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Popular Film Actors from Mexico

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List of famous film actors and actresses from Mexico, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Mexico has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Mexican screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Mexico and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Mexican actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Mexico?"

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Anthony Quinn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 86 (1915-2001), Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, The Ox-Bow Incident & Last Action Hero

Birthplace: Chihuahua, Chihuahua Municipality, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Francisco Quinn, Manuela Oaxaca

Children: Francesco Quinn, Danny Quinn, Alex A. Quinn, Lorenzo Quinn, Ryan Quinn, + more

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 ...more

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 49, Credits: From Dusk till Dawn, Grown Ups & The Faculty

Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Height: 5'1"

Parents: Sami Hayek Dominguez, Diana Jiménez Medina

Children: Valentina Paloma Pinault

Salma Hayek Pinault (, Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico ...more

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Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 72, Credits: The Lion King, From Dusk till Dawn & Cars

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Height: 1.68

Parents: Elsa Meza, Oscar Marin

Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marín (born July 13, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and activist who gained recognition as part of the comedy act ...more

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Ricardo Montalbán... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 89 (1920-2009), Credits: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! & Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Jenaro Montalbán, Ricarda Merino

Children: Laura Montalbán, Anita Montalbán, Mark Montalbán, Victor Montalbán

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG (; Spanish pronunciation: [montalˈβan]; 25 November 1920 – 14 January 2009) was a Mexican actor of Spanish origin. His career spanned seven ...more

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Edward James Olmos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 72, Credits: Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver & Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 1.77

Parents: Pedro Olmos, Eleanor Huizar

Children: Tamiko Olmos, Michael D. Olmos, Mico Olmos, Daniela Olmos, Bodie Olmos, + more

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 ...more

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Mario Van Peebles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 62, Credits: Ali, Jaws: The Revenge & New Jack City

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Melvin Van Peebles, Maria Marx

Children: Maya Van Peebles, Morgana Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Makaylo Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is an American film director and actor best known for directing New Jack City in 1991. He is the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom he ...more

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Gael García Berna... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 40, Credits: Y Tu Mamá También, Babel & Amores perros

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Height: 1.68

Parents: José Ángel García, Patricia Bernal

Children: Lázaro Bernal, Libertad Bernal

Gael García Bernal (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈel ɣaɾˈsi.a βeɾˈnal]; born 30 November 1978) is a Mexican actor and producer. García Bernal is best known for his performances in the ...more

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Laura Harring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 51, Credits: Mulholland Drive, The Punisher & John Q

Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Raymond Herring, María Elena Cairo

Laura Elena, Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen (née Martínez-Herring; March 3, 1964), commonly known as Laura Harring, is a Mexican-American actress. In 1985, Harring became ...more

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Paul Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 64, Credits: Ali, Rat Race & A Cinderella Story

Birthplace: Culiacán, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Children: Paul Rodriguez, Lucas Rodriguez

Paul Rodriguez may refer to: Paul Rodriguez (actor) (born 1955), Mexican-American stand-up comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez (skateboarder) (born 1984), American professional street skateboarder ...more
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Jacob Vargas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 47, Credits: Traffic, Next Friday & Crimson Tide

Birthplace: Mexico, Michoacán

Nationality: Mexico

Height: 1.71

Children: Ava Victoria Vargas, Rose Vargas

Jacob Vargas (born August 18, 1971) is a Mexican-American actor.

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Katy Jurado is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age Died at 78 (1924-2002), Credits: High Noon, Under the Volcano & Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City

Nationality: Mexico

Children: Victor Hugo Velázquez, Sandra Velázquez

María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (16 January 1924 – 5 July 2002), better known as Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress of film, television, and theater. Jurado began her ...more

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Emilio Fernández ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986), Credits: The Wild Bunch, The Night of the Iguana & Under the Volcano

Birthplace: Coahuila, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Fernando Garza

Children: Xochitl Fernández De Valois, Jacaranda Fernández, Adela Fernández

Emilio "El Indio" Fernández (born Emilio Fernández Romo, Spanish: [eˈmiljo feɾˈnandes ˈromo]; March 26, 1904 – August 6, 1986) was a Mexican film director, actor and ...more
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Pedro Armendáriz,... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 71 (1940-2011), Credits: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Licence to Kill & The Mask of Zorro

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Parents: Carmelita Pardo Armendáriz, Pedro Armendáriz

Pedro Armendáriz Bohr (April 6, 1940 – December 26, 2011), better known by his stage name Pedro Armendáriz Jr., was a Mexican actor who made films and television series from the ...more
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Pedro Armendáriz ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 51 (1912-1963), Credits: From Russia with Love, The Conqueror & 3 Godfathers

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Parents: Adele Hastings, Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde

Children: Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Carmen Armendáriz

Pedro Armendáriz (born Pedro Gregorio Armendáriz Hastings; May 9, 1912 – June 18, 1963) was a Mexican film actor who made films in both Mexico and the United States. With Dolores ...more
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Olivia Trinidad Arias is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 70, Credits: All Together Now

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: United Kingdom, Mexico

Children: Dhani Harrison

Olivia Trinidad Harrison (née Arias; born May 18, 1948) is an American author and film producer, and the widow of musician George Harrison of the Beatles. She first worked in the music ...more
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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 51, Credits: American Hustle, Role Models & Welcome Home

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Luis Szekely, Mary Louise Davis

Children: Mary Louise Szekely, Kitty Szekely

Louis Székely () (born September 12, 1967), better known by his stage name Louis C.K. (), is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker. In 2012, C.K. won a Peabody Award ...more

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Gilbert Roland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 89 (1905-1994), Credits: Around the World in 80 Days, The Bad and the Beautiful & She Done Him Wrong

Birthplace: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Children: Gyl Roland, Lorinda Roland

Gilbert Roland (born Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso, December 11, 1905 – May 15, 1994) was a Mexican-born American film and television actor whose career spanned seven decades from the ...more

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Mimí Derba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 59 (1894-1953), Credits: Santa, Salon Mexico & La Mujer sin Alma

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Parents: Francisco Pérez de León, Jacoba Avendaño

Mimí Derba (July 9, 1893 – July 14, 1953) was a Mexican actress and screenwriter, and the first female director in Mexico. Derba founded one of the very first Mexican production ...more
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Jorge Luke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 70 (1942-2012), Credits: Salvador, Clear and Present Danger & Ulzana's Raid

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Children: Shaula Vega

Jorge Luke was an actor and musician.
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Jaime Fernández ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 68 (1937-2005), Credits: Robinson Crusoe, A Bullet for the General & Santo Contra los Zombis

Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Jaime Fernández Reyes (December 6, 1937 – April 15, 2005) was a Mexican actor. Over his career, he won 3 Silver Ariel awards - the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar - including one for what ...more
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Juan Garcia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Dec. at 75 (1905-1980), Credits: Vera Cruz, La perla & A Woman In Love

Birthplace: Matamoros, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Juan Garcia was an actor, screenwriter and film director.
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Marimar Vega is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Marimar Vega Age 35, Credits: Daniel & Ana

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Parents: Gonzalo Vega, Leonora Sisto

Marimar Vega is a Mexican actress. Vega studied acting in Centro de Formacion Actoral of TV Azteca.
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Lucero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 49, Credits: Coqueta, Delincuente & Fiebre de Amor

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Parents: Lucero León, Antonio Hogaza

Children: José Manuel Mijares Hogaza, Lucero Mijares Hogaza

Lucero Hogaza León (Spanish pronunciation: [luˈseɾo]; born 29 August 1969), known as Lucero, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, actress, and television host. She is a multi-platinum singer ...more

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Elpidia Carrillo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Age 57, Credits: Predator, Predator 2 & Seven Pounds

Birthplace: Parácuaro, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Height: 1.7

Elpidia Carrillo (born August 16, 1961) is a Mexican and American actress and director. Her career includes roles in both Latin American and US film and television. She is best known in the ...more
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Anabelle Gutiérre... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Mexico
Anabelle Gutiérrez Age 86, Credits: Huracán Ramírez and La visita que no tocó el timbre

Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City

Nationality: Mexico

Anabelle Gutierrez is an actor.