Famous Puerto Rican Film & Theater Personalities

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Benicio Del Toro
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Films ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Basquiat’ and ‘Snatch’)
Benicio Del Toro
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Birthdate: February 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Germán, Puerto Rico

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.

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Rita Moreno
(Puerto Rican Actress and Singer Best Known for Her Role as 'Anita' in 'West Side Story')
Rita Moreno
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Birthdate: December 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico

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.

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Daddy Yankee
(Rapper & Singer Known as The "King of Reggaetón" by Music Critics and Fans Alike)
Daddy Yankee
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Birthdate: February 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.

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 4 
Roselyn Sánchez
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)
Roselyn Sánchez
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Birthdate: April 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.

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Luis Guzmán
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Birthdate: August 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán is best known for films such as Boogie Nights, The Limey, and Traffic. Audiences also loved him in the series Narcos. He has voiced Ricardo in two Grand Theft Auto video games and has delivered an award-winning performance in How to Make It in America
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Adria Arjona
(Puerto Rican-born Actress)
Adria Arjona
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Birthdate: April 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Puerto Rico
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Raul Julia
(Golden Globe- and Emmy-Winning Puerto Rican Actor)
Raul Julia
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Birthdate: March 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Floral Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24, 1994
 8 
José Ferrer
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Films: ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’)
José Ferrer
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Birthdate: January 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: January 26, 1992

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.

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Amaury Nolasco
(Puerto Rican Actor Known for His Roles in Films and Series)
Amaury Nolasco
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Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vieques, Puerto Rico

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.

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Yadier Molina
(Former Puerto Rican Baseball Catcher)
Yadier Molina
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Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bayam??n, Puerto Rico
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Dayanara Torres
(Puerto Rican Beauty Queen, Model, Actress, Singer, and Writer)
Dayanara Torres
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Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.

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Joseline Hernandez
(Rapper, Actress and Cast Member of the VH1 Reality Series 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'.)
Joseline Hernandez
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Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

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.

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Walter Mercado
(Puerto Rican Astrologer, Actor, and TV Personality)
Walter Mercado
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Birthdate: March 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: November 2, 2019

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.

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Lauren Velez
(American Actress)
Lauren Velez
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Birthdate: November 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
 15 
Don Omar
(Puerto Rican Reggaeton Singer and Actor)
Don Omar
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Birthdate: February 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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Zuleyka Rivera
(Puerto Rican Beauty Queen: 2006 Miss Universe)
Zuleyka Rivera
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Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico

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.

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Ismael Cruz Córdova
(Puerto Rican Actor )
Ismael Cruz Córdova
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Birthdate: April 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
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David Zayas
(Puerto Rican Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Angel Batista’ on Showtime's Series ‘Dexter’)
David Zayas
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Birthdate: August 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

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.

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Carlos Ponce
(Puerto Rican Actor, Singer, Model, and Voice Actor)
Carlos Ponce
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Birthdate: September 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico
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Carlito
(Puerto Rican Wrestler and the Son of Carlos Colón Sr.)
Carlito
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Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Adamari López
(Puerto Rican Actress and TV Host)
Adamari López
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Birthdate: May 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico
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Lymari Nadal
(Puerto Rican Actress, Film Producer and Scriptwriter)
Lymari Nadal
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Birthdate: February 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

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.

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Ramón Rodríguez
(Puerto Rican Film and TV Actor)
Ramón Rodríguez
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Birthdate: December 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
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Henry Darrow
(American Character Actor and a Champion for Latin Roles)
Henry Darrow
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Birthdate: September 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Ivonne Coll
(Puerto Rican Actress and Former Beauty Queen)
Ivonne Coll
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Birthdate: June 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

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.

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Wilnelia Merced
(Puerto Rican Actor, Model, and Former Miss World)
Wilnelia Merced
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Birthdate: October 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico Caguas, Puerto Rico
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Ivy Queen
(Puerto Rican Rapper, Actress, Singer, and Songwriter)
Ivy Queen
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Birthdate: March 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Añasco, Puerto Rico
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Joyce Giraud
(Puerto Rican Model, Actress, Television & Film Producer, and Philanthropist)
Joyce Giraud
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Birthdate: April 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

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.

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Miriam Colon
(Puerto Rican Actress)
Miriam Colon
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Birthdate: August 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: March 3, 2017
 30 
Marcelino Sánchez
(Puerto Rican Actor )
Marcelino Sánchez
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Birthdate: December 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Died: November 21, 1986
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Holly Woodlawn
(Puerto Rican Actor and Transgender Icon Known for Her Roles in Andy Warhol's Films)
Holly Woodlawn
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Birthdate: October 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico
Died: December 6, 2015
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Nina Flowers
(Puerto Rican DJ, Drag Queen, Activist, Reality Television Personality, and Make-up Artist)
Nina Flowers
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Birthdate: February 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bayamón, Puerto Rico
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Julián Gil
(Argentine-Puerto Rican Model, Actor, TV Host, and Businessman)
Julián Gil
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Birthdate: June 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Joan Smalls
(Puerto Rican Model and TV Personality)
Joan Smalls
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Birthdate: July 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hatillo, Puerto Rico
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Renoly Santiago
(Puerto Rican Actor, Singer, and Writer)
Renoly Santiago
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Birthdate: March 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lajas, Puerto Rico
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Luis Roberto Guzmán
(Puerto Rican Actor )
Luis Roberto Guzmán
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Birthdate: April 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bayamón, Puerto Rico
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Marcel Ruiz
(Puerto Rican Actor )
Marcel Ruiz
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Birthdate: July 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Paul Calderón
(Puerto Rican Stage, Film, and TV Actor )
Paul Calderón
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Puerto Rico
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Denise Quinones
(Puerto Rican Model, Actress, and Beauty Queen)
Denise Quinones
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Birthdate: September 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Iris Chacon
(Singer)
Iris Chacon
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Birthdate: March 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Luis Antonio Ramos
(Puerto Rican Actor )
Luis Antonio Ramos
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Birthdate: July 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Germán, Puerto Rico
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Jeimy Osorio
(Puerto Rican Singer and Actress)
Jeimy Osorio
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Birthdate: December 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Cami-Li
(TV Personality, Alternative Model, and Television Host)
Cami-Li
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Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Giselle Blondet
(Puerto Rican Actor, TV Host, Entrepreneur, Author, and Philanthropist)
Giselle Blondet
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Birthdate: January 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York
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Paola Nicole Andino
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Birthdate: March 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bayamón

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.

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Osvaldo Ríos
(Puerto Rican Model, Actor, Guitarist, and Singer)
Osvaldo Ríos
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Birthdate: October 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Shalim Ortiz
(Puerto Rican Singer and Actor)
Shalim Ortiz
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Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Armando Riesco
(Puerto Rican Actor and Voice Actor)
Armando Riesco
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Birthdate: December 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
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Maripily Rivera
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Birthdate: June 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Carlos Santos
(Puerto Rican Comedian and Actor)
Carlos Santos
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Birthdate: April 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Puerto Rico