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Athletes [ edit ]
Aric Almirola, current NASCAR driver
Carlos Alvarez, former college football player for the University of Florida, known as "The Cuban Comet"
Robert Andino, infielder for the Baltimore Orioles
Osvaldo Alonso, midfielder for Seattle Sounders soccer team
Maykel Galinda, former forward for Seattle Sounders, Chivas USA, FC Tampa Bay, FC Dallas and Los Angeles Blues soccer teams
Gilbert Arenas, professional basketball player with the Washington Wizards
Javier Arenas, cornerback and punt returner for the Arizona Cardinals
J. P. Arencibia, current catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays
René Arocha, former MLB pitcher
Rolando Arrojo, former MLB pitcher
Bronson Arroyo, starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and member of World Champion 2004 Boston Red Sox (Cuban father)
Alex Avila, current catcher for the Detroit Tigers
Danys Báez, relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
Yan Barthelemí, Cuban Professional Boxer
Steve Bellán, former baseball player
Yuniesky Betancourt, current MLB free agent
Wilfredo Calviño, former MLB coach and scout
Bert Campaneris, former MLB All-Star shortstop
Barbaro Cañizares, current first baseman
José Canseco, former MLB All-Star outfielder and DH, author ( ) and reality show contestant ( Juiced ) The Surreal Life
Ozzie Canseco, former MLB outfielder
Rene Capo, former Olympic judoka.
José Cardenal, former MLB outfielder and coach
John Carlos, Olympic track and field medalist, professional football player, founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (Cuban mother) [1 ]
Joel Casamayor, Cuban Professional Boxer
Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
Elieser Castillo, Cuban Professional Boxer
Eliseo Castillo, Cuban Professional Boxer
Yoenis Cespedes, current MLB outfielder
Aroldis Chapman, relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
Vinnie Chulk, relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants
José Contreras, current MLB free agent pitcher
Mike Cuellar, former MLB All-Star pitcher
Orestes Destrade, former MLB first baseman and current broadcaster
Eric Eichmann, former US National Team and American professional soccer player (Cuban mother)
Yunel Escobar, current shortstop for the Miami Marlins
Alex Fernandez, former pitcher for the Florida Marlins
Osvaldo Fernandez, former MLB pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
Tony Fossas, former MLB relief pitcher
Tito Fuentes, former MLB second baseman
Mary Joe Fernandez, tennis player
Ryan Freel, former MLB utility player
Yuriorkis Gamboa, "El Ciclón de Guantanamo", Professional Boxer
Danny Garcia, former MLB outfielder Kansas City Royals
Preston Gómez, former MLB infielder and manager
Anthony Gonzalez, WR Atlanta Falcons National Football League
Joaquin Gonzalez, Offensive Line, Indianapolis Colts National Football League
Luis Gonzalez, former outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Gio Gonzalez, current MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals
Henry Gutierrez, former US National Team and American professional soccer player
Ricky Gutiérrez, former shortstop
James "Chico" Hernandez, of Wheaties fame, US Sombo Wrestling Champion, World Cup Silver and 3 time British silver medalist [2 ]
Liván Hernández, starting pitcher for the New York Mets
Orlando Hernández, half-brother of Liván, starting pitcher for New York Mets
Eric Hosmer, first baseman for Kansas City Royals
Raúl Ibáñez, Left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anhiem
José Iglesias, current MLB shortstop for the Detroit Tigers
Jon Jay, outfielder for the St Louis Cardinals
Danell Leyva,Olympic gymnast
Ryan Lochte, gold medal Olympic swimmer
Doug Logan, Chief Executive Officer of USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body for track and field, long distance running, and race walking
Neil Lomax, former quarterback for the St Louis Cardinals
Hector Lombard, Mixed Martial Artist, Judo competitor at 2000 Sydney Olympics
Brook Lopez, current NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets, (Cuban father)
Robin Lopez, current NBA player for the New Orleans Pelicans, (Cuban father)
Mickey Lopez, former second baseman.
Frank Martin, current head men's basketball coach at South Carolina
Jorge Masvidal, Mixed Martial Artist
Christina McHale professional woman's tennis player.
Frank Mir, Mixed Martial Artist and former UFC Heavyweight Champion
Al Montoya, current goalkeeper for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL
Minnie Miñoso, former MLB All-Star outfielder
Pablo Morales, Olympic swimmer
Kendrys Morales, current first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels
Alex Ochoa, former MLB outfielder and current first base coach in the Boston Red Sox organization
Sergio Oliva, former 3-time Mr. Olympia; only bodybuilder to have ever beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Mr. Olympia competition
Tony Oliva, former MLB All-Star outfielder
Rey Ordóñez, former shortstop, New York Mets
Henry Owens, former relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins
Orlando Palmeiro, former MLB outfielder and pinch-hitter
Rafael Palmeiro, former MLB All-Star first baseman and member of the 3,000 Hit and 500 Home Run clubs
Camilo Pascual, former MIB pitcher
Brayan Peña, current MLB catcher
Tony Pérez, former MLB All-Star infielder
Eduardo Pérez, former MLB first baseman and current bench coach of the Houston Astros
Jorge Posada, catcher for the New York Yankees (Cuban father)
Yasiel Puig, professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Alexei Ramírez, current shortstop for the Chicago White Sox
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Cuban Professional Boxer
Amy Rodriguez, frontline for U.S. women's national soccer team
Jennifer Rodriguez, Olympic medal-winning speed skater
Sean Rodriguez, second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays
Cookie Rojas, former MLB infielder
Yoel Romero, Mixed Martial Artist
Alex Sánchez, former outfielder
Alberto Salazar, runner and marathon winner
David Segui, former first baseman
Odlanier Solís, Cuban Professional Boxer
Danny Tartabull, former MLB All-Star outfielder
Tony Taylor, former MLB infielder
Luis Tiant, former MLB All-Star pitcher
Dara Torres, Olympic gold-medalist (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008)
Danny Valencia, current third baseman for the Kansas City Royals
Business [ edit ]
Alex Aguila, co-founder of [3 ] Alienware
Raúl Alarcón, president and CEO of the Spanish Broadcasting System
Alfredo Alonso, SVP of Clear Channel Radio
Ralph Alvarez, former president and [4 ] COO of McDonald's
Bobby Maduro, baseball entrepreneur owner of Havana Sugar Kings
Bacardi Family, owners of [5 ] Bacardi Rums, Grey Goose, Martini & Rossi and Dewar's
Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon.com, owner of The Washington Post
Paul L. Cejas, CEO of PLC Investments, Inc.
Armando Codina, CEO of the Codina Group
Alfonso Fanjul, sugar baron [6 ]
Jose Fanjul, sugar baron [6 ]
Raul J. Fernandez, co-owner of the NBA Washington Wizards, NHL Washington Capitals and WNBA Washington Mystics
Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO of AT&T Mobility
Jorge Figueredo, Senior Vice President of [7 ] Dow Jones
Robert C. Goizueta, former [8 ] CEO of the Coca-Cola Company
Efraim Grinberg, CEO of Movado watches
Gedalio Grinberg, founder and former CEO of Movado watches
Nelson Gonzalez, co-founder of [3 ] Alienware
Carlos Gutierrez, former [9 ] CEO of Kellogg Company
Jorge Mas Canosa, CEO of MasTech, political activist, former head of Cuban-American National Foundation
Alex Meruelo, CEO of The Muruelo Group
Alvaro de Molina, [10 ] Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America Corporation
Antonio Luis Navarro, former vice president of W. R. Grace and Company
Jorge M. Perez, real estate developer, CEO of the Related Group [11 ]
Joe Quesada, CCO of [12 ] Marvel Entertainment; former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics
George Reyes, [13 ] Chief Financial Officer of Google
Gregorio Reyes, co-founded Sunward Technologies; Silicon Valley legend
Marcos A. Rodriguez, entrepreneur, broadcaster, movie producer
Julio Rumbaut, founder Telemundo of Florida, media executive, entrepreneur, content producer
Felix Sabates, entrepreneur, philanthropist, holds ownership in NASCAR, Charlotte Bobcats
Marcus Fontain, J.D, President and CEO of Unimundo Corporation and UnimundoTV
Education [ edit ]
Ruth Behar, anthropologist, poet, and filmmaker, first Latina recipient of a MacArthur award, University of Michigan Dr.
George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard University Dr.
Miguel A. De La Torre, prolific author on Hispanic religiosity, Iliff School of Theology Dr.
Jorge I. Dominguez, Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, Chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University Dr.
Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, Yale University Dr.
Jorge J. E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy, University at Buffalo Dr.
Robert Lima, Knight Commander, Order of Queen Isabel of Spain. Academician ANLE, Corr. Member RAE, Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Fellow, IAH (Penn State University) Dr.
Modesto A. Maidique, former President of Florida International University Dr.
Elsa A. Murano, President of Texas A&M University Dr.
Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College Dr.
Alejandro Portes, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University Dr.
Gregory Rabassa, Renowned Literary Translator and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Queens College, City University of New York and in the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures of the Graduate School and University Center of the CUNY Graduate Center Dr.
Rubén G. Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine Dr.
Teofilo Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA and recipient of the 2011 National Humanities Medal at the White House Dr.
Ernest Sosa, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University Dr.
Carlos M. N. Eire, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. His memoir of the Cuban Revolution, , (Free Press, 2003) won the National Book Award for non-fiction Waiting for Snow in Havana
Armando Vilaseca. Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Education
Entertainment [ edit ]
Camila Cabello,singer from the girl group Fifth Harmony
Lauren Jauregui, singer from the girl group Fifth Harmony
Laz Alonso, actor
Odette Annable, actress ( ) (Cuban mother) Cloverfield
Desi Arnaz, actor ( ) I Love Lucy
Desi Arnaz Jr., actor
Lucie Arnaz, actress
Nelson Ascencio, comedian ( ) MADtv
Steven Bauer, actor ( Scarface, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, credited as Rocky Echevarría)
María Canals Barrera, voice actress
Ariana Barouk - TV host, actress, model, and singer, who represented Cuba in the seventh edition of the environmentally oriented Miss Earth,International Beauty Pageant
Bobby Cannavale, actor ( , Third Watch ), Cuban mother Will & Grace
Irene Cara, actress ( ) Flashdance
Nestor Carbonell, actor ( Suddenly Susan, Lost, The Dark Knight, The Lost City) [14 ]
Jencarlos Canela, actor ( Mas sabe el diablo)
Jason Canela, actor and brother of Jencarlos Canela
Matt Cedeño, actor and model
Eddie Cibrian, actor ( , Vanished ) Invasion
Cristina Saralegui The most famous Hispanic talk show host.
Damien Crosse, actor
Valerie Cruz, actress ( , Nip/Tuck ) The Dresden Files
Sammy Davis, Jr., actor, singer, dancer (whose mother was of mostly Cuban descent, though often reported as Puerto Rican)
Rosario Dawson, American actress ( , Rent ), mother of Puerto Rican and Kids Afro-Cuban descent. [15 ]
Kamar de los Reyes, soap opera actor ( ) One Life to Live
Guillermo Díaz, actor (films ) Half Baked, Party Girl
Emiliano Díez, actor (the TV series) George Lopez
Cameron Diaz, actress (father was of Cuban descent)
Majandra Delfino, actress ( ) Roswell
Marieh Delfino, actress
Raúl Esparza, actor
Mel Ferrer, actor
Daisy Fuentes, model and television personality (MTV's ) House of Style
David Fumero, soap opera actor ( ) One Life to Live
Gene Gabriel, actor ( ) Numb3rs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
David Gallagher actor, , Cuban mother 7th Heaven [16 ]
Melissa Gallo, television actress, One Life to Live [17 ]
Robert Gant, actor ( ) Queer as Folk
Andy García, Academy Award-nominated actor ( , The Godfather Part III , Ocean's Eleven , Oceans Twelve ) The Lost City
Joanna García, film and television actress ( ) Reba [18 ]
Jorge Garcia, actor ( ) Lost
Jsu Garcia, actor
Nona Gaye, singer and actress ( ) Ali
Carlos Gómez, actor
Marga Gomez, comedienne/playwright
Adam Irigoyen, actor ( ) Shake It Up
Oscar Isaac, actor, ( , Inside Llewyn Davis ). Star Wars: The Force Awakens [19 ]
David Lago, actor
William Levy actor
Faizon Love, actor, Born Langston Faizon Santisima
Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado, actress ( El Super, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?)
Natalie Martinez, actress ( ) Sons of Tucson
Paul Le Mat, American actor of partially Cuban descent
Elizabeth Melendez, American actress and former model of Cuban and Uruguayan descent. [20 ]
Eva Mendes, actress ( , Hitch ) 2 Fast 2 Furious
Olga Merediz, actress and singer
Christina Milian, singer and actress ( ) Be Cool
Enrique Murciano, actor ( ) Without a Trace
Oscar Nuñez, actor ( ) The Office
Luis Oquendo, actor (film Guaguasi, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?)
Elizabeth Peña, actress ( ) Rush Hour
Danny Pino, actor ( ) Cold Case
Tony Plana, actor ( ) Ugly Betty
Carlos Ponce, actor/singer but was born in ( ) to Cuban immigrants Puerto Rico
Armando Riesco, actor (film ) Garden State
Adam Rodríguez, actor ( ), of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent CSI: Miami
Génesis Rodríguez, actress (Dona Barbara, Dame Chocolate and Prisionera).
Cesar Romero, actor ( The Joker on Batman (1960s TV series), Ocean's Eleven (1960 film), Week-End in Havana)
Mercedes Ruehl, Academy Award-winning ( ) and The Fisher King Tony Award-winning actress, mother is of part Cuban descent
Caitlin Sanchez, actress ( Dora The Explorer)
Marco Sanchez, actor
Saundra Santiago, actress ( , Miami Vice ) The Sopranos
Tessie Santiago, actress ( ), ( Queen of Swords ) Good Morning, Miami
Bianca A. Santos. actress ( The Fosters (2013 TV series)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress ( ), mother is of Cuban descent The Sopranos
Georg Stanford Brown, actor ( ) Roots
Bella Thorne, actress (father was of Cuban descent) Shake It Up
Oscar Torre, actor and director ( ) Hangover III, Cane (TV series), Ladrón que roba a ladrón
Gina Torres, actress ( The Matrix sequels, Firefly and Serenity)
Tammy Trull, American actress of Venezuelan and Cuban descent.
Jordi Vilasuso, actor ( ) Guiding Light
Bob Vila - This Old House Host.
Cartoonists [ edit ]
Directors, screenwriters and producers [ edit ]
Ozzie Alfonso, TV director, writer, producer; directed in the 1970s; was Senior Producer/Writer/Director of Sesame Street during the 1980s. Free-lanced for many clients; Adjunct college professor at 3-2-1 Contact St. John's University (New York). * Manny Coto, executive producer ( ), writer ( 24 , 24 ) Star Trek: Enterprise
René Echevarria, writer ( , Star Trek: The Next Generation , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ) co-creator of Medium The 4400
Andy García, director ( The Lost City)
Silvio Horta, creator and writer ( ), writer ( Ugly Betty , Urban Legends ) Jake 2.0
Leon Ichaso, director/screenwriter ( ), director ( El Super ), ( Ali: An American Hero ), ( Crossover Dreams ), ( Pinero ). El Cantante
Joe Menendez, TV and Film director ( ), director ( Ladrón que roba a ladrón ), ( A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail ), co-executive producer of ( Hunting of Man ) Imagination Movers
Roberto Orci, executive producer ( , Star Trek ) and writer ( The Proposal , Transformers , Eagle Eye ) Star Trek
Brett Ratner, director ( , Rush Hour , Red Dragon ) Parents: European Jews who lived in Cuba X-Men: The Last Stand
George A. Romero, American film director, screenwriter and editor ( , Night of the Living Dead ) creator of the Dawn of the Dead Living Dead film series. He is son of a Cuban-born father of Castilian Spanish parentage and a [21 ] Lithuanian American mother.
Amy Serrano, director/cimematographer/ writer ( ), producer of documentary films, poet The Sugar Babies
Graphic designers [ edit ]
Fashion [ edit ]
Musicians [ edit ]
A. J. McLean - member of the Backstreet Boys. He is of Cuban and German ancestry on his mother's side
Francisco Aguabella, Afro-Cuban master percussionist
Albita, Grammy-winning singer
Mellow Man Ace, Godfather of Latin Hip Hop Born Ulpiano Sergio Reyes and is Afro-Cuban
B Real, member of rap group Cypress Hill Born: Louis Freese Father is Mexican, Mother is Cuban
Manuel Barrueco, classical guitarist
Mario Bauza, trumpeter, saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and Afro-Cuban Jazz pioneer
Angela Bofill - American R&B and jazz singer and songwriter of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent.
Jorge Bolet, classical concert pianist specializing in Liszt
Camila Cabello, Cuban born American to a Cuban mother; Fifth Harmony member
Elizabeth Caballero, lyric soprano
Nini Camps - Cuban-American folk rock singer-songwriter
Irene Cara, Oscar and Grammy-winning singer ( ), actress ( Flashdance ) Born in The Bronx, NY, US; her mother, Louise, was an American of Cuban descent. Fame
Desmond Child - American musician, songwriter, and producer. His mother is the Cuban songwriter Elena Casals [22 ]
Andrés Cárdenes, violinist
Willy Chirino, singer
Ana Cristina, singer, songwriter, actress, Miss South Florida USA 2011
Juan Croucier, rock bassist ( Ratt, Dokken, Quiet Riot)
Celia Cruz, multiple Grammy-winning singer
Xavier Cugat, celebrated bandleader
José Curbelo - (1917 - 2012) Cuban-born American pianist and manager.
Addys D'Mercedes, singer
Paquito D'Rivera, Grammy-winning saxophonist
The DeCastro Sisters, female singing group
Don Dinero, rapper Born: Jose Manuel Guitian
Sen Dog, Cuban rapper member of ( Cypress Hill)
Emilio Estefan, five-time Grammy-winning producer
Gloria Estefan, Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated singer
Lola Falana, singer, actress and dancer
Frank Ferrer - American rock drummer and session musician.
Johnny Goudie, rock musician
Olga Guillot, singer
Horacio Gutiérrez, prize-winning classical concert pianist
Scott Herren - music producer. His father is Catalan and his mother is of Irish and Cuban descent. [23 ]
Horacio Hernandez ("El Negro"), Grammy-winning drummer and percussionist
Lauren Jauregui, member of Fifth Harmony
Al Jourgensen, frontman of MinistryBorn in La Habana, Cuba to Cuban and Norwegian parents
Nil Lara, rock musician
Lissette, singer/actress (wife of Willy Chirino) Daughter of Olga y Tony.
Dave Lombardo, drummer of Slayer
Cachao López, composer, musician of Cuban mambo
Courtney Love, actress and frontwoman of rock band Hole; great-grandmother was Cuban immigrant [24 ]
La Lupe, singer and gay icon
Raúl Malo, lead singer of American country music band, The Mavericks
Zenaida Manfugas, Concert Pianist. [25 ]
Martika, Grammy-nominated singer/actress (film ; television series Annie ) Kids Incorporated
Paul Masvidal, guitarist for metal band Cynic Born in Puerto Rico from Cuban parents
Syesha Mercado, singer
Roger Miret, singer for Agnostic Front
Jorge Moreno, Grammy award winning singer / writer and TV producer
JD Natasha, Latin pop musician
Fats Navarro (1923 - 1950) - American jazz trumpet player. He was a pioneer of the bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940s. He was of Cuban-Black-Chinese descent. [26 ]
Nayer - American singer of Cuban parents.
Olivia Longott, rapper Cuban and Jamaican [27 ]
P-Star, rapper, actress Born: Priscilla Star Diaz
Pitbull, Cuban American Born in Miami, Florida
Walfredo Reyes, Jr., percussionist and drum set player; born in Havana to a historically musical Cuban family; former member of Santana; current member of Chicago; expert in Jazz, Latin, World music, World fusion, Afro-Cuban, Rock, etc.
Arsenio Rodriguez - (1911 – 1970) was a Cuban musician, composer and bandleader. Born in Cuba, he died in United States, where he lived in the last years of his life. [28 ]
Christopher Rojas, Cuban American-born composer and record producer
Ángel, Cuban American-born rapper
Rudy Pérez, Cuban composer and music producer. [29 ]
Chano Pozo, Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz percussionist, conga player
Marco Rizo, pianist, composer, I Love Lucy
Rey Ruiz, singer
Arturo Sandoval, jazz trumpeter and pianist; composer
Rudy Sarzo, rock bassist ( Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Manic Eden, Dio)
Jon Secada, two-time Grammy-winning singer
Carly Simon - singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. Her mother, Andrea Louise Simon, was of German, French, and Afro-Cuban descent. [30 ]
Joanna Simon (mezzo-soprano) - Sister of Carly Simon
Lucy Simon - is an American composer for the theatre and popular songs. She is known for the musical, . Sister of Carly and Joanna Simon The Secret Garden
Zeyda Ruga Suzuki, Juno Award-nominated classical concert pianist
Tonedeff - American rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter. He was born to a Cuban mother and a Colombian father
Tico Torres, drummer of Bon Jovi, singer
Rene Touzet, composer, pianist
Mayra Verónica, singer, model, television personality
Ras Juan Perez International Cuban Reggae star, member/founder of Reggae group Arawak Jah [Orlando, FL, USA]
Mongo Santamaría, Latin jazz musician Grammy winner
Voltaire, Dark cabaret musician. Born: Aurelio Voltaire Hernández
Franky Gee, member of German eurodance group Captain Jack. Born in Cuba, he is of African American descent
Reality television contestants [ edit ]
Rachel Campos, featured on The Real World: San Francisco
Jose "Pepi" Diaz, contestant on season 5 of The Apprentice
Marlon Fernández, winner of (third season) Objetivo Fama
Janette Manrara, Finalist so you think you can dance season 5 TV Series
Jeanine Mason, Winner of Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance
Ashley Massaro, Survivor: China contestant, WWE wrestler, Playboy model
Syesha Mercado, contestant American Idol
Chris Núñez, artist and reality television personality ( ) Miami Ink
Melissa Padrón, featured on The Real World: Miami
Veronica Portillo, Playboy model and contestant Road Rules
Janu Tornell, Vegas showgirl and reality show contestant ( ) Survivor
Pedro Zamora, AIDS activist, featured on The Real World: San Francisco
Writers [ edit ]
Alex Abella, mystery/crime novelist, non-fiction writer, and journalist
Mercedes de Acosta, poet, playwright
Reynaldo Arenas, poet, author
Joaquín Badajoz, poet, author, essayist ( North American Academy of the Spanish Language, fellow member)
Rafael Campo (poet) - Cuban born American poet
Richard Blanco - Spanish born poet
Nilo Cruz, playwright, the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Carmen Agra Deedy, children's books author
Carlos Eire, writer, won the 2003 National Book Award in Nonfiction
Frank Fernández, anarchist, author of exile-related themes
Roberto G. Fernández, novelist
María Irene Fornés, playwright
Paula Fox, author, winner of Hans Christian Andersen Medal, biological grandmother of musician Courtney Love
Cristina García, novelist
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, mystery novelist and descendant of Cuban independence patriot Francisco Vicente Aguilera [31 ]
Oscar Hijuelos, first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction
José Kozer, poet, author of over sixty books and Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize 2014 [32 ] [33 ]
Robert Lima, author of twenty-seven books, poet, literary critic, biographer, editor, translator, bibliographer
Rosa Lowinger, author of Tropicana Nights: the Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub.
Ana Menéndez, author (books and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd ) Loving Che
Anaïs Nin, author [34 ]
Achy Obejas, novelist
Ricardo Pau-Llosa, poet, art critic [35 ]
Carlos Pintado, author, playwright and award-winning poet of Sant Jordi International Prize for Poetry.
Jorge Reyes, memoirist, short-story writer, poet, children's books
Antonio Sacre, children's books, playwright
Cecilia Samartin, novelist, (books "Broken Paradise", "Tarnished Beauty", "Vigil"), www.ceciliasamartin.com
Virgil Suárez, novelist
Piri Thomas, author (memoir ) Down These Mean Streets
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, writer ( The Dirty Girls Social Club)
Armando Valladares, writer ("Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag")
Journalists [ edit ]
Jessica Aguirre, anchor KNTV NBC Bay Area News San Francisco, CA
Manny Alvarez, medical correspondent Fox News Channel
Cathy Areu, founder of Catalina magazine
Jim Acosta is CNN's Senior White House Correspondent
Liz Balmaseda, columnist Miami Herald
Barbara Bermudo, anchor Primer Impacto
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a business news General Assignment Reporter for CNBC television.
Myrka Dellanos, former anchor Primer Impacto
José Díaz-Balart, anchor/reporter
GiGi Diaz, sports reporter Pompano Park and journalist in Miami
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, National Public Radio
Max Gomez, medical correspondent WCBS-TV in New York City
Pedro Gomez (sports reporter), ESPN reporter and Barry Bonds' bete-noire, etc...
Ambrose E. Gonzales, co-founder of newspaper in The State South Carolina and author of several books in Gullah language
Narciso Gener Gonzales, co-founder of newspaper in The State South Carolina
Eva Golinger, journalist and presenter
Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger and television personality
Dan Le Batard, sportswriter for The Miami Herald
Tom Llamas, correspondent for ABC News
Antonio Mora, host on Al Jazeera America
Belkys Nerey, anchor WSVN, Fox in Miami
Jackie Nespral, anchor WTVJ, NBC in Miami
Soledad O'Brien, Al Jazeera America correspondent, Independent Producer
Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer Prize winner
Rafael Pineda, veteran TV personality, former anchor WXTV in New York
Ellie Rodriguez, anchor WSVN in Miami
Maggie Rodriguez, co-anchor of CBS's The Early Show
Mari Rodriguez Ichaso, filmmaker, columnist, journalist Vanidades, Harper's Bazaar en Espanol, Travel & Leisure en Espanol
Rick Sanchez, anchor
Enrique Teutelo, anchor, Telemundo 39 in Dallas, TX
Amile Waters - Cuban born Head Sports Editor/Columnist, Radio Personality and an avid painter of the "Dark Metal" arts. Waters is also a former American pornographic and Indie film actress. She is daughter of a Cuban mother and Guyanese father. [36 ]
Government [ edit ]
United States ambassadors [ edit ]
Cabinet members [ edit ]
United States House of Representatives [ edit ]
James Devereux, former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 2nd district
Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 21st district
Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 25th district
Alex Mooney, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing West Virginia's 2nd district
Joseph Marion Hernández, first Hispanic elected to the United States Congress
Joe Garcia, former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 26th district
Carlos Curbelo, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 26th district
David Rivera, Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 25th district
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 18th district
Albio Sires, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 13th district
2008 Congressional candidates [ edit ]
United States Senate [ edit ]
Federal government [ edit ]
Al Cardenas, Washington, D.C. lobbyist
Alex Castellanos, Republican media consultant; senior advisor to 2008 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney
Nils J. Diaz, former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Cari M. Dominguez, Chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D, director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Eliot A. Jardines, first Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source
Otto Reich, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Mauricio J. Tamargo, 14th Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
Local government [ edit ]
Carlos Alvarez, mayor of Miami-Dade County
Joe Carollo, former mayor of Miami
Manny Diaz, mayor of Miami
Rosario Kennedy, former commissioner and vice-mayor of Miami
Raul L. Martinez, former mayor of Hialeah
Carlos Mayans, mayor of Wichita, Kansas
Alex Penelas, former mayor ( D- FL), Miami-Dade County, Florida
Xavier Suarez, former mayor of Miami
Silverio Vega, mayor of West New York, New Jersey
Tomas Regalado, mayor of Miami
Julio Robaina, former mayor of City of Hialeah
Bill Vidal, former mayor of Denver, Colorado. He was born in Camagüey, Cuba. [37 ]
State government [ edit ]
Zulima Farber, former Attorney General of New Jersey
Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade County
Anitere Flores, Florida State Senator and former Florida State Representative, first Republican Hispanic woman to serve in both the Florida House and Senate since 1986
Bob Martinez, former governor of Florida, first Cuban-American governor in United States history
Joseph Miró, Delaware state representative, president National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
Alex X. Mooney, member of the Maryland state senate representing District 3
Vincent Prieto, New Jersey state assemblyman 32nd District
Marco Rubio, US Senator from Florida, and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
U.S. Commonwealth government [ edit ]
Judiciary [ edit ]
Cecilia Altonaga, United States District Court Judge
Danny Boggs, Chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio
Raoul G. Cantero, III, first Hispanic justice on the Florida Supreme Court
Adalberto Jordan, United States District Court Judge
Jose L. Linares, United States District Court Judge of United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey
Mauricio J. Tamargo, Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
Joseph H. Rodriguez, United States District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey
Eduardo Robreno, United States District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Esther Salas, United States District Court Judge of United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey
United States Armed Forces [ edit ]
Adolfo Fernández Cavada, Captain in the Union Army during the American Civil War who later served as Commander-in-Chief of the Cinco Villas during Cuba's Ten Year War.
Ambrosio José Gonzales, Colonel in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
Erneido Oliva. Major General. Former deputy commander of the D.C. National Guard.
Federico Fernández Cavada, Colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War and later Commander-in-Chief of all the Cuban forces during Cuba's Ten Year War.
Félix Rodríguez, U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot, former CIA officer known for his involvement in the Bay of Pigs Invasion and his involvement in the capture and interrogation of Che Guevara.
Julius Peter Garesché, Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army who served as Chief of Staff, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans.
Lola Sánchez, Confederate spy during the American Civil War. She played an instrumental role in the Confederate victory in the "Battle of Horse Landing". [38 ]
Loreta Janeta Velazquez a.k.a. "Lieutenant Harry Buford", Velazquez was a Cuban born woman who masqueraded as a male Confederate soldier during the Civil War.
Mercedes O. Cubria, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army - The first Cuban born female officer in the US Army. [38 ]
Loreta Janeta Velázquez (June 26, 1842 – c.1902), Cuban-born woman who claimed that she masqueraded as a male Confederate soldier during the American Civil War.
World leaders [ edit ]
Science and technology [ edit ]
Aida de Acosta, first female to fly a powered aircraft
Luis Walter Alvarez, Nobel Prize winning experimental physicist (his paternal grandfather immigrated from Spain to Cuba and then to the United States)
Aristides Agramonte, physician, pathologist and bacteriologist
Nils J. Diaz, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Isabel Pérez Farfante, carcinologist [39 ]
Albert Siu, internist and geriatrician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City
Carlos Juan Finlay, (December 3, 1833 – August 20, 1915) was a Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in yellow fever research.
Serena M. Auñón is an American physician, engineer, and NASA astronaut
Visual arts [ edit ]
Emilio Cruz (1938 – 2004) American artist of African and Cuban descent. His work is held in several major museums in the United. States [40 ]
Manuel Carbonell (October 25, 1918 – November 10, 2011) was regarded as the last of the Cuban Master Sculptors. He lived and died in Florida.
Humberto Castro, painter
Félix González-Torres, artist
Ana Mendieta, artist
Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez, experimental filmmaker
Mercedes de Acosta, socialite, author, best known for her affairs with Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich
José Bernal, artist
Fernando Bujones, ballet dancer
Jose Manuel Carreño, award winning ballet dancer, American Ballet Theatre.
Alberto Cutié, priest and television host, EWTN also daily talk show on Telemundo Network.
Jose Ramon Diaz Alejandro, painter
Alina Fernández, radio personality, daughter and critic of Fidel Castro
Joe Garcia, 2008 Democratic congressional candidate
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, artist
Guerra de la Paz, name of Cuban born, American artist duo Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, who work in sculpture, installation and photography
Jose Acosta Hernandez, artist
Rita de Acosta Lydig, socialite
Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos, woman at the center of the Carl Tanzler case Corso de Palenzuela, Outsider-Primitive-Visionary visual artist
Ana Mendieta, performance artist, noted feminist
Javier Peres, contemporary art dealer
Henry Pollack, radio host of "Havana Rock"
Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, close friend and confidant of President Richard Nixon; key Watergate scandal figure
Emilio Sánchez (artist), contemporary art painter and lithographer
Maria Consuelo Iznaga Clement, wife of George Montagu, 8th Duke of Manchester
Maria Teresa Mestre, Wife of Luxembourg's constitutional monarch - Grand Duke Henri. Her title is Grand Duchess
Coco Fusco, artist and writer
Agustin Gainza, artist
Nelson De La Nuez, pop artist, designer
Josignacio Abstract artist
Juanita Castro, sister of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and incumbent President Raúl Castro. She has been living in the United States since 1964 and is a naturalized citizen.
Michelle Font - Beauty queen who won Miss Washington USA and competed in the Miss USA pageant on April 11, 2008 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent.
Manny Puig - Cuban born American wildlife entertainer.
Enrique Ros (died April 10, 2013) - Cuban born American businessman and activist opposed to Cuban president Fidel Castro
Andrea Louise Simon - Community leader
Alfred-Maurice de Zayas - Cuban born American lawyer, writer, historian, a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law, a retired high-ranking United Nations official, a peace activist, and since 2012 the United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (also known as Special Rapporteur), appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
European Royalty [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "You got 48 hours" Speech by Dr. John Carlos on YouTube
^ a b  "Aguila and Gonzalez are of Cuban-American heritage, though both were born in the United States."
^  "He's lovin' it; the Ralph Alvarez story: for the Cuban-born Ralph Alvarez, working for McDonald's had long been a dream."
^  "The Bacardi family are Cuban exiles who left the country in 1960 when their assets were confiscated by Fidel Castro's regime."
^ a b  "The Cuban born brothers"
^  "Born in Cuba during Fidel Castro's revolution, Figueredo fled the island with his parents"
^  "Coca-Cola Chairman Roberto C. Goizueta, a Cuban immigrant"
^  "Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953"
^  "Cuban immigrant Al de Molina has done an impressive job as treasurer of Bank of America (BofA)"
^  "Perez, 55, who was born in Argentina of Cuban parents and came to the U.S. in 1968"
^  "Quesada created the Santerians, based on his coming of age experiences and Cuban heritage"
^  "Cuban American George Reyes, 53"
^ No puedo esperar a poner las manos en el guión del último episodio de Perdidos ("I can not wait to put my hands on the last Lost episode") (Spanish)
^ "Isabel Celeste". Sulafilms.com. 2010 . Retrieved . 2010-11-08
^ Gallagher - "All-Starz on David Gallagher". This half Irish, half Cuban actor can dance for six hours straight! "I'm proud to have the Latin hips", he says!
^ Gallo - "Melissa Gallo Fan". Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. (MELISSA GALLO) comes from "a big Cuban family, a lot of whom reside in the New York area"
^ Garcia - "Aah Celeb Profile". Cuban descent actress JOANNA GARCIA
^ "Oscar Buzz". Miami Herald. December 1, 2006.
^ Elizabeth Melendez official site
^ "George A. Romero On His Latino Heritage: 'I Was The Shark, Not The Jet. '"
^  Biography at Song Writer Universe.com
^ Ryan Allen. "Prefuse 73 Biography".
^ "Courtney Love". Conversations from the Edge with Carrie Fisher. 2002-03-03. Oxygen.
^ http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2010/11/23/842752/homenaje-a-la-pianista-zenaida.html Homenaje a la pianista Zenaida Manfugás. Posted by Olga Connor. Asked on Wednesday, 16 denoviembre 2011.
^ Eugene Chadbourne, Al Dreares at Allmusic.
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^ García, David F. 2006. Arsenio Rodríguez and the transnational flows of Latin popular music. Philadelphia. p. 115
^ Mix en español (magazine in Spanish: Mix in Spanish). July, August, 2000
^ Kors, Michael (July 2004). "Carly Simon: romance, pain, anticipation—if it's a human impulse, then Carly Simon has sung about it.". . Interview
Kors, Michael (July 2004). "Carly in INTERVIEW 2004". Interview (Carly Simon Online) . Retrieved . 4 September 2011
^ Carolina Garcia Aguilera b.1949
^ es:José Kozer
^ Anais Nin was born in France of Cuban parents, and was later a naturalized American Citizen
^ Ricardo Pau-Llosa
^ iHeartAmile, on Blogger.
^ www.energyoutreach.org: Speakers at Colorado's New Energy Economy Conference
^ a b "The Latino Experience in U.S. History"; publisher: Globe Pearson; pages 155-157; ISBN 0-8359-0641-8
^ Raymond T. Bauer (2010). "Isabel Pérez Farfante de Canet 24 June 1916 – 20 August 2009" (. PDF) Journal of Crustacean Biology 30 (2): 345–349. doi: 10.1651/09-3254.1.
^ Alitash Gallery (2004). "EMILIO CRUZ: I Am Food I Eat The Eater Of Food" . Retrieved . 2012-08-09