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.
Rita Moreno is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Renowned for her work in film, television, and theater in a career spanning more than seven decades, Rita is among a few elite performers to have received all four major American entertainment awards: Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and an Oscar. Among Rita Moreno’s numerous accolades is the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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.
Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, model, producer, and writer. She is best known for playing Elena Delgado in the popular police procedural drama TV series Without a Trace, for which she received the 2008 ALMA Award. Roselyn Sánchez also works with organizations like Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which helps sick children from poor families.
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 reality star Joseline Hernandez of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta broke down after losing custody of her son to her former boyfriend, Stevie J, in Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition. Earlier, the bisexual entertainer had confirmed that her marriage with Stevie had been faked for publicity.
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.
Dayanara Torres is a Puerto Rican beauty queen, model, actress, singer, and writer. She came into prominence in 1993 when she was crowned Miss Universe in Mexico. During and after her reign, Dayanara Torres served as an ambassador for UNICEF; she traveled through Latin America and Asia in support of the organization.
Zuleyka Rivera is a Puerto Rican beauty queen, model, actress, TV host, and dancer. She came into prominence in 2006 when she was crowned Miss Universe in Los Angeles. She made her acting debut the following year, when she appeared in the Mexican telenovela, Dame Chocolate. Zuleyka Rivera has also appeared in popular music videos.
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.
Lymari Nadal is a Puerto Rican actress, scriptwriter, and film producer. She is best known for her portrayal of Eva in the American biographical crime film, American Gangster. In 2011, she wrote and produced her own movie titled America, which was chosen to represent Puerto Rico at the 84th Academy Awards under the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Joyce Giraud is a Puerto Rican model, actress, television and film producer, and philanthropist. She achieved popularity in 1998 when she was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico. At Miss Universe 1998, she was the second runner-up. Since then, Joyce Giraud has appeared in several films and TV series like Miss Castaway and the Island Girls and House of Payne.
Ivonne Coll is a Puerto Rican actress and former beauty queen. She came into prominence in 1967, when she won the Miss Puerto Rico contest. She then went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing in movies like Lean on Me and The Godfather Part II. Ivonne Coll is also known for playing Alba Villanueva in Jane the Virgin.
Paola Nicole Andino is an actress best known for her lead role as Emma Alonso in the Nickelodeon series, Every Witch Way. As a child, she became a member of Lewisville's Footlights Dance Studio and danced competitively. She soon started taking acting classes as well. As of today, she has acted in numerous TV shows and TV movies.