10 More Iconic Latino TV Characters!

You loved our first list of iconic Latino TV characters so much, that we just had to give you another batch!

Check out our new list and remember to tell us if we forgot anyone.


1. 10 More Icons: Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell

Mario has worn many hats in Hollywood: Sexy TV show host, sexy dance contestant, sexy beauty pageant host. No surprise that the role that started it all was as…a sexy student. In Saved by the Bell, the dimpled cutie was the sought after ladies’ man with washboard abs, who took off his shirt at any provocation. A career was born.

2. 10 More Icons: Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama as Fez on That 70s Show

Dark, handsome, with an accent. That combination can come across as corny or smarmy, but Wilmer’s exchange student Fez was by turns sweet, horny and gullible, helping him steal every scene he was in and become a sex symbol for a new generation.

3. 10 More Icons: Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison as Rosario on Will and Grace

Inez Consuelo Yolanda Salazar McFarland was one of the most memorable maids on TV ever. Far from being a meek sheet changer, she had a checkered past and used her merciless evil wit to feed her love-hate relationship with her tipsy rich boss Karen.

4. 10 More Icons: Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt as Rey Curtis in Law and Order

As the yang to partner Lenny’s wisecracking ying, Rey rarely cracked a smile during Bratt’s four seasons on the seminal show and he didn’t need to: His sexy intensity earned him an Emmy nomination in 1999.

5. 10 More Icons: Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo as Miguel Alvarez on Oz

One of the most underrated and underused Latino actors, Kirk got his first shot at substantial screen time in the prison TV drama to end all prison TV dramas. Episode after episode, he gave an astonishing performance as third-generation criminal and mercurial gang banger Miguel Alvarez. Not sure how they survived it, but both Acevedo and his character made it through six brutal seasons, Miguel being one of the few characters who did so.

6. 10 More Icons: Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo on Oz

Having won every major prize in the entertainment industry (Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy), Rita doesn’t need to prove a thing. That may be what liberates her enough to play amazing characters in the latter stage of her career with both focus and ease. As the chief drug counselor and shrink at the ward, she developed sometimes uncomfortably close relationships with the inmates with a mix of doggedness and compassion –while at the same time that she’s tracking down her husband’s killer. Badass.

7. 10 More Icons: Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes as Carla Espinoza on Scrubs

Sassiness is not an unexpected trait in Latina TV characters but sassiness NOT combined with big cleavage and short skirts is. As Nurse Carla, Reyes took care of business at work and home and suffered no fools—and created one of the most self-possessed (and funniest!) Latina characters ever. Best of all? She lives on in syndication.

8. 10 More Icons: Christian Camargo

Christian Camargo as the Ice Truck Killer/Brian Moser on Dexter

The creepiest sociopath since Hannibal Lecter, period. Camargo beautifully handled a very hard balancing act, playing a merciless, ice-blooded killer pretending to be the perfect, loving boyfriend to Dexter’s adoptive sister while secretly longing for a connection with his long-lost brother Dexter. Camargo was on the show only one season, but his performance was unforgettable.

9. 10 More Icons: Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez as Lt. Laguerta on Dexter

Another refreshingly three-dimensional, fully fleshed out Latina character on TV. Acting vet Velez gets to be a bitch boss, loyal friend, vulnerable wife and consummate professional—all depending on the episode you’re watching.

10. 10 More Icons: Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano on The Sopranos

The iconic show gave us an iconic girl-next-door in Meadow. We saw her grow from a teen resentful of her dad’s mafia empire to an increasingly confident young woman who tries to come to terms with her family’s choices and ends up choosing a different path for herself.

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