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.

List[edit]

Actors[edit]

Maria Montez
Carlos Pena Jr.
Michelle Rodriguez

Singers and musicians[edit]

Prince Royce
Karina Pasian
Nicky Jam
  • 40 Cal. – rapper, member of Harlem-based hip-hop group The Diplomats
  • Jhené Aiko – singer–songwriter; of Japanese, Spaniard, Dominican, African American, Yaqui, Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, and German Jewish descent[22]
  • AraabMuzikhip hop record producer, of Dominican and Guatemalan descent[23]
  • Arcángel – singer-songwriter, rapper and actor; parents are Dominicans[24]
  • AZ – American rapper
  • Carlos & Alejandra – Latin music group focusing on the genre of bachata
  • Joseph DaVincihip hop record producer, songwriter; of Dominican and French Descent, Canadian born; cousin of Grammy Nominated producer Viynlz
  • Yasmin Deliz – singer-songwriter, model and actress of Dominican and Colombian and Venezuelan heritage; Dominican father, Colombian and Venezuelan mother
  • Kat DeLuna – Dominican American pop singer
  • Fabolous – rapper of Dominican and African American descent[25][26]
  • Fuego – Dominican-American merengue singer-songwriter, composer
  • Fulanito – Dominican-American musical group
  • Irv Gotti – hip hop and R&B record producer
  • Japollonia – singer; Jhené Aiko's sister
  • Jumz – rapper
  • Magic Juan – merengue hip hop artist; Dominican parents[27]
  • DJ Dana Lu – American DJ, record producer; of Dominican American descent[28]
  • Johnny Marines – member of the Latin American group Aventura
  • Ralph Mercado (1941–2009) – promoter of Latin American music who established a network of businesses; of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[29]
  • Chep Nuñez (1964–1990) – Dominican born American raised music producer, editor, and mixer[30]
  • Karina Pasian – Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and pianist; of Dominican and Armenian descent[31][32]
  • Prince Royce – singer-songwriter and record producer; of Dominican descent[33]
  • Karen Rodriguez – American singer; placed twelfth on the tenth season of American Idol; of Dominican and Peruvian descent
  • Lizette Santana – recording artist, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actress
  • Roger Sanchez – house music DJ
  • Juelz Santana – rapper, producer, actor and member of group Dipset; of African American and Dominican descent; at age twelve started duo Draft Pick, which was signed to Priority Records[34]
  • Lenny Santos – former member of the bachata group Aventura
  • Max Santos – bass player of the bachata group Aventura
  • Romeo Santos – singer, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura; of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[35]
  • Trina – rapper, songwriter and model; father is of Dominican origin[36][37]
  • Triple Seis (formerly of Terror Squad) – rapper
  • JR Writer – American rapper

Models[edit]

  • Susie Castillo – former beauty queen who held the Miss USA title and competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants; of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent[38]
  • 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; of Dominican and Portuguese descent[39]
  • Christina Mendez – plus-size model from New York City

Sport[edit]

Felix Sanchez
Alex Rodriguez
Dante Rosario
  • Moisés Alou – former Dominican-American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for 17 seasons in the National League
  • Pedro Alvarez – Dominican born, American raised[40] professional baseball third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball
  • 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 – professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees organization; has been called "The Pride of Hyde Park"
  • Mary Joe Fernández – former professional tennis player
  • Fernando Guerrero – Dominican boxer living in the US since a child[41]
  • Al Horford – Dominican professional basketball player; center and power forward for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA
  • Mark Jackson – retired professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors; father is Dominican
  • Pedro Martinez – Dominican-American professional baseball player
  • 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, 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 – professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter; currently a free agent; Dominican born, American raised[42]
  • Tutan Reyes – free agent football guard in the NFL
  • Alex Rodriguez – professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball; parents are Dominican[43]
  • Dante Rosario – father is Dominican, mother is from the US
  • Eddie Sanchez – mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter; of Mexican and Dominican descent
  • Félix Sánchez – track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meter hurdles; of Dominican parents[44]
  • Pedro Sosa – football offensive tackle for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League
  • Sammy Sosa – Dominican former professional baseball right fielder; played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career, which spanned from 1989–2007
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Dominican-American professional basketball player with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him first overall in the 2015 NBA draft; African American father, Dominican mother
  • Charlie Villanueva – Dominican-American professional basketball player with the Detroit Pistons

Politicians[edit]

Thomas Perez
Adriano Espaillat

Artists (painters, sculptors, architects)[edit]

Writers[edit]

  • Julia Alvarez – poet, novelist, and essayist[51]
  • Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera – poet and writer; wrote lyrics and melody of the "Anthem to the Fathers - Himno a los Padres"
  • Fernando Cabrera – National Poetry and Literary Essay Prize Winner
  • Angie Cruz – novelist
  • Junot Díaz – writer, creative writing professor at MIT, and fiction editor at Boston Review; Dominican born, American naturalized[52]
  • Rhina Espaillat – bilingual Dominic born, American raised poet
  • Daisy Cocco De Filippis – writer and educator
  • Nelly Rosario – novelist and creative writing instructor in the MFA Program at Texas State University in San Marcos
  • Silvio Torres Saillant – theorist and educator at Syracuse University; founder of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at City College

Other personalities[edit]

Christina Mendez
Danielle Polanco
  • Rolando Acosta – Dominican associate justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department
  • Orlando Alba – Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at Brigham Young University
  • Santi Deoleo – Dominican born radio producer, personality, and fashion designer also known as "Krazy Kulo"
  • Rudy Duthil – advertising executive of Cuban and Dominican descent
  • Jamie Guzman – Dominican-born architect, blogger and creator of The Pompomist
  • The Kid Mero – comedian
  • Christina Mendez – New York City-based plus-size model and entertainment personality
  • Providencia Paredes – personal assistant to the First Lady of the US Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Jose Pimentel – also known as Muhammad Yusuf; Dominican born naturalized US citizen[53] 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 – Dominican born fashion designer
  • Julissa Reynoso – New York City attorney born in the Dominican Republic; American Ambassador to Uruguay since 2012 [54]
  • Rosanna Tavarez – entertainment reporter and television presenter
  • Jessy Terrero – Dominican film and music video director
  • Carmen Wong Ulrich – television and online journalist; personal finance expert at CNBC[55]
  • Miguel A. Vasquez – educator; US Marine and Army paratrooper; one of three brothers who served jointly in the 82d Airborne Division
  • Ramona M. Valdez (1984–2005) – US Marine

See also[edit]

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