SHOCKING! 15 More Stars You Never Knew Were Latino

What do a world-famous magician, a backstreet boy and the very first Bond girl of all-time have in common? They’re all part of the latest installment of our popular series on the stars you never knew were Latino. These 15 stars are challenging preconceived notions about what it means to "look" Latin, and proving yet again that Latinos don’t fit into any one mold. Check out our gallery and tell us which ones surprise you most!

1. 15 More: Miguel A. Nunez, Jr.

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In the popcorn flick Juwanna Mann (2002), Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. stars as Jamal Jefferies, a cross-dressing basketball superstar who keeps part of his identity (the fact that he’s a man!) a secret, in order to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). In real life, part of Núñez’s identity is also a secret: while it is widely known that the actor is black, it is not as widely known that he is also half-Dominican.

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2. 15 More: Alex Meneses

Alex Meneses, 46

The gorgeous Alex Meneses tends to play Italian women on television. She was Cookie, Joey Tribiani’s (Matt LeBlanc) sister on the hit comedy, Friends, and she's best known for her role as Robert Barone's (Brad Garrett) sexy Italian lover, Stefania Fogagnolo on the CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. Still, Meneses isn't Italian—she is of Ukrainian American descent on her mother’s side and of Mexican American descent on her father’s side. The talented actress has said that she was inspired to pursue a career in acting after seeing a fellow Latina (Rita Moreno) in West Side Story (1961).

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3. 15 More: Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla, 34

When people first meet Lana Parrilla—one of the stars of ABC's new drama, Once Upon A Time—they don't believe she's Latina. “They think I’m definitely European, but they don’t think I’m Puerto Rican at all…ever," says Parrilla, who's half-Boricua and half-Sicilian. "Maybe it’s because I don’t have the voluptuous figure of a Puerto Rican," she says with a laugh. But Lana adds that she's proud to be Latina and says that some of her features are very Latin. "I have the wide set eyes and the full lips, and those are very distinct Latin features. My hairline definitely is Puerto Rican," she says. 

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4. 15 More: Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick, 44

Most people know him for his Emmy-nominated role as Desmond Hume—a man stranded on the island as the result of a shipwreck—in ABC’s acclaimed series, Lost. But few people know that Henry Ian Cusick is Latino! Despite his Anglo sounding last name, Cusick was born in Trujillo, Peru to a Peruvian mother named Esperanza Chavez and a Scottish father named Henry Joseph Cusick. He lived in Spain growing up and is a fluent Spanish speaker. 

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5. 15 More: Howie Dorough

Howie Dorough, 38

One of the Backstreet Boys is Latino? Score! Despite the fact that his last name ("Dorough") isn’t a common Latino last name, Howie's mother Paula Flores, is Puerto Rican. His father is Irish American. 

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6. 15 More: Linda Christian

Linda Christian, (1923-2011)

Forget Halle Berry—the very first Bond girl was a Latina! Actress Linda Christian, who was born Blanca Rosa Welter in Tamico, Tamaulipas, Mexico to a Mexican mom and a Dutch father, played the first Bond girl when she starred in the 1954 TV adaptation of the James Bond novel, Casino Royale

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7. 15 More: David Blaine

David Blaine, 38

For his next trick, David Blaine will become...Latino! The illusionist and endurance artist, who has set a number of world records with his close-up magic, is the son of a Russian Jewish mother named Patrice Maureen White, and a Puerto Rican father named William Perez.

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8. 15 More: Anita Page

Anita Page (1910-2008)

Anita Page (AKA Anita Evelyn Pomares) was an immensely popular actress of the silent film era, who reportedly received more fan mail than anyone else on the MGM lot (save of course for Gretta Garbo). Anita was of Spanish ancestry and her grandfather was a consul from El Salvador. During the 1920s, she was often referred to as “a blond, blue-eyed Latin.”

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9. 15 More: John Gavin

John Gavin, 80

John Gavin—who starred as Sam Loomis (Janet Leigh’s boyfriend) in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho (1960) is half-Irish and half-Mexican! A former United States Ambassador to Mexico, Gavin's mother Delia Pablos was a member of the powerful Pablos family in the Mexican state of Sonora. The talented actor, who was also well known for playing Julius Casear in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (also released in 1960), speaks fluent Spanish.

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10. 15 More: Linda Perry

Linda Perry, 46

Seasoned producer and songwriter Linda Perry is known for founding two record labels, and for writing and producing hit songs like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” Pink’s "Get This Party Started” and Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” But few people know that the talented producer—who has a Portuguese American mother—is half-Brazilian on her father's side. 

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11. 15 More: Carlos Marin

Carlos Marín, 42

Not all of the members of Simon Cowell's multi-platinum supergroup, Il Divo are British. Carlos Marin, who helped the group sell 5 million copies of their debut album worldwide in 2004, is Spanish. As a child, Marin competed on Spanish television shows like "Gente Joven" (Young People) and "Nueva Gente" (New People).  And when Il Divo releases its next album in November, Marin will be singing a cover of Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Game" in Spanish. 

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12. 15 More: Meagan Good

Meagan Good, 30

We loved her as Jacqui Dandrige, Gabrielle Union's codependent little sister in the rom-com, Deliver Us From Eva (2003), and we know her from all of the Black women she’s played on television, on shows like My Wife and KidsMoesha and The Steve Harvey Show. But Meagan Good says she’s not just African American—she’s also part-Latina. "My mother’s father was Cherokee and something else. My dad’s mother is Puerto Rican and African American, and his father was from Barbados," says Good.

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13. 15 More: Gina Ravera

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On seasons 1-4 of TNT’s hit show, The Closer (2005-2009), Gina Ravera played Irene Daniels—a detective at the LAPD Priority Homicide Department. The actress is also well known for her role as Dr. Bettina DeJesus on the long-running medical drama, ER. She’s half-African American and half-Puerto Rican on her father’s side.

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14. 15 More: Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer, 56

Voiceover actor Miguel Ferrer is well known for a number of roles including the part of Eduardo Ruiz in the Oscar-winning film, Traffic (2000). What is not as well known about the actor—who has one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood—is that he’s the son of Puerto Rican Academy Award-winning actor, Jose Ferrer.

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15. 15 More: Oscar Isaac

Oscar Issac, 31

He may have changed his common Hispanic last name (“Hernandez”) to avoid being typecast in Latino roles, but Oscar Issac—who has starred in movies like The Nativity Story (2006) and Robin Hood (2009)—was born in Guatemala to a Cuban father named Oscar G. Hernandez and a Guatemalan mother named Maria.

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