Puerto Rican

When we talk of famous Puerto Ricans, the first images that come to mind are of sexy and glamorous celebrities like Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez who have taken the entire world by storm with their music and dance moves. Very prominent on the international music scene, Puerto Ricans have also made a name for themselves in literature, performance arts, fashion, science, and politics among other fields. Scientists like Carlos E. Chardón, Nitza Margarita Cintron, and Juan R. Correa-Pérez have made pioneering contributions to the development of science and technology in the country while physicians such as José F. Cordero and Martín Corchado have enriched the field of medical science. The country has also given birth to several notable literary figures including the 19th century poet and journalist Dr. Manuel A. Alonso who is considered to be the first Puerto Rican writer of notable importance. Many prominent figures in the field of entertainment like Juan Emilio Viguié Cajas were born in Puerto Rico. A pioneer in the film industry of Puerto Rico, Cajas was the first Puerto Rican to produce commercially successful films. Interested in learning more? This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Puerto Ricans.

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 1 Benicio Del Toro

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Famous As: Actor
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.

 2 Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican baseball player who represented the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball (MLB). Apart from being a popular player, Clemente was also a great humanitarian whose impact is still being felt in MLB. Since his untimely death at the age of 38, Clemente has been the subject of several documentaries, articles, and books.

 3 Bad Bunny

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny won a Latin Grammy for his debut album, X 100pre. His album YHLQMDLG was the highest-charting all-Spanish album on Billboard 200. He was the only male to be featured on a Playboy cover, apart from Hugh Hefner, and also released a COVID-19-inspired song on SoundCloud.

 4 Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
The King of Latin Pop Ricky Martin ruled the music scene of the 1990s, with hits such as Livin' La Vida Loca and The Cup of Life. He began performing with the band Menudo at age 12 and later released multiple Billboard number 1 albums as a solo artist.

 5 Daddy Yankee

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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: February 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Río Piedras, 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.

 6 Ozuna

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Juan
Two-time Latin Grammy-winning Puerto Rican singer Ozuna specializes in the Latin trap and reggaeton genres. He is known for his Billboard-charting albums such as Aura. He collaborated with DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, and Cardi B on the phenomenal hit Taki Taki and has been cast in the film F9.

 7 Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Luis Miguel is a Mexican singer. Having performed in a wide range of styles like pop and jazz, Miguel is considered the most successful artist in the history of Latin America. One of the best-selling Latin musicians ever, Miguel is credited with popularizing the bolero genre. Thanks to his popularity, he has been referred to as the Latin Frank Sinatra.

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 8 Roselyn Sánchez

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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
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.

 9 Luis Fonsi

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi became an international sensation with the track Despacito, which was the most-watched video on YouTube till November 2020. Also known for tracks such as Aquí Estoy Yo, he has broken several Guinness records and won five Latin Grammy awards. He also supports children with cancer.

 10 Anuel AA

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carolina

Anuel AA is a Puerto Rican singer and rapper. Regarded as one of the founding fathers and a pioneer of Latin trap music, Anuel AA often incorporates topics like sex and crime in his lyrics. Also one of the most controversial rappers of his generation, Anuel AA has had several legal issues; his debut album was recorded while being incarcerated.

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 11 Luis Guzmán

Luis Guzmán.
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Famous As: Actor
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

 12 Adria Arjona

Adria Arjona
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Puerto Rico

 13 José Ferrer

José Ferrer.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
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.

 14 Miguel Cotto

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Listed In: Boxers
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: October 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
American-born Puerto Rican retired boxer Miguel Cotto became the first Puerto Rican to win world boxing titles in four separate weight divisions. In 2017, he was ranked third in the best light middleweight category by The Ring magazine. He now owns a boxing promotion and a non-profit organization.

 15 Amaury Nolasco

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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Puerto Rico

 16 José Feliciano

José Feliciano
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lares, Puerto Rico

 17 Raul Julia

Raul Julia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Floral Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24, 1994

 18 Don Omar

Don Omar
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carolina

 19 Joseline Hernandez

Joseline Hernandez.
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Famous As: Reality TV Star
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.

 20 Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bayam??n, Puerto Rico

 21 Damian Priest

Damian Priest
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, United States

 22 Dayanara Torres

Dayanara Torres
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

 23 Javier Báez

Javier Báez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

 24 David Zayas

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Famous As: Actor
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.

 25 Héctor Lavoe

Héctor Lavoe
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Machuelo Abajo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: June 29, 1993

 26 Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manatí, Puerto Rico

 27 Carlos Ponce

Carlos Ponce
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico

 28 Chayanne

Chayanne
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

 29 Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico

 30 Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball shortstop
Birthdate: September 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

 31 Alex Cora

Alex Cora
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico

 32 Enrique Hernández

Enrique Hernández
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 33 Felix Trinidad

Felix Trinidad
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

 34 Gina Lynn

Gina Lynn
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Adult Film Star, Model, Glamour model
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mayagüez

 35 Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

 36 Zuleyka Rivera

Zuleyka Rivera
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico

 37 Roberto Alomar

Roberto Alomar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

 38 Edgar Berlanga

Edgar Berlanga
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 39 J. J. Barea

J. J. Barea
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

 40 Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 41 Farruko

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bayamón

Puerto Rican singer Farruko is largely known as a pioneer of reggaeton. After gaining initial fame through the platform Myspace, he worked on many collaborative projects and eventually won a Latin Grammy award with the track 6 AM. He also inspired the HBO documentary Farruko: En Letra de Otro.

 42 Adamari López

Adamari López
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico

 43 Lymari Nadal

Lymari Nadal.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 44 Ricardo Rossello

Ricardo Rossello
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 45 Ismael Cruz Córdova

Ismael Cruz Córdova
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

 46 Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 47 Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hatillo, Puerto Rico

 48 Lunay

Lunay
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Corozal, Puerto Rico

 49 Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 50 René Pérez Joglar

René Pérez Joglar
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hato Rey, Puerto Rico