List of Dominican Americans

by usabiographies | created - 14 Jan 2018 | updated - 14 Jan 2018 | Public

This is a list of notable Dominican Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

1. Claudio Lee Smith

Actor | Tropico de Sangre

Claudio Lee Smith (born October 12, 1995 in El Cercado, Dominican Republic, to Samantha and Randy Smith). He was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Scouted by an agent in Santo Domingo, Smith began work on commercial modeling and acting at the age of ten. He later relocated to Los Angeles, CA to ...

2. Alex Rodriguez

Actor | Entourage

Alex Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Alexander Emanuel Rodriguez. He is a producer and actor, known for Entourage (2004), Playball (2008) and My Oh My! (1996). He was previously married to Cynthia Scurtis.

3. David Ortiz

Actor | Patriots Day

David Ortiz was born on November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as David Americo Ortiz Arias. He is an actor and producer, known for Patriots Day (2016), American Masters (1985) and Check Mate (2012). He has been married to Tiffany Brick since November 16, 2002. They have three ...

4. Tina Aumont

Actress | Texas Across the River

Tina Aumont was born on February 14, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA as Maria Christina Aumont. She was an actress, known for Texas Across the River (1966), Man, Pride & Vengeance (1967) and Satyricon (1969). She was married to Jean-François Ferriol and Christian Marquand. She died on ...

5. Lourdes Benedicto

Actress | ER

Lourdes Benedicto was born on November 12, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for ER (1994), V (2009) and 24 (2001). She has been married to Matthew Curley since June 9, 2006.

6. Rafael Campos

Actor | Agent for H.A.R.M.

Rafael Campos was born on May 13, 1936 in Santiago, Dominican Republic as Rafael Leonidas Campos Navarro Diaz. He was an actor, known for Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966), Centennial (1978) and Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958). He was married to Sally Boyd and Dinah Washington. He died on July 9, 1985 in...

7. Hosea Chanchez

Actor | The Game

Chanchez was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and spent the majority of his childhood in Atlanta. He was raised by a loving family who recognized his talents and encouraged him to pursue his dreams. From the moment he sang along to his grandmother's records, Chanchez displayed an inherent knack for ...

8. Rick Gonzalez

Actor | Old School

Rick Gonzalez was born on June 30th 1979 in New York City and raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He attended the "Fame" High School of performing arts where he studied Acting. Graduating in 1997 to pursue a career, Rick briefly worked in New York and later moved to Los Angeles to continue ...

9. Jackie Cruz

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Jackie Cruz has been singing and acting her whole life, and has entertained thousands with her unique sound, and artistic skills on screen with her roles on Netflix's #1 series, Orange Is the New Black (2013) as Flaca.

At a young age, Jackie has made amazing strides in her career with being named ...

10. Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Actor | Rent

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wilson J Heredia was always surrounded by music. His mother was a seamstress and his father was a super. But they were both very musical. He studied medicine, and thought about advertising, but he realized he had to express himself, so he got into acting. He worked at a...

11. Selenis Leyva

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Selenis Leyva was born on May 26, 1972. She is known for her work on Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Orange Is the New Black (2013) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).

12. Judy Marte

Actress | Raising Victor Vargas

Judy Marte was born on April 12, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Raising Victor Vargas (2002), NYC 22 (2012) and On the Outs (2004).

13. Mirtha Michelle

Actress | Fast & Furious

Mirtha Michelle is an actress and writer born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on January 17th. At five years old her parents, Jose and Mirtha moved the family to Miami, Florida. She grew up in a very close-knit family, also consisting of her older sister Cathryn and younger brother Jose Angel....

14. Patrícia Mota

Actress | G.I. Jesus

Patrícia Mota is an actress and producer, known for G.I. Jesus (2006), State Property: Blood on the Streets (2005) and Jasmim: O Sonho do Cinema (1996).

15. Manny Perez

Actor | Homeland

Manny Perez is becoming one of the most recognized Latino Actors in Hollywood. He has embarked into the most pivotal steps in his career. In the past few years he has been cast from leads to co-starring roles in over a dozen films; in major and independent releases.

He also won an Alma Award in 2008...

16. Maria Montez

Actress | Cobra Woman

In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing ...

17. Prince Royce

Soundtrack | Fast & Furious 7

Prince Royce was born on May 11, 1989 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Geoffrey Royce Rojas. He is an actor, known for Furious 7 (2015), The Passion (2016) and Prince Royce: Corazón Sin Cara, Version 2 (2010). He has been married to Emeraude Toubia since November 30, 2018.

18. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Avatar

Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. ...

19. Carlos PenaVega

Actor | Big Time Rush

Born as Carlos Roberto Pena Jr. in Columbia, Missouri. U.S. He was raised in Weston, Florida. He attended Sagemont Upper School. Carlos moved to Hollywood in August 2009.

Carlos studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory.

He is a member of the band, Big Time Rush, and plays piano and sings.

He...

20. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Avatar

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

21. Oscar de la Renta

Costume_department | Ugly Betty

Oscar de la Renta was born on July 22, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as Oscar Aristides Ortiz de la Renta Fiallo. He is known for his work on Ugly Betty (2006), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and Beautopia (1998). He was married to Annette Reed and Françoise de Langlade. He...



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