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Famous People From Puerto Rico

List of famous people from Puerto Rico, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Puerto Rico, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Puerto Rico you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Puerto Rico, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Héctor D. Abruña and Carlos Velásquez are included on this list along with many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Puerto Rico?" or "Which celebrities were born in Puerto Rico?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez (born April 2, 1973) is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. On television, she is best known for her roles as Elena Delgado on  ...more

    #1388 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#16 of 100 The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses

  • 2

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

    Jorge Luis Flores Sanchez (born February 22, 1974), better known as Nina Flowers, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, DJ, activist, professional make-up artist, and reality television personality who has  ...more

    #47 of 109 The Greatest Drag Race Contestants of All Time, Ranked#7 of 17 The Greatest Pageant Drag Queens#4 of 17 The Greatest Latina Drag Queens

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    BirthplaceManatí, Puerto Rico

    Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge", is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He played for the Texas Rangers (on two different tours, comprising the majority of his  ...more

    #247 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#101 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#147 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    José David Sierra, better known as Jessica Wild, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, professional make-up artist, and reality television personality.  ...more

    #32 of 62 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2#50 of 100 The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens

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    BirthplaceManatí, Puerto Rico

    Carlos Chester Beltrán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾloz βelˈtɾan]; born April 24, 1977) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1998  ...more
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    Dec. at 42 (1948-1990)

    BirthplaceManatí, Puerto Rico

    Manuel Ramos Otero (July 20, 1948 – October 7, 1990) was a Puerto Rican writer. He is widely considered to be the most important openly gay twentieth-century Puerto Rican writer who wrote in Spanish,  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset (born 31 October 1960) is a Puerto Rican politician who served governor of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States of America, and as president of the New  ...more
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    BirthplacePuerto Rico

    Jaslene González (born May 29, 1986) is a Puerto Rican model, television host, and winner of Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model.   ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Michael Averett Lowell (born February 24, 1974) is an American former Major League Baseball third baseman. During a 13-year career, Lowell played for the New York Yankees (1998), Florida Marlins  ...more

    #38 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#17 of 76 The Greatest Puerto Rican MLB Players Of All Time#55 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time

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    BirthplaceJuana Díaz, Puerto Rico

    Holly Woodlawn (October 26, 1946 – December 6, 2015) was a transgender Puerto Rican actress and Warhol superstar who appeared in the movies Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1971). She was probably  ...more
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    Dec. at 71 (1827-1898)

    BirthplaceCabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

    Ramón Emeterio Betances y Alacán (April 8, 1827 – September 16, 1898) was a Puerto Rican independence advocate and Medical doctor. He was the primary instigator of the Grito de Lares revolution  ...more
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    Dec. at 33 (1791-1825)

    BirthplaceCabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

    Roberto Cofresí y Ramírez de Arellano (June 17, 1791 – March 29, 1825), better known as El Pirata Cofresí, was a pirate from Puerto Rico. Despite his birth into a noble family, the political and  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Beatriz "Gigi" Fernández (born February 22, 1964) is a United States former professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1983 and is the first Puerto-Rican to be inducted into the  ...more
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    BirthplaceRío Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

    Dreuxilla Divine (born Nelson Roldán, January 12, 1974, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican drag queen character on television. Divine has gained major popularity as a drag performer both  ...more
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    Johnathan Dwayne

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    Johnatan Dwayne (born July 31, 1963) is a musician, composer, and artist who introduced the musical concept of art rock into Puerto Rico.  ...more
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    Age: 53

    BirthplaceRío Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

    Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 28, 1968), 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  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Carlos Antonio Romero Barceló (born September 4, 1932) is a Puerto Rican politician who served as Governor of Puerto Rico, the second governor to be elected from the New Progressive Party (PNP) and  ...more
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    BirthplaceCayey, Puerto Rico

    Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956) is a Puerto Rican actor from Barbara Goldman high school, who is known for his character work. For much of his career, he has played character roles largely as  ...more

    #84 of 115 The Best Short Actors#58 of 193 Your Favorite Hispanic Celebrities#63 of 85 The Very Best Latino Actors

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    Dec. at 39 (1914-1953)

    BirthplaceCarolina, Puerto Rico

    Julia de Burgos (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953) was a Puerto Rican poet. As an advocate of Puerto Rican independence, she served as Secretary General of the Daughters of Freedom, the women's  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    Dayanara Torres Delgado (born October 28, 1974) is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, model, writer and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 1993. Torres was discovered at age 17 while walking through the  ...more
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    Age: 36

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Tamara Sky (born February 20, 1985 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican professional disc jockey and model.   ...more
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    BirthplaceGuaynabo, Puerto Rico

    Iván De Jesús Álvarez Jr. (born May 1, 1987) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball infielder in the Minnesota Twins organization. Born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, he went to high school at American  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Giannina Braschi (born February 5, 1953) is a Puerto Rican writer based in New York City. She is considered an influential and revolutionary voice in contemporary Latin American literature. She  ...more
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    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    Benito Santiago Rivera (born March 9, 1965), is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball catcher, who played for twenty seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Although he played for ten different  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Edgardo Rivera is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Fiji.  ...more