List of Famous people born in Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played 11 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he was a three-time National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) and nine-time All-Star. Since joining the Angels in 2012, he has made one All-Star appearance, in 2015. A right-handed batter and thrower, Pujols stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 235 pounds (107 kg).
David Américo Ortiz Arias, nicknamed "Big Papi", is a Dominican-American former professional baseball (MLB) designated hitter (DH) and first baseman who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily with the Boston Red Sox. He also played for the Minnesota Twins. During his 14 seasons with the Red Sox, he was a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. Ortiz also holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, which he set during the 2006 season.
Starling Javier Marte is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Marte is an MLB All-Star, and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Jorge David Lendeborg Jr. is a Dominican-American actor. Lendeborg was born in Santo Domingo, and moved to Miami, Florida, at around age four. He made his theatrical acting debut in the 2016 film, The Land. Since then, he has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the romantic comedy Love, Simon (2018), and the Transformers spin off Bumblebee (2018), in which he starred as Memo opposite Hailee Steinfeld. Lendeborg also appeared in the James Cameron-produced Robert Rodriguez movie Alita: Battle Angel. He featured as a recurring character, Jah Son, in Hulu's Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019).
Juan José Soto Pacheco, nicknamed "Childish Bambino", is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Soto signed with the Nationals as an international free agent in 2015. He made his MLB debut in 2018. In 2020, he led the National League in batting average with .351.
Marcell Ozuna Idelfonso, nicknamed "The Big Bear", is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves. He made his MLB debut in 2013 with the Marlins.
José Antonio Bautista Santos, nicknamed Joey Bats, is a Dominican former professional baseball right fielder and third baseman. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Luis Felipe López is a Dominican retired professional basketball player. He starred as a high school player and for the St. John's Red Storm in college basketball. López played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has played for teams in a half dozen countries, as well as in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in the U.S. Most recently, he has been a broadcaster with Spanish-language networks.
Adrián Beltré Pérez is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman. Originally signed as an amateur free agent, he made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 at age 19. He subsequently played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers. He batted and threw right-handed. He became one of the most all-around accomplished players in history; he ranks 13th in defensive Wins Above Replacement and was the fourth third baseman to reach 400 home runs and 1,500 runs batted in. Beltré was a four-time selection for the Silver Slugger Award and MLB All-Star Game, and a five-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Héctor Junior Firpo Adames, known as Junior Firpo or simply Junior, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Barcelona. Mainly a left-back, he can also play as a centre-back or right-back.
Juan Luis Guerra
Juan Luis Guerra Seijas, is a Dominican musician, singer, composer, and record producer. He has sold 30 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards including 21 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. Guerra won 3 Latin Grammy Awards in 2010, including Album of the Year. In 2012, he won the Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.
Rayderley Zapata Santana
Miguel Rayderley Zapata Santana is a Spanish male artistic gymnast of Dominican Republic origin, and a member of the national team. He won the gold medal in the men's floor exercise at the 2015 European Games, and bronze at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow. Zapata was also selected to compete for the Spanish squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, missing out of the final by almost two tenths of a point from the qualifying phase of his signature apparatus exercise. Zapata won a silver medal for Spain in the artistic gymnastics competition at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Domingo Alberto Santana is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and Cleveland Indians.
Gary Sánchez, is a Dominican professional baseball catcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2015. He was named the American League's Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month for August 2016. Sánchez burst onto the scene with a record-breaking rookie debut in 2016, finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting despite playing in only 53 games. He was named an All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2017. Sánchez is the fastest catcher in MLB history to hit 100 home runs.
Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona is a Dominican economist, businessman, and politician who is serving as the 54th and current President of the Dominican Republic. He served as the Modern Revolutionary Party candidate for President of the Dominican Republic in the 2016 and 2020 general elections.
Luis E. Rojas Alou is a Dominican professional baseball manager for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Pedro Jaime Martínez is a Dominican former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1992 to 2009, for five teams—most notably the Boston Red Sox from 1998 to 2004.
Andrés García Reyes
Andrés García is a Dominican-Mexican actor of Spanish descent. He is one of the most popular and well known actors in Mexico, Latin America, and among Hispanics in the United States. He was also a scuba diving instructor.
Junot Díaz is a Dominican-American writer, creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and fiction editor at Boston Review. He also serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants. Central to Díaz's work is the immigrant experience, particularly the Latino immigrant experience.
Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida is a Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for parts of 19 seasons. He played with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays before playing one season at the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. Ramirez is recognized for having great batting skill and power. He was a nine-time Silver Slugger and was one of 27 players to hit 500 career home runs. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, and his 29 postseason home runs are the most in MLB history. He appeared in 12 All-Star Games, with a streak of eleven consecutive games beginning in 1998 that included every season that he played with the Red Sox.