List of Colombian Americans

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This is a list of notable Colombian 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 Colombian American or must have references showing they are Colombian American and are notable.


Artists and designers[edit]

Anchors and TV personalities[edit]







  • Diana Farrell - member and one of two Deputy Directors of the United States National Economic Council (NEC) in the administration of President Barack Obama.
  • Jeff Frederick - former member of the General Assembly of Virginia.[25]
  • José Sarria - first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States.


  • James Cañón - Colombian author.
  • Mo Rocca - American writer, journalist, comedian and political satirist to Colombian (mother) and Italian (father) descent.
  • Andrés Useche - Colombian American naturalized writer, film director, graphic artist and singer/songwriter.
  • Jaime Manrique - Colombian American novelist, poet, essayist, educator, and translator.



  • José Luis Castillo (activist) - Colombian-American activist,[26] politician, and non-profit community liaison in south Florida. He was born to a Dutch mother and a Colombian father in Netherlands. He lives in Florida.
  • Arturo Escobar - Colombian-American anthropologist primarily known for his contribution to postdevelopment theory and political ecology.
  • Carlos Goez (1939-1990) - founder of the original Pomander Book Shop in New York.
  • Will Jimeno - police officer, 9/11 survivor, portrayed in World Trade Center
  • Andre Melendez (1971-1996) - better known as Angel Melendez, was a Club Kid and drug dealer who lived and worked in New York City.
  • Beto Pérez - Colombian born American dancer and choreographer who created the fitness program Zumba in the 1990s
  • Cristina Pérez - judge[27]
  • Alejandro Santo Domingo - Colombian American financier.
  • Al Williamson (1931-2010) - American cartoonist, comic book artist and illustrator specializing in adventure, Western and science-fiction/fantasy.[28]
  • George Zamka - NASA astronaut[29]


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