List of Famous people born in Puerto Rico
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix is an American actor, environmentalist, animal rights activist, and producer. He has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.
Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; her notable acting work includes supporting roles in the musical films Singin' in the Rain (1952), The King and I (1956) and West Side Story (1961), as well as a 1971 to 1977 stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo on the HBO series Oz from 1997 to 2003. Her other notable films include Popi (1969), Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Four Seasons (1981), I Like It Like That (1994) and the cult film Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). She voiced the titular role of Carmen Sandiego in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? from 1994 to 1999. For theater, she is best known for her role as Googie Gomez in The Ritz.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, and songwriter. His music is often defined as Latin trap and reggaeton, but he has incorporated various other genres into his music, including rock, bachata, and soul. He is also known for his deep, slurred vocal style and his eclectic fashion sense. Throughout his career, Bad Bunny has frequently collaborated with artists such as J Balvin, Ozuna, Farruko, Residente, Arcángel, Jhay Cortez, and Daddy Yankee.
Eddie Manuel Rosario is a Puerto Rican professional baseball left fielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Minnesota Twins. He represented Puerto Rico in the 2013 and 2017 editions of the World Baseball Classic, winning a silver medal in both.
Enrique Javier Hernández is a Puerto Rican professional baseball utility player for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers. His nickname is Kike, sometimes spelled Kiké during English-language television broadcasts to prevent it from being confused with an anti-Semitic slur that has a different pronunciation. He has played every position except catcher in the major leagues, though he has spent the most time in the outfield and second base. The Astros drafted Hernández in the sixth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, and he was called up to the majors for the first time in 2014.
Enrique Martín Morales, better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor, author, record producer and humanitarian who is known as the "King of Latin Pop" and the "Latin Music King". He began his career at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo. After five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s. Since the beginning of his solo career in 1991, Ricky Martin has become one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time with over 70 million records worldwide. He also ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time and the greatest music video artists of all time.
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known professionally as Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the Villa Kennedy Housing Projects neighborhood. Daddy Yankee is the artist who coined the word Reggaeton in 1994 to describe the new music genre that was emerging from Puerto Rico that synthesized hip-hop, Latin Caribbean music, and reggae rhythms with Spanish rapping and singing. He is known as the "King of Reggaetón" by music critics and fans alike. Daddy Yankee is often cited as an influence by other Latin urban performers.
Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz, better known by his stage name Rauw Alejandro, is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer and composer. He belongs to "the new generation" of Puerto Rican urban singers. His debut album, Afrodisíaco, was released in November 2020 and contains the Anuel AA collaboration "Reloj".
Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, known professionally as Anuel AA, Puerto Rican rapper and singer. He is considered a pioneer of the Latin trap movement and his lyrics often discuss crime and urban life in Puerto Rico. His music often contains samples and interpolations of songs that were popular during his youth. He is seen as a controversial figure in the Latin music scene for his legal troubles and feuds with fellow Puerto Rican rappers Cosculluela and Ivy Queen and with the American rapper 6ix9ine.
José Monserrate Feliciano García, better known simply as José Feliciano [xoˈse feliˈsjano], is a Puerto Rican musician, singer and composer, best known for many international hits, including his rendition of the Doors' "Light My Fire" and the best-selling Christmas single, "Feliz Navidad." His music is known for its fusion of styles—Latin, jazz, blues, soul and even rock—created primarily with his unique, signature acoustic guitar sound. His oftentimes mellow easy listening influences are easily recognizable in many songs heard around the world.
Pedro Juan Feliciano Molina, nicknamed "Perpetual Pedro", was a Puerto Rican professional baseball left-handed pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets from 2002 to 2004, from 2006 to 2010, and in 2013, and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in 2005.
Benicio del Toro
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez is a Puerto Rican actor and producer. He has garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of the jaded but morally upright police officer Javier Rodriguez in the film Traffic (2000). Del Toro's performance as ex-con turned religious fanatic in despair, Jack Jordan, in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (2003) earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a second Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination and a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Carlos Javier Correa Oppenheimer is a Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Astros selected Correa with the first overall selection of the 2012 MLB draft.
Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, is a Puerto Rican singer, rapper, songwriter and actor. He is known for multiple songs, one of them being "Despacito" featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee.
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado , known simply by his surname Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican singer and rapper. All five of his studio albums have topped the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, with Aura (2018) charting at number seven on the Billboard 200. His musical style is primarily reggaeton and trap, but he has collaborated with artists spanning a variety of genres, including reggae, bachata, and moombahton.
Ednel Javier Báez, nicknamed "El Mago", is a Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Born in Puerto Rico, Báez attended high school in Jacksonville, Florida. The Cubs selected Báez with the ninth overall selection of the 2011 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2014.
Yadier Benjamín Molina, nicknamed "Yadi", is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He has played his entire 17-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals. Widely considered one of the greatest defensive catchers of all time, Molina has won nine Rawlings Gold Gloves and six Fielding Bible Awards. A two-time World Series champion, he has played for the Cardinals in eleven playoff appearances and four National League pennant winners. Molina has also played for the Puerto Rican national team in four World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournaments, winning two silver medals.
Elmer Figueroa Arce, better known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo albums and sold over 50 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists.
René Pérez Joglar, known professionally as Residente, is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, writer, filmmaker, and also one of the founders of the Puerto Rican alternative rap group Calle 13. He released five albums with Calle 13 before announcing his solo career in 2015. Residente released his debut solo album in 2017. He has won four Grammy Awards and 27 Latin Grammy Awards—more than any other Latin artist. Residente has also delved into producing documentaries including Sin Mapa (2009) and Residente (2017) and has directed some of his own music videos.
Martha Elba Guadalupe Higareda Cervantes (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾta iɣaˈɾeða] is a Mexican actress, producer and screenwriter.