Famous People

Authors

  • Aída Cartagena Portalatín
  • Arambilet
  • Hilma Contreras
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Junot Diaz
  • Leopoldo Minaya
  • Pedro Henriquez Ureña
  • Pedro Mir
  • Salomé Ureña
  • Samuel Nina Ortiz

Beauty Queens

  • Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003
  • Claudia Cruz, Miss World 2004 1st runner up
  • Denny Mendez, Miss Italy 1996
  • Mariasela Alvarez, Miss World 1982
  • Mia Taveras, Miss Dominican Republic 2006
  • Renata Soñé, Miss Universe 2005 2nd runner up
  • Ruth Ocumarez- Miss Dominican Republic 2001, actress/television host

Historical Figures

  • Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.
  • Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.
  • Máximo Gómez, military commander of Cuban Independence campaign of Dominican origin.
  • Pedro Florentino, hero of the Battle of Jacuba in the War of Independence from Haiti.
  • Rafael Trujillo- dictator (1930-1961)
  • Ramón Matías Mella, one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.
  • The Mirabal sisters, political dissidents

Motion Picture and Television Personalities

  • Agliberto Meléndez, film director
  • Alfonso Ribeiro, actor/singer
  • Andres Garcia, actor
  • Birmania Rios, television personality
  • Celines Toribio ,actress
  • Charytin, actress
  • Dania Ramirez, actress
  • Judy Marte, actress
  • Judy Reyes, actress
  • Julissa Bermudez, television personality
  • Ludo Vika, actress/comedienne
  • Luis Lopez, actor
  • Maria Montez actress
  • Merlin Santana, actor
  • Michelle Rodriguez, actress (Dominican mother)
  • Miguel A. Nuñez actor
  • Nancy Alvarez, psychologist/television talk show host
  • Omahyra Mota, actress/model
  • Patricia Mota, actress (sister of Omahrya Mota)
  • Rafael Jose, actor/television personality (Dominican father)
  • Rick Gonzalez, actor
  • Victor Rasuk, actor
  • Zoe Saldaña, actress

Notable and Newsworthy Personalities

  • Camille Pissarro, painter (Dominican mother)
  • Felix Acosta-Nunez, journalist
  • Héctor Valdez Albizu, economist
  • Ilka Tanya Payan, actress, AIDS/HIV activist
  • Magali Febles, owner of the Miss Dominican Republic and Miss Puerto Rico pageant franchises
  • Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, First Lady of the Dominican Republic
  • Miguel Suero, notorious New York City drug dealer
  • Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer
  • Porfirio Rubirosa, playboy
  • Providencia Paredes, assistant/confidante to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Prominent Political Figures (Past)

  • Antonio Guzmán Fernández, former president
  • Buenaventura Báez Méndez, former president
  • Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó Dominican President & Revolutionary in 1965
  • Gregorio Luperón former president
  • Joaquín Balaguer Ricardo, constitutional president 1960-62, 1966-78, 1986-96.
  • José Antonio (Pepillo) Salcedo, first Constitutional president after the Restoration of the Dominican Republic.
  • José Francisco Peña Gómez Mayor of Santo Domingo (1982-1986)
  • Jose Santana, former government minister
  • Juan Bosch y Gaviño, former president
  • Pedro Santana Familias, first Constitutional President (1844).
  • Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, Dominican dictator, from 1930 to 1961
  • Salvador Jorge Blanco, 41st Constitutional president 1982-1986.

Prominent Political Figures (Present)

  • Adriano Espaillat, New York State Assemblyman (first Dominican-American to be elected to a State House in the United States)
  • Diana Reyna, New York City councilwoman (first Dominican-American woman elected in the United States)
  • Hipólito Mejía, 53rd Constitutional president 2000-2004.
  • Leonel Fernández Reyna, 52nd and 54th Constitutional president 1996-2000, 2004-present.
  • Miguel Martinez, New York City councilman
  • Salvador Jorge Blanco, former president, author

Religion

  • Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, Cardinal

Singers and Musicians

  • Alex Bueno, singer
  • Anaís, singer
  • Andy Andy, bachata singer
  • Angel Clivillés, singer/lead member of The Cover Girls (half Dominican)
  • Angela Carrasco, singer
  • Anthony Ocana, composer and guitarist
  • Antony Santos, bachata singer
  • Aventura, bachata Group
  • AZ, rapper
  • Coro, freestyle singer/actor
  • Daniel Cruz Sánchez, singer/songwriter
  • Don Miguelo, reggaeton artist
  • El Jeffrey, merengue singer
  • Fabolous, rapper
  • Fernando Villalona, singer
  • J.R. Writer, rapper
  • Johnny Pacheco, salsa singer/producer
  • Johnny Ventura, merengue singer
  • José Alberto (El Canario), singer
  • Juan Luis Guerra, merengue singer
  • Juelz Santana, rapper
  • Ju-Ju (The Beatnuts), rapper
  • Los Hermanos Rosario, merengue group
  • Luis Segura, singer
  • Luis Vargas, bachata singer
  • Luny Tunes, reggaeton producers/artists
  • Mamajuana, merengue/bachata group
  • Manny Albam, jazz musician
  • Michel Camilo, jazz pianist
  • Milly Quezada, singer
  • Noztra, reggaeton artist
  • Proyecto Uno, merengue rap group
  • Raulin Rosendo, salsa singer
  • Roger Sanchez, international DJ/ dance music producer
  • Sergio Vargas, merengue singer
  • Toño Rosario, merengue singer
  • Toque Profundo, rock band
  • Triple Seis, rapper
  • Wilfrido Vargas, merengue singer

Sports

  • Adrián Beltré, baseball player
  • Al Horford, basketball player
  • Albert Pujols, baseball player
  • Alex Rodriguez, baseball player
  • Alfonso Soriano, baseball player
  • Bartolo Colón, baseball player
  • Bernie Castro, baseball player
  • Carlos Cruz, world boxing champion
  • Charlie Villanueva, NBA basketball player
  • Danny Bautista, baseball player
  • David Ortiz, baseball player
  • Edward Vinicio Espinal, football (soccer) player
  • Edwin Encarnacion, baseball player
  • Eleoncio Mercedes, 1985 world boxing champion
  • Felipe Alou, baseball manager and player
  • Felipe López, NBA basketball player
  • Félix Sánchez, Olympic gold medal winning hurdler
  • Francisco Cabrera, baseball player
  • Francisco Garcia, basketball player NBA
  • Francisco Liriano, baseball player
  • George Bell, baseball player
  • Hanley Ramirez, baseball player
  • Hector Luna, baseball player
  • Jack Veneno, pro wrestler
  • Jesús Alou, baseball player
  • Jhonny Peralta, baseball player
  • Joan Guzman, world boxing champion
  • Joaquín Andújar, baseball player
  • José Reyes, baseball player
  • Juan Encarnacion, baseball player
  • Julio Franco, baseball player
  • Leo Cruz, world boxing champion (brother of Carlos Cruz)
  • Luis Castillo, NFL football player
  • Manny Ramírez, baseball player
  • Mary Joe Fernández, tennis player
  • Matty Alou, baseball player
  • Melky Cabrera, baseball player
  • Miguel Tejada, baseball player
  • Moisés Alou, baseball player
  • Pedro Martínez, baseball player
  • Raúl Mondesí, baseball player
  • Robinson Canó, baseball player
  • Ronnie Belliard, baseball player
  • Sammy Sosa, baseball player
  • Tito Horford, basketball player NBA
  • Tony Batista, baseball player
  • Vladimir Guerrero, baseball Player
  • Wily Mo Pena, baseball player