Born to lawyer parents, Puerto Rican actor-producer Benicio del Toro had initially taken up a business degree course in university. He later dropped out and joined a New York theater school. Known for his Academy Award-winning role in Traffic, del Toro is also an avid environmental activist.
Daddy Yankee is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with coining the term Reggaeton. Referred to as the King of Reggaetón, Yankee has been cited as an inspiration by several performers, including Natti Natasha, J Balvin, and Ozuna. Also a noted philanthropist, Yankee donated $100,000 to provide food to 9,000 families affected by Hurricane Maria.
José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor and director who established himself in the American theatre and film industry. He received an Academy Award for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac, becoming the first Hispanic actor and the first Puerto Rican-born actor to win the award. In 1985, he became the first actor to receive the National Medal of Arts.
Puerto Rican actor and producer Amaury Nolasco is best known to audiences as Fernando Sucre from Prison Break and as Fig from Transformers. While he initially planned to be a doctor, he switched to acting after bagging a commercial. He also organizes a celebrity gold tournament to raise funds for charity.
Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Don Omar, better known as El Ray, or the King of Kings, shot to fame with hits such as Danza Kuduro. Audiences also loved him as Rico Santos in 4 films of the Fast & Furious franchise. His tracks are often based on socio-political themes
Walter Mercado, or Shanti Ananda, was a Puerto Rican actor, astrologer, and TV personality. Viewers loved his segment Walter y Las Estrellas at the end of Primer Impacto. He later disappeared from the limelight due to a tiff with his manager, Bill Bakula. The Netflix documentary Mucho Mucho Amor talks about his life.
David Zayas is a Puerto Rican actor known for playing important roles in American TV series like Dexter, Oz, and Gotham. His portrayal of Angel Batista in Dexter earned him a Satellite Award and a nomination for the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award.
Ricky Garcia of The X Factor fame was also part of the pop band Forever in Your Mind. The Puerto Rican-born actor-singer had started off as a model and later also appeared in the series Best Friends Whenever. He made headlines for his relationship with Dance Moms star Chloe Lukasiak.
Known as The King of Queens actor Leah Remini’s husband, Angelo Pagan had moved to Hollywood at age 22. A former model, the Puerto Rican-born actor later gained fame with the series Midnight Caller and has also experimented with singing and come up with a solo LP.