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Mixed Hispanic and Native American Actors & Actresses

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Jessica Alba

Her father is Spanish/Mexican-American, her mother is French/Danish.  Her screen debut was the movie Camp Nowhere in 1993, then she went on to television and starred in Flipper. In 1999, she starred in Never Been Kissed and Idle Hands and in 2000 she starred in the television series "Dark Angel."

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Benjamin Bratt

His mother is Quechua Indian from Lima, Peru and his father is an American with German and English descent.  Bratt recently left the successful NBC drama Law & Order to pursue a career in film. He was recently seen in The Next Best Thing with Rupert Everett and Madonna.

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Cameron Diaz

Her father is Cuban and her mother is of German, Native American and English heritage. Received her big break when she leapt from the modeling world to the big screen co-starring with Jim Carrey in The Mask. She went on to star in movies such as There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Any Given Sunday and Charlie's Angels.


Jimmy Smits

His father is Surinamese and his mother is Puerto Rican. Jimmy Smits has become one of the most prominent Hispanic actors in American television. Best known for his portrayal of lawyer Victor Sifuentes on the long-running program L.A. Law and as Detective Bobby Simone on ABC's police-drama NYPD Blue, Smits has helped to increase the visibility of Hispanics in non-typecast roles for the small screen. He has also appeared in several movies and lends his support to groups concerning themselves with Hispanic issues.


Salma Hayak

Her father is Lebanese and her mother is Mexican. This actress got her start on Mexican Soap Operas and then moved to the US to learn English and become a movie star. Her first major role was in Desperado opposite Antonio Banderas. She is now a major movie star and has been in many films including Fools Rush In, Dogma, and Wild Wild West.


Anthony Quinn

His mother was Mexican and his father was White (Irish). One of the Hollywood greats. In a career spanning sixty five years he has appeared in over three hundred and fifty films, winning numerous awards including two Oscars. Quinn made his mark in movies such as Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek and Jungle Fever. In 1995 he published an autobiography 'One Man Tango'.


Matt Cedeno

His father is Black Cuban and his mother is of Irish and English heritage according to cinecon.com. He began as a model before hs landed the role of Brandon Walker on NBC's top rated daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Besides his role on Days of Our Lives, he is featured in "The Price of Glory" for New Line Cinema, and is also featured prominently in the Sony Pictures release "The Suburbans".


Jamie-Lynn Sigler

I'm half-Cuban, so it's got a Latin flavor," she said in an interview with MTV referring to her upcoming album. She plays Meadow Soprano on hit HBO show "The Sopranos". And she is also starting a music career. The 20-year-old actress is nearly done recording her debut album. The disc, which mixes pop and R&B with Latin touches, should be in stores by October or November 2001. She is also a spokeswoman for the American Anorexia Bulimia Association.


Michael DeLorenzo

His mother is Puerto Rican and his father is Italian. He started out as a dancer in both the "Fame" feature and TV series. Then he and co-star Malik Yoba made TV history in "New York Undercover"; no other cop series had featured non-white males in leading roles. His screen credits include Mi Familia, Judgment Night, Alive, A Few Good Men, Diggstown and Fame. He also starred in the hit television series Head of the Class and appeared in episodes of Miami Vice, A Different World, Crime Story, Police Story, Bronx Zoo and Fame.


Lynda Carter

Her father is White and her mother is Mexican. Also according to IMDB she is "of Native American and Mexican heritage". She began her career as a teen and toured with the rock group Garfin Gathering before winning a series of beauty contests, including the title of Miss World-USA in 1973. She is perhaps best known as TV's "Wonder Woman" and as a model and fashion director for Maybelline cosmetics. Carter has starred in a series of TV variety specials for CBS, and made one appearance in the feature film "Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw".


Frankie Muniz

His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is Italian and Irish. Best known for starring in the Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle". On the big screen, he starred in "My Dog Skip".


Mercedes Ruehl

According to tribute.ca she was, "Born in Queen's, New York, of both Irish and Cuban descent." She starred in films such as Married to the Mob, The Warriors, The Secret of My Succe$s, Big, Last Action Hero, Lost in Yonkers, What's Cooking? and The Amati Girls. She won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for The Fisher King (1992). She has also had limited success on television with roles in Gia, Subway Stories and The Lost Child, with a recurring role on the series, Frasier and guest appearances on The Cosby Show, Kate & Allie and Our Family Honor.


Madeleine Stowe

Her father is White (British) her mother is Costa Rican (from IMDB). Starred in movies such as Impostor, The General's Daughter, 12 Monkeys, Blink, Unlawful Entry, The Last of the Mohicans, Revenge, The Two Jakes, and Stakeout. She won the National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Short Cuts.


Raquel Welch

Her father is Bolivian and her mother is White (according to this article). She made her name as a sex symbol in the 1960s, and in late middle age was still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Made her film debut with a small part in A House Is Not a Home. She gained international stardom with such films as One Million Years B.C., Bedazzled, Lady in Cement and The Prince and the Pauper. During the 1980s she concentrated on stage and television work, she also produced exercise books and videos. In 1994 she returned to the big screen in Naked Gun 331/3: The Final Insult, and in 1997 she took over the title role in the Broadway production of Victor/Victoria.


Joanna Kerns

Her real name is Joanne Crussie DeVarona. According to IMDB she is of mixed Mexican-Amercan/Irish descent and is a role-model to many Chicano/Latino youths for her respect and desire to honor and remember her Latino roots. She is most widely known for her portrayal of Maggie Seaver in Growing Pains, a popular ABC sitcom which ran from 1985 to 1992. She appeared in a handful of big-screen films and has many made-for-TV movies to her credit.

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