The Very Best Latino Actors 

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Updated October 7, 2019 5.8k votes 849 voters 55.8k views 37 items

List Rules Only actors of Hispanic descent/blood lineage

A list of the best Hispanic actors. From the early days through the Golden Age through today, Hispanic actors have appeared on both the small and big screens, entertaining audiences throughout the world with their creative interpretations of various characters. The best Hispanic actors are globally recognized by the Academy and audiences for their fine work. The best Hispanic actors on this list are well known and popular actors who you probably have heard of. They are some of the biggest names in Hollywood, both historically and today. The best Hispanic actors have starred in Hollywood blockbusters and indie art house films. Many of the actors on this list are some of the most talented in the world.

The people on this list vary in importance, from iconic stars like Anthony Quinn and Jimmy Smits, to today's greats in Javier Bardem and Benicio Del Toro. If action is your thing, then Machete himself, Danny Trejo, is a Hispanic actor representing that genre on here. The one common thread that holds these actors together, besides their ethnicity is that they're the best Hispanic actors out there and are considered all time greats.

This the list of the best Hispanic actors. If you notice that an actor with a Hispanic background isn't on this list, feel free to add him. Vote or re-rerank this list according to how you think the best Hispanic actors list should look.
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Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Latino Actors
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Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor. He won 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. He is also known for his scene-stealing breakout role as the eccentric, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: San Germán, Puerto Rico

Height: 6'0"

Credits: Snatch., The Usual Suspects, Traffic, Sicario

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Edward James Olmos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Latino Actors
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Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. He is best known for his roles as Lieutenant Martin "Marty" Castillo in Miami Vice (1984–1989), William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009), teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver (1988), and Detective Gaff in Blade Runner (1982), and its sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017). In 2018, he played the father of two biker gang members in the FX series Mayans MC. For his work in Miami Vice, Olmos won the 1985 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 72

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Height: 1.77

Credits: Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice, 2 Guns

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Anthony Quinn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Latino Actors
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Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican-Irish-American actor, painter, writer and film director. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including La Strada, The Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek, Guns for San Sebastian, Lawrence of Arabia, The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Message, Lion of the Desert, Last Action Hero and A Walk in the Clouds. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice: for Viva Zapata! in 1952 and Lust for Life in 1956. In addition, he received two Academy Award nominations in the Best Leading Actor category, along with five Golden Globe nominations. In 1987, he ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1915-2001)

Birthplace: Chihuahua, Chihuahua Municipality, Mexico

Height: 6'0"

Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, La Strada, Zorba the Greek, The Message

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Antonio Banderas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Latino Actors
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José Antonio Domínguez Bandera (born 10 August 1960), known professionally as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish actor, producer and singer. He began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then appeared in high-profile Hollywood films, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro, Take the Lead, The Expendables 3, and Spy Kids. Banderas also provided the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek series and its spin-off film Puss in Boots as well as the bee in the U.S. Nasonex commercials. In 2003, he made his theatre debut in Nine, as Guido Contini, for which he gained a Tony Award ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 58

Birthplace: Benalmádena, Spain

Height: 5'8"

Credits: Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Shrek 2, The Skin I Live In

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