List of Dominican Americans (Dominican Republic)

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

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Dominican American or must have references showing they are Dominican American and are notable.



Singers and musicians[edit]

  • Jhené Aiko – American singer–songwriter. She is of Japanese, Spaniard, Dominican, African American, Yaqui, Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, and German Jewish descent.[22]
  • Carlos & Alejandra – Latin music group focusing on the genre of bachata.
  • Arcángel – singer-songwriter, rapper and American actor. His parents are Dominicans[23]
  • Fabolous – American rapper of Dominican and African American descent.[24][25]
  • Yasmin Deliz – American singer-songwriter, model and actress of Dominican and Colombian and Venezuelan heritage. She is daughter to a Dominican father and a Colombian and Venezuelan mother.
  • Kat DeLuna – Dominican American pop singer
  • Fuego – Dominican-American merengue singer-songwriter, composer
  • Fulanito- Dominican-American musical group
  • Irv Gotti – American hip hop and R&B record producer
  • Japollonia – American singer. She is Jhené Aiko's sister.
  • Jumz – American rapper
  • Johnny Marines – Monumental force in the Latin American group, Aventura’s
  • Ralph Mercado – (1941–2009) promoter of Latin American music who established a network of businesses.He is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent.[26]
  • AraabMuzik – American hip hop record producer of Dominican and Guatemalan descent.[27]
  • Chep Nuñez – (1964–1990) was a Dominican born American raised music producer, editor, and mixer.[28]
  • Karina Pasian – Grammy Award nominated recording artist and pianist. She is of Dominican and Armenian descent[29][30]
  • Karen Rodriguez – American singer. Rodriguez placed twelfth on the tenth season of American Idol. She is of Dominican and Peruvian descent.
  • Roger Sanchez – American house music DJ
  • Juelz Santana – American rapper, producer, actor and member of group Dipset. He is of African American and Dominican descent. He began rapping at the age of five and at age twelve started duo Draft Pick, which was signed to Priority Records.[31]
  • Lenny Santos – former member of the bachata group Aventura.
  • Max Santos – bass player of the bachata group Aventura
  • Romeo Santos – American singer, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura. He is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[32]
  • Magic Juan (reggaeton musician) – is of parents Dominicans[33]
  • Prince Royce – American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is of Dominican descent.[34]
  • Lizette Santana – American recording artist, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actress
  • Trina – American rapper, songwriter and model. Her father is of Dominican origin.[35][36]
  • 40 Cal.- American rapper, member of Harlem based Hip-Hop group The Diplomats.
  • AZ – American rapper.
  • Juelz Santana – is an American/Dominican rapper, producer
  • JR Writer – rapper
  • Triple Seis (formerly of Terror Squad) – rapper


  • Susie Castillo – former beauty queen who held the Miss USA title and competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants. She is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[37]
  • Adriana Diaz – beauty queen from New York City who has competed in the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants
  • Claudette Lali – Dominican-American former model and wardrobe stylist turned actress
  • Sessilee Lopez – American model. She is of Dominican and Portuguese descent[38]
  • Christina Mendez – Plus Size Model from New York City


  • Pedro Alvarez – Dominican born, American raised[39] professional baseball third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball
  • Moisés Alou – former Dominican-American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for 17 seasons in the National League.
  • Trevor Ariza – American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association
  • Ronnie Belliard – retired Major League Baseball second baseman of Dominican descent.
  • Julio Borbon – Major League Baseball center fielder for the Texas Rangers.
  • Luis Castillodefensive end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.
  • Stalin Colinet – former defensive tackle/defensive end in the NFL.
  • Manny Delcarmen – American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees organization. He has been called "The Pride of Hyde Park".
  • Mary Joe Fernández – American former professional tennis player
  • Fernando Guerrero – Dominican boxer living in United States since young.[40]
  • Al Horford – Dominican professional basketball player who is a center and power forward for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • Mark Jackson – retired American professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. His father is Dominican
  • Sammy Mejia – Dominican American professional basketball player
  • David Ortiz – Dominican-American professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox.
  • Plácido Polanco – Dominican born Major League Baseball player who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies and has also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. In 2008, he became a naturalized American citizen.
  • Albert Pujols – Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball
  • Manny Ramirez – Dominican born, American raised.[41] He is professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who is currently a free agent.
  • Tutan Reyes – free agent American football guard in the National Football League.
  • Alex Rodriguez – American professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. His parents are Dominican.[42]
  • Dante Rosario – His father is Dominican and his mother is from United States
  • Eddie Sanchez – American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He is of Mexican and Dominican descent.
  • Félix Sánchez – American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meter hurdles event. He is of Dominican parents[43]
  • Pedro Sosa – American football offensive tackle for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.
  • Sammy Sosa – Dominican former professional baseball right fielder. Sosa played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career which spanned from 1989–2007
  • Charlie Villanueva – Dominican-American professional basketball player with the Detroit Pistons


Artist (painters, sculptors, architects)[edit]

  • Clara Ledesma – (1924–1999) painter from the Dominican Republic. She lived her last years of her life in New York, where she died.
  • Olivia Peguero – (1963) Dominican Republic painter. Known for her work documenting the landscapes of the undeveloped Dominican countryside and the Arte Libros Foundation.
  • Freddy Rodríguez – He was born in the Dominican Republic. He is currently residing in the United States since 1963.[49]


  • Julia Alvarez – poet, novelist, and American essayist.[50]
  • Fernando Cabrera – National Poetry and Literary Essay Prize Winner
  • Angie Cruz – American novelist
  • Junot Díaz – Writer, creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and fiction editor at Boston Review. He is Dominican born, American naturalized[51]
  • Rhina Espaillat – bilingual Dominic born American raised poet.
  • Daisy Cocco De Filippis – Dominican-American writer and educator
  • Nelly Rosario – Dominican American novelist and creative writing instructor in the MFA Program at Texas State University in San Marcos
  • Silvio Torres Saillant – Dominican American theorist and educator at Syracuse University. Founder of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at City College.

Other personalities[edit]

  • Rolando Acosta – Dominican associate justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department
  • Santi Deoleo – Dominican born, American radio producer, personality, and fashion designer also known as "Krazy Kulo".
  • Rudy Duthil – American advertising executive of Cuban and Dominican descent
  • Jamie Guzman – Dominican-born American architect, blogger and creator of The Pompomist
  • Christina Mendez – New York City-based plus-size model and entertainment personality
  • Providencia Paredes – personal assistant to the First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
  • Jose Pimentel – also known as Muhammad Yusuf, is a Dominican born, naturalized U.S. citizen[52] arrested on November 20, 2011 by the New York City Police Department for allegedly plotting to bomb New York City.
  • Danielle Polanco – dancer and choreographer; Dominican-Puerto Rican American
  • Óscar de la Renta – Domincan born American fashion designer
  • Julissa Reynoso – New York City attorney born in the Dominican Republic who, since March 30, 2012, has served as American Ambassador to Uruguay.[53]
  • Rosanna Tavarez – Dominican American entertainment reporter and presenter on television
  • Jessy Terrero – Dominican film and music video director.
  • Carmen Wong Ulrich – American television & online journalist, and personal finance expert at CNBC.[54]
  • Ramona M. Valdez – (1984–2005) was a United States Marine
  • Miguel A. Vasquez- Dominican-American educator, US Marine & Army Paratrooper. One of three brothers who served jointly in the 82d Airborne Division.
  • Orlando Alba – Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at Brigham Young University Provo, Utah Area | Higher Education Current: Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at Brigham Young University*

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