Latin-American Movie Stars

Saturday, March 26 by Jason Cuthbert

These Latin-American movies stars have added more than just cultural diversity to the world of cinema; they have provided true talent and award-winning performances. They collectively represent the Latin-American countries of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and Columbia. Let their hard work become your pleasure with the accomplishments of these five Latin-American movie stars.

  1. Benicio Del Toro One of the most easily recognizable Latin-American movie stars is the Puerto Rico-born Benicio Del Toro. He became the third Puerto Rican actor to win the Academy Award for his riveting role in "Traffic." Del Toro has been in many must-see movies from "21 Grams" and "The Usual Suspects" to "Sin City" and "Snatch."
  2. Andy García Even as a Latin-American actor of Cuban decent, Andy García has been often casted as Italian opposite Michael Douglass in "Black Rain" and Al Pacino in "The Godfather: Part III." His turn in the last Godfather film lead to a Academy Award nomination. He has also been explosive in many solid films such as "The Untouchables," "Stand and Deliver" and the entire "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy.
  3. Salma Hayek This incredibly gorgeous Latin-American movie star originating from Mexico decided she wanted to pursue acting after seeing the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." She garnered the attention of Hollywood while playing opposite Antonio Banderas in the Robert Rodriguez action film "Desperado." Rodriguez has since cast her in his segment of "Four Rooms," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "The Faculty," " Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."
  4. Gael Garcia Bernal This exceptional Mexican actor studies his craft in London and appeared in a Latin-American soap opera called "El abuelo y yo" when he was only 14 years old. He has been a favorite of many important directors of international cinema in films like "The Science of Sleep," " Y Tu Mamá También," "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Babel." Bernal's trophy collection includes awards from the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and the Chicago Internal Film Festival.
  5.  John Leguizamo Born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Queens, New York, this Latin-American movie star has flourished in comedy, drama, musicals and even family entertainment movies. Some highlights of his prolific acting career include "Hangin' with the Homeboys," "Carlito's Way," "Summer of Sam" and "Moulin Rouge." His distinctive high-strung voice has also been used for the character Sid in the "Ice Age" animated movie series.   
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