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The Very Best Latino Actors

Updated April 23, 2021 6.9k votes 1.0k voters 73.3k views85 items

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This is a list of the best Hispanic actors. From the early days through the Golden Age up to 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 famous Hispanic actors on this list are well known stars you've definitely heard of. From Spanish actors to famous Mexican actors, this list features some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The best Latino actors have starred in Hollywood blockbusters and indie art house films. 

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 male actors out there and are considered all-time greats.

This list of the best Hispanic celebrities features Mexican American stars, actors from South America, and your favorite Spanish speaking movie stars. Check out the best Latin stars below, and vote up your favorites! Then come back to see if they've topped the list. 

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    Benicio del Toro

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    Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor....  more

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    Edward James Olmos

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    Andy García

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    Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956) is an American actor and director of Cuban...  more

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    Anthony Quinn

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    Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), known as Anthony Quinn, was a...  more

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    Antonio Banderas

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    Michael Peña

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    Michael Antony Peña (; Spanish: [ˈpeɲa]; born January 13, 1976) is an American actor and...  more

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    Javier Bardem

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    Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (born 1 March 1969) is a Spanish actor and environmental activist....  more

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    Danny Trejo

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    Daniel Trejo (; Spanish: [ˈtɾexo]; born May 16, 1944) is an American actor and voice actor who...  more

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    Jimmy Smits

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    Benjamin Bratt

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    Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is a Peruvian-American actor, producer and activist....  more

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    John Leguizamo

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    John Alberto Leguizamo (; Colombian Spanish: [leɣiˈsamo]; born July 22, 1964) is an American...  more

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    Ricardo Montalbán

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    Cheech Marin

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    Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Desi Arnaz

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    Jordi Mollà

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    Jordi Mollà y Perales (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒɔɾði muˈʎa]; known professionally as Jordi...  more
  • 17

    Demián Bichir

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    Demián Bichir Nájera (Spanish pronunciation: [deˈmjam biˈtʃiɾ ˈnaxeɾa]; born August 1, 1963)...  more

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    Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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    Frederick James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor. He has starred in films...  more

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    Wilmer Valderrama

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    Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is an American actor, producer, singer and...  more

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    Bobby Cannavale

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    Guillermo Díaz

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    Guillermo Díaz (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. He is known for films Half Baked...  more
  • 22

    Mario López

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    Gilbert Roland

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  • 24

    George Lopez

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    Gabriel Iglesias

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    Gabriel Jesus Iglecias (born July 15, 1976), known professionally as Gabriel Iglesias or...  more

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