All Shades of Brown in America, Celebrities Who Are Also of Puerto Rican Descent- 1
Freddie Prinze Jr. (Actor)
Freddie Prinze Jr. was born on March 8, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.
His father Freddie Prinze (born Frederick Karl Pruetzel) was a standup comedian and television actor in the 70's. He played Chico Rodriguez in, "Chico and the Man." Freddie Prinze was of Puerto Rican and Hungarian descent. He would describe himself as being a Hungarican. He passed away on January 29, 1977 at the age of 22 under tragic circumstances. Soon after his father's passing he and his mother moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
His mother is Katherine Elaine Cochran a Real Estate Agent. She is of Italian American descent.
Freddie married Sarah Michelle Gellar on September 1, 2002. Sarah is best known for playing the lead role in, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as the kick-ass slayer Buffy Summers (love her!). She changed her last name to Prinze on their 5th wedding anniversary. They had a beautiful baby girl name Charlotte Grace Prinze on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009.
Most recent work: Freddie Prinze Jr. played Cole Ortiz on the television series, "24".
Kamar De Los Reyes (Actor)
Kamar De Los Reyes was born on November 08, 1967 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
His father Walfredo De Los Reyes is a Percussionist. He is of Cuban descent. His mother is Matilde Pages, she is of Puerto Rican descent. Kamar grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He is best known for his role as the sexy Antonio Vega on the soap opera, “One Life to Live” from 1997-2009.
He appeared in Toni Braxton's video, "Spanish Guitar". He also starred in a controversial movie called, “Love and Suicide.”
Kamar married Sherri M. Saum on May 19, 2007. She is a beautiful actress who plays the role of Natalie on the FX series, “Rescue Me” with Denis Leary.
Zoe Yadira Zaldana-Nazario (Actress/Ballet Dancer)
Zoe Yadira Zaldaña Nazario was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey.
Her father Aridio Zaldana is of Dominican descent. Her mother Asalia Nazario is of Puerto Rican descent.
The family lived in Queens, NY until she was 10 years old. They moved to the Dominican Republic where she studied ballet in one of their prestigious dance schools. She returned to the states at the age of 17.
In 2000, she appeared in the movie, "Center Stage" showing off her ballet moves and her acting ability (she was great!). She played Neytiri, the Na'vi princess in the 2009 movie, “Avatar.”
Rosario Isabel Dawson (Actress/Singer/Writer)
Rosario Isabel Dawson was born on May 09, 1979 in Manhattan, New York.
Her father Patrick Harris is of Irish American descent. Her mother Isabel Celeste a plumber and writer is Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Isabel married Greg Dawson a construction worker who raised Rosario. Her parents divorced while she was in elementary school.
She made her debut at the age of 15 in the controversial film "KIDS" 1995.
She has been involved in numerous charities.
She has won:
- The Rising Star Award at the 2004 American Black Film Festival
- The Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Musical (RENT) at the 2006 Satellite Awards
- The Gamers Choice: Breakthrough Performance at the 2006 Spike Video Game Awards
- The Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Seven Pounds) at the 2009 Image Awards
- The Best Female Actor in A Dramatic Web Series at the 2009 Streamy Awards
Gerald Maxwell Rivera (Singer/Songwriter)
Gerald Maxwell Rivera was born on May 23, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York.
His father was of Puerto Rican descent. His mother is of Haitian descent.
Maxwell has been credited in the development of the soul sub-genre, Neo-Soul with other artists such as: D’Angelo (Brown Sugar), Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill) and Erykah Badu (Baduism).
He has been compared to soulful singers from the 60’s and 70’s like Marvin Gaye.
- Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite (1996)
- Embrya (1998 ) won the Best Male Soul/R&B Album at the 1999 Soul Train Music Award
- Now (2001) sold over 300,000 copies in the first week
- BLACKsummers’night (2009) sold over 300,000 copies in the first week. He won 2 Grammy’s at the 52nd Grammy Awards 2010, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album .
Published Saturday December 04, 2010
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