Representing Mexico!

by Hydek | created - 08 Nov 2011 | updated - 04 Oct 2013 | Public

1. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

2. Gael García Bernal

Actor | Mozart in the Jungle

Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara to Patricia Bernal, an actress/model & José Ángel García, an actor/director. His stepfather's cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. He began his acting career as a child, working w/ his parents in a variety of plays. At 14, he starred in a soap opera called El ...

3. Diego Luna

Actor | Rogue One

Diego Luna Alexander was born on December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Alejandro Luna and Fiona Alexander, who worked as a costume designer. His father is Mexican and his mother was British, of Scottish and English descent. His mother died when Diego was only two, in a car accident. He soon ...

4. Kuno Becker

Actor | Goal!

Born and raised in Mexico City, he studied the violin at the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Austria from the age of 6 and went on to be an accomplished violinist. At 17 he decided to change course and become an actor and eventually graduated from Televisa's prestigious Center for Artistic Education in ...

5. Ana Claudia Talancón

Actress | El crimen del Padre Amaro

Ana Claudia Talancon was born on May 1st, 1980 in Cancun, Mexico. Her first performance was in her home town Quintana Roo in Cancun.

She studied acting in Cancun with the Cuban professor Albio Paz. She later went to Mexico City to continue her studies at the Acting Workshop of Héctor Mendoza and ...

6. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

7. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

8. Thalía

Actress | María la del barrio

Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (born 26 August 1971), known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, producer, actress and entrepreneur. She is considered one of the most successful and influential Mexican artists worldwide. Apart from her native Spanish, Thalía has also sung in ...

9. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

10. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (some sources indicate Manuel Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca) on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, ...

11. Ricardo Montalban

Actor | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Legendary actor Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of Latin elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino / Ramon Novarro "Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority...

12. Demián Bichir

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Demián Bichir Nájera was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Maricruz Nájera (María de la Cruz Najera Botello), an actress, and Alejandro Bichir (Alejandro Bichir Batres), a theatre director. His parents met in the theatre. He has two brothers who are also actors, Bruno Bichir and Odiseo Bichir. His ...

13. Kate del Castillo

Actress | La misma luna

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo broke through in America as a result of her award-winning performance in the hit Fox Searchlight/Weinstein movie Under the Same Moon (2007), which is to date the highest-grossing Spanish-language theatrical release in U.S. history.

Kate starred as "Queen of the ...

14. Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

Actor | Licence to Kill

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. was born on April 6, 1940 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Pedro Armendáriz Bohr. He was an actor and producer, known for License to Kill (1989), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and The Mask of Zorro (1998). He was married to Lucía Gómez de Parada. He died on ...

15. Eugenio Derbez

Actor | No se aceptan devoluciones

Actor, writer, director and producer, Eugenio Derbez has a degree in Film Directing from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater, as well as a degree in Acting from Televisa's Acting School. He has also studied and is trained in the arts of Dance, Music and Singing, and still today he ...

16. Dulce María

Actress | Corazón que miente

Dulce Maria Espinoza Saviñón is a veteran of the Mexican entertainment scene by the time she reached her twenties, she started her career when she was only a little girl, doing commercials. At age 8 she was part of a show for kids called Plaza Sésamo and shortly after, started at El Club de Gaby.

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17. Ana de la Reguera

Actress | Nacho Libre

Ana de la Reguera grew up in the tropical state of Veracruz, on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. She began her performance arts studies in the Cultural Institute of Veracruz, then left for Televisa's Center for Artistic Education (CEA) and TV Aztecas' artistic institute (CEFAC) in Mexico City, later ...

18. Maite Perroni

Actress | Dark Desire

Maite Perroni is one of the most prominent and successful artists in the Latin World. The latest project - Maite is the lead actress in the new Netflix thriller series "Oscuro Deseo" (Dark Desire) released this 2020 in over 180 countries worldwide ranked in the Top 10 most-watched series in Mexico,...

19. Martha Higareda

Actress | Amar te duele

Higareda was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, the daughter of actress Martha Cervantes and therapist and artist Jose Luis Higareda, and sister of actress Miriam Higareda. She began acting on stage at a very early age, along with dancing jazz, flamenco, tap and folklore. At 14, she moved to ...

20. Irán Castillo

Actress | El Pantera

Irán Castillo was born on January 4, 1977 in Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico as Irán Castillo Pinzón. She is known for her work on El Pantera (2007), Perseguidos (2016) and The Tiger of Santa Julia (2002).

21. Ana Layevska

Actress | Cantinflas

Ana Layevska was born on January 10, 1982 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Anna Laevski Rastsvetaeva. She is an actress, known for Cantinflas (2014), Casi divas (2008) and Relaciones Peligrosas (2012). She has been married to Rodrigo Moreira since April 13, 2014.

22. Rocío Verdejo

Actress | Vantage Point

Rocío Verdejo was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She is an actress, known for Vantage Point (2008), Paramedicos (2012) and Matando Cabos (2004).

23. Bárbara Mori

Actress | La mujer de mi hermano

Barbara Mori began her career in television where she starred in telenovelas for more than 10 years. The most notable of those was "Rubí" which garnered her international recognition globally.

Through this notoriety she has had the opportunity to work in such countries such as Chile, The United ...

24. Cantinflas

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

Cantinflas, born Mario Mareno as the son of a Mexican postal employee, was a prolific and productive Mexican comedian/producer/writer/singer who also knew a fair bit about agriculture and medicine. He was married to Valentina Ivanova from 1936 until her death. He appeared in more than 55 films, ...



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