatile career. She has also been the voice of Rapunzel in the Spanish Tangled and has aced the charts with the track Calla Tú.
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Pedro Infante
(Actor, Singer, Film actor, Carpenter)
Pedro Infante
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Birthdate: November 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mazatlán
Died: April 15, 1957

Once a matinee idol in Mexico, Pedro Infante is remembered for his blockbuster hits such as Nosotros los pobres and Los tres García. He loved flying planes, using the pseudonym Captain Cruz and eventually died in a plane crash. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Bear for his performance in Tizoc.

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Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
(Actor and Model)
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
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Birthdate: February 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is a Mexican actor known for playing important roles in films like Bless Me, Ultima and Cake. Garcia-Rulfo, who had learnt horse riding during his growing up days in a ranch in Jalisco, had to take up gun training later in his life when he was playing an outlaw named Vasquez in the 2016 western film Magnificent Seven.

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Katy Jurado
(Actor, Journalist, Critic, Television actor, Film actor)
Katy Jurado
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Birthdate: January 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guadalajara
Died: July 5, 2002
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Joan Sebastian
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Record producer)
Joan Sebastian
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Birthdate: April 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guerrero
Died: July 13, 2015

Known as the king of Mexican rodeo, for performing in concerts on horseback, Mexican singer Joan Sebastian won the highest number of Grammy awards from his country. Over 20 of his songs made it to the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. An actor, too, he was seen in the telenovela Tú y yo.

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Belinda Peregrín
(Singer whose debut album Belinda sold more than two and half million copies)
Belinda Peregrín
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Birthdate: August 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Mexican singer-songwriter and actress Belinda Peregrín, tagged as "Princess of Latin Pop" by international press is best known for her commercially hit studio albums like Belinda and Utopía and singles like Vivir, which made her the third best-selling female Mexican act. She also had screen success with films like The Cheetah Girls 2 and Mexican telenovelas like Amigos x siempre.   

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Lupe Vélez
(Former actress, dancer, and singer during the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema)
Lupe Vélez
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Birthdate: July 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Luis Potosí City, Mexico
Died: December 14, 1944
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María Félix
(Film icon throughout the '40s and '50s for her role in movies such as Doña Bárbara and The Devil is a Woman)
María Félix
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Birthdate: April 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Álamos, Mexico
Died: April 8, 2002
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José José
(Musician, Singer and Actor)
José José
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Birthdate: February 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: September 28, 2019
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Tony Dalton
(Actor Best Known in the United States for His Portrayal of 'Lalo Salamanca' in 'Better Call Saul')
Tony Dalton
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Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laredo, Texas, United States

Actor Tony Dalton began his career with off-Broadway productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire. The American-born Mexican actor was more of a Mexican movie and TV star till he starred in the American crime drama Better Call Saul. He also played Robert Avila in the Emmy-winning series Sr. Avila.

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Chespirito
(One of the Greatest Comedians of All Time)
Chespirito
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Birthdate: February 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 28, 2014

Mexican comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños became a cultural icon with his show Chespirito, which also starred him as the titular character and thus made him adopt Chespirito as his stage name later. He was a boxer before venturing into entertainment and had even dropped out of an engineering course.

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Vicente Carrillo Fuentes
(Drug trafficker)
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes
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Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Navolato, Sinaloa

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes is a Mexican drug lord and former chief of the drug trafficking organization, Juárez Cartel. One of the most-wanted drug lords until 2014 when he was captured, Vicente was responsible for transporting billions of dollars' worth of narcotic shipments from Mexico to the USA annually. He was portrayed by Fernando Bonilla in the TV series Narcos: Mexico.

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Paulina Gaitán
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Birthdate: February 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Aislinn Derbez
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Birthdate: March 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Gloria Trevi
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known as 'The Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop' )
Gloria Trevi
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Birthdate: February 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
After leaving home at 12, Gloria Trevi earned money as a street performer in Mexico City. With hits such as Dr. Psiquiatra, she soon became The Mexican Madonna. Her life came crashing down when she and her mentor, Sergio Andrade, were accused of using their back-up singers as sex slaves.