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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different film actors, like Pilar Montenegro and Gustavo Aguilar.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Mexico in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Mexican film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • Anthony Quinn1

    Anthony Quinn

    Lawrence of Arabia, The Ox-Bow Incident

    BirthplaceChihuahua, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsFrancisco Quinn, Manuela Oaxaca

    ChildrenFrancesco Quinn, Danny Quinn, Alex A. Quinn, Lorenzo Quinn, Ryan Quinn

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

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  • Salma Hayek2

    Salma Hayek

    From Dusk till Dawn, Grown Ups

    BirthplaceCoatzacoalcos, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsSami Hayek Dominguez, Diana Jiménez Medina

    ChildrenValentina Paloma Pinault

    Salma Hayek Pinault (, Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September...  more

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  • Cheech Marin3

    Cheech Marin

    The Lion King, From Dusk till Dawn

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsElsa Meza, Oscar Marin

    Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marín (born July 13, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,...  more

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  • Ricardo Montalbán4

    Ricardo Montalbán

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    ParentsJenaro Montalbán, Ricarda Merino

    ChildrenLaura Montalbán, Anita Montalbán, Mark Montalbán, Victor Montalbán

    Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG (; Spanish pronunciation: [montalˈβan]; 25...  more

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  • Edward James Olmos5

    Edward James Olmos

    Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsPedro Olmos, Eleanor Huizar

    ChildrenTamiko Olmos, Michael D. Olmos, Mico Olmos, Daniela Olmos, Bodie Olmos

    Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and...  more

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  • Mario Van Peebles6

    Mario Van Peebles

    Ali, Jaws: The Revenge

    BirthplaceMexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsMelvin Van Peebles, Maria Marx

    ChildrenMaya 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...  more

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  • Gael García Bernal7

    Gael García Bernal

    Y Tu Mamá También, Babel

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico



    ParentsJosé Ángel García, Patricia Bernal

    ChildrenLázaro Bernal, Libertad Bernal

    Gael García Bernal (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈel ɣaɾˈsi.a βeɾˈnal]; born 30 November 1978) is...  more
  • Laura Harring8

    Laura Harring

    Mulholland Drive, The Punisher

    BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsRaymond Herring, María Elena Cairo

    Laura Elena, Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen (née Martínez-Herring; March 3, 1964), commonly...  more
  • Paul Rodríguez9

    Paul Rodríguez

    Ali, Rat Race

    BirthplaceCuliacán, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    ChildrenPaul Rodriguez, Lucas Rodriguez

    Paul Rodriguez may refer to: Paul Rodriguez (actor) (born 1955), Mexican-American stand-up...  more
  • Jacob Vargas10

    Jacob Vargas

    Traffic, Next Friday

    BirthplaceMexico, Michoacán



    ChildrenAva Victoria Vargas, Rose Vargas

    Jacob Vargas (born August 18, 1971) is a Mexican-American actor....  more
  • Katy Jurado11

    Katy Jurado

    High Noon, Under the Volcano

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    ChildrenVictor Hugo Velázquez, Sandra Velázquez

    María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (16 January 1924 – 5 July 2002), better known as...  more
  • Emilio Fernández12

    Emilio Fernández

    The Wild Bunch, The Night of the Iguana

    BirthplaceCoahuila, Mexico



    ParentsFernando Garza

    ChildrenXochitl Fernández De Valois, Jacaranda Fernández, Adela Fernández

    Emilio "El Indio" Fernández (born Emilio Fernández Romo, Spanish: [eˈmiljo feɾˈnandes ˈromo];...  more
  • Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.13

    Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Licence to Kill

    BirthplaceMexico, Mexico City


    ParentsCarmelita Pardo Armendáriz, Pedro Armendáriz

    Pedro Armendáriz Bohr (April 6, 1940 – December 26, 2011), better known by his stage name...  more
  • Pedro Armendáriz14

    Pedro Armendáriz

    From Russia with Love, The Conqueror

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    ParentsAdele Hastings, Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde

    ChildrenPedro Armendáriz, Jr., Carmen Armendáriz

    Pedro Armendáriz (born Pedro Gregorio Armendáriz Hastings; May 9, 1912 – June 18, 1963) was a...  more
  • Olivia Trinidad Arias15

    Olivia Trinidad Arias

    All Together Now

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Mexico

    ChildrenDhani Harrison

    Olivia Trinidad Harrison (née Arias; born May 18, 1948) is an American author and film...  more
  • Louis C.K.16

    Louis C.K.

    American Hustle, Role Models

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsLuis Szekely, Mary Louise Davis

    ChildrenMary Louise Szekely, Kitty Szekely

    Louis Székely () (born September 12, 1967), better known by his stage name Louis C.K. (), is...  more

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  • Gilbert Roland17

    Gilbert Roland

    Around the World in 80 Days, The Bad and the Beautiful

    BirthplaceCiudad Juárez, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    ChildrenGyl Roland, Lorinda Roland

    Gilbert Roland (born Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso, December 11, 1905 – May 15, 1994) was a...  more

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    Mimí Derba

    Santa, Salon Mexico

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    ParentsFrancisco Pérez de León, Jacoba Avendaño

    Mimí Derba (July 9, 1893 – July 14, 1953) was a Mexican actress and screenwriter, and the...  more
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    Jorge Luke

    Salvador, Clear and Present Danger

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    ChildrenShaula Vega

    Jorge Luke was an actor and musician....  more
  • 20

    Jaime Fernández

    Robinson Crusoe, A Bullet for the General

    BirthplaceMonterrey, Mexico


    Jaime Fernández Reyes (December 6, 1937 – April 15, 2005) was a Mexican actor. Over his...  more
  • 21

    Juan Garcia

    Vera Cruz, La perla

    BirthplaceMatamoros, Mexico


    Juan Garcia was an actor, screenwriter and film director....  more
  • 22

    Marimar Vega

    Daniel & Ana

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    ParentsGonzalo Vega, Leonora Sisto

    Marimar Vega is a Mexican actress. Vega studied acting in Centro de Formacion Actoral of TV...  more
  • Lucero23


    Coqueta, Delincuente

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    ParentsLucero León, Antonio Hogaza

    ChildrenJosé Manuel Mijares Hogaza, Lucero Mijares Hogaza

    Lucero Hogaza León (Spanish pronunciation: [luˈseɾo]; born 29 August 1969), known as Lucero,...  more

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  • Elpidia Carrillo24

    Elpidia Carrillo

    Predator, Predator 2

    BirthplaceParácuaro, Mexico



    Elpidia Carrillo (born August 16, 1961) is a Mexican and American actress and director. Her...  more
  • 25

    Anabelle Gutiérrez

    Huracán Ramírez, La visita que no tocó el timbre

    BirthplaceMexico, Mexico City


    Anabelle Gutierrez is an actor....