The following list of Mexican movie stars contains actors who have appeared in both films and TV shows. Some have starred in famous dramas, while others specialize in comedy. All the stars reflect their Mexican heritage in many of the roles that they choose.

  1. Salma Hayek. This bombshell is one of the most well-known Mexican movie stars. She got her start in the U.S. after playing a vampire vixen in “From Dusk Till Dawn.” Since then, she has appeared in a wide variety of films. She has showed off her comedic chops in movies like “Fools Rush In” and TV shows like “30 Rock.” She has also has taken on serious dramatic material in the movie, “Frida” and “In the Time of the Butterflies.”

  2. Diego Luna. A famous Mexican movie star, Diego has starred in a number of foreign and English films. He broke into the limelight after appearing in the movie “Y Tu Mama Tambien.” Since then, he has starred in more mainstream movies like “The Terminal” and “Milk.”

  3. George Lopez. This comedian is a Mexican movie star who now has his own TV show. He has appeared in recent comedies like “Valentine’s Day” and will be voicing Grouchy Smurf in the upcoming film, “The Smurfs.”

  4. Danny Trejo. This actor has an extremely unique look. He always plays super macho men, and actually was once a prison inmate, which contributes to his tough, hardened look. The Mexican movie star has appeared in a number of action films, including “Desperado” and “Con Air.” He most recently was the star of Robert Rodriguez’s movie, “Machete.”

  5. Adriana Barraza. You might not instantly recognize this Mexican movie star’s name, but she has appeared in dozens of well-made movies. She starred in the critically acclaimed dramas “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” as well as in the horror comedy, “Drag Me to Hell.”

  6. Carlos Gallardo. This Mexican movie star first hit the screen as the lead in “El Mariachi” and followed with a performance in the sequel, “Desperado.” He frequently stars in Robert Rodriguez movies and appeared in the Grindhouse segment, “Planet Terror.”