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28 Famous People of Spanish Descent

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Many famous people are of Spanish descent. Some of them have a mixed heritage while others are 100% Spanish. Celebrities of Spanish descent have had successful careers in film, television and sports. Several Top 40 and rock musicians are of Spanish ancestry.

Who is the most famous person of Spanish descent? Cameron Diaz tops our list. The Bad Teacher actress is of English, German, Irish, Cuban, and Spanish descent. She has appeared in many films, such as There's Something About Mary, Shrek, Charlie's Angels, Sex Tape, and The Other Woman. The actress who brought Frida Kahlo to life in Frida, Salma Hayek, was born in Mexico and is of Spanish descent. She was a popular actress in Mexico before she gained success in the United States.

Jerry Garcia is of Spanish, Irish and Swedish descent. With his band the Grateful Dead, he wrote many hit songs, such as "Friend of the Devil" and "Truckin'." Bruno Mars is of Puerto Rican, Hungarian, Spanish and Filipino descent. Other musicians of Spanish ancestry include The Strokes front man Julian Casablancas, Carlos Pena, Jr. and “La Bamba” singer Ritchie Valens.

How do you celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of your heritage? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
  • Cameron Diaz
    Photo: David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0
    Cameron Diaz is of English, German, Irish, Cuban and Spanish descent. She has appeared in such films as There's Something About Mary, Shrek, Charlie's Angeles, Sex Tape, Bad Teacher, The Other Woman, and Very Bad Things.
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Salma Hayek
    Photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    From Dusk 'Till Dawn actress Salma Hayek was born in Mexico and is of Spanish descent. She was a popular actress in Mexico before she gained success in the US.
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

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  • Charlie Sheen is of Spanish and Irish descent.  He has starred in many films and TV shows, such as Two and a Half Men, Anger Management, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. 
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Vanessa Hudgens is of Irish, Native American, Spanish, Filipino, and a small percentage of Chinese descent. She has appeared in such films as High School Musical and Spring Breakers.
    • Age: 27
    • Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States of America