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7 Great Puerto Rican Actors And Where To Watch Them

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A great deal could be said of Puerto Rico’s staggering resilience. The tremendous people of this great Commonwealth have gone through the catastrophic effects of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, and are most recently struggling through the aftereffects of Hurricane Fiona. And yet, the people persist. 

You know, when I initially pitched this article for Hispanic Heritage Month about seven great Puerto Rican actors and where to watch them, I had no idea how hard Puerto Rico would be hit. There had been warnings about Hurricane Fiona, but it didn’t seem as potent as Maria.

And so, while reading this piece, I just hope that everybody can keep Puerto Rico in their thoughts, and to remember that while they might be down right now, they’ll get back up again. If you want to possibly help, I have personally heard good things about Mariafund.org. Now, on with the list.  

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Raul Julia 

When I wrote my great Filipino actors and where to watch them list, I knew that some people might not be aware that actors like Dave Bautista and Vanessa Hudgens were actually Filipino, and I think the same could probably be said of Raul Julia being Puerto Rican. How else to possibly explain why some people think that Luis Guzman, who will play the new Gomez Addams on Netflix’s Addams Family TV show, is an “A+ choice,» while others, who are familiar with Julia in the role, are “arguing” over Guzman’s role as Gomez, when, NEWSFLASH, people, BOTH ARE PUERTO RICAN ACTORS. 

But, I digress. Like many people in my age group, I first saw Julia in the two Addams Family movies in the ‘90s (and later in his last role as M. Bison in the so-bad-it’s-good video game movie, Street Fighter), but, it actually blows my mind what an amazing body of work he had before he came into my, and many other people’s, lives.   

Besides his work in television films, like The Burning Season (for which he won awards), Florida Straits, and Mussolini: The Untold Story, as well as his legendary theater work, which may be his crowning achievement (My dude was a magnificent Shakespearian actor, but also had the range to play Dracula!), he was also in excellent films like Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Penitent, and Presumed Innocent, which is a fantastic nonIndiana Jones Harrison Ford movie. Still and all, I think you owe it to yourself to watch him again as Gomez in The Addams Family, because, you know, he’s really that good as Gomez. Just as you remember.   

Watch The Addams Family on Paramount+ .  

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Rita Moreno 

One of the very few EGOT winners, Moreno started off as a dancer before she moved on to roles in classic films like Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I, and of course, West Side Story, for which she won an Academy Award, making her the first Latina to ever do so.    

But, as I said before, she is an EGOT recipient, and received her Grammy for Best Children’s Album for The Electric Company, her Tony for her performance in The Ritz, and two Emmys, one for The Muppet Show, and one for The Rockford Files. I could direct you to the original West Side Story, but I actually want to direct you to her role in Steven Spielberg’s “bold musical remake” version of West Side Story, because hey, Rita Moreno has range, baby.   

Watch West Side Story on Disney+ . 

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Benicio del Toro 

Benicio del Toro is legit one of my favorite actors of all time. My first recollection of seeing him was as the nigh-incomprehensible criminal, Fred Fenster, in The Usual Suspects. But, he’s been impressing me for years following that role in phenomenal films like Traffic (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), 21 Grams (another Academy Award nom), and Sicario

Hell, I even love him in less heralded films like The Way of the Gun, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Wolfman. Look, if it has Benicio del Toro in it, then I’ll watch it. He’s also done some television work, like Miami Vice, Tales from the Crypt, and Drug Wars: The Camarena Story. Speaking of drugs, I want to highlight his role in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Dr. Gonzo. Because as your attorney, I advise you to watch it.  

Watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Starz . 

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Luis Guzman 

As mentioned earlier, Luis Guzman, like Raul Julia, is of Puerto Rican descent. And, like Julia, he can play any role you throw at him. Comedy? Drama? Tragicomedy? You name it, Guzman can do it. 

Some of his best movie roles are in Traffic, which he was in with Benicio del Toro, Boogie Nights, and Carlito’s Way (my personal favorite of his). Television-wise, he was in The Burning Season (Remember that TV movie I mentioned WITH Raul Julia earlier? Guzman was in it!), Oz, his own show, the very-short lived Luis, and Narcos. As for films that I want to highlight, might I suggest Puerto Ricans in Paris? It’s from 2015 and shows his more comedic side, which is always golden in my book.  

Watch Puerto Ricans in Paris on Netflix .

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Jennifer Lopez 

Jennifer Lopez is so much more than just her relationship with Ben Affleck. In fact, for me, she’ll always be Jenny from the Block. Getting her start as a Fly Girl on In Living Color, J.Lo has been a pop sensation (Even performing at the Superbowl with Shakira!), a writer, and even won a Guinness Book of World Record for having the first number one remix album in America.   

But, her acting is what I find most impressive, as she’s done a wide range of genres and mediums, such as horror (The Cell), romantic comedies (Maid in Manhattan, Shall We Dance?), television (How I Met Your Mother, Shades of Blue, etc.) has been a judge on both a singing show (American Idol) AND a dancing show (World of Dance), and is just amazing all around. I want to highlight the movie she actually won some awards for, Hustlers, as it’s probably the best role of her career. And that’s saying something. 

Watch Hustlers on Hulu . 

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 Jose Ferrer 

Actor, film director, and theater director Jose Ferrer is the actor who goes the furthest back on this list, but is likely the one most well known by your parents and grandparents. 

His biggest roles include his work in Lawrence of Arabia, the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac, which is a part that is done again and again, most recently by Peter Dinklage (which is a must-see), and Joan of Arc, which is where he made his film debut. I want to highlight The Caine Mutiny, though, which might just be one of the greatest Humphrey Bogart films ever, and all the greater because of Ferrer’s excellent performance as LT. Barney Greenwald. 

Rent or Buy The Caine Mutiny on Amazon Prime .

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Michelle Rodriguez 

Lastly, I want to talk about Michelle Rodriguez, whose father was of Puerto Rican descent. Michelle Rodriguez has not only been in movies and television, but also a voice actress in video games like Halo 2, True Crimes: Streets of LA, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as The Fast and the Furious game, Fast & Furious: Crossroads (but, I’ll get back to F&F in a minute). 

Movie-wise, she’s also been in Resident Evil, Machete, and I don’t know, just the biggest box office movie of all time, Avatar. When it comes to television, she had a memorable run on Lost as Ana Lucia Cortez. But, yeah, her legacy will likely always be focused on Letty Ortiz in the Fast & Furious franchise, which is why I recommend her work in the latest film, F9, just to get you ready for Fast X, which is coming soon.   

Watch Fast & Furious 9 on HBO Max .

Puerto Rico is a beautiful place with beautiful people, and I hope they can get back on their feet sooner rather than later.   

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Now we’re going to hear an excerpt of our 2001 interview with Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her performance as Anita. She was one of the few actors playing a Puerto Rican who was actually from Puerto Rico.

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RITA MORENO: The reason was that there simply weren’t enough Hispanic — forget Puerto Rican — Hispanic male and female dancers at the time who could do the kind of professional job that was needed for Jerome Robbins’ choreography, which is, you might have noticed, extremely complex and very difficult. There just weren’t any. The reason there weren’t any, I am surmising, Is that a lot of Latin kids — Latino kids in those days didn’t have the money to take those kind of classes. They were a lot like in a way like the street dancers years later, the kids who danced on their backs and all that kind of stuff, who had talent but didn’t have the training. So as a result, the Sharks — gosh, there were just a few of us, really, who were truly Latino who were able to get the part.

TERRY GROSS: Did you have to do anything to look more, act more or sound more Puerto Rican?

MORENO: They made me use an accent, which I wasn’t thrilled about because a lot of us obviously don’t have them. The thing that really bothered me the most is that they put the same very muddy, dark-colored makeup on every Shark girl and boy. And that really made me very upset. And I tried to get that changed. And I said, look at us. We’re all, you know, many, many different colors. Some of us are very white. Some of us are olive-skinned. Some of us actually have Black blood. Some of us are Taino Indian, which is the original Puerto Rican. And nobody paid attention, and that was that. I had no choice in the matter. But I was not happy. And when I saw the film recently and saw George Chakiris, this beautiful guy, Greek guy (laughter) who looked like he had fallen into a bucket of mud, I just started — I started to giggle.

GROSS: Rita Moreno, I want to ask you about another scene. There’s a scene toward the end of the movie after your boyfriend Bernardo has been stabbed. Maria, the Natalie Wood character, asks you to send a message to her boyfriend Tony. And this is right after the «I Have A Love» duet.

MORENO: Right.

GROSS: And so you go to…

MORENO: The candy store.

GROSS: …To the candy store to give a message to the owner there. And all the Jets are hanging out there. And they start taunting you, and the implication is that they’ve raped you, too. I think that’s the implication.

MORENO: Oh, yes.

GROSS: Yeah.

MORENO: Yes, if it had been done a few years ago, that’s what would have happened.

GROSS: Right. But it’s all kind of stylized and choreographed. Can you talk about that scene?

MORENO: Gee. I’m glad you brought that up because that was a seminal scene for me, and some interesting and personal, emotional pond scum came to the (laughter) surface. We rehearsed that number for — as we did with everything in that movie — for weeks. And then we got to the shooting which took about — I would say about seven days. And at some point, having the boys constantly cursing me out and throwing me around and calling me things like spic and garlic mouth and a pierced ear apparently opened up some wounds that I thought had been healed years and years and years before then.

And I remember that, at that point — and I think it was in the middle of shooting, this — some part of that scene. I stopped, and I sat down at the stool at the candy counter, put my head on my arms, and started to sob and cry. And I could not stop. I must have cried for about 45 minutes and just — there was no consoling me. I was inconsolable. And it’s funny. As I speak of it, I start getting tears in my eyes. And the boys came to me saying, oh, Rita, please, you know we love you. You know we love you. Please don’t cry. Please stop. Oh, the audience is going to hate us. And I couldn’t stop.

And finally, Bob Wise called lunch. And you know, I calmed down, obviously, after lunch, and we got it all done. But there is a huge piece of my soul in that scene. It’s all of the terrible things that happened to me — not like that, but it was symbolic of all of the terrible things that have happened — that happened to me when I was younger that apparently just inundated my soul and seared my soul. And I was as surprised as anybody.

GROSS: When you were able to start shooting the film again, do you feel like that personal connection deepened your performance? Or did it get in the way of it because it was so upsetting?

MORENO: No, it — no. It didn’t get in the way. It — I think it deepened it. And by the time we got to the part of the scene where the doc, the candy store owner, comes in and stops the rape, the symbolic rape, and I go to the door and say, don’t you touch me — ’cause I think they were saying something like, don’t let her get away. And somebody puts their hand on my shoulder, and I turn around and say, don’t you touch me — wow. That was filled with every terrible anger that I have ever experienced in my life — that line. It didn’t get in the way.

GROSS: Can you talk a little bit about the choreography that Jerry Robbins worked out for the rape scene?

MORENO: Jerry had an ability, which is rare even now, to choreograph for character. In other words, any step that Anita might do, say, in «America» or in the «Mambo!» at the gym was not a step that he would ever have dreamed of giving to some other character on the other side — for instance, to the Jet, a Jet girl. And he worked that out with us. He was a meticulous, crazy man. He was meticulous with respect to what he wanted. The problem was he didn’t always know exactly what he wanted. He just wanted it to be perfect.

And Jerry had several versions of each section of each dance so that, for instance, if you wanted — if you were rehearsing «America» with him, he would — after you did one version, would say, OK, now let me see version B of section 2. So you were really learning anywhere from two to three other dances beside the original one. That’s how he worked. And he would watch it and watch it and watch and then say, OK, now let me go back to section 1 and do version A of that. He wanted to get the very best he could out of each section of these dances.

GROSS: Oh, wow.

MORENO: And that’s how the rape scene also happened. It was a question of throwing me around. And when they would throw me around, when someone would grab my blouse to try to tear it off, when somebody would lift up my skirts to humiliate me, all that kind of stuff was very, very planned.

DAVIES: Rita Moreno, speaking with Terry Gross, recorded in 2001. The new film adaptation of «West Side Story,» directed by Steven Spielberg, is in theaters today. This is FRESH AIR.

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DAVIES: This is FRESH AIR. The new film adaptation of «West Side Story,» directed by Steven Spielberg, is in theaters today. And we’re listening back to our interviews with two actors who won Academy Awards for their performances in the original 1961 film — George Chakiris, who played Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, and Rita Moreno, who played Anita. Terry spoke with her earlier this year when she was the subject of a PBS «American Masters» documentary.

GROSS: Let’s start with a scene from «West Side Story» in which you talk about in the documentary. And I want to play an excerpt of the song «America.» But before we do, I want to talk about it. So this is a song in which the Puerto Rican men and women are singing about what they think of Puerto Rico. And the women are kind of saying, hey, America is better. And the men are saying, America really mistreats us. So you asked Stephen Sondheim to change a lyric, a line or two, that was in the Broadway show.

MORENO: OK. That’s incorrect. I never asked Stephen Sondheim to change lyric.

GROSS: Oh, I thought you say in the film that you did.

MORENO: Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no. I would never have dreamed of doing that at the time. What happened was that I auditioned many times for the role of Anita with my heart in my throat because I hadn’t danced in a hundred years, it seemed. And I never really, really thought I would get the part. But I got the part. I was jubilant and thrilled because it’s a wonderful part, as you know. And then, just before I signed my contract, I suddenly remembered, to my horror, that the verse to «America» goes like this, (singing) Puerto Rico, you ugly island, island of tropic diseases. And it suddenly occurred to me — oh, my God. I can’t sing that. I can’t sing that like that in that form. I can’t do this. I can’t do this to my people.

And I was this close to turning it down with breaking heart. And just about that time, I got the new lyrics for the verse of «America,» which had been rewritten by Stephen Sondheim at someone’s behest. I’m just guessing it was probably Robert Wise or maybe one of our producers who said — you know what? — that’s kind of like poison that line. Can’t we change it? And apparently, Stephen Sondheim acquiesced. And he changed it to, (singing) Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion — let it sink back in the ocean. And that’s how Stephen Sondheim saved me from turning down this magnificent role.

GROSS: Wow. So why don’t we hear it? And then we’ll talk about how that reverberated. So here is my guest, Rita Moreno, kicking off «America.»

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MORENO: (As Anita, singing) Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion — let it sink back in the ocean.

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MORENO: (As Anita, singing) Always the hurricanes blowing, always the population growing and the money owing and the sunlight screaming.

GROSS: So that was the beginning of «America» from «West Side Story.» And my guest is Rita Moreno, who you heard singing in that and who played Anita. So how did that song resonate among your Puerto Rican friends and family, if you had any family then in the U.S.?

MORENO: Actually, it resonated beautifully. The fact that there was a person playing a Puertorriquena in a huge, successful musical was enough for a lot of Hispanics, not just Puerto Ricans, in this country to be thrilled to pieces. The fact that there were mistakes made and colors confused, nationalities, was almost beyond the point. We were just so glad to be paid attention to for a change. There were people, particularly in Puerto Rico, who were not thrilled because they felt that depicting Puerto Ricans as gang members was offensive and insulting.

And what was important about Anita to me — still is — is that Anita, believe it or not, was the only part I ever remember where I represented Hispanics in a dignified and positive way. I’ve never had a role model because there was no such thing then, not — certainly not for little Puerto Rican girls like me. So when people asked, you know, did you have a mentor and all of that, I was like, mentor? Me? Moi? Really? No, no, no, no. So it represented a lot of breakthroughs for young actors of Hispanic origin.

DAVIES: Rita Moreno speaking with Terry Gross earlier this year. Coming up, an interview with George Chakiris, who played the leader of the Sharks in the original «West Side Story» film. And we remember former senator and World War II vet Bob Dole. Here’s Rita Moreno in the new film adaptation of «West Side Story.» This is FRESH AIR.

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MORENO: (Singing) There’s a place for us somewhere, a place for us — peace and quiet and open air. Wait for us. Somewhere, there’s a time for us — someday, a time for us — time together with time to spare, time to learn and time to care. Someday…

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DAVIES: This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. The new film adaptation of «West Side Story» directed by Steven Spielberg is in theaters today. We’re going to hear some of Terry’s interview with actor George Chakiris, who won an Academy Award for his performance as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, in the original 1961 film. Here is Chakiris in the war council scene planning a rumble with the Jets.

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RUSS TAMBLYN: (As Riff) We challenge you to a rumble — all out once and for all except…

GEORGE CHAKIRIS: (As Bernardo) On what terms?

TAMBLYN: (As Riff) Whatever terms you’re callin’. You crossed the line once too often.

CHAKIRIS: (As Bernardo) You started it.

TAMBLYN: (As Riff) Who jumped Baby John this afternoon?

CHAKIRIS: (As Bernardo) Who jumped me the first day I moved here?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Who asked you to move here?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Who asked you?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Move where you’re wanted.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #4: (As character) Back where you came from.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Spics.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Mick.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #5: (As character) Wop.

DAVIES: Before he was cast in the film, Chakiris starred in the London production of the show in the role of Riff, the leader of the Jets. Chakiris is of Greek descent. He told Terry in 2001 what he had to do to make himself appear Puerto Rican for the film.

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CHAKIRIS: Well, the — one of the things they did to us — I’m very pale (laughter) as a person. So, well, they darkened us, of course, considerably. I — in fact, I remember when we started shooting the prologue, the very first take out on the streets of New York there, Jerry had them come up and say, no, I think he needs to be a little darker.

GROSS: (Laughter).

CHAKIRIS: So they made me darker still. So that was one thing that certainly had to be done. And the other thing was the accent, which I think was subtle — I hope, anyway. And as I recall, we took Rita as our guide, so to speak, to make sure that we were sort of on track with that.

GROSS: Well, one of the glorious and silliest things about «West Side Story» is the singing and dancing gang members.

CHAKIRIS: (Laughter).

GROSS: What did Jerome Robbins tell you about the choreography and the kind of choreography he wanted for the gang members? And why would they be dancing in the street?

CHAKIRIS: Well, it was a musical (laughter).

GROSS: Exactly.

(LAUGHTER)

GROSS: A compelling reason.

CHAKIRIS: (Laughter) But one of the things that I think Jerry did so brilliantly — and he was, God knows, a brilliant man. And I think genius is not an overblown word to use very directly in describing Jerry. But the way the movement is introduced in the prologue of the film when you first start to see guys dance on the streets of New York — you know? — it’s done with a very subtle kind of move and — which is not really a dance move. And then there’s another move, you know? And…

GROSS: Yeah. What’s happening is that the Jets are walking along the street.

CHAKIRIS: Right.

GROSS: And one of them will kind of, like, jump up in a dancerly move and then keep walking and then…

CHAKIRIS: Or just put his arms out or…

GROSS: Yeah, or just put his arms out.

CHAKIRIS: Very subtle stuff that eventually explodes, if you like, into dance.

GROSS: Exactly.

CHAKIRIS: But we’re introduced to it, I think, in a way that allows us — at least, I think — to accept it and not think, oh, my God. Don’t they look silly dancing (laughter) in the street, you know?

GROSS: Right.

CHAKIRIS: The theater version started the same way — well, in the sense that they don’t start dancing right off the bat. They build up to it. And again, that building up allows it to, quote-unquote, «explode» into the way they feel about their turf and the way they own the street and how the street feels to them and the neighborhood feels to them. It’s theirs.

GROSS: Now, you actually shot the movie version of «West Side Story» on the streets of New York, yes?

CHAKIRIS: Right. 68th and Amsterdam was one of the locations. That’s where Lincoln Center now stands. And the other location was a playground, which is still there — 110th Street and 2nd Avenue. Those were the two locations.

GROSS: Let’s talk about the rumble scene. And this is the scene where the two gangs rumble in a schoolyard. And it’s, like, part dance and part a choreographed fight.

CHAKIRIS: Right, right.

GROSS: But there’s more dance in it than your average choreographed fight in an action film.

CHAKIRIS: Yes.

GROSS: So everything in it is really quite stylized. Can you talk a little bit about the choreography of it and learning it and what it’s like to stab and to be stabbed in this choreographed kind of way?

CHAKIRIS: (Laughter) Yeah. You know, what I’d like to go back to, in answering your question, was doing the theater version of the rumble ’cause, of course, we had to do it eight times a week. I would say it was staged rather than choreographed because there are no dance moves per se, really, in the rumble. There are moves that make sense for a knife fight.

And I remember — and it doesn’t — you don’t really notice this particular move which I thought was such a wonderful move. You don’t notice it as well, I think, in the film as I remember the way it felt, at least, in the stage version. And I, as Riff, had to do this to Bernardo in the stage version. I — it’s hard to describe, but I run toward him. I sort of invert myself, and it’s sort of — I’m — I get a scissor kind of grip with my legs around his legs. And I bring him down to his knees and then bring up the knife like I’m going to stab him. And then somebody pulls me off. But these were kind of gymnastic things, if you like, although I’m not a gymnast at all. But again, I think the difference in the rumble is it’s not — it’s staged, but I would not say it’s choreographed because there are not dance moves in it.

GROSS: I’ve heard that some of the actors who tested for parts in the film adaptation of «West Side Story» include Tony Perkins, Warren Beatty, Bobby Darin, Burt Reynolds, Richard Chamberlain and Troy Donahue.

CHAKIRIS: And Robert Redford.

GROSS: And Robert Redford? Really?

CHAKIRIS: Yeah.

GROSS: For which part?

CHAKIRIS: I heard that — I don’t know. But I know I’ve heard that. I don’t know if I heard it from Bob, Bob Wise. But I think so.

GROSS: Did you know that all those other people had tested?

CHAKIRIS: Had no idea (laughter) at all, no. And again, going back to this thing when we were doing it in the theater, never dreaming you’d get — I mean, it just never entered our minds that we’d ever be part of this. It just — it was a tremendous thrill and surprise because we were getting news from Los Angeles about, you know, big stars testing — or not — maybe not testing but being considered. I think two of the names that I remember hearing — I think I’m correct. One was Elizabeth Taylor, and one was Elvis Presley. I don’t know if those were, in fact, real considerations or not. It was just part of the bits of…

GROSS: Right, interesting.

CHAKIRIS: . ..Things in the newspapers that would be put on the bulletin board for us to see at the stage door.

GROSS: Now, you won an Academy Award for your performance as Bernardo.

CHAKIRIS: Right.

GROSS: How did it change your career to get the Academy Award?

CHAKIRIS: Well, before that, I didn’t have a career (laughter). I mean, I was doing well enough, I suppose, really. But what it did was it opened doors for the remainder — and still does, oddly enough. It still does. But it changed everything for me, certainly.

DAVIES: George Chakiris, recorded in 2001. Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of «West Side Story» opens in theaters today.

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ANSEL ELGORT: (As Tony, singing) Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s coming, something good, if I can wait. Something’s coming. I don’t know what it is, but it is going to be great. With a click, with a shock — phone will jingle. Door will knock. Open the latch. Something’s coming, don’t know when, but it’s soon. Catch the moon — one-handed catch. Around the corner or whistling down the river, come on, deliver to me.

DAVIES: Coming up, we remember former Senator Bob Dole, who died Sunday at the age of 98. This is FRESH AIR.

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    Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
    55 years
    1967

  • Joaquin Phoenix
    Joaquin Phoenix
    Actor, Writer, Producer
    48 years old
    1974

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    77 years old
    1919-1996

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    66 years old
    1956

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    1931

  • dee
    Dee
    Actress, Director
    43 years
    1979

  • Raul Julia
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    Actor
    54 years old
    1940-1994

  • T. T. The fight
    T.T. Boy
    Actor, Director
    54 years old
    1968

  • Miriam Colon
    Miriam Colon
    Actress
    86 years old
    1936

  • Paul Calderon
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    Actor, Writer, Producer

  • Bruce Gray
    Bruce Gray
    Actor
    83 years old
    1939

  • Gina Lynn
    Gina Lynn
    Actress, Producer
    48 years old
    1974

  • David Zayas
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    Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
    60 years
    1962

  • Eri Meyers
    Ari Meyers
    Actress
    53 years old
    1969

  • Luis R. Guzman
    Luis R. Guzman
    Actor
    49 years old
    1973

  • nine0002 Miguel Angel Suarez
    Miguel Angel Suarez
    Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
    70 years old
    1939-2009

  • Juano Hernandez
    Juano Hernandez
    Actor
    69 years old
    1901-1970

  • Roselyn Sanchez
    Roselyn Sanchez
    Actress, Writer, Producer
    49 years old
    nine0006 1973

  • Ismael ‘East’ Carlo
    Ismael ‘East’ Carlo
    Actor
    80 years old
    1942

  • Valerie M. Ortiz
    Valery M. Ortiz
    Actress
    38 years
    1984

  • Daniel Lugo
    Daniel Lugo
    Actor, Producer
    77 years old
    nine0006 1945

  • Adria Archona
    Adria Arjona
    Actress
    30 years
    1992

  • Jacobo Morales
    Jacobo Morales
    Actor, Director, Screenwriter
    88 years old
    1934

  • Amory Nolasco
    Amaury Nolasco
    Actor
    52 years old
    nine0006 1970

  • Braulio Castillo
    Braulio Castillo
    Actor, Producer
    89 years old
    1933

  • Shalim Ortiz
    Shalim Ortiz
    Actor, Producer
    43 years
    1979

  • Jaime Sanchez
    Jaime Sanchez
    Actor
    84 years old
    nine0006 1938

  • Luis Ramos
    Luis Antonio Ramos
    Actor, Producer

  • Camar de los Reyes
    Kamar De Los Reyes
    Actor, Producer
    55 years
    1967

  • Holly Woodlawn
    Holly Woodlawn
    Actress
    76 years old
    nine0006 1946

  • Charlotte Ayanna
    Charlotte Ayanna
    Actress
    46 years old
    1976

  • Maria-Elena Laas
    Maria-Elena Laas
    Actress, Producer
    41 years old
    1981

  • Miguel Arteta
    Miguel Arteta
    Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Composer
    58 years old
    nine0006 1964

  • Caridad Canelon
    Caridad Canelon
    Actress
    67 years old
    1955

  • Shawn Elliott
    Shawn Elliott
    Actor

  • Carlos Ponce
    Carlos Ponce
    Actor
    50 years
    1972

  • Ramon Franco
    Ramon Franco
    Actor
    54 years old
    1968

  • Lillian Hurst
    Lillian Hurst
    Actress
    73 years old
    1949

  • Sevier Crespo
    Sevier Crespo
    Actor, Producer, Writer
    46 years old
    nine0006 1976

  • Ivon Call
    Yvonne Coll
    Actress
    75 years old
    1947

  • Anibal O. Lleras
    Anibal O. Lleras
    Actor
    67 years old
    1955

  • Prissila Delgado
    Priscila Delgado
    Actress
    20 years
    nine0006 2002

  • Wilmer Calderon
    Wilmer Calderon
    Actor
    47 years old
    1975

  • Armando Risco
    Armando Riesco
    Actor, Director, Writer, Producer

  • Chayanne
    Chayanne
    Actor
    54 years old
    nine0006 1968

  • Will Morales
    Will Morales
    Actor
    45 years
    1977

  • Modesto Lasen
    Modesto Lacen
    Actor
    46 years old
    1976

  • José Feliciano
    Jose Feliciano
    Actor, Composer
    77 years old
    nine0006 1945

  • Gladys Jimenez
    Gladys Jimenez
    Actress

  • Oswaldo Rios
    Osvaldo Rios
    Actor, Producer
    62 years old
    1960

  • Julian Acosta
    Julian Acosta
    Actor

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  • Laura Carmine
    Laura Carmine
    Actress

  • Dayanara Torres
    Dayanara Torres
    Actress
    48 years old
    1974

  • Alba Raquel Barros
    Alba Raquel Barros
    Actress
    70 years old
    1952

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  • Adamari Lopez
    Adamari Lopez
    Actress
    51 years old
    1971

  • Renoly Santiago
    Renoly Santiago
    Actor
    48 years old
    1974

  • Justino Diaz
    Justino Diaz
    Actor
    82 years old
    1940

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  • Luis Miguel
    Luis Miguel
    Actor
    52 years old
    1970

  • Braulio Castillo Hiyo
    Braulio Castillo Hijo
    Actor
    64 years old
    1958

  • Denis Quinones
    Denise Quinones
    Actress
    42 years
    1980

  • Ebony Smith
    Ebonie Smith
    Actress
    44 years old
    1978

  • Alba Nydia Diaz
    Alba Nydia Diaz
    Actress, Producer, Writer
    67 years old
    1955

  • Meite Garcia
    Mayte Garcia
    Actress
    49 years old
    nine0006 1973

  • Tego Calderon
    Tego Calderon
    Actor
    50 years
    1972

  • Mariana Paola Vicente
    Mariana Paola Vicente
    Actress
    34 years
    1989

  • Natalie Amenula
    Natalie Amenula
    Actress
    37 years
    nine0006 1985

  • Edna De Jesus
    Edna de Jesus
    Actress
    47 years old
    1975

  • Miguel A. Gaetan
    Miguel A. Gaetan
    Actor, Composer
    47 years old
    1975

  • Pedro Telemaco
    Pedro Telemaco
    Actor
    54 years old
    nine0006 1968

  • Jorge Alberti
    Jorge Alberti
    Actor

  • Michelin Sisty
    Michelan Sisti
    Actor
    73 years old
    1949

  • Edwin Villa
    Edwin Villa
    Actor
    45 years
    1978

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  • Nestor Rodulfo
    Nestor Rodulfo
    Actor
    50 years
    1972

  • Jull Weber
    Jull Weber
    Actor
    44 years old
    1978

  • Jacqueline Duprey
    Jacqueline Duprey
    Actress
    50 years
    1972

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  • Marisol Calero
    Marisol Calero
    Actress
    59 years old
    1963

  • Johnny Lozada
    Johnny Lozada
    Actor
    55 years
    1967

  • Alfredo De Quesada
    Alfredo De Quesada
    Actor
    46 years old
    1976

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  • Marlon Correa
    Marlon Correa
    Actor
    47 years old
    1975

  • Eddie Matos
    Eddie Matos
    Actor
    44 years old
    1978

  • Javier Grillo-Marxua
    Javier Grillo Marxuach
    Writer, Producer, Director, Actor
    53 years old
    nine0006 1969

  • Ismael Cruz
    Ismael Cruz Cordova
    Actor
    35 years
    1987

  • Limari Nadal
    Lymari Nadal
    Actress, Screenwriter
    44 years old
    1978

  • Jose Rivera
    Jose Rivera
    Writer, Director, Producer
    67 years old
    nine0006 1955

  • Berto Colon
    Berto Colon
    Actor

  • Thelma Gutierrez
    Thelma Gutierrez
    Actress, Producer

  • Sonia Noemi Gonzalez
    Sonia Noemi Gonzalez
    Actress
    81 years old
    1941

  • Don Omar
    Don Omar
    Actor
    44 years old
    1978

  • Ana Koto
    Ana Coto
    Actress
    32 years
    1990

  • Daddy Yankee
    Daddy Yankee
    Actor, Producer
    46 years old
    1976

  • Joyce Giraud
    Joyce Giraud
    Actress
    47 years old
    1975

  • Joshua Gutierrez
    Josue Gutierrez
    Actor
    45 years
    1977

  • Johnny Moseley
    Jonny Moseley
    Actor
    47 years old
    1975

  • Carla Monroig
    Karla Monroig
    Actress
    43 years
    1979

  • Maria Celeste Arraras
    Maria Celeste Arraras
    Actress
    62 years old
    1960

  • Ramon Rodriguez
    Ramon Rodriguez
    Actor
    43 years
    nine0006 1979

  • Yvette Cruz
    Yvette Cruise
    Actress

  • Edward DeSoto
    Edouard DeSoto
    Actor
    81 years old
    1941

  • Dita De Leon
    Dita de Leon
    Actress
    52 years old
    1970

  • Gilberto Santa Rosa
    Gilberto Santa Rosa
    Actor
    60 years
    1962

  • Olga Tanyon
    Olga Tanon
    Actress
    55 years
    1967

  • Michael Santiago
    Michael Santiago
    Actor, Screenwriter
    78 years old
    nine0006 1944

  • Marcelino Sanchez
    Marcelino Sanchez
    Actor
    29 years
    1957-1986

  • Luis Fonsi
    Luis Fonsi
    Actor
    44 years old
    1978

  • Juan Carlos Arvelo
    Juan Carlos Arvelo
    Actor

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  • Nelson Diaz
    Nelson Diaz
    Actor, Writer, Producer
    47 years old
    1975

  • Oscar Rodriguez
    Oskar Rodriguez
    Actor
    36 years
    1986

  • Tony Morales
    Tony Morales
    Actor
    63 years old
    nine0006 1959

  • Natalie Amenula
    Natalie Amenula
    Actress
    37 years
    1985

  • Ricky Martin
    Ricky Martin
    Actor
    51 years old
    1971

  • Jesse Camacho
    Jessie Camacho
    Actress
    48 years old
    nine0006 1974

  • Shaira Barton
    Shaira Barton
    Actress
    43 years
    1979

  • Oscar Hernandez
    Oscar Hernandez
    Actor

  • Jose Ferrer
    Jose Ferrer
    Actor, Director, Screenwriter
    80 years old
    nine0006 1912-1992

  • Santini tea
    Chay Santini
    Actress

  • Hechter Ubarry
    Hechter Ubarry
    Actor

  • Ludo Vika
    Ludo Vika
    Actress
    67 years old
    1955

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  • Marilyn Sanabria
    Marilyn Sanabria
    Actress, Producer
    42 years
    1980

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Latin American actors: photos, names, best roles

In the last two decades of the 20th century, millions of Russian TV viewers watched TV shows from overseas show business. They empathized with the heroes played by popular Latin American actors and actresses, plunging with them into the world of love passions, vile intrigues and betrayals, unexpected twists of fate. These heroes won the hearts of many fans, forever remaining in the hearts of viewers. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the actors of Latin American TV shows were recognizable and enjoyed great popularity. nine0005

Veronica Castro

«The rich also cry» is one of the most popular Mexican TV series. It was based on the play of the same name by the Latin American writer Ines Rodena. For a whole year, Soviet viewers closely followed the events of this series, consisting of 278 episodes. The role of the main character of the telenovela Marianna Villareal was performed by Veronica Castro, who was starting her acting career. She immediately liked the Mexican audience. The Soviet viewers did not remain indifferent to the main character. nine0005

Veronica Castro started her modeling career. Appearing at the age of sixteen naked on the cover of the men’s magazine Caballero, she instantly became infamous. After filming the series «The Rich Also Cry» she proved that, in addition to her pretty appearance, she also has acting talent. This telenovela gained immense popularity not only throughout Latin America, but also conquered Spanish, French, Soviet and even Chinese viewers. nine0005

The actress was lucky. After filming this television drama, two years later, Veronica Castro gets the role of the main character Rosa Garcia in the series «Wild Rose». In addition, the actress personally performed the soundtrack song Rosa Salvaje, which instantly became the most popular hit both in Mexico and in other countries of South America. Thus, thanks to the series «The Rich Also Cry» and «Wild Rose», Veronica Castro has become one of the most famous Mexican serial actresses and singers.

Guillermo Capetillo

This is a Latin American actor, most recognizable by TV viewers after watching the TV series «The Rich Also Cry». He played the role of Beto, the son of Marianna Villareal. After the huge success in this TV drama, he was invited to shoot the cult Mexican series «Wild Rose», where he again starred with Veronica Castro, but this time in the role of Ricardo Linares, the wife of Rosa Garcia. Here, this handsome Latin American actor played two roles of twin brothers at once. Subsequently, the practice of one actor playing two roles at the same time began to be applied everywhere. Guillermo Capetillo was once considered the sex symbol of Mexico. He starred in many more serials. The last of them is Love Truths, which was released in 2013. nine0005

Victoria Ruffo

Among the Latin American actors there is the name of Victoria Ruffo. She began her acting career with the series «Problems of a Doctor». Thanks to her acting talent and bright appearance, Victoria was noticed by famous producers. As a result, she received the main roles in the series «Victoria» and «Just Maria». The Russian audience saw the TV drama «Just Maria» in 1992. The success of this soap opera repeated the success of the previously broadcast series The Rich Also Cry. Later, Victoria Ruffo continued her acting career in the series «Stepmother». Currently, she is one of the highest paid actresses of the television company Televisa, which produces series in Latin America. nine0005

Natalia Oreiro

This is one of the most beautiful Latin American female actors. Natalia Oreiro is a Uruguayan actress and singer. For the first time, success came to her after the television series «The Rich and Famous.» But she became world famous after the release of the television series «Wild Angel». The role of the orphan Milagros brought her worldwide fame and selfless love of fans. The actress was very actively involved in creating this image and writing the script. The television series «Wild Angel» was broadcast in 60 countries around the world. nine0005

In parallel with filming, Natalia Oreiro is seriously involved in music. She has released two solo discs of her songs. Nowadays, the popularity of Natalia Oreiro does not fade away. In addition, photos of this outstanding actress are much more often than other photos of Latin American actors used on the covers of printed publications, posters, stickers and so on. This indicates that its popularity is undeniable.

Facundo Arana

This is one of the most popular Latin American male actors. World fame came to him after Facundo Arana became Natalia Oreiro’s partner in the series «Wild Angel» — the male lead of the blue-eyed handsome Ivo. The next successful role of this Latin American actor was the role of the modern Robin Hood — the robber Coraje and Padre Juan in the TV series «Padre Coraje». nine0005

After that he got the role of Martin Quesada in the series «You are my life». And this time he played in tandem with Natalia Oreiro — the star of the series and the singer. Currently, Facundo Arana plays in the theater and simultaneously acts in TV series.

Diego Ramos

This is a famous Latin American actor. Diego Ramos became known to television audiences around the world after the release of the series «The Rich and Famous» and «Wild Angel». His first television work was a commercial. His debut as an actor in the series took place in «Roller Coaster» — a television series in which he played the role of a modest young man Maxi. After that, he successfully starred in many other projects. nine0005

In the series «Rich and Famous» he worked in tandem with Natalia Oreiro, playing a couple in love. In 1998, Diego Ramos again works on the same set with Natalia Oreiro in the series «Wild Angel». This time he plays the role of lawyer Sergio Costa, who is unrequitedly in love with a beautiful woman. This series has gained immense popularity and recognition among Russian viewers. Currently, Diego Ramos successfully continues his career as an actor in television series.

Sylvia Phifer

Sylvia Phifer started her career with modeling business. In fashion houses, the long-legged Brazilian fashion model was a huge success and was extremely in demand. But one day she decided to leave the modeling business and began to take theater lessons. The debut of Sylvia Phifer as a television actress took place in the series «My Love, My Sorrow».

In 1993, the actress got the lead role in the TV series «Tropicanka». She played the role of the beautiful Leticia with great success. Russian viewers accepted this series with great enthusiasm. The next significant work of this actress was shooting in the most popular television series «Clone», where she played the role of the beautiful Sinira. nine0005

Lucelia Santos

Before starting her career as a television actress, Brazilian-born Lucelia Santos worked at the reception desk of a polyclinic. At the same time, she starred in candid photo shoots. The young model, who did not have any experience in television, was invited to the main role of the series «Slave Izaura».

This series was a huge success in many countries around the world. Fans of Lucelia Santes wrote her a huge number of letters. The actress was also recognized as a sex symbol of her country. After that, she continued to shoot in erotic scenes, starred naked for men’s magazines. Lucelia currently works as a producer and director of documentaries. nine0005

Maria Sorte

Mexican actress Maria Sorte got the lead role of Daniela Lorente in the series «My Second Mother» at the beginning of her career in 1993. This role was written especially for her. The actress has been preparing for it for a long time, trying to authentically play the heroine who survived sexual violence. In Russia, this series was a huge success, becoming popular.

Gabriel Corrado

One of the most talented actors in Latin American TV series. He made his acting debut on television in the film Blue Trousers. His next role is in the telenovelas «I want to die tomorrow» and «I love you.» For the first time, Gabriel receives the main role in the TV series «Princess». But the actor receives real recognition after the release of «Black Pearl» and «Gypsy» on television. After the success of the actor, they are invited to the role of a TV presenter. nine0005

In 2000, in Argentina, he works on the set of the new telenovela «Wild Moon», where he leads the cast. This telenovela was nominated for the Martin Ferrero Award as the best telenovela of the year. His last acting work was the telenovela «Maximo’s Heart». In it, he acted as a producer. Currently, Gabriel’s creative plans are to work as a producer.

Victor Camara

Victor Camara was born into a seventh generation family of actors. He began his career in the theater of his family. He worked as a stagehand, sound engineer, and assistant director. The debut of this Latin American actor took place in the telenovela Kuma. In the future, he played many roles in various TV shows. nine0005

Marcio Garcia

Brazilian actor and TV presenter. With an athletic build, he started his career in modeling. He received his first role in the famous television series Tropicanka. In subsequent series, he played only positive characters. The first role of a negative hero was played by him in the TV series «Celebrity». The actor did not want this role too much, as he was afraid to spoil his positive image, especially among the children’s audience. After all, he previously worked as a TV presenter for a children’s show. In the future, he played many roles in television series. In 2008, he starred in the title role of the television series Roads of India. nine0005

Osvaldo Laporte

He was born into a simple rural Uruguayan family, but dreamed of becoming a famous actor. For a long twenty years he went to his cherished dream. On the way to his goal, he knew many hardships and disasters. The actor played many minor roles. He knew success while traveling in Europe. A huge number of women dreamed about him.

One of his first works on television was the series «Face to Face» with Veronica Castro. After that, he received minor roles in other series. The real success brought him the main role in the film «Harvesting Your Harvest». Since then, the success of this actor is stunning. He began to constantly appear in serials. Among them is the hugely successful series «The Bodyguard». He became the best comedy actor, for which he received the Martin Fierro Award. nine0005

Along with his acting career, Osvaldo is also involved in musical activities. He recorded his album «God forbid!», from which one of the songs in the series «Emerald Necklace» was used as a soundtrack, where he played the main role. The series «A Girl named Destiny» made famous this Latin American actor in Russia.

Eduardo Capetillo

This famous Mexican actor and singer made his debut in 1985. Since then, he has played more than twenty roles in films and television series. In Russia, Eduardo Capetillo is known for the series Marimar and Stepmother, in which he brilliantly played his roles. In the same year, he makes his debut in the musical genre. Initially, he became the vocalist of a musical group, and after its breakup, he continued his solo career. nine0005

Manuel Saval

Among the prominent Latin American actors who died at the beginning of the twenty-first century is the Mexican Manuel Saval. He was born in the family of the famous Mexican singer and actress Manolita Saval. He has worked in both theater and television. In the TV series «Just Maria» he played the role of Juan Carlos del Villar. In his acting career, it was the most successful and famous series. Manuel fell seriously ill and died at the age of 53.

Conclusion

The main contingent of viewers of Latin American TV shows are housewives. After all, they make up for the lack of impressions in life, bright events and feelings, empathizing with the heroes of their favorite TV shows.

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